That spooktacular time of year, Halloween is fast approaching and we've delved deep into our book of spells to provide you with a magical list of Halloween activities and events around Chichester. Whether you're looking to keep your little witches and wizards from driving you batty in half-term, or perhaps you want to get out and enjoy some spooky fun yourself, there's something terrifyingly exciting for everyone!
26 October - 3 November
Explore the ‘Nocturnal Nature’ of our wicked wetlands in the safety of daylight!
Arundel has resident barn owls, a healthy bat population and eels of all sizes swimming through the ditches – all active at night! Discover more about our nightime nature with an owl pellet dissections sessions, a Batty Trail and Creepy Crafts. Capture tiny creatures at the Pond Explorer, too.
At the Owl Pellet Dissection workshops families discover what creatures are swallowed whole by the beaks of hungry barn owls. These 30 minute workshops provide each family with an owl pellet, gloves and magnifiers to pick apart a pellet and ID the tiny bones. Fascinating – kids love it!
25 October - 31 October
Rogate Pumpkin Patch in West Sussex offers Halloween fun for all the family with the chance to pick, decorate and carve your very own pumpkin! There will also be loads of activities including a corn maze to test out your sense of direction, barrel train to take a ride around in.
You can also dine at the Dracula’s diner, serving hot and delicious drinks and food from our various local street food caterers.
26 October - 3 November
Join the search to find Wally in the Where’s Wally? Big Museum Hunt
This half-term, WALLY, the world’s favourite children’s book character – wearing a red-and-white striped shirt and black-rimmed specs – will be travelling the country, appearing in museums, including a visit to the Gallery.
Join in the search for Wally in our search-and-find trail for the chance to receive an ‘I Found Wally!’ sticker at the end and to enter the Where’s Wally? and Kids in Museums grand prize draw competition.
31 October - 3 November
Join the spooky Halloween fun at West Dean Gardens and follow the Halloween Trail through the award-winning Gardens. Children who complete the trail will get a mouth-watering chocolate prize.
You can also make spooky Halloween paper bunting with artist and West Dean College of Arts and Conservation short course tutor, Tracey Bush. See the Spring Garden, Pergola and surrounding landscape, transformed by glorious autumn colours as you explore. Perfect for boosting energy levels before or after the Halloween Trail the Gardens Restaurant offers delicious freshly prepared breakfast (from 9am at weekends), lunches and afternoon tea. Children’s meals also available.
28 October - 1 November
Join in the fun at The Weald & Downland Living Museum Children of all ages can channel their excitement and energy into a range of hands-on activities and outdoor trails with a Hallowe’en theme. Activities vary daily* and plan to include: pumpkin carving, face painting, spine-tingling stories, scary eyes pumpkin hunt, floating ghosts, paper pumpkins, leaf clay dish, playdough, string mummies, plus many more make and take home activities. Visiting children are encouraged to wear fancy dress for their visit and can pick a free sweet treat from our lucky dip.
Book now for the Museum at Night family-friendly guided walk! This special evening is designed for families to enjoy an enchanting walk which offers a truly out of the ordinary experience.
You will be guided by lamplight to different spaces around the Museum, to hear a series of folklore and historical tales of mysterious places, magnificent creatures, spooky happenings and magical adventures!
Suitable for ages 7+, accompanied children will join a small group, guided by one of the Museum team, to walk to different spaces to hear five twilight tales.
30 October - 1 November
Discover the South’s industrial heritage at Amberley Museum, learn about technology through the years, and have fun riding our narrow gauge train and historic bus around the site. Enjoy our spooky children’s trail, and our Halloween evening on the Friday 1st.
Join storyteller Julia Macfarlane and her ‘ghost-hunting’ colleague, Helen Christmas, as they lead you around the city centre on the Chichester Ghost Tour, regaling you with myths, mystery and – frankly – a few made up stories. Find out which is the most haunted pub, the restaurant where the ghosts still play tricks on the staff and the place where the poltergeist hides.
30 - 31 October
The closing event of an action-packed season, Norman Knights at the Castle will transport visitors back to 1102, just prior to the first siege of Arundel Castle.
Visitors will have the opportunity to meet the garrison of the then Earl of Arundel, Robert de Belleme, as the troops train in preparation to receive the forces of Kind Henry I in the Duke Henry Courtyard.
This two-day event will also feature craft, weapons and armour demonstrations in the Stone Hall and the Keep as well as archery and thrilling hand-to-hand combat, filling the ground with the sights, sounds and smells of the late Norman period.
This Halloween step back in time to Regency England when the newly formed militia of the URF battle a new threat – the walking dead or reanimates. Based at the impressive setting of Stansted House in Hampshire, you will get to meet some of the organisation’s best soldiers and witness techniques of eliminating the threat. But as you enter the House and find it in darkness, you realise that something sinister is lurking downstairs in the Servants Hall. What if someone was stupid enough to release the reanimates from the prison; what could possibly go wrong?
28 October - 1 November
Visit the museum during half-term and take part in the Roman-themed activities to earn yourself a certificate and a (replica) Roman coin as your first day’s pay! New recruits will need to master drill parades, ‘sword’ and ‘spear’ practice, archery, ‘stone’ throwing, dressing-up Roman-style, roman board games and learn about the medicines used 2,000 years ago. Plus have a go at tasting some Roman-style food and acquire your own SPQR ‘tattoo’ and a fake wound if you are brave enough!