13 spooky Halloween events in Hertfordshire
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We’ve selected a variety of spooky activities in the county that will delight kids and big kids too. Words: Julie Lucas
October 16-31, London Colney
There's plenty of family events this month that are really gourd (sorry) fun. Willows Activity Farm in London Colney has a pumpkin festival with 1,000 pumpkins to pick from its patch, a pumpkin hunt and a Gourds Grotto where you can discover weird and wonderful gourds, squashes and pumpkins. And of course, there’s the animals to see. Tickets £24.
Foxholes Farm fun
October 23-31, Hertford
Foxholes Farm has heaps of Halloween Farm. Don your favourite spooky outfit to win a children’s hamper of goodies, explore the Halloween trail, get crafty with spooky crafts activities, take part in fun games in the barn and pick a pumpkin to carve. Tickets £9.95.
Trail and treats
October 25-29, Knebworth
Little monsters will love the Knebworth Gardens Halloween Trail. Get dressed up and look out for bats, witches and ghosts. There's games and activities along the way and a prize at the end. Tickets £7.
October, Bishop's Stortford
Cammas Hall Farm near Bishop’s Stortford promises lots of eerie attractions down on the pumpkin patch throughout October. Venture down the wicked walkway, see friendly Halloween characters and if you dare, go to one of the spooky night sessions. Tickets £2-4.
Ashridge trail, Berkhamsted
Halloween at the Ashridge Estate is being celebrated with a night themed animal trail. Ever wondered what that rustling sound is? Walk around the stunning estate in its autumn glory and discover the weird and wonder animals that come out after dark. Trails are £3 per child and include activity sheets and crafts to make a home.
October 28-31, Hatfield
Brace yourselves for a Halloween mystery in the spooky setting of Hatfield Park. Will you dare to enter the mysterious veil of light in the woods? A frighteningly fun night of live music, street food, sideshows, stalls and walkabout performance. Tickets include the Sneaky Sisters sideshow spectacular (this one's for adults only) £55.
Dinos after dark
October 22-31, Broxbourne
Take an adventure through time for this special event at Paradise Wildlife Park, visiting the Triassic, Jurassic, and Cretaceous periods in moonlight. Grab a flashlight and discover over 30 life-size, moving, and roaring dinosaurs - if you feel brave enough! Tickets £14.
October 23-31, Ardeley
There's lots for eerie goings-on at Church Farm, Ardeley. Activities are geared towards younger children and include creepy woodland fairy play, horrid hay rides, a trick or treat spooky woodland walk, pumpkin carving and Halloween activity packs. Tickets from £6.50
Each weekend in October, daily from October 19-31, near Flamstead
Wheelbarrows at the ready for picking your own pumpkins at this 10-acre patch. There’s lots of different varieties, some good for carving others good for cooking. Kids will love climbing on the massive straw bale stack and adults can relax with one of the farm's famous hot chocolates. Tickets must be pre-booked, check website for prices.
Until November 7, Leavesden
Hogwarts Great Hall transforms for Halloween with over 100 floating pumpkins and a Halloween feast. Duel with the Death Eaters, hunt for the dark mark, enter the Forbidden Forest and learn the secrets the the special effects.
Halloween nature trail
October 23-31, Hoddesdon
There's a spook-tacular time to be had at the Rye Meads family trail. Solve the riddles to identify your potion ingredients and explore nature. Can you unlock the secret in the potion? Fancy dress encouraged. £2 per trail.
October 28-31, Hatfield House
Follow a fun-filled trail full of surprises at Hatfield House but be prepared to bump into a few creepy characters along way with scary stories, spooky songs. There's a pimp-a-pumpkin workshop and try out daring moves at the spooktacular disco. Suitable for ages 2-10. Tickets from £10.
October 23-31, Hertford
Head to Hertford Castle for some seasonal fun this autumn. Wander through the children’s autumn trail and explore the castle rooms and themed basement on Hertford Castle open day on October 31. This is a free self-guided trail event.
October 16-17 and 23-31, Waltham Abbey
Creep through the devilishly decorated farm for this event at Lee Valley Animal Adventure Park. Come in fancy dress and spot witches, wizards and vampires. There's also a funfair, pumpkin patch and adventure play. Tickets £15.99.
October 25-29, Amwell
There’s lots of spooktacular events at the Elephant and Castle in Amwell, the old stomping ground of Katherine Ferrers, known as the Wicked Lady for her antics as a highwaywoman. Get creative in the pumpkin carving den from October 25-27, Tickets £15 (includes a two-course kids’ meal) or join the kids’ Halloween party on Friday, October 28 and on Saturday, October 29 there’s a Halloween-inspired quiz. The pub will also be serving Halloween-inspired cocktails. Witches' Brew anyone?