You have possibly heard of Burley, right? The small New Forest village was made famous from the ‘white’ witch, Sybil Leek who lived here during the 1950s and who’s memory lives on in some of the gift shops that can be found in the village centre. Well our spooky goings-on and ghostly encounters don’t just finish here, we are home to some haunted buildings and some fantastic events and activities that take place over Halloween that all the family can join in with.

Show off your fancy dress!

Dress up in your best costumes to head to Paulton Park’s Happy Halloween event which runs from 6 October - 5 November. Over 2,000 pumpkins will decorate the park alongside several spooky scenes. Between 20-31 October (to coincide with half term) look out for ‘The Legends of Paultons Manor’ theatrical show.

Fancy dress will also be very much encouraged for Halloween at Longdown Activity Farm. In fact, any child that turns up in fancy dress will receive reduced entry!

Dress to impress before you head to the Museums at Night - After Dark event at the New Forest Centre, in Lyndhurst. Learn about some of the nocturnal animals that make the New Forest their home and join in with some spooky crafts.

Embark on a spooky river tour

Are you brave enough to join in on New Forest Activities’ Spooky River Tour as they paddle along the Beaulieu River at dusk? This tour runs on 26 and 27 October but hurry… it’ll book up quickly.

Jump onto Exbury’s Ghost Train

All aboard The Monster! Ride the Spooktacular Ghost Train at Exbury Gardens. You can also get stuck into Halloween-themed craft activities, creepy competitions and gruesome garden trails for a ghostly-grand family day out.

Learn about some of the restless spirits of times gone by

Beaulieu’s Palace House is reputedly one of the most haunted buildings in the country. Restless spirits have been seen over the centuries here. This Halloween time come along and learn about their stories from one of the costumed guides. For a lighter touch, why not see if you can spot the mythical creatures along the Mill Pond walk or find the ‘spiders’ hidden around?

Enjoy some Frighteningly good arts and crafts

Get hands on this Halloween with the fantastic spooky themed arts and crafts at Hurst Castle. How about going on their 'Trick or Treat' Activity Trail too! If you can, make sure you visit on Friday 26th October so you don’t miss their Creepy Crawly Halloween Shows throughout the day!

Pick your own pumpkins

Get creative and make your own spooky designs this Halloween by picking your own pumpkin at Pumpkin Picking Patch, near Fordingbridge, at the Pumpkin Festival at Sunnyfields Farm, near Ashurst or at the Cat and Fiddle Farm and Café, near Christchurch. We’d love to see your creations!

Fancy making a break of it?

Look out for family fun at some of our Holiday Parks in the lead up to Halloween where spooky crafts, fancy dress and other spooky fun can all be part of the agenda.

Check out our brilliant choice of Family Friendly Accommodation here.

These are just a selection of the events and activities that are happening in and around the New Forest this Halloween. Discover more in our Halloween page.




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