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Half Term & Halloween Hocus Pocus Around Herefordshire

There’s SO much going on not just for kids but for grown-ups too this season!

For the kids

21 October – 5 November:  Newton Court Orchard Pumpkin Hunt


Over half term and until 5 November, Newton Court would like your help on their orchard pumpkin hunt.  There are a number of pumpkins, squashes and gourds hidden in the orchard, on each of which is a letter.

Pick up your clue sheet from the front desk in the cafe, head to the orchard, write down the letters and unscramble them to find the mystery word.  There’s a little prize for all orchard detectives who work out the mystery word.

Around the orchard you’ll find out more about the bugs and beasties that live there, and how rich orchards are in biodiversity.

For timings and more details look here

From 21 October:  Pumpkin Pete’s


pumkin pete

Pumpkin Pete’s are opening for their 6th year with fantastic family days out this October.

21st/22nd – Burgers – with the Beefy boys.

27th/30th – Animal experience – a fully ‘hands on’ experience with spiders, snakes, owls and some cute meerkats.

31st – Party day – separated into age groups its the perfect, safe place for a Halloween party hosted by Dazzles. Prizes for best costume, dancer, glow sticks and spooky catering. Age 3-5 and 6- 9.

Tickets are sold PER CAR (up to a maximum of 6 people per car)

Find Out More

21 October: Leominster Annual Apple Fair

apple fair

Visit the annual apple fair in Leominster where there will be apple displays and identification, with the opportunity to try and/or buy plenty of different varieties of local apples. Also as part of the event there will be stalls selling local crafts and a cafe with local homemade food and cakes.

Entrance £1.50 Children free.

Find out more

For more information and to find out more about general local apple and pear events visit

27 October: Spooktacular Halloween at Madley Environmental Centre

madley halloween

Deep within the spooky forest a world of eerie enchantment awaits… step right up and prepare for spine-tingling surprises.

Are you brave enough to venture into the deep, dark woods, where you might hear the cackle of old souls? Visit Madley Environmental Study Centre (MESC) for an evening of ghouls, ghosts, fun and hot dogs.

Tickets £9.50

See booking info here

28 October: Halloween at Maylords Orchards

Hereford City

Live Animal Show – Educational and Fact Finding including spiders, snakes, scorpions, bearded dragons, geckos, chameleons and more…

Halloween Craft Fair

Food and Drink stalls

Craft Workshops


Face painting and Balloon modelling

Keep following their FaceBook page or website for further updates.

28 October: Halloween Craft Fayre


Tricks and Treats at Madley Village Hall with Halloween Craft Fayre.


Glitter Tattoos


Costume Contest

All proceeds split between Madley Primary School and The Little Princess Trust!

See more details here

28 October: Choccotastic Halloween Party


Join fingerlicking chocolate retailer Choccotastic this October half term for a scarily great time. Get your best Halloween costumes and fake blood at the ready and head on down for a chocolate party with like no other.

Create your own chocolate creation to take home

Join in with fun & games

Prize for the best dressed

Enjoy yummy Choccotastic treats

Suitable for ages 5+. A participating adult must stay with child at all times.

£9.95 per person – to book email: or phone: 01531 637305 or visit the website.

28 October – 5 November: Spooky Goodrich Castle


Gather your little monsters for a ghoulishly good day out at Goodrich Castle.

Follow the trail to solve creepy clues and gather round to listen to spooky stories. There’s a frighteningly fun fancy dress competition every day – just come in your scariest outfits to be in with a chance of winning.

With tales of strange apparitions and a phantom horse, Goodrich Castle has long had a reputation for ghostly happenings.

Swoop by and sink your teeth into this Halloween adventure for all the family.

Entry to the event is included in the standard admission ticket price.

If you’re an English Heritage Member, your ticket will be free, but you still need to book in advance.

Tickets from £6.50

Further info here

28 October – 5 November:  Monstrous Mushrooms Trail at Brockhampton

Near Bromyard

Something strange is happening at Brockhampton Estate, causing some of the fungi to grow enormous! Explore the orchards along this trail and see if you can spot any giant fungi, finding out more about some of the fascinating species that grow in the UK, recording them on your trail sheet as you go.

This trail will be running every day of the half term holidays, from 28 October to 5 November. Trail packs cost £3 and include a colouring sheet, coloured pencils, and a prize.

See here for times

13th ‐ 28th October:  Horrorford Halloween

Hereford City

Art & Craft, Trails & Activities, Food & Drink, Family Friendly

The Hereford City Life team are back with another spooky spectacle for Halloween!

Join them from 11am for an incredible event spread across two locations. Enjoy live music and ghoulish performances, get crafty in our children’s workshops, or explore the Halloween Gruesome  Garden and take photos with our ghoulish fiends if you’re feeling brave!

Plus, don’t forget the annual ZOMBIE CRAWL beginning at 12:15 pm.

In High Town:

  • Street performers
  • FREE face painting 
  • FREE Children’s craft workshop
  • Live music from local bands – OCG, The Hey Yahs and Alley Cats (11am – 3pm)
  • Autumn-themed drinks by Jam Factory
  • Fancy dress competition (judging at 12:45pm in High Town)
  • Trick or Treat Trail (Download Loyal Free App) 28th Oct to 5th Nov

At Old Market

  • Halloween Gruesome Garden 
  • Street performers

See more info here

28 October – 5 November:  Rotten Apples Trail at Croft Castle


The orchard at Croft Castle is full of apples, ripe for picking, however, there’s something not quite right with some of the fruit…

Follow this fun family trail and discover the really rotten apples lurking around Croft Castle. Learn more about the creatures that visit the orchard and how apples (even the rotten ones!) can help look after local wildlife.

This trail will be running every day of the October half-term, from Saturday 28 October to Sunday 5 November.

Trail packs cost £3 and include a colouring sheet, coloured pencils, and a prize.

See times here

28 October – 15 November:  Hereford City TRICK or TREAT TRAIL


trick or treat

No tricks, just treats on this fabulous, free Halloween trail.

Use the LoyalFree app to guide you and your little ones to collect treats from 10 locations around Hereford City Centre.

Don’t forget to take a Halloween basket or bucket to collect your goodies!

Download the app here

30 October: Halloween Kids at CUP Ceramics


A session (Age 5+) to design, create and decorate pottery creations using techniques taught during the session.

£15.00  includes materials, glaze and kiln firing!

Times & Booking info here

31 October: Coco & Spooky Hot Chocolate at The Gateway Cinema

Labels Shopping Ross-on-Wye

One for the kids this holiday, with a film screening and special spooky hot chocolate! Make a day of it and why not stop for lunch at  M&J’s restaurants before hitting the shops!

£9 child inc hot chocolate/ £4 adult (film only)

Contact venue to advise of dietary requirements.

See more details here

28 October – 5 November: Tales of the Riverbank: Monster Hunting Trail

The Weir Garden, Hereford

Take part in a  spooky half-term trail, finding the clues and helping your frightened riverbank friends figure out what type of monster has been prowling around the garden.

This trail will be running every day of the summer holidays, from 28 October to 5 November. Trail packs cost £3 and include a colouring sheet, coloured pencils, and a prize.

See times here

31 October – 2 November: Oaker Wood Half Term Activities

Kingsland Nr Leominster

Tuesday 31st October: Halloween Holiday Club will be crammed full of spooky thrills and spills, with a morning of den building, pizza making and pumpkin carving and a scarily fun-filled afternoon with a brand-new game Escape and Invasion!

Escape and Invasion (inspired by Channel 4’s Hunted) sees groups of 7 or 8 children with their helpful Oaker Wood Wizard! (instructor), charging around 175 acres of haunted woodland seeking out hidden items, whilst being timed and ‘hunted’ by our ghastly ghouls and goblins on Quad Bikes! Can the children deceive and achieve!

Thursday 2nd November: Zip Wire, Monkey Climb, Borneo Low Ropes and Pistol Shooting.

Friday 3rd November: Teen Adventure Paintball 10am to 1.00pm

Booking essential

See prices & more info here

Other activities such as Quad Trek, Paintball, High Ropes, Low Ropes, Clays, Escape Room, Laser Clays all available as normal, but must be pre booked!

31 October – 2 November:  Spooky Tales at the Black and White House Museum

Hereford City

Spooky Tales at the Black and White House Museum

Spooky Tales in partnership with Hereford College of Arts.


10am, 10.45am

11.30am, 1pm, 1.45pm

2.30pm, 3.15pm (except Thursday when last session will be 2.30pm)

Children free but must be accompanied by an adult. Space is limited and entry will be on a first come basis.

 Normal entry charges apply

See other info here

Potion Making at Berrington Hall


A display of wild flowers at Croft Castle, Herefordshire

Visit the beautiful Berrington Hall this Halloween for a potion making workshop in the walled garden.

You can also take part in the ‘Witch’s kitchen’ trail, where you can learn more about the supposedly mystical properties of some of the herbs grown in the gardens, and find all the missing ingredients for the witch’s potion.

Using herbs from the garden (and a little bit of magic), children can create their very own witches potion to take home with them.

This activity is free (normal admission applies).

See times here

For the grown ups

26 October: The Rocky Horror Picture Show at The Gateway Cinema

Labels Shopping, Ross-on-Wye

Enjoy the intimate boutique environment of The Gateway Cinema’s series of screams on screen with this classic, dress up and make a show or simply enjoy the film – the choice is yours.

£10 pp

See more here  

27 October: Ultimate Halloween Party

Hereford City

st michaels halloween

Join St Michaels Hospice for the Ultimate Halloween Party at the Shack Revolution.

It’s time to get spooky…

Get ready for a spine-tingling night of thrills, chills, and electrifying fun as St Michael’s Hospice presents the most anticipated Halloween bash in Hereford! Unleash your inner ghoul, ghost, or glamour as we invite you to a night of frightful delights, music, and dancing at our St Michael’s Hospice Halloween Party.

Step into a world where the ordinary becomes extraordinary, and the spooky meets the spectacular.

This adults-only event promises an evening filled with laughter, dancing, and unforgettable memories.

Tickets £12.00 

See info and booking here

27 October: ELY Spooktacular Charity Ball

Brinsop Court

Get ready for a Halloween spectacular…with Ely’s 2023 SPOOKTACULAR Charity Ball.

Held at the utterly gorgeous Brinsop Court, and support this wonderful at The Ely Charity Ball – it’s sure to be frightfully fantastic!

See more on their social pages.

Tickets cost £59.95pp and all profit helps to support the work of The ELY Memorial Fund.

To book email

28 October:  Halloween party in The Pit

Clearwell, Forest of Dean

Get your tickets for the frightfully brilliant Fancy Dress party at incredibly atmospheric Clearwell Caves.

Fancy Dress compulsory, the event is held in the ‘Pit’, 100ft underground, in the partly candlelit cavern.  Dress warmly and wear flat soled footwear with a good grip.

There will be a Live band and DJ. Tickets include hot dogs or burgers (veggie options also available) to keep you going. Licensed pay bar.

Over 18’s only. Age identification may be required on the door. This can be any photo ID and can be shown on a phone.

It’s a party like no other.

Tickets £49

Times and Booking Info here

31 October: Ledbury Halloween Ghost Walk

Starts at 7pm

Places are limited. Advance bookings only.

The Ghost Walk is not suitable for young children under 10 years. 

All children must be accompanied by an adult.

Adults £9.00
Children £4.50 (10-15 years)

For further information please contact Ledbury Walks on: 01531 650414 or 07760 472186 or email:

31 October:  After-dark ghost tour at Croft Castle


After dark tour

Rumoured to be one of the most haunted places in Herefordshire, Croft Castle has many spooky stories to tell, from its haunting history to more recent supernatural sightings.

Follow the guide along this tour and hear the chilling tales for yourself, but make sure to keep your wits about you, as there’s no telling what unusual occurrences you may witness!

After exploring the castle, enjoy a two-course light supper in the tea-room.

Tickets £40

Further info and booking here

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If you  survive these spooky shenanigans, check out our huge What’s On guide for more forthcoming Bonfire and Firework Nights and wonderful Festive events.