School Holidays

October Half Term

🎃Here are our listings of Half Term Events happening in Cheshire – specifically Macclesfield, Knutsford,Congleton, Sandbach, Wilmslow, Poynton, Alderley Edge, Prestbury – check out our listings below.

🎃If you’d prefer to search for events by date, check out the Events Calendar here which features all the Half Term events and more.

🎃 For local holiday clubs and camps click here

🎃If you’d like to advertise your event with us please get in touch here.

🎃For full lists of Days Out in and around East Cheshire click here

🎃We’ve got a whole section dedicated to Autumn for kids in East Cheshire – days out, events, rainy day ideas and more.  Click here. 

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If you are looking for something different to do this Halloween, why not come and join us for a SPOOKY TREE CLIMB at Arley Hall & Gardens

Saturday 31st October 2020.

If you like dressing up you can even climb in your Halloween outfit! There will be lots of spooky props, and a Halloween sweet bag for every climber.

Find out more about Discover Tree Climbing here.

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Event Information and Booking 



Our Play in a Day is BACK! This October half term we have 2 dates to accommodate the different school breaks within the local areas.

Our Play in a Day will include workshops for both dance and drama. Throughout the day the children will take part in different activities to help develop techniques and performance skills.

Our end performance will be filmed and put on our YouTube page for the whole family to enjoy.

The workshops will be held at Festival Hall, Alderley Edge.

There are 2 dates on offer: the 21st October and the 29th October 2020. The workshops are for ages 5 to 12 and the day will start at 9am until 3.15pm.

For more information about Echo Performing Arts School, click here.

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Complete the booking form and the payment to secure your child’s place.

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If you’re looking for a lovely Halloween activity to do as a family at home, check out these Gingerbread Houses from local food company Festive Foodies – we tried one out and its great fun and very affordable – click here.

Trick or Treating will likely be a bit different this year….the prospect of the kids dipping their hands in various buckets of sweets seems a bit unlikely – whilst I’ve read that the risk in terms of covid transmission is in fact fairly low, there are bound to be many families who aren’t comfortable with the usual Trick or Treating format and I imagine there are also going to be a fair few people who want to get into the Halloween spirit but might not want lots of people knocking on their doors.

Having said that, lets not Covid 19 ruin our little ones’ Halloween fun!!! Let’s do a Pumpkin Trail!  Click here for more info!

Trick or Treat delivered to your home!

Trick or Treating might be a bit different this year due to COVID19, however at Pretty’s Sweets we want to deliver happiness to your homes. Surprise your children with our Halloween Trick or Treat box, jam packed with ghostly treats. Beautifully presented sweets with a halloween twist!


Halloween Edition boxes come in 2 sizes: 

All Halloween Boxes will be posted w/c 26th October so that they arrive in time for Halloween.

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Pumpkin Picking

🎃 For details of local pumpkin patches check out our blog here.🎃

Come and join us at Dunham Massey Farm Ice Cream for Pumpkin Picking and Halloween fun!

Our pumpkins have been organically grown in conjunction with Red House Farm (see their website here) and are perfect for carving and eating alike!


Whilst you are here enjoy a luxury hot chocolate or spiced pumpkin latte, and enjoy a scoop or two of our handmade artisan ice cream.  There will be a selection of hot food on offer, and plenty of indoor and outdoor seating, and you may spot our friendly goats whilst you enjoy your time here at the farm.

In the parlour we have the lovely “Vintage Angel Home & Gift Shop” which will be open and selling a selection of seasonal gifts and decorations.

There is no need to book, just turn up and pay for your pumpkin (priced according to size). We recommend wearing wellies as pumpkin patches can get muddy. Well behaved dogs on leads are welcome (please clear up after them and try not to let them scent the pumpkins!)

All the activities are outdoors, but social distancing guidelines will be maintained, with hand sanitising points and contactless payment encouraged where possible.

Pumpkin Picking takes place every weekend in October and then everyday during half term week from Monday 26th- Saturday 31st from 10am-4pm. If pumpkin picking isn’t your thing- don’t worry you can buy pumpkins which have already been picked everyday (even outside pumpkin picking times) from the ice cream parlour.

The parlour is open daily from 12-6pm during October, which serves hot food, tea, coffees, cakes and obviously our delicious ice cream.

Follow us on Facebook and Instagram (and occasionally Tik Tok) by searching for Dunham Massey Farm Ice Cream for future updates and get in touch with any questions not answered above!!

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Telephone – 0161 928 1230

Kenyon Hall planted their first pumpkin over 30 years ago and are now one of the biggest pumpkin picking destinations in the north of England!

This year Kenyon Hall’s pumpkin season will run from Sat 3rd to Sat 31st October and to keep everyone safe they are limiting numbers to provide plenty of space for social distancing.

All visitors to any of the pumpkin areas – inside and outside – need to book entry tickets in advance. They cost £2 per person – adult or child. Infants under 18 months go free. Ticket holders can look forward to:

  • Access to the outdoor patch, with over 15,000 pumpkins grown this year.
  • Visiting the huge indoor display of ready-picked pumpkins of all shapes, sizes and colours.
  • Creating memories with the unique, pumpkin-tastic photo backdrops – new for this year!
  • Use of a wheelbarrow to carry pumpkins in from the patch.
  • Getting into the seasonal spirit with our Halloween characters, carving inspirations and pumpkin-themed food, drink and gift ideas.

Those wishing to carve their pumpkin at the farm and leave the mess there can access our carving den on the day for a small additional cost.

The farm shop, outdoor cafe, children’s play area and toilets are all open and car parking is free.

Tickets are selling out very quickly ​​as this year they can only welcome a fraction of the 10,000s visitors they usually receive. Some dates are already sold out so book now to avoid disappointment!!


⭐️⭐️⭐️Those two weeks are ideal for families with pre-school children to head along and bag their pumpkins before the schools start half term!!! The patch will look lovely and the choice of pumpkins will be great. 

Winwick Ln, Croft, Warrington WA3 7ED

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Telephone – ​​01925 765531

Ashdene Primary PTA Halloween Trail

This event is just for anyone who lives in Wilmslow and the surrounding areas, is fun and completely free! (Although donations would be very welcome!).

There is a map detailing the houses taking part – do the trail in any order you like.

Please see the Ashdene Primary PTA Halloween Trail Facebook Page for more information.

26th – 31st October 2020

Blakemere Village Kids Halloween Pottery Party

Included in your ticket price is a pumpkin tea light holder to paint, a set of micro mini lights for your lantern, a harrowing hot chocolate laden with ghoulish treats.

Blakemere Village, Chester Rd, Northwich CW8 2EB

27th October 2020


Blaze Farm Halloween Hullabaloo

Eleven pumpkins have ‘escaped’ and are hidden around the Nature Trail & in the Spoooooky Wood.

Open Wednesday until Sunday.

Blaze Farm, Wildboarclough, Macclesfield SK11 0BL

Bolluminations, Bollington

Decorate a window visible from the road with any joyful display. There is no specific theme just something happy, positive and hopeful. (It could have a wee nod to Halloween just remember the event runs for longer than the 31st).

30th October – 8th November 2020


Castaway Play Halloween Sessions

Spooky playground sessions in the Georgia Leigh Ogden Playground.  Includes pumpkin carving, fancy dress and zombie trail.

26th October – 1st November 2020

71 Moss Rd, Congleton CW12 3BP

Cheshire Pony Parties Half Term Fun

Halloween Unicorn Experiences and Halloween Chocolate Making.

24th October – 1 November 2020 

Kelsall, nr Chester



Cockfields Farm Pumpkin Festival

Pick your pumpkin from the Pumpkin Patch then over to the Spooky Carving Cave and turn your Pumpkin into a Scary Face.

Other activities include Halloween Treasure Hunt, cuddle and feed the animals, ride the carousel and more.

October 3rd-31st 2020

Toddler event – 5th-9th & 12th-16th October 2020

Lees Rd, Oldham, Ashton-under-Lyne OL6 8AR

T: 0161 331 3322

Crazy Club Macclesfield Halloween Party

Soft play, games, meal and more.

30th October 2020 6-8pm

Lyme Green Business Park, London Rd, Lyme Green, Macclesfield SK11 0TB

Friends of Gawsworth School Scarecrow Trail

Complete the trail around the village, solve the puzzle and enter the draw to win a voucher for the Entertainer.

Tickets available from the community shop & Harrington Arms pub over half-term or you can pay £2 by PayPal to the maps will be emailed to you.

24th October – 8th November 2020

Frights of Abraham

Halloween treats, pumpkin carving and new self-guided audio ghost tour.

24th October – 1st November 2020

Heights of Abraham, Dale Rd, Matlock DE4 3NT

Fun4all Macclesfield Halloween Party

Soft play, spooky disco, ghost hunts, colouring competition and more.

30th and 31st October 2020 4-5.45 pm

7-8 Queen’s Ave, Macclesfield SK10 2DG

Halloween at Gulliver’s Kingdom, Matlock

Monsters are taking over Gulliver’s Theme Parks for a spooky season of Halloween fun.

October 24 – October 31 2020

Temple Walk, Matlock Bath DE4 3PG

Halloween at Gulliver’s World, Warrington

Gulliver’s has been taken over for a spook safari of Halloween fun!

24th October 2020 – 1st November 2020

Shackleton Cl, Old Hall, Warrington WA5 9YZ


Halloween glass light and marshmallow melt singalong

Create your very own Halloween glass light followed by a fire pit marshmallow melt and singalong.

Come along in your best spooky fancy dress and maybe you can win a prize for the scariest costume!!

30th October 2020 4.30-7.30pm

Lower Moss Wood Educational Nature Reserve and Wildlife Hospital, School Lane, Knutsford WA16 8SJ

T: 01565 755082

Knutsford Pumpkin Path

The event will be very different than previous years due to Covid-19  and will be available for 6 days from Monday 26th October to Saturday 31st October for families to enjoy the trail at their leisure.

No road closures will be in place and none of the usual on-street entertainment will take place on Halloween night but there will be other fun activities.

October 26, 2020 – October 31, 2020 

King Street Knutsford WA16

Messed’Up Histories – Drama and Creative Writing – Victorians with Macclesfield Museums

Online event.

This workshop will explore gruesome and awesome historical events linked to the Victorians using artefacts from the museum’s collection. Drama and creative writing will be used to create and perform stories.

The workshop is suitable for ages 7-12.

Wednesday 28th October, 1.00 pm – 2.30 pm


Parsley Pie Art Club Halloween Workshops

Childrens’ art classes which also run holiday clubs in Altrincham.

Running Halloween workshops on 30th October 2020.

T: 0161 904 9444

Pirate Pumpkin Trail at Blakemere Village

Spot the spooktacular pumpkins on this fun outdoor trail around the Village!

Craft activity included.

No need to book.

24th October – 8th November 2020

Chester Rd, Northwich CW8 2EB

Pottery Days at Cafe Glaze

Pottery and Craft Days – For children 7-11 {no parents allowed)

26th-30th October 2020

Cafe Glaze 9 Penda Way, Sandbach CW11 1GS

T: 07872 077693



Reddish Vale Farm Halloween Event

Pick your own pumpkin from the pumpkin patch and take it to carving cavern to create your own master piece – one pumpkin included per child attending the Halloween event.

Visit the animals and outdoor play areas and then join in some fangtastic fun – ‘Spooky Express’ tractor ride, Vampire Archery and more.

3rd October- 1st November 2020

Country Park, Reddish Vale Rd, Stockport SK5 7HE

Scarefest at Alton Towers

This unmissable experience takes place on selected dates in October/November when the Resort becomes home to Halloween. Open until late so you can enjoy your favourite rides in the dark!

9th – 11th, 16th October – 1st November 2020

Alton Towers Theme Park Alton Towers Resort, Alton ST10 4DB

Seven Sisters Ice Cream Halloween

Spooky Maize Maze; fancy dress prizes; goulash one cream and scary treats.

24th and 25th October 2020

29th-31st October 2020

Holmes Chapel Rd, Knutsford WA16 9ER

Severn Trent Halloween Trail

Spooky Halloween trail this October Half term, from the 24th October to 1st November 2020, 10:30am to 3pm.

Fancy dress is not mandatory but is highly encouraged.

No booking required, buy your trail map for £3 each from the shop in the visitor centre.

Tittesworth Water, Meerbrook, Leek, Staffordshire, ST13 8SW

Spooky Day Fun by Day/Fun By Night

Halloween themed day out on a rural farm in Warrington.

Stretton Road, Appleton WA4 4NW Warrington, UK

19th October – 1st November 2020

Tatton Park Dragon Trail

Luna the Dragon has lost her precious eggs, can you help her find them all? Make sure to keep track of the amount so you can collect your reward at the end.

24 October – 01 November 2020

Tatton Park Knutsford Cheshire WA16 6QN

Tatton Park Farm – Luna’s Lost Dragon Eggs

Search the farm while saying hello to our rare-breed farmyard friends, sneak through the woods, but beware of the wolf! Snap a selfie with our Halloween dragon, then collect your chocolate treat (while supplies last).

24th October – 1st November 2020

Tatton Park, Mereheath Dr, Knutsford WA16 6SG

The Pumpkin Patch at Tatton Park, Knutsford

Tatton’s Pumpkin Patch will be open from 26 – 31 October 2020 – you need to book in advance.

Meet the animals 0n the farm then head over to the pumpkin patch to pick your pumpkin.

Knutsford WA16 6SG

T: 01625 374400

Treetop Trek and Nets, Heaton Park

Open this half term for swinging through the tress and bouncing on nets!  Zip lines, obstacle courses and more.

Heaton Park, St Margaret’s Road, Manchester, M25 2GT