October is nearly upon us, so as the weather gets colder and the nights get darker, thoughts will soon be turning to Halloween and the October half term.

While restrictions have lifted, Covid is still part of our daily lives, and many people may feel uncomfortable about the idea of trick or treating. That’s ok! There’s still loads of fiendishly fun things you can do to make your home seriously spooky.

If you are planning on heading out with the kids, don’t let the idea of buying them all new outfits strike fear into your heart – we’ve got some quick and easy Halloween costumes that won’t break the bank but will leave your little ghouls screaming (with joy).

Half-term happiness

October also brings the half term, and while a welcome break for many, for those parents or carers of a child with autism, it can also feel a little challenging. If this is the case for you, check out our half-term tips for children and young people with autism.

If the idea of Halloween doesn’t really float your boat, then why are you reading this article?! Only joking – we’ve still got you covered!

The cold crisp sunshine means autumn is the perfect time for heading out for wonderful walks and then coming home to cosy up with a good book. Whether you’re looking for some inspiration for new paths to explore, or even treading old favourites, take a look at ESCC’s Discover East Sussex page, which has circular walks, cycling routes and lots of information about disabled access to the Sussex countryside.

And if you need some top tips for brilliant books to try, why not check out our library staff’s top picks?

The only thing left to do is kick off your walking boots, make a hot chocolate and relax…