Holidays can be a blessing and a curse: you get some much needed time off and some quality time to spend at home with the kids, but they can easily get bored and you can easily find yourself stagnating on the sofa for half the week. However, considering the October half term is coming up, there’s a few preparations to be made to accommodate for the kids being out of school for a whole week. Just because it’s the spooky season doesn’t mean you can’t take some time away without the trick or treaters! There’s plenty of things to do and see to make the holiday around Halloween as good as it can be, so here’s a few last minute ideas on what to do.
Try a day trip to Castle or Two
The half term is perfect for a day trip. They’re good for picnics out on mildewed grass, and the jumper can come off by the time afternoon rolls around. Why not head out to a castle near you for a few hours?
Having a little dash of learning in your holiday soup is great for young minds, and can keep them in a school mood, making going back on Monday not as hard to do as usual. Pack a warm blanket to sit on and some extra batteries for the camera, it’s time to get the knights and princesses shot we always love to indulge in. Hope you like bringing wooden swords home with you!
Go Crazy with the Decorations
Halloween is that time of year we can make the house look as messy as we want and no one bats an eyelid. So going along this vein, craft to your heart’s content.
Get out and about with creating! Try a pumpkin farm for a good day out, and the promise of some great craftables. You never know, you might be able to turn the house into an exhibition for the whole neighbourhood.
Visit the Big City for a day trip
Take a day trip or two to London when you have the time during the holidays to make use of all the extra special attractions they have in the capital. There’s a lot of hidden treasures as well as the main tourist traps, and getting a good balance between the two is important for a good time.
Of course, the kids aren’t going to mind when they’re having as much fun as they’ve ever had, but for the adults it can get a little stale. However, keep things spiced up for the whole family with such a variety of activities to get stuck into.
There’s the historical side, the gory side, the sea life side, the out and about side, and of course the shopping privileges. The Natural History Museum and the British Library are both strong contenders due to their size and hosting ability, and there’s even an ice rink to have a spin about in! Show off your moves, or end up on your backside; either way, it’s a laugh.
The London Dungeon is always popular around this time of year, so make sure to book some tickets for it to bypass the huge queues if you fancy spooking your socks off, and those of your kids!
Try a Mini Holiday
It’s half term, and usually that means no heavy commitments for a family. However, a small holiday away can do you a lot of good at this time of year. It’s still not too late to book, if that’s what you’re thinking!
A cruise is especially beautiful at this time of year, and most importantly has a lower cost to it than during the summer. If you missed out earlier this year, try that now. Going on a cruise will take you to warmer climates and sunnier areas, perfect for those autumn or winter blues. Using sites such as Bolsover Cruise Club, you can find any cruise at any time for as long as you need it to be, and at a deal rate. Its great when most of the leg work in travelling is taken care of for you, and all you need to do is focus on the packing and best sunning positions.
There’s quite a lot you can get up to that has a range for the whole family during this half term. No matter your whims or wants, get your teeth stuck into it now and prepare for pre winter season; you can really ramp up the excitement for everyone when you take some time away or a day trip beforehand.