Halloween Days Out in Essex
Looking for ideas for Halloween Half Term? Here is a list of some of our favourite spooky and unusual days out over Halloween Days Out in Essex.
Barleylands Halloween Fest and Spooky Nights
Barleylands Farm Park are running Halloween Fest every day from Saturday the 23rd to Sunday 31st of October. This year they have lots of fun activities planned for a hauntingly good half-term, including a spellbinding story time, broomstick making, spooky tractor rides and the haunted farmer’s labyrinth. There is also a chance for your little ones (or you!) to face their fears when they meet the snakes, tarantulas and other creepy critters in the Reptile House. Plus a free pumpkin for every child!
Spooky evenings are running 29th, 30th and 31st October, packed with thrills, spills and chills for tots to young teens. A brilliant Skittleman disco, toddler fairground rides, spooky walks and safe trick or treating around The Village. Tickets must be pre booked online. See our review from a previous visit to Barleylands Spooky Nights. Tickets from £13.50 per person.
Marsh Farm Halloween Festival
Marsh Farm Halloween Festival in South Woodham Ferrer’s are having lots of spooky fun for Halloween at the farm, activities include:
- Spooky Walkaround Entertainment
- 3D Halloween Cinema
- Witches and Wizards Spell Class Show
- Trick or Treat Hunt
- Free Pumpkin to the value of £3 per full paying child
- Spooky Fun Fair
- Crazy Golf
- Adorable Animals
- Carousel, Tea Cup and Galloper* Rides
- Restaurant & Takeaway Food and Drink
- Outdoor Play
- Bouncy Pillows
- Soft Play
Running from 16th & 17th and 23rd to 31st October 2021 and tickets must be prebooked. They are: £17.99-19.99 per person, toddler (6 months to 2 years) – £5.99.
Old Macdonalds Farm & Fun Park
Old Macdonalds Farm at Weald Road, Brentwood, Essex, CM14 5AY are running their Halloween Festival from 23rd to 31st October 2021.
- Haunted House
- OMD Magic School
- Roller Coaster
- Scary Stories with Miraiker
- Ghost Trail
- Pumpkin Patch with free pumpkin for every child
- Free Halloween Tattoos
- Creey Crawly Meerkat Feeding and Talks
- Animal Talks with Sunny the Owl
Tickets must be prebooked online. Adult – £19.50, Child (2-15) – £20.00. Under 2 – FREE.
Cammas Hall Farm
Cammas Hall Farm at Hatfield Broad Oak, you can pick your own pumpkin, enjoy a tractor and trailor ride, get lost in their Maize Maze, face painting or maybe make your own Halloween mask. Don’t forget to stop off for a Halloween treat in their Tea Barn. You can read a review of our previous visit to Halloween at Cammas Hall Farm here.
At Cammas Hall Farm pumpkin patch you’ll find more than 40 varieties of pumpkin and squash along with other activities:
- Pick your own Pumpkin
- Engagement with their real life (super friendly) Halloween characters.
- A venture down their Wicked Walkway to see what surprises await.
- Photo opportunities.
- 20% discount on entry to the Halloween themed Maize Maze. Tickets to be purchased on arrival – no pre-booking available.
- Pumpkins also for sale in our farm shop.
- Craft tent. Prices start from just £1.95
- Farm shop packed with Halloween goodies including carving kits, toffee apples, decorations and tableware alongside local and seasonal produce.
- Children’s play area and sandpit (feel free to bring your own sandpit toys).
- Nature trail. Take a short stroll (1k) or a longer trek (3k). Pick up a free map on arrival.
Tickets need to be prebooked in advance. Free car parking, catering and toilet facilities available.
Foxes Farm – The Pumpkin Patch
Foxes Farm The Pumpkin Patch at Basildon, SS15 4ER or Colchester, CO6 3PR. At The Pumpkin Patch in Essex you can expect over 15 different pumpkins and squash varieties. Activities include:
- Pick your own pumpkin patch.
- Ready cut pumpkin picking from the field
- Straw bales sofa
- Bale mountain
- Scavanger Hunt game
- Lots of photo opportunities
There is also catering and toilet facilities, hand sanitiser stations and car parking available on site
Entry is £6 per family of 4 and open every weekend from September 25th right through October and open two weeks of Half term. Visit their website to book your slot.
Hurleys Pumpkin Forest
Hurley’s Pumpkin Forest is a pumpkin farm and patch. It is based at Battlesbridge, Essex and is located just off the Rettendon Turnpike on Woodham Road (the old Woodham to Wickford road).
Entry to the pumpkin farm and pumpkin patch needs to be pre-booked. Bookings can be made on their website, entry is £5 per car. At the farm you only pay for the pumpkins that you want to buy and any special additional activities you may want to purchase on the day. Pumpkin Crafts & Maize Maze additional costs. Opening every weekend in October and open two weeks over October Half term. They also offer twilight tickets.
Pumpkin Village at Marsh Farm
The Pumpkin Village & Halloween shopping experience is next door to Marsh Farm in South Woodham Ferrers, Essex.
With a pick your own pumpkin experience and plenty of photo opportunities. There is a Halloween shop for spooky treats, along with catering and toilet facilities available. Entry is £3.99 per person and tickets must be prebooked. Free parking and timed entry slots to the Pumpkin Village, customers can enjoy a visit to the Pumpkin Village every day this October from 11am to 5pm. Spooky Nights are available with a fairground ghost train to add to the fun.
Hatter’s Farm Pick your Own Pumpkin
Hatter’s Farm is based in Takeley, Bishop’s Stortford, CM22 6NPP. With over 25 varieties of pumpkin available. As well as pick your own pumpkin, they have plenty of other activities from the Pumpkin Cannon to the Maize Maze.
They are open on the 9th, 10th, 16th, 17th and 23rd-31st of October from 10am till 4pm. You must pre book in advance and tickets cost £4 per car plus a booking fee. When you purchase your pumpkins, you will be refunded the £4 by deducting it from the price of your pumpkins. Twilight tickets also available. Car parking is available but there are no food or toilet facilities available on site.
Pick your own Pumpkins at Cobbs Farm in Maldon Road, Goldhanger, Maldon CM9 8BQ. No booking required. Open from Fri 22nd Oct until Halloween 31st Oct, 10-4pm.
Audley End Miniature Railway
Audley End Miniature Railway in Saffron Walden Essex. Ride the spooky train deep into the woods to visit the witches. Every ticket includes Halloween activities, entrance to the adventure play area and a gift for every child. Book online. See our full review of Audley End Halloween Train here.
Running from 23 October to 31 October, 2021, Ticket info: Adults and Children over 92cm – £16.00, Child Under 92cm – £8.00, Child under 1 Year – Free.
Epping Ongar Railway
Epping Ongar Railway, Ongar are running 5 spooky ghost train events during 27, 28, 29, 30, 31 October.
Take a ride on our steam hauled ghost train from North Weird. Before boarding, dare you collect an activity pack from our spooky porter? During the journey, watch out for spooky characters on board who will scare and entertain in equal measure. On arrival at Ongar, look out for the ghosts as you follow our ghost hunt, and admire the gruesome graveyard, and why not enjoy a calming hot chocolate or other refreshments from the Buffet Stop cafe? There may be theatrical smoke and other effects too. Tickets are £16 per adult and £10 per child. Tickets must be prebooked. Refreshments available and toilet facilities.
Forest, Parks & Outdoors
Essex Wildlife Trust
Hanningfield Resevoir are running ‘Creepy creatures and potent potions’ from Sunday 24 October 2021, 2pm – 4pm.
A Halloween woodland adventure. Make a wand, concoct some potions, search for creepy creatures and finish off with some spells and snacks around a campfire. £7 per child, 4 -8 year olds, must be accompanied by an adult. Advance booking essential.
Belfairs Woodland Centre are running Wicked Wildlife on Tuesday 26 October 2021 at 10am – 12pm.
See what’s crawling on the woodland floor. Use equipment like nets, bug pots and trays to explore Belfairs more wicked wildlife – spiders, snails and creepy crawlies galore! Advance booking essential. You only need to book a place for the child attending and not the accompanying adult.
Spooky Fest Wat Tyler Country Park
Spooky Fest at Wat Tyler Country Park is a Halloween Event where kids can enjoy 3 chilling mazes, enjoy spooky stories, meet some creepy creatures and join the annual spooky hunt. Running from Monday 25th October until Sunday 31st October 11am till 4pm. Tickets £8.50 per child, 2’s and under £4.50 – Adults and babes in arms are Free.
Rawreth Riding School Halloween Half Term Treats
Rawreth Riding School are offering Pumpkin Pony Rides from Wednesday 27th October to Friday 29th October. Its £10 per child, recommended for 5 and under. Includes Meet the ponies, Pony Ride, a photo opportunity at the pumpkin scene and halloween treat for the child.
Pony Boo-Tique £45 per child on Thursday 28th and Friday 29th October. Includes grooming and pampering your pony, dressing up your pony in Halloween fancy dress and then go for a ride with your pony in a fancy dress parade. They are also running ‘Own a Pony’ Halloween Events for £50. Prebooking required.
Halloween Parties & Shows
Joe Banana and Bam Bam’s Big Halloween Party
Joe Banana’s & Bam Bam’s Big Halloween Party at Orsett Hall. Halloween Children’s Party with Kids Entertainers, Wizard Show, Meet and Greets, dancing and lots of fun. Monday 25th to Wednesday 27th October 10am – 1pm and 2pm – 5pm. Based at Orsett Hall, Orsett Essex. Tickets are £12 per child including 1 free adult.
Halloween Spooktacular at David Lloyd Basildon
David Lloyd Gym at Basildon are running a Halloween Spooktacular Party on both Friday 29th and Saturday 30th October. Fun Halloween games, including apple bobbin, face painting and all evening entertainment. Children also receive a goody bag and parents are free. Members of the gym are £3 per child and non members £5 per child. Spaces must be prebooked.
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