Happy Halloween! Here’s what’s on in Herts & Beds
Want to plan a bit of spooky fun for your little terrors, sorry, darlings, this half term? Well look no further than our ghoulish guide.
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.
Half Term Days Out, Celtic Harmony, Brickenden, 27 – 31 Oct
What better place to celebrate Samhain (aka the start of the Celtic New Year) than Celtic Harmony Camp in Brickenden? This hidden gem is squirrelled away in the Herts countryside, and celebrates the end of the harvest season with all the classic activities. Expect Autumn crafts, a Samhain bonfire, primitive skills demos, pumpkin carving and good food – you can even explore the Haunted Forest if you’re feeling brave enough!
Ghostly Walks, St Albans and Harpenden, Ongoing
The ancient city of St Albans has its fair share of terrifying tales. The phantom cathedral organist, the thieving butler and jilted Dorothy are all said to be amongst the ghostly characters roaming the streets come darkness. Find out more about the ghosts, ghouls and strange happenings of this historic town on a private Ghost Tour. And, if you’d prefer to find out more about haunted Harpenden, then there’s a tantalising tour on offer there, too.
Wild Things at Rye Meads, RSPB Rye Meads Nature Reserve, 25 Oct – 1 Nov
The good witch of Rye Meads needs a bit of help, guys. As you can imagine, Halloween is a pretty busy time of year for witches – cauldrons bubbling away like mad, and a million spells to cast etc. so Esmerelda Raventree is recruiting. Visit Rye Meads for trail of discovery – you’ll have to choose a nature wand, learn to face your fears, find potion ingredients and practise a bit of flying. There’ also be a creepy costume competition in the Pumpkin Patch, and, if you’re brave enough you can try your hand/net at Bog Dipping.
HALLOWEEN: 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 eerie 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.
Woodland Walks & Pumpkin Trail, Hatfield House, Hatfield, October
A ramble through the woods at Hatfield house is one of my 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.
Spooky Wrest Park, Wrest Park, Silsoe, 24 Oct -1 Nov
Here’s another great halfterm Halloween activity for you – and this time in Beds! Wrest Park, Silsoe, is getting unearthly this October half term with a suitably creepy trail set out around the grounds. And there are also spine chillingly spooky story sessions and a ghoulishly great fancy dress competition. So, raid that dressing up box, get creative and head for some eerie antics on this great estate.
Halloween at Waddesdon Manor, Aylesbury, 24 Oct – 1 Nov
The National Trust site is piling on the activities for autumn half term including a ghostly trail around the grounds, pumpkin carving in The Stables and – our personal favourite – a spooky-themed Halloween afternoon tea (how cute is that little ghost meringue?!). Booking essential.