Gather up your little ghouls and let the Halloween fun begin! Here are some of our favourite Halloween events for young children in Essex this October.

Details correct at the time of publication, but may be subject to change. Check with the venue before you travel.

Pick Your Own – Pumpkin Patch, Green Lane, Aldham, Colchester, CO6 3PR and Watch House Farm, Basildon, SS15 4ER
Every weekend Saturday 30th September to Sunday 29th October, and all of half-term week, from 10.00am-4.00pm
We’ve been growing and harvesting pumpkins for years now and then one day we thought… why not open the farm up and let our customers pick their own perfect pumpkin directly from the field! Free entry, no need to book. Feel free to bring a picnic.

Spooky Halloween Festival at Old McDonald’s Farm, Brentwood, Essex, CM14 5AY
Saturday 21st to Sunday 29th October 2017, 10.30am-5.00pm
Spooky fun for kids during Halloween half term, including the brand new haunted house!

Half Term Halloween Trail at Marks Hall Gardens, Coggeshall, Essex, CO6 1TG
Saturday 21st to Sunday 29th October 2017, 10.00am-4.30pm
Have you ever stopped to think how nasty nature can sometimes be? The Halloween Trail at Marks Hall is alive with beastly facts and gruesome details. Collect your trail leaflet from the Kiosk and use it to help you find the fact boards in the Arboretum. Normal admission applies. Trail leaflet £1.50 (Includes Pumpkin).

Halloween Pumpkin Event at Mountfitchet Castle, Stanstead, Essex, CM24 8SP
Saturday 21st to Tuesday 31st October 2016, 10.00am-5.00pm
Come and join the fun! Lots in store this half term for no extra charge.

Shriek Week at Colchester Zoo, Colchester, Essex, CO3 0SL
21st, 24th, 26th, 28th & 31st October 2017, open until 9.30pm
Dare to stay after dark as Colchester Zoo remains open late on the selected nights during half term. Enjoy up to 12 hours of fun with some frightfully good late night attractions!

Mischief and Mayhem at Lee Valley Park Farms, Waltham Abbey, Essex, EN9 2EF
Saturday 21st to Sunday 29th October 2017, 10.00am-5.00pm
Your favourite farmyard friends will be creating mischief and mayhem at Lee Valley Park Farms this October half term, make sure you join them for some spooky fun.

Halloween Special Event at Audley End Miniature Railway, Saffron Walden, Essex, CB11 4JB
Saturday 21st to Sunday 29th October 2017, 10.00am-5.00pm
Experience a spooooooky Halloween train ride through the woods to visit the witches at their Haunted House. Watch out for the mysterious characters along your journey, and make sure you behave yourself so the witches don’t cast a spell on you! Each paying child will receive a gift. Suitable for all ages. From £10 for adults and children, under 24 months go free.

The Great Pumpkin Hunt at The Beth Chatto Gardens, Colchester CO7 7DB
Saturday 21st to Tuesday 31st October 2017 10.00am-3.00pm
Join the ever popular annual pumpkin hunt at Beth Chatto Gardens! Challenge your children to find the hidden pumpkins around the Gardens, complete the hunt and collect your reward. Guess the weight of the pumpkin and see our fabulous gourd and pumpkin display too! Adults £6.95, children £1.50 or CHILDREN FREE if you book your tickets in advance online.

Pumpkin Party at Haven House Children’s Hospice, Woodford Green, Essex, IG8 9LB
Saturday 28th October 2017, 7.00pm-11.30pm
A Halloween themed disco. Raffle tickets will be available to purchase on the night and the bar will be open until midnight. All profits will be donated to Haven House. Adults £5, under 16s £1.

Pumpkin Plod at Haven House Children’s Hospice, Woodford Green, Essex, IG8 9LB
Sunday 29th October 2017, 12.00pm-5.00pm
The Pumpkin Plod is back for its third year and it will be even bigger and better than the last! With a choice of a 2k or 5k walk through the forest, it really is the perfect sponsored event for the whole family.

Halloween Events at Hanningfield Reservoir Visitor Centre, Downham, Billericay, CM11 1WT
Sunday 22nd to Sunday 29th October 2017
Creepy activities throughout half-term at Hanningfield Nature Reserve. Join Hanningfields for a range of day and nighttime Halloween-themed activities, from pumpkin carving to spooky family trails.

PumpkinFest at Barleylands, Billericay, Essex, CM11 2UD 
Monday 23rd to Friday 27th October 2017, 10.00am-5.00pm
There’ll be lots of fiendish fun to enjoy including brand new laser ghostbusting which the whole family can enjoy, spooky pumpkin biscuit decorating and a chance to step inside our giant pumpkin globe – new for 2017! Plus, face your fears and get up close and personal with spine-chilling snakes, terrifying tarantulas and a whole host of creepy critters in the Snakes Alive Reptile House. Under 2’s are free entry but will not receive a free pumpkin.

Little Monsters Activities at Braintree Garden Centre, Braintree, Essex, CM77 8DH
Monday 23rd to Saturday 28th October 2017, 10.00am-5.00pm
Join the Little Monsters Halloween events for children at Braintree Garden Centre! Take part in spooky-themed craft activities on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. And on Wednesday and Saturday have a whole hour and a half of fun at one of their activity-packed Halloween Parties. Craft activities cost £2.50, and the parties cost £7.50.

Spooky Nights at Barleylands, Billericay, Essex, CM11 2UD
Friday 27th & Saturday 28th October 2017, 6.30pm-9.00pm
Held after dark, the two evenings will be packed full of thrills, spills and chills for tots to young teens – including Huge Fairground Ghost Train, Haunted Fairground House, Boo Barn, Witches Walk, Haze Maze, Spooky Toddler Story Time, Creepy Reptile Cave, Halloween Disco and spooky games. Under 2’s go free.

Wizards & Witches at Marsh Farm, South Woodham Ferrers, CM3 5WP
Sunday 21st to Tuesday 31st October 2017, 10.00am-5.00pm
This family fun event Wizards & Witches at Marsh Farm will have your little monsters entertained all day! Visit the Pumpkin Patch to pick your free pumpkin to create your pumpkin masterpiece in our Carving Cavern… But watch out for Cello the Wizard as he searches the farm for missing potion ingredients for his trick or treat spells.

Halloween Creations at The Beth Chatto Gardens, Colchester CO7 7DB
Tuesday 24th October 2017, 1.30am-3.30pm
Join the gardens for an arty Halloween themed afternoon and let your imagination go wild! Accompanied children £6. One adult free per child, additional adults £3. Booking essential.

Family Pumpkin Carving at Weald Country Park, Brentwood, Essex CM14 5QS
Tuesday 24th & Wednesday 25th October 2017, sessions at 10.00am, 12.00pm, and 2.00pm
Book early for this hugely popular spooky tradition returning again to Weald Country Park. Step into the decorated rustic open barn to hollow out and carve your own pumpkin ready to take home for Halloween. £10 per child, plus up to two free adults.

Halloween at Colne Valley Railway, Castle Hedingham, Essex CO9 3DZ
24th, 25th, 26th, 28th & 29th October 2017, 10.30am-5.00pm (last admission 3.30pm)
There’s spooky things happening this Halloween week. The witches and friends have taken over, Have a diesel ride with a skeleton crew and take part in spooky games and activities. Aimed at younger children.

Halloween Specials at Epping Ongar Railway, Chipping Ongar, CM5 9BN
Saturday 28th to Tuesday 31st October 2017
Our popular Ghost Trains are running again this year and this year we guarantee ever more Halloween fun! Adults £14, children £10 which includes all entertainment and a free gift for all children.

Spooky Fun at Cressing Temple Barns, Braintree, Essex CM77 8PD
Thursday 26th and Friday 27th October 2017, from 11.00am
Dig out your witches hat, wizard wand and other spooky getup, ready to enjoy some spooky family fun at Cressing Temple Barns. Includes brand new interactive puppet shows, magical storytelling and complimentary creepy face painting, and much more. £8 per person.

Halloween Self-Guided Trail at Highwoods Country Park, Colchester, CO4 5JR
Saturday 28th &  Sunday 29th October 2017, drop in 11.00am to 3.00pm
Follow the map around the park and try to solve our Halloween puzzle. If you are in fancy dress you will get a sweet treat at the end! £1 per child.

Halloween & Pumpkin Hunt at Blake House Craft Centre, Braintree, CM77 6RA
Saturday 28th & Sunday 29th October 2017, 10.00am-5.00pm
Halloween comes to Blake House Craft Centre, complete with its own Pumpkin Hunt, competitions & spooktacular fun!

Spooky Day Out with Thomas at East Anglian Railway Museum, Wakes Colne, CO6 2DS
Saturday 28th & Sunday 29th October 2017, 10.00am-4.30pm
Things get a little spooky with Thomas and his friends this Halloween, so  join in with some ghoulish fun! Admission will include unlimited steam train rides on at least four character trains: Thomas, Daisy, Toby, Henrietta and Toad will all be there.

Halloween Spooky Science at the Museum of Power, Langford, Essex CM9 6QA
Sunday 29th October 2017, 10.00am-4.00pm
Spooky science show with the mad professor, hands on experiments and crafts. Adult £6.00; Children (5 to 15) £3.00, under 5s FREE.

Halloween Open Day at Hopefield Animal Sanctuary, Brentwood CM15 9BZ
Sunday 29th October 2016, 12.00pm-4.00pm
Visit the wide variety of rescued animals at Hopefield this Halloween.