October Half Term

Spooky fun for all the family during the school holidays

24 October - 01 November 2015

  • Family Fun

We've got extra family friendly activities taking place at Shakespeare's Family Homes from 24 October - 1 November, so come and join in the fun!

Unless otherwise stated, activites take place from 12pm - 4pm daily and are included in admission, so if you already have a valid ticket you can come along for free!


Shakespeare's Birthplace

Meet Shakespeare's Ghosts 

Shakespeare's Birthplace is being haunted by some of the spookiest characters from his plays! Beware the ghostly apparitions lurking around the house, reciting the creepiest and most atmospheric excerpts from Shakespeare's plays. 


Mary Arden's Farm

All Hallows Week

Carve your own pumpkin* and bring it with you to hear the Legend of Stingy Jack, who ended up being known as 'Jack o' the Lantern' after playing tricks on the devil. Make scented beads to ward off evil spirits at this spooky time of year.

*A small additional charge applies for pumpkin carving


Hall's Croft

Haunted Hall's Croft: Ghost Stories 

Gather round the fireplace to hear spooky ghost stories inspired by some of the objects found at Hall's Croft. 

Stratford Town Ghost Walks: 30 & 31 Oct only (additional charges apply)

Take a walk around the haunted streets of Stratford-upon-Avon, if you dare. Discover terrible tales of ghosts, witches, murder and misery on the Stratford Town Ghost Walk and finish with a talk at Hall's Croft. For more information or to book a place visit StratfordTownWalks.co.uk


Anne Hathaway's Cottage & Gardens

Make a Halloween Puppet 

Design and create your own scary woodland creature to frighten your friends and family. Use the woodland as your inspiration and create scary puppets to take home with you. Plus, don't miss the special new activities we've added to our Family Activity Marquee for half term.

Woodland Spell, Toil and Trouble. 

Discover some of the plants used in potion making, then head to the spooky spell casting clearing to cast your spell. 

Halloween Puppet Havoc: 31 Oct only

'When shall we three meet again?' Join in with the fun during our interactive Halloween puppet shows on 31 October. Meet the three witches and help them to brew up a potion to cause havoc at the cottage. Shows will take place regularly between 12pm and 4pm.


Harvard House

Four and twenty blackbirds baked in a pie

The Tudors ate a range of different meats, including sparrow and rabbit. What would you put in your ideal Tudor pie? Come and design your very own culinary concoction at Harvard House this October half term.




Don't miss our fabulous family trails that bring each of the houses to life with extra puzzles and treasure hunts for children of all ages. Find the ingredients to cast a spell, hunt for invading bats, spot the difference between a doctor's medicines and the wise woman's charms and more this October half term!