Things to do in Essex this Halloween! | Blog

Finding things to do during the school holidays can be difficult. Not because there isn’t enough on offer, in fact it’s quite the opposite. During the October half term it’s Halloween and it feels like everywhere is offering something Halloween themed. There is SO much to do that it can sometimes be difficult to find the really great stuff that’s worth while doing in among all of the other things so I wanted to share with you my top picks for things to do in Essex this Halloween!

NOTE - This is my own thoughts and opinions on what we have enjoyed this Halloween and during past half terms. NONE of the events/attractions featured in this post have paid me or offered entry in return for inclusion in this post BUT I have previously been gifted tickets for events and attractions in return for social media posts but this does not effect my thoughts and feelings on the below listed attractions and events.

Marsh Farm Halloween Festival - 

We were very kindly gifted entry into the Marsh Farm Halloween festival last weekend and I can honestly say that it was one of the best Halloween events we have been to before. I was amazed at how much was included in the entry ticket. The 'on the door' price for anyone over the age of 2 (under 2's are free) is £15.50, although if you book online in advance then it's only £12.50 and included in that price you get entry to the farm, access to all of the amazing Halloween themed special activities plus a free pumpkin for every child ticket holder that can be picked in the Pumpkin Village. Amazing right? The Halloween activities are super fun too! I was pulled up to join in (and won!!) a dance off during the Monsters Balls, Pickle had the best time walking through the Boo Barn and loved watching the witches make their potions in the witches show. All of that plus a chance to see all the farm animals, loads of amazing play areas to run around, bouncy pillow, in door soft play and so much more! The Marsh Farm Halloween Festival runs from October 18th until November 1st so much sure you grab your tickets now!!

Cammas Hall Halloween - 

We discovered Cammas Hall back in the summer when we went there for a day of fruit picking and I fell in love with the place. This Halloween they are full to the brim with Pumpkins waiting to be picked and lots of Halloween fun to be had. You can book a space online for a tractor rice but apart from that you can just turn up and get stuck in. There is a maize maze, face painting, play areas and an onsite tea barn for when you get peckish. Check out the Cammas Hall website for more information.

Barleylands Halloweenfest - 

Barleylands is a small farm in Billericay but it is BIG in fun. This Halloween they have a a jam packed line up including spells and potions in the cobweb barn, creepy crawlies in the reptile house, halloween crafts and much more. We have been to Barleylands Farm before for their summer event and I can't wait to go to see all that they have to offer this Halloween later on in the week! The Halloweenfest runs until Sunday 3rd November and it's sure to get busy so make sure you book online to avoid disappointment.

Bellfairs Woods Pumpkin Trail - 

Bellfairs wood is one of my favourite places to go and this Halloween they have a super fun and super purse friendly event planned. They have a pumpkin trail which takes you through the beautiful woodlands and there is a quiz with pumpkin themed clues dotted around the woods. This is not scary in the slightest and there is even a small prize waiting in the woodlands center once you're finished. This event is only on for 1 day (wednesday 30th October) and there is a £2 per child fee to participate in the quiz. Head over to the Essex Wildlife trust site for more info.

Halloween Special at Audley End Railway - 

Audley End Railway in Saffron Waldon is becoming well known for it's themed events and their Halloween event is on not to be missed.
Take a trip on the haunted train which takes you into the forest to meet the witches and other ghouls that lurk in the woods. Each child is given a trick or treat bag when boarding the train with the option to purchase a bag for under 2's as they don't need a ticket to enter. Once you've been on he train there is then an activity area for the kids to discover including creepy crafting, a change for the kids (young and old!!) to see who has the best thriller dance moves, face painting and spooky story telling. It really is a day jam packed with family friendly Halloween fun! 
Booking is required prices range from free to £14.00 per person. The event runs from October 25th - November 3rd. For move information then visit the Audley End Website here.

So there are my favourite places to visit on Halloween in Essex! Have you got any great days out that you think I've missed? Let me know in the comments and Happy Halloween!!

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