Halloween for kids in Bristol 2018Posted on: 03 Oct 2018
Halloween is certainly one of the most exciting times for kids; wacky fancy dress, sweets and frightful fun. Maybe it’s time to treat them to something a little more than an evening of trick or treating. Browse our list of amazing, spook-filled activities happening in Bristol over the half-term – these picks are sure to be a treat for the whole family. Find lots of 'kids go free', heaps of creativity and loads of interactive days out below...
Halloween costumes at Fun Warehouse and Halloween Warehouse in The Galleries
Need to get the kids a brand-new Halloween outfit – or pick up some more fake blood? Of course, you do – the event would be incomplete without. Head to Fun Warehouse in The Galleries for an amazing range of fancy dress on the 2nd floor. ALSO their Halloween Warehouse will be open soon on the ground floor!
Halloween @ Bristol Zoo Gardens
20th October – 4th November
Take the kids to Bristol Zoo Gardens during the spooky season for a celebration of ghoulish animals. With spooky storytelling, a real-life bat cave, a mystery Halloween trail and more; the Zoo really has it all when it comes to giving the kids the perfect Halloween entertainment. Oh, and did we say that they go free with a paying adult? Head to their Facebook page for more info.
Spooktacular by Big Fish Little Fish @ Lakota
28th October, 1:30 pm – 4 pm
Looking for something on the alternative side? Take the kids to this unique event at Bristol’s iconic rave venue - Lakota – for an afternoon of music, multi-sensory dancefloors, craft tables and more! Big Fish Little Fish – the promoters behind the event – is an award-winning family rave established five years ago and have since gained acclaim from the likes of The Guardian. With some grown-up music happening inside the venue, other rooms will have baby chillout spaces, play areas and, ball pools. Expect glitter cannons, bubbles balloon and a lot of fancy dress. Head to their Facebook page for more details.
Halloween PugFest @ Avon Riding Centre
Pugs AND Halloween? It’s every child’s dream! Head to the Avon Riding Centre on 28th October for Bristol’s annual PugFest, this year following a unique Halloween theme. The event has a family-run lineup including a Pug Dog show, a Halloween photo booth, craft stalls and more. The festival has some very special guests for the occasion, too. Vanessa Davies – creator and producer of Disney’s pug-filled blockbuster ‘Patrick’ will be coming along with the real Patrick the Pug himself! What’s not to like?! Head here for more information.
Half term fun @ AirHop
They aren't technically hosting any Halloween-themed events this year, but that doesn't mean that AirHop isn't home to some of the most exciting activities around! Boasting the world's biggest indoor trampoline park, huge foam pit, trampoline dodgeball court, basketball slam dunk zone, Wipeout course and more, AirHop is the perfect day out for you and your kids this Autumn half term.
Halloween family fun day @ The Helicopter Museum
Get to grips with creepy animals such as owls, reptiles, bugs and, bats: literally! The Helicopter Museum is hosting a jam-packed family fun day in honour of Halloween. Let the kids meet their favorite scary movie characters, climb aboard the haunted helicopter and watch a live magic show. Kids who arrive in fancy dress grab free admission!
Spooky Fun @ Avon Valley Adventure Wildlife Park
27th October – 4th November
Join the team at Avon Valley Adventure Wildlife Park for a spooky fun happening between 27th October and 4th November! Every day, the park will host a haunting adventure for all the family to enjoy and explore. Every adventurer will receive a free pumpkin for carving, while they’ll be an immersive street theatre and characters around the park for you to meet. Creepy crawly showcases, mazes and monster trails: it’s all happening! More information here.
Halloween activities for half-term @ Puxton Park
29th October – 2nd November
Head down to Puxton’s amazing family-friendly farm in the half-term for some spooky activities throughout the week! On Tuesday 30th October, descend in your very best fancy dress for Disco Steve’s Fancy Dress Disco, or check out some creepy critters on Friday! With different activities happening every day there’s bound to be something that tickles the fancy of your tots. More info here!
Scary Claws & Spooky Tours @ Bristol Aquarium
20th October – 4th November
On top of a tour around the iconic aquarium, the team is throwing in some creepy family-friendly activities free of charge this half-term! Delve into the ocean’s dark side; feed giant piranhas, touch real lobster claws and enjoy horror-filled tours between October 20th and 4th November. Head to their page for more information.
The Spooky Ship @ Brunel’s SS Great Britain
31st October – 3rd November
Step inside Bristol’s iconic SS Great Britain ship for an evening of Victorian fright-festivities. Tour the ship’s darkest and spookiest corners, while professional actors from Bristol Old Vic roam the decks forging a frightfully fun night to remember. This fantastic event happening across four days brings Halloween together with theatre, history and, wonder. But beware: this event is suitable for ages 8+. Grab tickets here!
Get Gooey at Brizzle Kids Clubhouse @ The Galleries
1st November, 11 am – 4 pm
Okay: this isn’t exactly Halloween-themed: but it’s magical, creative and the kids will definitely love it. Entertain the creative juices by joining the Clubhouse’s free mermaid and monster slime-making workshop. Suitable for children aged 4 and above!
Kate is a second-year Philosophy student at the University of Bristol. Alongside helping to run the online side of the university's independent student newspaper, Kate regularly contributes to music platforms in the city. You can follow Kate on Twitter at @katefhutchison.