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Halloween Events and Pumpkin picking near Midhurst, West Sussex


It’s that time of year again, when days are getting shorter and there’s a chill in the air. So, as we approach Halloween, what is there around the local area to occupy the little ones?


Pumpkin Picking:

Pumpkin carving is always a big hit, and your small people will love going out into a field to choose their own pumpkins. We’re lucky to have one relatively near in the South Downs.


Rogate Pumpkin Patch

Rogate is a family run pumpkin farm and magical pumpkin-themed outdoors event. Your entry ticket transports you into a wonderful world of everything spooky and pumpkin. Families and visitors of all ages return year after year for a fun-filled day with memories to cherish. Complete your visit by picking your pumpkins from a spectacular array of colours and sizes, conjuring up everything from munchkins to monsters for you to take home and carve more wonderful fun together. Open Fri 14th daily through to Sun 30th October.


Halloween Events near Midhurst & West Sussex:

Amberley Museum – Halloween Evening – 19th October

Go on a ride on the ghost train and look out for what is lurking in the woods! Discover the 36-acre Museum after dark with all exhibits open for exploring 6 pm – 9 pm. There is a spooky ghost walk where you can learn about their ghostly happenings. Halloween evening is only suitable for those over the age of 12. But they also have other Halloween activities during half term which are suitable for younger participants. https://www.amberleymuseum.co.uk/whats-on/


Weald & Down Museum – Horrible Tasks of the Past - October half term – 22nd October to 30th October 10.30 am to 4 pm.

Take part in some horrible tasks of the past as you explore the Museum. On arrival, you will be given an instruction note directing you to a special location. There you will start your route to find out more about horrible things that people (including children) had to eat, smell, experience or do as a job or household task in the past. As well as the special trail you will also be able to enjoy all the other things which the museum has to offer. The museum focuses very much on English social history and farming. Spread over 40 acres it has over 50 historic buildings to explore. https://www.wealddown.co.uk/events/oct-half-term-activities/


Washbrook Farm – October Half Term

Washbrooks Family Farm has everything you need, indoor play areas, outdoor play areas, pedal tractors to ride on and plenty of opportunities to get up close to farm animals. Find out more about Halloween events at the farm. https://washbrooks.co.uk/whats-on/


Fishers Farm Park – Halloween Happy Hauntings - 22nd October to 30th October 10 am to 5 pm

Fun for the whole family, it includes a general Halloween theme throughout the farm park. Think decorating pumpkins and Halloween iced biscuits. As well as all the giant play areas outside and inside, soft play, the farm animals, animal encounters and tractor rides. There is also the ghost train which takes you through a spooky tunnel. And new for this year is the ‘Little Boo Barn’ to see magical creatures and enchanting sights. Finish the day by taking part in the spooktacular family disco and dance the monster mash. https://fishersfarmpark.co.uk/halloween-happy-hauntings


Sky Park Farm -Spooky Halloween Activities – Dates throughout October

Book now for half term fun at Sky Park Farm. Along with the grand opening of the Tree Top Towers on Monday 24th October, there a series of spooky events to celebrate Halloween:

MONDAY 24TH OCTOBER

Grand Opening of Tree Top Towers. The new extension to the Adventure Playground is opening! Get ready to scale new heights in the handcrafted Treetop Towers. Freshly Made Sourdough Pizza in the Adventure Playground . Enjoy Sky Park Farm’s famous freshly made sourdough pizza. As a one off, the pop up will be available in the Adventure Playground from 11.30am-2pm.

Spooky Creature Teacher

THE CREATURE TEACHERS are back at Sky Park Farm from 11am – 3pm in The Deer Hub. Lisa Kiely, and some of her Creature handlers will be in the Deer Hub for those visiting the Farm Experience. Entry will be free for those who book Farm Experience tickets before 23rd October. There will be a small charge of £1 per child for those who book or arrive on the day. The Creature Teachers will have four stations with a variety of creatures to be seen. An owl will be out for the duration and there will be multiple opportunities to handle a snake! The Creature Teachers will also be bringing many insects and little animals for everyone to learn more about! Get up close to the array of creatures that will be available on the day.

WEDNESDAY 26th, THURSDAY 27th, FRIDAY 28th OCTOBER

Monster School

Find your spookiest costume and join Monster School in the Deer Hub! Book now to guarantee your place for an hour of spooky fun. With sessions starting at 10.30am, 12.30pm and 2.30pm, activities include:

· Potion making

· Scaring lesson

· Monster mask making

· Apple bobbing

· Slime making

Monster School will cost £10 per child, and is bookable on Sky Park Farm website.


Monster Hot Dogs

Sky Park Farm’s monster hot dogs will be on sale in a Monster Pop Up on The Terrace from 11.30am to 2pm. The hot dogs will cost £5 each, and gluten free options are available.

DAILY DURING HALF TERM

Halloween Monster Hunt

It’s time to go on a Monster Hunt! Collect your booklet from the Visitor Centre, and see if you can find all the monsters hiding along our Farm Trail. A treat will be given to the clever explorers who can find all the naughty monsters hiding in the park.


Petersfield Museum Halloween Fun Day

Put on your costume, grab your broomstick and wand and enter Petersfield Museum and Art Gallery if you dare! Celebrate Halloween with ghostly crafts, spooky storytelling and modern twists on traditional games and don’t forget the Daemon Disco and fancy dress competition!

Fun for all the family including:

· Daemon Disco

· Crafts

· Face Painting

· Ghost Stories


Petworth House and Park

This October at Petworth House and Park go and try the new self-guided trails for families. Inside the house there’s a Halloween Wings and Whiskers trail. While outdoors in the Pleasure Garden, start at the Shepherds Hut for ideas and inspiration of what to spot on a family walk - including wildlife, the best autumn colour and plants putting on a show. Also come and make some spook-tastic Halloween craft to take home on one of the drop in craft days – 23, 24 and 25 October. https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/lists/october-half-term-and-halloween-in-and-around-the-south-downs


Saddlescombe Farm, South Downs – half term

Choose your own pumpkin and then transform it into your own scary creation then make your own Halloween animal mask. https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/lists/october-half-term-and-halloween-in-and-around-the-south-downs


About Us:

The Country Mouse Children's Nursery is an excellent nursery in Midhurst, 10 minutes from Petworth and 20 minutes from Chichester, with childcare places for 2 months-5 year olds. We can offer your child fabulous fun filled days of activities to help them learn and make lots of new friends. We have a beautiful large garden with brilliant outdoor learning. Please come and see us, our fantastic classrooms and our magical garden!...and our very special staff team.


Visit the Country Mouse Nursery Website at: www.thecountrymousenursery.co.uk






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