This October sink your fangs into these spooky Halloween events
There’s nothing like a great family-friendly Halloween party to liven up a cold autumn evening, which is why we’ve decided to feature some of the best upcoming Halloween events across the region. Get your dancing shoes on and your costumes prepared – and be ready to get scared!
Halloween events in Suffolk
Halloween Glow Walk, 28 October
Stowmarket and Felixstowe will be aglow on the 28 October, thanks to EACH and their yearly Halloween Glow Walk. These spooky walks will commence at 6pm, starting at the Finborough School in Stowmarket, and the Felixstowe Leisure Centre. Tickets include refreshments, medals and light-up head boppers. Prices: Under 3 free / 3-14s for £7 / Adult 15+ £2. Visit www.each.org.uk/glow-walk for more information.
Scaresville, 4 October – 4 November
Over 14s can spend a terrifying evening at Scaresville at Kentwell Hall, Long Melford between 4 October – 4 November. Take a walk through dimly-lit gardens, parklands and walkways, full of scary surprises, then settle into the Bar-Baric late night haunt for snacks, drinks and dancing. Prices: Between £16 and £34 per person depending on peak times and days. Group bookings get a discount and all under 18s must be accompanied by an adult. Visit scaresville.co.uk for more details.
Spooky Stories at Framlingham Castle, 23-29 October
Fearless souls required for a thrilling family adventure from 11am-4pm. Grab your cloaks and steady your nerves as you come face to face with the dark side of childrens tales. The chilling storytellers reveal the terrifying truth behind the bedtime fairytales you’ve grown to love. Show off your spooktacular costumes and frighten the fearless staff in the fancy dress competition. Adult £8.90/Child £5.30/ Concession £8.00/Family £23.10. English Heritage Members: free www.english-heritage.org.uk/framlingham
The best Halloween events in Norfolk
PrimEVIL is hosting the biggest teen Halloween event around, with the whole Dinosaur Adventure park in Lenwade, Norwich revamped to be ultra scary between the 12-31October, 6pm-11pm. There are five different terrifying sections to the venue, including the CarnEVIL of Terrors where creepy clowns want to play with you, an extremely frightening walk with ghouls in the Forest of Fear, a possibly permanent stay in the Mayhem Manor Hotel, a walk amongst some unsettled spirits in the Crypt, and a puzzling scenario for you to piece together amongst the Infected. Prices: Peak nights £22.95 / Prime nights £26.95, discounts apply for pre-booked tickets, and visitors under 16 must be accompanied by an adult. Visit primevil-scare.com for more details.
Go crazy at Go Ape!
Go Ape, the UK’s leading forest adventure company, is hosting a spook-tacular event at the Thetford Tree Top Junior course over the Halloween weekend – from Friday 27 – Sunday 29 October, 2017.
With lots of fun activities for children taking on Tree Top Junior (for which they’ll need to be at least 1m tall), including face painting, creepy crafts and some beastly quizzes and riddles to solve, there’ll be no escaping a scarily good day out!
Children can dress up in their scariest outfits before scrambling around a series of spooky suspended tunnels, clambering across weird wobbly walkways and negotiating all sorts of other tricky (or treaty) spine-tingling obstacles, before leaping into thin air and zooming down hair-raising zip wires!
Fairhaven Halloween Party, 31 October
Get the whole family to join in a most spooktacular night, by being a part of the Fairhaven Halloween Party on 31 October in Norwich, starting at 6pm. When you explore the enchanted forest, you’ll find witches at every turn, children’s entertainers, live music, potions and fireworks. Prices: Adults £9 / Children £5. No kids under 3 or pushchairs. Visit fairhavengarden.co.uk for more information.
Things to do on Halloween in Cambridgeshire
Nene Valley Railway’s Wizard Express, 27-28 October
The Nene Valley Railway’s Wizard’s express is the spookiest train ride you’ll take this year, running from Wansford to Peterborough return on the 27 and 28 October. On this 1.5 hour journey, you’ll be treated to Halloween goody bags with glow sticks, and entertained by Harry Spotter and his wizard friends and other spooky goings-on. If you dare to look out the window at the stations, you’ll surely get a fright! You might even spot the friendly ghost in the tunnel that it has been haunting since 1845. Arrive around 6.15pm for a 7pm departure. Prices: Under 1s free / £16.50 per person. Visit www.nvr.org.uk/events/wizards-express for more information.
Big Fish Little Fish, 28 October, Ely
Multi award-winning family rave phenomenon Big Fish Little Fish launches in Ely on the 28 October. This Halloween (Witches and Wizards) family rave event will be held at The Maltings, Ely from 2.30pm – 5pm.
DJ`s Trax + Countmonkula will be playing (grown up) oldschool dance music, along with themed crafts, licensed bar, confetti cannons, bubble machine, giant balloons, parachute, face painting stall and Audrey’s vegan cakes.
Big Fish Little Fish have won the National Family Arts Festival best family event for the last four years running. More details at www.bigfishlittlefisheve
Halloween events in Essex
Hangman’s Hall, 30 October
If your teens are up for some unbelievable paranormal activity, take a guided ghost walk through Hangman’s Hill, near High Beach in Epping Forest on 30 October at 8pm. You’ll hear real stories of famous local hauntings, including a headless horseman and a whole house full of family and staff, experience a séance in ghostly territory, and much more. Prices: £16 per person. Visit dusktilldawnevents.co.uk for more information.
Things get spooky at East Anglian Railway, 28-29 October
Nothing beats the sounds, smells and atmosphere of a real steam railway so come along and join in with some ghoulish fun this Halloween, with steam train rides all day long on four character trains: Thomas, Daisy, Toby, Henrietta and Toad. Join the Fat Controller for Storytelling in a vintage railway carriage and there’s live entertainment throughout the day with characters Rusty and Dusty, the station cleaners. After all that excitement, you can spend some time chilling out in the Imagination Station while the kids do colouring competitions, engine layout rubbing, Play doh and temporary Thomas tattoos or relax in front of a Thomas DVD. Pack a picnic or treat yourselves to lunch in the cosy vintage dining car. Book your ticket at earm.co.uk/whats-on
The best Halloween events in Hertfordshire
Hemel Hempstead Halloween Parade, 28 October
Hemel Hempstead High Street is hosting a huge Halloween parade on the 28 October, which will be fun for all the family. As part of the event, the Old Town Hall will be transformed into a haunted house certain to scare the kids. Plus it’s free to attend! Visit oldtownhall.co.uk for all the details.
Half term at Hanbury Manor
Hanbury Manor will play host to a week of Halloween half-term activities for kids, including ghost trails, pumpkin carving, scary storytelling, and a Halloween party. Visit marriott.co.uk/hotels/travel/stngs-hanbury-manor-marriott-hotel-and-country-club/ to find out more about the venue.
Halloween in Bedfordshire
Half term at Wrest Park, 23-29 October
English Heritage’s Wrest Park is hosting the scariest of Halloween half-term events, from Monday 23 – Sunday 29 October, where brave families can follow a gruesome guide for a chance to solve riddles and earn a treat. Victorian guides are also hosting a woodland walk with spooky stories from Friday 27 to Sunday 29 October. Prices: Adults £10.40 / Concessions £9.40 / Children £6.20 / Family £27.00. Visit www.english-heritage.org.uk/wrestpark for more details.