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Winchester mum and content creator Candice Boyce (@mum_of_leos) takes us though her favourite activities to do with her children in the lead up to Halloween.

“Halloween is a time for spooky fun and treats, and there’s no better place to celebrate than in the historic city of Winchester. With narrow, cobbled streets and ancient buildings, Winchester is the perfect setting for a Halloween adventure.

Here are some Halloween activities for kids in Winchester:

Science Spooktacular at Winchester Science Centre and Planetarium: This annual event is packed with spooky science experiments, demonstrations, and activities. There is also a trick or treat trail and a monster mini disco! Children dressed up as wizards

Watercress Line Wizard Week: During Wizard Week, the Watercress Line railway transforms into a magical world of wizards and witches. Kids can dress up in their favourite costumes, ride the train to different stations, and take part in a variety of wizarding activities.

2 children making a potion


Scary Saxons and Peculiar Potions at 878 AD: This event takes place at the 878 AD living history centre and is perfect for kids who love a bit of history. Kids can learn about the Halloween traditions of the Anglo-Saxons, and even make their own potions.


Spooky Winch must be one of our favourite things to do every year, and it’s completely free! Grab a trail sheet from the Visitor Information Centre, The Arc or the City Museum, and then make your way around the city. Using the spooky map, you can finish the trail and hand in your completed sheet to any of the where if you figure out the answer to the riddle, you get a little prize!

There are also many Halloween parties for kids held in Winchester throughout October, including one at the Nutshell at the end of month.

No matter what your kids’ interests are, you’re sure to find a Halloween activity they’ll enjoy in Winchester. So, get ready for a spooky and fun Halloween in this beautiful city!”

For more inspiration, visit our October Half Term page.

The Winchester Ambassadors are a group of volunteers who enjoy sharing their passion for their city. They were assembled to provide visitors with a local’s view of the city and its attractions. Their thoughts, insights and tips are independent and are not paid for. The Winchester Ambassadors are not affiliated with any of the brands or businesses mentioned in their posts or endorsed by Winchester City Council.