By Beth Doherty
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October half term and its spooky celebrations may be a bit different this year, but there is still plenty of local activities to keep the spooky spirit alive.

Here’s a round-up of some local events to keep your little ghosts ‘n’ ghouls entertained this half term.


Explore Cholderton Rare Breeds Farm

When you book online tickets between October 24 and November 1, you will receive a free child return ticket if they embrace the Halloween spirit and come in fancy dress!

There will be pumpkin picking, a spooky woodland trail, and some special appearances from some creepy crawlies to get you in the mood for Halloween.

Get crafty at home with activity packs from Wiltshire Creative

For those who would rather stay cosy in their own homes, Wiltshire Creative have a half-term activities pack full or colouring-in, creepy crafts, and other half-term fun. You can download the free printable packs here.

If you want to be a bit more adventurous, pottery at-home kits are also available. The kits can be purchased and collected from Salisbury Arts Centre and are suitable for any age. Packs are £8 and can be ordered here.

Pumpkin Picking at the patch in Fordingbridge

Pick a pumpkin for some creative carving at Fordingbridge’s pumpkin patch. Entry is free and you will find over 25,000 pumpkins to choose from.

On-site are lots of other fun activities from coffee for parched parents, to a pumpkin house and toad trial for children.

Get physical at JK Coaching Rugby Camp

All ages and abilities are welcome at JK Coaching and Mentoring’s half-term rugby camp based at Hudson’s field.

Sessions will be based around improving fundamental skills, fun drills and gameplay. Sessions run between October 26 – October 30 and 10am-12pm or 12pm-2pm costing £20 a day. To find out more email

Haunted Hangars at the Army Flying Museum

British units stationed in Afghanistan on Operation Herrick would memorialise their tour by painting a section of the perimeter blast wall of Camp Bastion.

Images from the Blast Wall artwork display will be used to create a trail around the museum: look out for the fun and fearsome characters. If you spot them all, visit the gift shop to collect a prize. To book, click here.

Freaky films at the drive-in cinema

The drive-in theatre at Southern Counties Auctioneers, Netherhampton,  is showing Hotel Transylvania at 6.30pm for some freaky family fun. The drive-in theatre allows you to stay in the comfort of your own family bubble, turning your car into a cinema.

The film has a U rating and tells the tale of a monster who falls in love with Dracula’s daughter. After finding out they are sworn enemies, the Romeo and Juliet of the monster world find a way to let love conquer. To get tickets, click here.

Scary stories at Old Sarum

Gather your ghosts and ghouls for a trail of creepy clues and scary stories around Old Sarum castle. Make sure you dress in your best fangs and capes for a fancy dress competition, with one lucky winner a day.

Prices are £3.90 for children and £6.50 for adults, to book your tickets, click here.

Salisbury scavenger hunt

15 pumpkins have been hidden in shop windows around Salisbury between October 19 and November 1.

Collect a trail map from Salisbury Information Centre on Fish Row and find the names of the 15 pumpkins and submit your entry form to be entered into a prize draw.