Your spooktacular guide to Halloween in East Anglia
Halloween is round the corner and Suffolk & Cambs are bursting with fun activities and things to do to keep the kids happy this half term. It'll be a scream!
Spooky Saxons, West Stow Anglo-Saxon Village, 24 Oct – 1 Nov
You’ll find some half term horrors lurking amongst the houses of West Stow Anglo Saxon Village, near Bury St Edmunds this half term. Families can also take part in the Spooky Saxons activities including quizzes and stories and the chance to cast the last rune in the Witchy Workshop.
West Stow are also hosting The Real Middle-Earth Tour on 25 Oct at 1pm, where you can find out about the links between Tolkien and the Anglo-Saxon world on a guided tour from a member of the Tolkien Society and a Middle-earth enthusiast.
Spooky Audley End, Audley End House, Saffron Walden, 24 Oct – 1 Nov
Gather your little monsters, ahem darlings, for a ghoulishly good day out at Audley End House, which can be decidedly creepy after dark. There’s a trail with creepy clues to solve and the chance to gather round in a socially distanced fashion to listen to spooky stories. There’s a daily fancy dress competition too, so better get that sewing machine out pronto.
Halloween Spooktacular 2020, Audley End Miniature Railway, 24 Oct – 1 Nov
Audley End House certainly knows how to do a themed event. Their miniature railway will be transformed from 24th October – 1st November into a ghost train, where kids journey on the haunted Halloween Express with trick or treat bags to visit the witches in their haunted house. Fancy dress is very much encouraged. The craft tent is in action as always, so little monsters can create a creepy craft, have their faces painted, test out their thriller dance moves and listen to a spooky tale.
Harry Potter Event, Grand Arcade Cambridge, 31 October
Got a little witch or wizard in your coven? Take them to the Grand Arcade aka Hogwarts this Halloween for a magical Harry Potter themed event. Kids can dress as their favourite character and meet Dumbledore (at a Covid-safe distance of course) and even get sorted into the right house by a talking sorting hat! Sessions are taking place in 30 minutes slots and have to be pre-booked.
Halloween Ghost Punting Experience, Rutherfords Punting, Cambridge
On a dark and spooky night, down by the dark and spooky river you’ll find a fleet of ghostly punts ready to transport you into the unknown… Rutherfords are giving Cambs’ favourite past time a spooky makeover with a tour guides who are dead ringers for the Grimm Reaper telling spooky tales of the city’s most haunted happenings, while you cower under a blanket and keep warm with Whittard’s Tea. Don’t forget to bribe your ferryman!
Halloween Fun on the Farm, Easton Farm Park, Suffolk, 24 Oct – 1 Nov
Easton Farm Park is always a good idea for a fun-packed family day out and this October half term you can see the animals, visit the Spooky Trail, make a wand and a broomstick and complete a quiz for a spooky prize. The pizza parlour will also be open for orders. Tickets have to be pre-booked.
Go Ape in the dark, Thetford, Suffolk
This autumn and half-term Sundown Adventures include an hour of treetop excitement and exploration for young adventurers over 1m (see here) and adrenalin-seekers can experience the thrill of zip wires in the dark, (see here).
Crafty Foxes Halloween workshops, The Apex, Bury St Edmunds, 30 and 31 October
Now here’s a good idea – let your little devils make a big old mess outside your house with this craft workshop on 30 and 31 October at Bury St Edmunds’ The Apex run by The Crafty Foxes. Kids ages 7+ can go to town painting a pumpkin on the 30th, while kids under 7 can try their hand at making a spooky bat, ghostly treat or monster lantern. Old clothes are encouraged! Tickets for both workshops are £15 per child including a cold drink and biscuit.
Skylark Week of Wickedness, 24th October – 1st Nov, March, Cambs
It wouldn’t be halloween without some pumpkin picking and carving. Get the kids to do the hard work for you by taking them to the Pumpkin Carving Workshops at Skylark Maize Maze and Funyard. The week of wickedness also includes a magic show, haunted tractor rides, den building and pig racing (you know that classic halloween activity!).
Ghost tours and spooky Framlingham Castle, Framlingham, 28 – 31 Oct and 24 Oct – 1 Nov
Something for the adults and kids this halloween at Framlingham Castle. Ghost tours for anyone 16+ start on 28 Oct where you can follow storytellers on a bone-chilling journey through the past around the castle recounting tales of ghosts, supernatural sightings and horrors from history, crikey! All you need is a torch. For the little ones things are a little less scary with a slightly less intense trail with creepy clues to be solved as well as a fancy dress competition.
Scarewell at Sacrewell Farm, near Peterborough, 24 Oct – 1 Nov
Sacrewell Farm’s Halloween offering includes the chance to grab a wheelbarrow and visit the giant pumpkin patch then get creative in the carving tent. There’s also a Spooky Mill Walk and the opportunity to make some ghoulish-themed chocolates.
A Spooktacular Halloween Weekend! at Cambridge Science Centre, 31 Oct – 1 Nov
Cambridge Science Centre is embracing the spookiest weekend of the year with special sessions for 7-11 year olds that include ghoulish slime making, some screamingly-good Halloween demonstrations and a mix of other spooktacular activities.
Where’s Wally? Spooky Museum Search, Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge, 24 Oct – 1 Nov
Remember Where’s Wally, well he’s still lost believe it or not and this half term you can Join a spooky search for Wally at The Fitzwilliam Museum. It’s part of the national Where’s Wally? Spooky Museum Search, organised by Kids in Museums and Walker Books, to celebrate the release of the new Where’s Wally? book, Spooky Spotlight Search.
DAYS OUT: Colchester Zoo Shriek Week, 24 Oct – 1 Nov
Colchester Zoo is running a ‘Shriek Week’ this October half term, which includes the chance to see all the usual animals as well as some dinosaurs. Older children will love the after dark Trail of Terror, a socially distanced event that starts once the zoo closes at 6pm. Expect rustling bushes, masked monsters and horrible ghosts jumping out when you least expect it.
Brick or Treat, Legoland, Windsor, 15 Oct – 8 Nov
I’ve run out of jokes about Brick or Treat – that’s how long this Legoland event has been running! Lots of spooky(ish) additions to the park, plus new for 2020, there’s a brand new dance extravaganza The Haunted Lighthouse Halloween Show and a new scary character, Scarecrow.
Pumpkin Festival at Willow’s Activity Farm, 17 Oct – 1 Nov
The Pumpkin Patch at Willow’s Activity Farm is ripe for the picking, with THOUSANDS of glorious orange pumpkins waiting for you. Choose the biggest one and purchase a carving kit, so you can create a monstrous masterpiece in the Carving Cavern to take home. But that’s not all, you can win prizes in the Pumpkin Hunt or head to the Gourds Grotto – where you can take pictures with the weird and wonderful fruits (apparently, they are technically fruit – though you wouldn’t think it!)
Dinos after Dark & Halloween Fun, Paradise Park, 24 Oct- Nov 1
Paradise Wildlife Park is pulling out all the spooky stops this half term with a huge array of activities. First off, the animals LOVE to chomp on seasonal pumpkins – seriously, the camels adore them. who knew! LOL. There will also be creepy, creepy-crawlies to explore – like Tarantulas and the Anaconda snake Optimus Prime, as well as howling wolves and even a nerve-wracking Dinos in the Dark experience! If you think you’re brave enough, follow your guides by torch and lantern light to discover the World of Dinosaurs Forest.
Woodland Walks & Pumpkin Trail, Hatfield House, Hatfield, October
A ramble through the woods at Hatfield house is one of our fav things to do in Herts. Most years you only get to walk in Queen Elizabeth I ‘s footsteps (quite literally as she grew up at Hatfield) until the end of September. But this year, the estate is open to visitors every weekend – meaning that you can get your fix of the glorious autumn leaves. And, during the October half term there will be a Halloween Pumpkin Trail for the little ones to explore – come dressed in your scariest outfits and tag @hatfield_house on Insta for a chance of winning a ticket for the 2021 season.
A GRIMM HALLOWEEN, Holkham Hall, 28 – 31 Oct
Wrap up warm and listen to spooky Hansel and Gretal storytelling and live performances of the Brother’s Grimm tales in the walled gardens of Holkham. Carve your own pumpkin, get your face painted and practise some good old fashioned witchcraft. For those feeling extra brave get close up to some creepy crawlies and hot foot it on the rope course under the cover of darkness. That’s a lot of thrills for only £6 per ticket.
The Glorious Glowing Lantern Parade, BeWILDerwood, 17 Oct – 1 Nov
See the woods in a whole new light as all the inhabitants come out to celebrate the Glorious Glowing Lantern Parade. This year the event is running from dusk so book your slot (5.30 / 6.30 / 7.30) online for an hour and a half of spooktacular fun. Get creative in the Big Hat and craft a beautiful lantern for a Slitherigrub to live in and make sure to dress up in your best spooky costume.
Pumpkin Festival, Wroxham Barns, 22 to 31 October
Get your Halloween vibes ready for this cute-as-can-be pumpkin festival with free access to the fun park rides, junior farm, as well as spell and potion lessons with Wilba the Witch and a free pumpkin for every little one to get creative with inside the special carving barn. Book online here.
Halloween Drive-In Movies, Norfolk Showground, Oct 29 – Nov 1st
Prepare to be scared (or not so much) with a great selection of family and horror movies showing over four days at the showground. Just pull up in the comfort of your own four wheels, grab some of the yummy street food and settle in for a night / afternoon of jumps and frights. For the kids there’s classics like Ghostbusters and Casper the Friendly Ghost, or for adults who fancy terrifying themselves silly (er, not me) there’s everything from Nightmare on Elm Streetand The Exorcist. Yikes.
Step into the dark side, well, Oxfordshire at least. There are creepy goings on at Blenheim this October, from scary stories to spooky walks, turnip carving and even fire shows.
The Haunted Castle, Warwick Castle, Oct 24 – Nov 1
Search the spooky mansion, navigate the Haunted Hollows and discover even more quirky characters in spellbinding shows live on the Dead Centre Stage. Due to limited availability and high demand pre-booked tickets only.