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Spooky days out in Winchester this Halloween 2020


Is everyone ready for the spookiest night of the year? We have some great ideas to get you into the Halloween spirit.

A street in Winchester with the Cathedral at the end

Spooky Winchester Word Hunt

Take a walk around the mysterious and eerie cobbled streets of Winchester for the Spooky Winchester Word Hunt. Find all the pumpkin signs displayed in windows of local businesses around the city centre and write down the words you find. Once you have found all nine words take your trail sheet to either the visitor information centre or Winchester Discovery Centre to collect your prize. You will also be entered into a prize draw to win a Halloween-inspired hamper, filled with lots of great gifts, kindly donated by local businesses. A perfect fun-filled and free afternoon in Winchester for kids and big kids alike.

Chawton House Gothic Month

Celebrate the spookiest holiday of the year at Chawton House. Enjoy a gothic supper, take a wilderness walk in the moonlight, treat yourself to a Halloween inspired afternoon tea or sit beside the virtual fireside for tales of terror to freeze the blood. During half term make sure your little ghosts and ghouls have their costumes on for free admission to the Gothic Garden trail – see wicker spiders, giant pumpkins and take a visit to the old pet cemetery. There is something to scare everyone at Chawton House this year.

Gilbert White’s House Twilight Creatures

As darkness falls make your way to Gilbert White’s House and discover the creatures who come out to hunt when the sun has set. From badgers to bats you will uncover the secret lives of night time creatures. Find out more here.

Gilbert White's House

Marwell Zoo – Supersized!

For those of us who prefer less of a spooky celebration take the whole family to Marwell Zoo and explore the larger than life brick adventure – SUPERSIZED! With 30 fearsome creatures magnified to eye-popping size including the venomous blue-ringed octopus and the aptly named assassin bug. The exhibition closes on 1 November so visit soon to not miss out.

Fort Nelson Monster hunt

Are you brave enough to go on a monster hunt at Fort Nelson? Ten highly explosive and dangerous bombs have escaped from the ammo store and are hiding out around the Fort. The only way to defuse them is to discover all ten and find out their names. Can you take on the challenge?

Royal Armouries - Fort Nelson

Closer to home

If you are looking to celebrate Halloween this year at home why not visit the high street and pick up some supplies and make yourself a completely unique costume – what will you go as? Witch? Ghost? Maybe a cat? Be sure to share your creations with King Alf on our social media channels.

It’s time to turn down the lights, pull the curtains and put on your favourite scary movie. Why not grab a delivery from your favourite restaurant in the district to complement your fright night.

Winchester’s history is fascinating, but it can also be quite spooky. Halloween can be the perfect time to visit any of the brilliant museums in the city centre and discover Winchester’s past. Did you know the Westgate Museum was once a prison? Look out for some of their spooky spotter quizzes and trails this Halloween half term too.

The Westgate Museum

Share your spooky Halloween celebrations with King Alf on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. For more events and activities to keep the kids busy this half term take a look at our events calendar.