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Halloween events in Kent 2019: Spooky half term fun

PUBLISHED: 16:30 18 October 2019 | UPDATED: 16:37 18 October 2019

There will be spooky events across the county this month (photo: Veni, Getty Images/iStockphoto)

There will be spooky events across the county this month (photo: Veni, Getty Images/iStockphoto)

Jeremy Edwards

Half term is sorted with these spooky Halloween events and things to do in Kent

- Witches & wizards (19-27 Oct)

Penshurst Place & Gardens

Magical encounters and spooky tales await, including a Willow the Witch Halloween hunt and trail around the gardens, storytelling in the forest den with the Wicked Witch of the Wild Wood, interactive hands-on history sessions learning about potions through the ages, plus Halloween arts and crafts.

- Museum of Fright (25-26 Oct)

The Beaney, Canterbury

The entire Beaney site will be transformed into a haunted house where you can enjoy pumpkin carving, potion making, Halloween-themed refreshments and some very spooky exhibits. Fancy dress is encouraged, with prizes for the scariest outfits.

- Halloween Magic (27 Oct)

Lullingstone Castle, Eynsford

Expect pumpkin carving, a spooky house, garden tours where you can learn about the origins of pumpkins and children can spot the Halloween tricks in torchlight. Fancy dress welcome. Tickets are £10 and free for children.

- Spook Quest (19th to 27th Oct)

Canterbury Tales, St Margaret's Street, Canterbury

Visitors are encouraged to dress up in their best Halloween costume for The Canterbury Tales' Spook Quest. The trail of pilgrims will head along the route to the St Thomas Becket shrine, while hearing five immersive stories of the Canterbury Tales.

- Halloween Half Term Fun (19th to 31st Oct)

Hever Castle, Edenbridge

Children can follow the pumpkin trail around the gardens, have faces painted, decorate biscuits, have their costumes judged and listen to the tales of Hever's ghosts for Hever Castle's week of Halloween fun.

- Free Halloween Wildlife Walks and Pumpkin Carving

Conningbrook Lakes, Willesborough Road, Kennington, Ashford

The guided walks will have a series of clues for participants to follow around the lakes and country park, with Halloween face painting or mask making for the youngsters as well as a crafty pumpkin carving session.

- Halloween Dine & Stay (31 Oct - 1 Nov)

Hever Castle, Edenbridge

'Murder at Hever Castle' is a 1930s Agatha Christie-style murder mystery. You'll be caught up in a murder so keep your wits about you and you might just stay alive. This event includes dinner, overnight stay in beautiful luxury castle accommodation, the murder mystery event and breakfast the following morning.

- Beastly Bat Trail at Chartwell (19 Oct - 3 Nov)

Chartwell, Mapleton Road, Westerham

Fly around the gardens of Chartwell this autumn half term and discover more about the beastly bats that live here.

- Children of Scotney Halloween Trail (19 Oct - 3 Nov)

Scotney Castle, Lamberhurst, Tunbridge Wells

Following the discovery of Edward Windsor's childhood diaries we know that Edwy and his siblings enjoyed telling ghost stories at Scotney. The children are making up a ghost story to tell their parents but need some ideas. Can you help them to find all 8 props from around the garden? Don't forget to collect your prize from visitor reception at the end.

- Spooky Dover Castle (19-27 Oct)

Dover Castle, Castle Hill Road, Dover

Grab your broomsticks for a bewitchingly brilliant day out at Dover Castle this Halloween half term. Get hands-on with creepy crafts and a wicked witch-themed quest. There's a fancy dress competition every day - come in your best witch and wizard outfits to be in with a chance of winning. Plus, meet some amazing animals - including snakes, spiders and more - and learn all about these creepy crawly creatures. Ticket price includes entry to the event and the castle, under 16s must be accompanied by an adult.

- Fright Night Express (25 Oct)

Kent & East Sussex Railway, Tenterden Town Station

The evening begins at 5pm with pumpkin carving and face painting while a live drumming band and fire breather perform. Departure is 7pm with snacks for the kids during the ride and a firework display upon arrival at Northiam Station before heading back for 8.45pm. Tickets are £18 per person - book online.

- Halloween cookery for children (31 Oct)

Chiddingstone Castle

Children are invited to cook up their very own spooky supper in the kitchen of Chiddingstone Castle. This will be followed by a spooky torchlight tour of the castle. This event will be suited for children ages eight to 13.

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