We kicked off our October half term with a trip to Castle Howard, and we’re alarmed to report that the famous stately home has been taken over by pirates and zombies! This year’s theme had instant appeal to our kids who, as big fans of parrots, swashbuckling swords and treasure chests, were quick to pledge their allegiance to Team Pirate.
We started the day as we always do: a walk down to the fountain and a big game of hide and seek in the gardens. It’s a brilliant place to play, with plenty of places to lose yourself (just try not to lose a child).
Legs stretched, we made our way to the spooky burnt out East Wing which has been decked out with giant cobwebs, lost limbs and ghouls galore! None of our kids was freaked out by it, surprisingly, but the easily spooked might feel happier hanging out at the crafting table near the entrance. There are lots of different crafts to get stuck into, and it’s all free. Our children made a lovely Halloween lantern each, while others made keyrings, masks and more. After that, the girls had their faces painted by the lovely face painters (again, free of charge) and were delighted to become cats for the rest of the day. There’s dressing up, too.
The cats and the rest of us then made our way to the woodland trails where you have the option of doing the Pirate Trail or Zombie Trail (or both, if you’re feeling energetic and can’t make up your mind). The kids loved doing the trail, spotting the pirate-related paraphernalia hiding in the trees, from shiny gold coins to dangling legs! It’s also a good way to get them to walk without complaining.
Handily the trail ends just by the play area, where they spent the rest of the afternoon jumping, sliding, balancing and even picnicking in a hailstorm!
You can catch the Halloween activities at Castle Howard until Sunday 4th November 2018. Visit the Castle Howard website for more details.
Thank you to Castle Howard for inviting us to visit. As always, our review is independent and we will only ever recommend something that we have enjoyed.