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As Halloween draws closer and the colder weather approaches, you may be wondering which activities you can entertain the kids with.

If you’re stuck at a loose end and wondering how to keep them occupied during October half term and beyond, then we think we might be able to help.

Local attractions such as Drayton Manor Park, Alton Towers Resort, West Midland Safari Park and Cadbury World have organised some family friendly events so everyone can get involved this Halloween.

Drayton Manor Park Halloween events

Drayton Manor is hosting spooky activities from Saturday October 16 to Sunday October 31.

Here’s the list of Halloween events happening at Drayton Manor this year.

  • Thomas Land themed shows at Knapford Station Balcony
  • Meet and greets with the Thomas and Friends™ characters including the Fat Controller, Rusty and Dusty
  • Hay Bale Trail
  • Boo Bash with Rory the Lion
  • Nutty Professor and Frankenstein street performances

Open for half term will be the popular rides and attractions such as the Apocalypse, Shockwave and Maelstrom as well as the new Adventure Cove nautical area with River Rapids and more than 25 Thomas Land rides including the Troublesome Trucks Runaway Rollercoaster.

Dudley News: Halloween events are taking place across the West Midlands (Drayton Manor)Halloween events are taking place across the West Midlands (Drayton Manor)

The Fireworks Extravaganza will take place on Friday October 29 and Saturday October 30 and is set to feature a fireworks and laser display with an upbeat British soundtrack which will commemorate the last year.

William Bryan, Managing Director at Drayton Manor Park, said: “We are thrilled to be back with our spook-tacular Halloween festivities this October half-term!

“We wanted to make this our most frightfully-fun Halloween yet, and we’re looking forward to welcoming visitors from across the country to get involved in all the spooky entertainment and activities we have planned, with plenty of treats for the whole family along the way!”

How to get tickets to Drayton Manor Park’s Halloween events

You can buy tickets now via the Drayton Manor website. Customers are advised to book early to avoid disappointment. 

Drayton Manor gives its customers the opportunity to stay at its hotel which includes 150 family rooms and 15 Thomas Land themed bedrooms with the chance to eat breakfast with the Fat Controller and friends.

Alton Towers Resort Halloween events

Alton Towers is hosting spooky activities from Friday October 15 to Sunday October 31 as part of its Scarefest event.

Here’s what you can experience at Alton Towers' Scarefest this year.

  • Scare mazes
  • The Alton Towers Dungeon
  • Garden Lights Walk: Whispering Souls
  • The Alton Ancestors
  • Darkest Depths
  • Rides in the Dark
  • Trick o’ Treat Town
  • Freaky Fun Zone!
  • CBeebies Land Monster Ball
  • Rides at Dusk

How to get tickets to Alton Towers this Halloween

You can buy day passes via the Alton Towers website. 

Or if you're a regular at the theme park, why not invest in a Merlin Annual Pass which gets you access to more than 25 attractions across the country, including Alton Towers.

Passholders can also take advantage of other benefits from Merlin, unlocking further savings with each visit, including up to 20 per cent discount on food, drinks and retail, up to 20 per cent off short breaks at Resort hotels with Merlin Holiday Club.

A Merlin Monthly Membership gives families the opportunity to split the cost throughout the year with payments starting from £14.99 for the Gold Membership option plus a one-off sign-up fee of £49.99 for Gold Pass and £59.99 for Platinum Pass.

You can buy a Merlin Annual Pass on the website.

West Midland Safari Park Halloween event

West Midland Safari Park is hosting its Spooky Spooktacular! Perils of the Pumpkin Patch event from Friday October 22 to Sunday October 31.

Here’s a list of what you can expect at the event.

  • Pumpkin Patch
  • Patch the pumpkin scarecrow and his live Pumpkin Party stage show
  • ‘Perils of the Pumpkin Patch’ Scratchcard Trail
  • Photo competition

How to get tickets to the West Midland Safari Park Halloween event

You can book tickets online via the Groupon website.

Groupon currently has multiple deals which will help you save money when visiting the attraction.

These offers include under 3's go free, child tickets for £20, adult tickets for £25, student tickets for £22 and a 30 per cent discount off entry fee.   

You can also adopt an animal for £40 at West Midland Safari Park.

Offer expiry dates can be found on the same page as the deals. 

Cadbury World’s Halloween event

Cadbury World is hosting Freddo’s Ghoulish Gameshow! from Saturday October 16 to Sunday October 31.

You can attend in your best costumes and take part in Count-Dracula's Conundrum, Freaky Fortunes and Spook Am I?

How to get tickets to Cadbury world’s Halloween event

You can book tickets online via the Groupon website.

Deals include free entrance for children under the age of 4, family of 5 admission voucher for £64.60 and you can also get a 30% discount with Train Travel pre-bookings. 

If you're looking to eat there, the price for afternoon tea and entrance is £23.50. 

Booking your tickets online will give you a 5 per cent discount to the attraction and character birthday bookings are available from £19.50pp. 

There's also a deal for Cadbury World Gift vouchers and an opportunity to receive special offers by signing up to the Cadbury newsletters. 

Offer expiry dates can be found on the same page as the deals.