It probably doesn’t seem two minutes since the summer holidays ended, but half term is upon us again! Days off with the kids and trying to keep them entertained with trips out can become expensive. But we’re here to let you know that it doesn’t take weekends away and an endless budget to stop the kids getting bored and restless. We have many inexpensive ideas to keep them occupied, from pumpkin carving to autumn arts and crafts.

October is all about Halloween! Whether they like trick or treating or pumpkin carving, we have plenty of Halloween-themed activities for the little ones to enjoy…

Pumpkin carving

Pumpkin carving is an activity that all the family can get involved in.

You will need:

Pumpkin carvingPlan of action:

  1. Start by getting the kids to draw their desired Halloween face on a piece of plain paper.
  2. It’s then over to you to cut out the paper shape to leave a paper stencil. Set aside.
  3. Get your pumpkin carving set (suitable for over 3s) and cut the top off the pumpkin. Scoop out all the inside.
  4. Stick the stencil onto the pumpkin and draw the shape onto your pumpkin.
  5. Carve out the stencil shape (the kids might need some help with this part).

Next, turn off the lights and place LED lights inside the pumpkin to really make its face glow!

Top tip: Use the pumpkin’s insides to make pumpkin soup or pumpkin pie

Homemade Halloween decorations

Get into the spirit of Halloween with some Halloween decorations, and what better way to embrace the spooky season than making your own Halloween decorations with your kids.

Autumn-inspired homemade pumpkins

You will need:

  • Foraged leaves – the more orange colour the better
  • A4 paper
  • green pen
  • black pen
  • PVA glue

How to make them:

  1. Draw a shape of a pumpkin on a piece of paper
  2. Stick on the leaves to cover the pumpkin shape
  3. Next, draw on eyes and a menacing smile, and colour them in black
  4. Add a green pumpkin stalk
  5. Cut out the pumpkin shape

Halloween hunt

We’ve all heard of an Easter egg hunt, but what about a Halloween hunt? Just like an Easter egg hunt, kids have to hunt for the prizes, but because it’s Halloween you have to throw some creepy crawlies in there…fake ones of course! Don’t worry you can include chocolate and treats too!

Take a look at what you can put in your Halloween hunt…


And the kids can collect their freakish finds in our Halloween loot bags and buckets.

Whatever you get up to during half term, make it a frightfully good one!


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