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    Ideas for Autumn Half Term

    It might feel like the school gates have only just re-opened after the long summer break, but already half term is approaching for children across the country.

    After a particularly wet July and August, the autumn weather has finally given us a few chances to enjoy the great budget-friendly outdoors. But if next week does bring the gloom of a typical British October, it certainly doesn't have to result in a dull - and expensive - break for the kids. There are loads of good ideas and discounts online for days out and home entertainments that don't depend on pricey cinema tickets, endless DVDs and trips to the local pizza place. has a great compilation of things to do this half term, with a suitably spooky theme for Halloween, including a Creepy Creatures event at Blackpool Zoo, Garden Ghouls hunt in Dorset and a Wizard Academy for all aspiring Harry Potters at Eureka! Museum for Children in Halifax.

    Talking of Halloween, if you're brave enough to throw your own party for little monsters, provides all the information you'll need for a frighteningly good bash. From games to stories, recipes and instructions for home-made costumes, it'll really help to keep costs down too.

    A few days away from home can really help to lift everyone's spirits as the nights draw in. There are some great late deals to be found on sites like and The Telegraph has also drawn together an inspirational list of 10 out-of-the-ordinary places in the UK to take the family.

    If the sun does decide to shine and fresh air beckons, has drawn up its own top five days out for anyone who wants to see the British countryside at its glorious autumnal best. You can also find out about the autumn events taking place near you.

    Don't forget though, whether you have a half term's entertainment to plan or not, Friday 24th October and Sunday 2nd November are likely to be busy on the roads, so leave plenty of time for your journey.

    If you have any other good ideas for keeping kids (and parents) amused this autumn, do let me know.

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