Wooo! Seems to me every visitor attraction in Sussex has a brilliant Hallowe'en event lined up, all keen to boast the most ghosts. Some of the goings-on are for smaller children or whole families while others are more suited to older children or even adults so if you're on a family holiday or a half-term break, with kids or without (or should I say, with grown-ups or without?), there'll be plenty to do whatever the weather.
A long-established Sussex attraction is the Arundel Wetland Centre, where you'll find themed pond-dipping for mini-beasts, crazy craft sessions and the special Yuk-Factor Show - I love the sound of that. With Vampire Boats and the Wetland Witch's Potions Class it's irresistible, don't you think? As is the Petworth Academy for Witches and Wizards
- that Potter kid has really started something.
Fishbourne Roman Palace and 1066 Country are full of ghosts at the best of times, so I'm sure they'll be on their worst behaviour for Hallowe'en, if not the whole of half term week. What else would you expect? Tulleys Farm Shocktober Fest regularly wins the 'UK's No. 1 Hallowe'en Attraction' title while the Hallowe'en Woods at Heaven Farm will be hosting wonderfully creepy twilight events. Michelham Priory's going traditional with Punch & Judy and drama sessions (and what better time of year to be dramatic?). You'll find Spooky Steam Trains and Fright Night Specials on the Kent & East Sussex railway, and some less scary fun for smaller people at Blackberry Farm near Lewes or Alfriston Clergy House's Pumpkin Prowl
Finally don't overlook the famous Slindon Pumpkin Festival, which is quite a sight - and I'm still wondering how they get so many perfect pumpkins of all types while the ones I grow get eaten by slugs.
Really, everywhere that's anywhere has a Hallowe'en trail of some sort. Break out the face-paints and remember to pack the costumes!