When the cooler October winds of autumn blow, kids and adults alike can’t help but look forward to Halloween celebrations. Throughout Wiltshire, there are plenty of events to help you enjoy the season. From a pumpkin festival and fancy dress to sweets and a number of half term activities, Wiltshire is the place to be in October.
Wiltshire is the type of place that is perfect for Halloween celebrations and events. Thanks to its vast farmland, historic towns, villages and churches, it has some great activities to pique your spooky spirit. With dozens of Wiltshire holiday cottages available, the October half term is a great time for you and your family to visit the region.
Here are some of the best Halloween activities happening in Wiltshire this October:
From 22 October until the day before Halloween, Roves Farm in Swindon will be having a Pumpkin Festival. Visitors can design and carve a pumpkin. There will be plenty of spooky Halloween-inspired activities at the farm, including haunted tractor rides.
Old Sarum in Salisbury will be hosting Halloween events for the half term – from 24-28 October. Kids are welcome to visit the creepy castle at the English Heritage site. There will be ghost stories, plenty of fancy dress, and arts and crafts.
Organisers at Stonehenge will also be celebrating the autumnal season throughout October. Visitors can find out how Neolithic people farmed and harvested the local Wiltshire countryside so many years ago. There will be demonstrations and hands-on activities to keep everyone interested.
Ansty Pick Your Own and Farm Shop will be hosting a Pumpkin Olympics at their farm just outside of Salisbury. There will be more than 20 different pumpkin-related games held over the course of the event. Over the October half term, there will be pumpkin skittles, football, pumpkin and spade races, and more.
Family-friendly Wiltshire ghosts and ghouls
In Swindon, there will be a Halloween Ghost Train on the Swindon & Cricklade Railway. A family-friendly event, organisers say there will be prizes and treats for the kids aboard the ghoulish train. The stations along the way will also be decked out for Halloween as well. It promises to be a fantastic Halloween event.
One of Wiltshire’s premier destinations, Longleat House and Safari Park will host a number of Halloween activities this year. You can be chased by skeletons in a haunted maze, or take a scary ride on the park’s Ghost Train. The stunning manor house will also be part of the Halloween fun. Fancy dress is encouraged for all those visiting, and hopefully some of Longleat’s animals will join the spooky celebrations too.
The Salisbury Playhouse is running a Play in a Day Halloween Adventure on 27 October from 10.30am – 3.00pm, where children between 5–7 years can spend a day working with directors, technicians, props, costumes and lighting in order to make their own special Halloween show.
Visitors to Trowbridge can stop by the local museum for some Halloween fun. They are encouraging visitors to come and make scary Halloween trick or treat bags on 24 October, as well as Halloween masks on 28 October. Contact the Trowbridge Museum for more information or to book tickets.
Bowood House in Calne is planning a number of Halloween activities as well. Starting from 27 October all the way to Halloween, the property will celebrate with some scary events. There will be a special Spooky Treasure Trail to keep the kids entertained. Organisers will provide the kids with maps and lead them through Bowood’s Adventure Playground all the way into the grounds designed by Capability Brown. There will be Halloween-themed arts and crafts activities as well.
For the truly adventurous, several locations in Wiltshire are reportedly haunted. The Halloween season is the perfect time to pay them a visit. In Trowbridge, there have been hauntings reported at the White Swan pub as well as the Shires Shopping Centre. At the pub, the cellar has been known for moving objects and other ghostly activities. Visitors to the shopping centre have said they can hear children singing and the sound of footsteps in the area.
If you are looking to get up close with the spirits in Wiltshire, the Salisbury Ghost Walk – sponsored by the town’s Information Centre – takes visitors on a creepy tour of the scarier parts of Salisbury’s past.
For those without fear, there are also stories of the devil spending time around Silbury Hill in Marlborough. Marlborough Halloween Beer Festival supporting the Teenage Cancer Trust will be open from 30 October until 2 November.