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What's the most important subject a witch learns in school? A Mummy's favorite type of music? A ghost's favorite kind of street?

Yes it’s that time of year again – and luckily it’s half term too! There’s plenty of fun to be had around and about the Cotswolds at Halloween. And, with the clock change on Sunday, the nights are now drawing in for some extra spooky atmosphere!

Majestic Blenheim Palace in Woodstock, Oxfordshire, offers the perfect family day out this half term, with Halloween entertainment from 25th October to 2nd November You can take the ghost train to the Pleasure Gardens, discover your fate in the Labyrinth or try the 'Which Witch is Which?' trail to win some treats. The Palace 'Pottering About' studio is offering creepy crafts and there is even some pumpkin carving on offer. On the hour between 11am and 4pm are classic spooky story readings.

Bring the family along to enjoy all that’s on offer this half term: larger properties nearby that are currently available from 27th-31st October include Hillside Cottage in Swinbrook, which sleeps 8. You could make up your own Cotswold ghost stories around the woodburner! Or there’s plenty of space for a frightful DVD evening at Home Farm with its two sitting rooms and space to sleep up to 16 people. Alternatively, Lane House Farm, a rambling 14th Century farmhouse in Shipton-under-Wychwood, is a great place to stay and must have seen some Halloweens in its time!

For something a little different in the Cotswolds this Halloween, how about the award winning Stratford Ghost Walk in Shakespeare's Stratford upon Avon? Join a team of experts for an entertaining walk around the 'haunted' streets, where you'll hear lots of terrible tales – and they are all true! The walk lasts about 1 ┬╜ hours and takes place on Mondays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. You will need to book for the Special Halloween walk on 31st October. In addition, Tudor World is offering a whole host of spooky half term Halloween events in Stratford, including tours, quizzes and shows.

Family properties nearby include Blue Cedar House, sleeping 14, in Moreton-on-the-Marsh; a quintessential Cotswolds town. Or, for a romantic Stratford spook-fest try the centrally located Tack Room, which sleeps two and is on offer until the end of November – available from 31st October currently.

Oxford Castle can be eerie at the best of times so imagine it at Halloween! You can join in its Ghost Fest and even do some trick or treating. The castle is situated in the centre of Oxford and within reach of many of our properties. For culture and shopping, Oxford itself – the ‘city of dreaming spires’ – has plenty to offer visitors to the Cotswolds, as do other neighbouring towns such as Cheltenham, Bath, Stratford and Gloucester.

If you want to avoid the hustle and bustle, however, and prefer to hang out in one of our local haunts (get it?!) for more accommodation choices in and around the Cotswolds, visit www.manorcottages.co.uk or call our knowledgeable team to book or enquire on 01993 824252.

And finally, to put you out of your misery – if you haven’t guessed them already, the answers to the ghostly jokes are: Spookhetti, Spelling, Wrap and a Dead End! Have a happy Halloween in the Cotswolds.