Halloween haunts for October half term

Three fiendish places the children will love


Ghosts at Beaulieu, New Forest

They say Beaulieu Motor Museum is the most haunted place in England. Ghosts have often been seen and heard in its 13th century abbey and at the Palace House, home of the Montagu family since 1538.

During half term week, from October 24 to November 1, there will be spooky stories from the costumed monk in the abbey and guides in Palace House where children can take a lucky dip in the witches' cauldron and join in with the "gruesome" face painting activity.

The museum has two new motor sport displays which feature F1, rallying, trials and drag racing exhibits.

While there, take a peek at the On Screen Cars to see vehicle stars from TV and film, including Mr Bean's lime green Mini, Del Boy's Trotter Van, Harry Potter's flying Ford Anglia and Wallace and Gromit's Anti-Pesto van.

There are Top Gear cars from some of the presenters' challenges as well as stories and clips of some of the show's best moments.

Incidentally, anyone in fancy dress will receive half price admission.

Family ticket (two adults and three
children) is £48.

Pirates at Kew Gardens, London

Foil the plot of Pirate Pepperbeard and his crew, who plan to plunder the valuable spices - and follow the trail on his secret map around the gardens.

The Great Spice Heist adventure will run every day during the school holidays from October 24 to November 1.

Collect your map from The Spice Exchange, solve the puzzles around the gardens and finish at the Princess of Wales Conservatory for the final performance.

You can get into character by creating your own pirate hat.

Family ticket online (two adults and two children) is £32.

Spooks at Belsay Hall, Northumberland

Fearless souls are required for a thrilling family adventure with creepy crafts and activities.

Grab your cloaks and steady your nerves as you come face-to-face with the dark side of children's tales as storytellers delve into the chilling fables of the Brothers Grimm and reveal the terrifying truth behind the bedtime fairy tales handed down through the generations.

Children can turn up in spooky costumes to frighten staff, but bring a teddy to hide behind just in case.

Entry free with normal admission: adults £8.30, child £5.

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