Have a spooktacular Halloween

Unfortunately, many Halloween traditions are not possible this year due to coronavirus (COVID-19) restrictions.

However, there are plenty of fun and creative ways to celebrate Halloween safely and help save lives by preventing the spread of coronavirus.

Why not try these at home:

  • virtual online party - have a Halloween quiz or costume competition
  • get creative,  print out our colouring sheets and poster and decorate them with pens and pencils – you could use them as objects in the scary scavenger trail
  • scary scavenger trail - hide clues or Halloween objects around the house or garden
  • pumpkin carving competition - host a competition in your household, or virtually, for the best carved pumpkin
  • make Halloween treats at home - decorate a pizza to look like a jack 'o' lantern, ghosts or spiders
  • film night - watch a Halloween-themed film with your household

More Halloween fun

Read a spooky BOOOOOook

With the crisp autumn chill in the air, get cosy and settle down with your favourite hot drink. It’s the perfect time to read a spine chilling book - from dark fairy tales to spooky mysteries. There are lots of not so scary books for the little ones too.

Here are some of our recommendations.




Find your next book.

Heritage craft goodie bag

Our Heritage team have put together a craft bag packed with indoor Halloween activities for your little ones this October half term.

The bag will include:

  • make a ghost
  • make a mask
  • make a paper chain
  • pumpkin fact cards
  • colouring in sheet
  • stickers
  • heritage Halloween badge

The bag includes craft supplies for each activity excluding tape, glue and pens.

Packs cost £4. We can only accept card payments.

You can buy craft bags from Upnor Castle shop, the Visitor Information Centre in Rochester and Guildhall Museum from Saturday 24 October to Sunday 1 November.

Do not waste your pumpkins

A staggering 12.8 million pumpkins are expected to be left uneaten this year. Join Hubbub Pumpkin Rescue and eat your pumpkin this year. There are recipes for dinners, desserts and more.

Here are five things to do with your pumpkin instead of putting it in the bin:

  • compost it
  • feed it to wildlife 
  • put down the knife - why not try sticking eyes and ears on rather than cutting and carving
  • eat your pumpkin
  • drink your pumpkin

Find out more and join the pumpkin rescue.