With the school half-term arriving next week, here's a guide compiled by Anita Merritt to the best of the events in Exeter and the surrounding area to keep children busy.
Saturday, October 22.
Choctober Chocolate Letterboxing at Escot, Ottery St Mary, until October 31. Hunt for clues in the parkland with chocolate prizes for every child. Normal garden entry prices apply. Call 01404 822188 or visit www.escot-devon.co.uk.
Free Family Friendly Nature Walk from Darts Farm, Topsham from 2pm to 3pm. Weekly Saturday walks guided by the RSPB. Visit www.rspb.org.uk/events.
Free Killerton 5km Parkrun for runners of all ages and abilities every Saturday at 9am. Booking not needed.
Children's new toy, book and gift sale at Temple Methodist Church Hall, Budleigh Salterton, from 10am to 4.30pm. Refreshments plus a children's activity area. Entrance 50p, children free. Call 07794 965623.
Spooky Hallowe'en fun at Crealy, near Exeter, from Saturday, October 22, until Monday, October 31, from 10am to 6pm. Fun includes pumpkin carving, fancy dress competitions, visits to the Crealy Witch and the new ghost train exclusively for half term. Call 01395 233200 or visit www.crealy.co.uk.
Spooky Hallowe'en fun at Killerton, Broadclyst, at noon. Activities include a Hallowe'en trail, scary stories and face painting. Free, normal admission charges apply. Call 01392 881345 or visit www.nationaltrust.org.uk.
Hallowe'en Trail and other activities at Castle Drogo from Saturday, October 22, to Sunday, October 30, from 11am to 4pm. £1.50 per trail. Call 01647 433306.
Witches and Wizards Tour of Exeter's famous medieval Underground Passages from Saturday, October 22, to Sunday, October 30. There will be special Gory Story tours on Saturday, October 29, and Sunday, October 30. Call 01392 665887 or visit www.exeter.gov.uk/passages
Sunday, October 23.
Real Bread Event at Clyston Mill, Broadclyst, from 2pm. Discover the process of making flour from grain grown on the Killerton estate and the art of bread making. Free event, normal admission charges apply. Call 01392 881345.
Apple and Pumpkin Day at West Town farm, Ide, near Exeter, from 11am to 4pm. Family fun activities with the farm's home-grown apples and pumpkins. Adults £4, children £3, families £10. No need to book. Call 01392 811257 or visit www.westtownfarm.co.uk for more details.
Monday, October 24.
Tennis camps at Exeter Tennis Centre, University of Exeter, being held every week day of half term except Wednesday. October 26. Prices from just £2.40 per hour or £13 per day or £45.50 full week. Call 01392 723699 or visit www.exeter.ac.uk/sport/exetertenniscentre.
New Woodland Adventure Club for six- to 11-year-olds in a beautiful woodland setting near Exeter. Runs until Friday, October 28, from 9am to 3.30pm. Book for one day or all five. Call 01392 811342 or visit www.atouchofthewild.co.uk.
Spooky Tours and More and Powderham, Kenton, until Sunday, October 30. Spooky tours take place at noon, 1.30pm and 3pm. Also, follow the Pumpkin Trail to win a prize and take part in an entertaining spooky session with a couple of creepy characters. Tickets must be booked in advance. Call 01626 890243 or visit www.powderham.co.uk.
Ghoulish workshops at Honiton Pottery Shop and Milkshake bar during half term week from 10am to 5pm. Paint or make your own pumpkin lantern, wicked witch bowl or ghost dish. Call 01404 42106.
Tuesday, October 25.
Bat Box Making Days at Escot, Ottery St Mary, runs until October 26. £5 per box, plus normal garden entry. Call 01404 822188.
Family Nature Walk around Killerton, Broadclyst, with wildlife specialist Nigel Pinhorn, at 2pm, looking for interesting birds, plants and trees. Adults £5, families £10. Booking essential. Call 01392 881345.
Beauty and the Beast, staged by Exeter's musical theatre stage school Stage by Stage, at Exeter Northcott until October 30. Tickets £10 to £14. A pre-show workshop, bookable in advance, is on Thursday, October 27, at 5pm, for children aged eight to 14 years old. Call 01392 493493 or visit www.exeternorthcott.co.uk.
Jungle Jim Roadshow at Barnfield Theatre, Exeter, 3pm. Adults £8, children £6. Call 01392 270891.
Bob the Builder at Princess Theatre, Torquay, at 1pm. Adults £14.50, children £12.50. Call 0844 871 3023 or visit www.princesstheatre.org.uk.
Hand Made Notebook Covers workshop at MakeArt, Fore Street, Exeter, 10.30am to noon, £15. Call 01392 437167 or visit www.makeartexeter.com
Creepy Crafts at A La Ronde, Exmouth, on Tuesday, October 25, at 11am. Make some spooky things to take home. £1.50 per person. No charge for entry to grounds. Call 01395 265514 or visit www.nationaltrust.org.uk.
Wednesday, October 26.
Apples and Giants Story Walk on the Killerton Estate at 2pm crossing four farms, six stiles and ending at Clyston Mill with stories along the way. Return to Killerton via Stagecoach bus. Adults £6, children £3. Booking essential. Call 01392 881345.
Bits and Pieces RAMM family activity day at St Nicholas Priory, Exeter, from 10.30am to 12.30pm, and 1.30pm to 3.30pm. Runs from October 26 to 28. Make a mosaic inspired by the Roman mosaic discovered in Exeter's Catherine Street to take home and help make a massive mosaic that will feature in an exhibition of children's work at RAMM next year. Normal admission charges apply.
The Snow Dog at Barnfield Theatre, Exeter, at 3pm and 6pm. Tickets £7.50 to £8. Call 01392 270891.
Drop spindle workshop for children from 11am to 4pm at The Devon Guild of Craftsmen, Bovey Tracey. Learn to spin wool on a drop spindle plus simple weaving. Free. Call 01626 83222.
Willow lantern workshop at MakeArt, Fore Street, Exeter, 10.30am to noon, £15. Call 01392 437167 or visit www.makeartexeter.com.
Drawing Exploring event at the Centre for Contemporary Art and the Natural World at Haldon Forest Park, Exeter, as part of The Big Draw. Calligraphic experiments using a variety of mark-making with artist Karen Howse at 10.30am to 12.30pm for younger children and cost £3, or 2.30pm to 4.30pm for teenagers and adults, and cost £5. Call 01392 832277.
Thursday, October 27.
Festival of sensory activities with the RSPB staff at Exminster and Powderham Marshes, 1pm to 4pm. Free but donations welcome. Meet RSPB car park, Station Road, Exminster. Visit www.rspb.org.uk/exeestuary.
Sew a Hot Water Bottle Cover workshop at MakeArt, Fore Street, Exeter, 10.30am to noon, £15. Call 01392 437167 or visit www.makeartexeter.com.
Escot Camp Wild Hallowe'en at Escot, Ottery St Mary, on Thursday, October 27 and Friday, October 28. A residential camp for two days and one night, for children aged from eight to 12 years. There is also a day camp alternative for six- to 12-year-olds. The fun includes pumpkin carving, toffee apple making, monster feast, night hike with the bat detector, mythical bedtime stories, capture the ghost, team challenges, music, games and roaring campfires. Accommodation is based at Yurt Village where children sleep in bunk beds in girl and boy sleeping pods, eat meals with friends and enjoy a huge variety of activities which connect children to wildlife, nature and outdoor play. The residential camp costs £80 and day camp £40 per day. Call 01404 822188 or visit www.escotcampwild.co.uk.
First ever Hallowe'en Evening Extravaganza at the Donkey Sanctuary, Sidmouth, on Thursday, October 27, from 5pm to 7pm. The creepy theme continues throughout half term, week with Hallowe'en Holiday Hunts from 9.30am to 4.30pm, and Hallowe'en Fun Afternoons on Tuesday, October 25 and Thursday, October 27, from 1.30pm to 3.30pm. Call 01395 573156 or visit www.thedonkeysanctuary.org.uk.
Friday, October 28.
Hallowe'en Masks workshop at MakeArt, Fore Street, Exeter, 10.30am to noon, £15. Call 01392 437167 or visit www.makeartexeter.com.
Hallowe'en Shriek Weekend at Escot, Ottery St Mary, on Friday, October 28 and Saturday, October 29. Activities start from 6pm to 8.30pm and include the chance to meet an owl, story telling followed by a ghostly walk through the dark, dark forest, finishing with toasting marshmallows by the campfire and prize giving for the best costume. £7 per person, booking is essential. Not suitable for wheelchairs or pushchairs. Call 01404 822188.
Hallowe'en Night in Exeter Guildhall from 7.30pm until 9.30am on Saturday, October 29. Derived from the principle of Night in the Museum, a unique event where children aged eight to 11 can spend the night in one of Exeter's oldest buildings. Book in advance. Call 01392 265525.
Saturday, October 29.
Hallowe'en Special at Devon Railway Centre, Bickleigh, near Tiverton, on Saturday, October 29, and Sunday, October 30. Explore the pumpkin trail and meet spooky visitors on a journey through the Magic Wood. Hallowe'en gift for all children. Call 01884 855671 or visit www.devonrailwaycentre.co.uk.
Sunday, October 30.
Hallowe'en party fundraiser and themed supper for the Billie Butterfly Fundon Sunday, October 30, at Stockleigh Pomeroy Village Hall, from 3pm to 6pm. Lots of fun activities. No tricks just treats so suitable for any age. Entry £1.
Hallowe'en fun for everyone organised by Newtown Community Association on Sunday, October 30, at The Hut, Belmont Park, Exeter, from 6pm to 9pm.
Family Sunday with a Hallowe'en theme at Exeter Phoenix on Sunday, October 30, Oct, from noon. Cinema, dance, storytelling and fun art activities. Free with a charge for some activities. Call 01392 667080 for more details.