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 2018.

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 29th September to Sunday 28th October, and all of half-term week, from 10.00am-4.00pm
The team have been growing and harvesting pumpkins for years now and then one day they thought… why not open the farm up and let customers pick their own perfect pumpkin directly from the field! Free entry, no need to book. Feel free to bring a picnic.

Wizards & Witches at Marsh Farm, South Woodham Ferrers, CM3 5WP
Sat 13th & Sun 14th, Sat 2th0 to Sun 28th October 2018, 10.00am-5.00pm
A festival of Halloween fun, activities and events including a FREE pumpkin for every child and our NEW Boo Barn!

Halloween Festival at Old McDonald’s Farm, Brentwood, Essex, CM14 5AY
Saturday 20th October to Sunday 4th November 2018, 10.30am-5.00pm
Spooky fun for kids during Halloween half term, including the brand new haunted house!

Halloween Half Term Trail at Marks Hall Gardens, Coggeshall, Essex, CO6 1TG
Saturday 20th to Sunday 28th October 2018 , 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 2018 at Mountfitchet Castle, Stanstead, Essex, CM24 8SP
Saturday 20th October to Sunday 4th November 2018, 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
20, 22, 24, 26 & 27 October 2018, 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 20th October to Sunday 4th November 2018, 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 20th to Wednesday 31st October 2018, 10.00am-5.00pm
Experience a spoooooky Halloween Train Ride deep into the woods of the Audley End Estate to visit the Witches! Meet the Witches themselves, receive a special treat and watch them perform their wonderful witchy dance, but make sure you behave yourself so the Witches don’t cast a spell on you! Visit the Activity Area to create yourself a creepy craft, test out your dance moves, listen to a spooky story and get your face painted!The ride is spooky but never scary and is, therefore, suitable for all ages. 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 20th to Wednesday 31st October 2018, 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.

Pongy Potions and Smelly Spells at Langdon Visitor Centre, Brentwood CM15 9BZ
Tuesday 23rd October 2018, 10.00am-12.00pm
Magical fun in the woods – natural potions, woodland wands and toasting ghosts! Suitable for all ages, must be accompanied by an adult. Booking Essential

Halloween Parties at Braintree Garden Centre, Braintree, Essex, CM77 8DH
Wednesday 24th & Friday 26th October 2018
Enjoy a tasty meal, make a witch’s hat, hunt spooky characters for a sweet reward, do a fun activity sheet, plus other spooktacular activities.

HalloweenFest at Barleylands, Billericay, Essex, CM11 2UD 
Saturday 20th to Friday 26th October 2018, 10.00am-5.00pm
There will be lots of fiendish fun to enjoy including pumpkins, Halloween crafts and story time with Wendy the Witch.One free pumpkin per visiting child, whilst stocks last. Please note under 2’s are free entry but will not receive a free pumpkin.

Halloween Half Term at the School of Golf, Little Channels, Chelmsford
Wednesday 24th October 2018, 9am-4pm
Spaces are filling up fast on the Halloween half term camps! Plenty of fun games, coaching, practice and play! Call Jack or Matt for information or to book. One day camp – £50pp. Member discounts apply.

Halloween Half Term at the School of Golf, Belfairs, Leigh on Sea
Thursday 25th October 2018, 9am-12pm
Spaces are filling up fast on the Halloween half term camps! Plenty of fun games, coaching, practice and play! Call Jack or Matt for information or to book. Half day camp – £25pp. Member discounts apply.

Spooky Nights at Barleylands, Billericay, Essex, CM11 2UD 
Friday 26th & Saturday 27th October 2018, 10.00am-5.00pm
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.

Spooky Fun at Cressing Temple Barns, Braintree, Essex CM77 8PD
Monday 22nd to Friday 26th October 2018, from 11.00am
Meet some seriously spooky creatures, enjoy some horrible entertainment and take part in the Zombie Disco. Dare you brave our themed spooky rooms and take part in Pumpkin archery? Pick your own pumpkin from Pete’s Pumpkin Patch to carve and take home and marvel at our contortionist and fire eater Johnny Strange. Dress to impress us with your spooky outfits – it’s going to be spooktacular.

Halloween at Colne Valley Railway, Castle Hedingham, Essex CO9 3DZ
Tuesday 23rd and Thursday 25th October 2018, 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 train ride with a skeleton crew and take part in spooky games and activities. Aimed at younger children.

Halloween Activities at East Anglian Railway Museum, Wakes Colne, CO6 2DS
Monday 22nd to Thursday 25th October 2018, 10.00am-4.30pm
As well as gingerbread decorating in our beautiful vintage railway carriage cafe, we’ll be opening up the Imagination Station to a range of spooky craft activities, pumpkin carving and there’s a prize for the best Halloween fancy dress costume. Child admission includes a pumpkin to carve and take home and all craft activities – there will be a small, additional charge for gingerbread. *No museum trains will be running.

Spooky Day Out with Thomas at East Anglian Railway Museum, Wakes Colne, CO6 2DS
Saturday 27th & Sunday 28th October 2018, 10.00am-4.30pm
Calling all little engineers! Join Thomas, the number one blue engine, as he visits the East Anglian Railway Museum for a day of spooky family fun. The Fat Controller will also be on hand to make sure that Thomas is being a really useful engine whilst Rusty and Dusty, Sodor’s Station Sweepers, will be causing mischief.

Halloween Specials at Epping Ongar Railway, Chipping Ongar, CM5 9BN
Friday 26th to Sunday 28th October 2018
Steam and Scream on the ever popular Ghost Train. They’ve changed things a little this year and expect that you will enjoy yourself more than ever!

Fright Night at Abberton Reservoir, Brentwood CM15 9BZ
Saturday 27th October 2018, 6.00pm-8.00pm
Brave the reserve at night on a scary walk where monsters lurkCome and brave a frightening walk around the nature reserve with all the ghosts and ghouls that lurk in the woodland.Hot food, cakes and drinks will be available to purchase on the night. All ages welcome but must be accompanied by an adult. ADVANCED BOOKING ESSENTIAL. Call 01206 738172.

Halloween Pumpkin Event at Highwoods Country Park, Colchester, CO4 5JR
Saturday 27th October 2018, drop in 12.00pm to 3.00pm
Hosted by Together We Grow Community Interest Company. Hold on to your pumpkins and squashes it’s Halloween! Pick up your pumpkins sown earlier in the year, soup, cake, pie and much much more!

Halloween Spooky Night at Parndon Woods, Harlow, CM19 4SF
Saturday 27th October 2018, 5.30pm-8.30pm
Go along for the terrifying trail, goodie bags and games. Adults and kid £3.Under 1’s free.

Halloween Self-Guided Trail at Highwoods Country Park, Colchester, CO4 5JR
Saturday 27th &  Sunday 28th October 2018, 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 Drop-in Craft at Belfairs Woodland Centre, Brentwood CM15 9BZ
Sunday 28th October 2018, 10.00am-2.00pm
Join us to try some spooky Hallowe’en crafts. CHILDREN MUST BE ACCOMPANIED. Fancy Dress very much encouraged!

Halloween Wood at Belfairs Woodland Centre, Brentwood CM15 9BZ
Sunday 28th October 2018, 6.30pm-8.30pm
Dare you enter Spooky Skeleton Wood! Fun spooky crafts, trails, mischief and stories. Fancy Dress Encouraged! CHILDREN MUST BE ACCOMPANIED. BOOKING ESSENTIAL AS SPACES ARE LIMITED – 01702 477467

Halloween Drive-In (Hotel Transylvania 2) at Blake House Craft Centre, Braintree, CM77 6RA
Saturday 28th & Sunday 29th October 2017, 10.00am-5.00pm
Come along for our Halloween Drive in, run by Spectrum Screen Events. Watch a Halloween Movie from the safety of your car, next to a deserted corn maze…what’s the worst that can happen? Food and drink is available to purchase before and during the screening, if you wait for during the film, we will deliver it to your car. Tickets are £25 per car, per screening.

Halloween Spooky Science at the Museum of Power, Langford, Essex CM9 6QA
Sunday 4th November 2018, 10.00am-4.00pm
Halloween Spooky Science, Educational Science and Magic show with our mad professor, hands on experiments and crafts. Adult £6.00; Children (5 to 15) £3.00, under 5s FREE.