7 brilliant half term & Halloween activities in Oxfordshire

October Half Term & Halloween Activities in Oxfordshire

What to do in Oxfordshire this October half term and Halloween

We’ve scoured the length and breadth of Oxfordshire and put together a list of the best October half-term and Halloween activities, events and things to do in Oxfordshire.

There are loads of things to do with kids – even if a downpour threatens to send you inside - including child-friendly shows and great things to do indoors with the kids over the October half-term in Oxford and across Oxfordshire.

And dare we mention that 'Trick or treat' season is also upon us. What to do with little ones dressed up for a celebration that may very well look and feel a little bit different this year due to the "rule of six" as well as local lockdown restrictions across many parts of the country.

Have a look at our suggestions below and get planning. We hope this list will help you to find all the half-term activities near you that you need to experience truly amazing half term days out this October from 24 October to 01 November.

1. Pick your own pumpkins

Pick your own pumpkins in Oxfordshire

Where to go pumpkin picking in Oxfordshire in 2021

It’s that time of the year. Put on your boots, and head to one of these pick-your-own PYO pumpkin patches in Oxfordshire and beyond.

2. Take a halloween themed afternoon tea

This Halloween, treat the kids to a spooktacular Afternoon Tea. Expect sweet treats with ghostly and ghastly themes. And there’s an eerie twist to regular afternoon teas for adults too.

3. Explore science, ideas and creative activities for everyone

09 to 26 October

IF Oxford 2021 – Oxford Science + Ideas Festival

Bringing together hundreds of researchers with thousands of people in a festival every year - with science, ideas and creative activities for everyone to explore.

4. Join a spooky halloween trail

As Halloween creeps closer and the days shorten, join with family and friends during the October half-term holiday to explore any one of these fun and spooky Halloween trails in Oxfordshire.

5. Enjoy an enormous fireworks display

Abingdon Family Spooktacular 2021
30 & 31 October

Abingdon Family Spooktacular 2021

Enjoy an enormous fairground, choreographed flame display, light show, hot air balloons, and a jaw-dropping, quarter-mile-wide ‘low noise’ fireworks display.

6. Unearth new outdoor adventures

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7. Visit a spooky Victorian station

27, 28, 30 & 31 October

Hallowsteam! at Didcot Railway Centre

Young visitors are invited to come along dressed as witches, wizards, ghosts, ghouls, zombies and skeletons for this spellbinding Hallowsteam event on 27, 28, 30 & 31 October.

The fun doesn’t stop if the rain starts

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Cutteslowe Park Miniature Railway
Various dates

Cutteslowe Park Miniature Railway – 2021 Events

The Cutteslowe Park Miniature Railway reopened for the 2021 season in April and will be running miniature locomotives for passenger carrying rides on various dates in 2021.