Halloween Events in Essex – Updated for 2023

If you’re looking for fun Halloween events in Essex 2023, we have just the thing.

We have put together this guide with details of all the best Essex Halloween events, together in one place.

Whether you’re after a costume party in Colchester, a horror movie marathon in Haverhill, or a child friendly event in Chelmsford, there are all sorts of events happening for Halloween 2023 in Essex.

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Halloween Half Term Spooktacular at GTKA

Forest Lodge Commercial Complex, Epping Rd, Epping, Essex, CM16 5HW

Join us for a half-term Animal Handling Experience in our Party Cave including Zoo entry!

Come and join us in our Party Cave for a 1-hour, fully interactive animal handling show where you will get to meet many of our incredible animals up close, in person and hands-on!!!

Dates: 24th – 27th October 2023

Tickets: £25 per person

Halloween at Little Easton Manor

Little Easton Manor, Park Road, Little Easton, Dunmow CM6 2JN, UK


Halloween Murder Mystery Dinner: Murder at the Monster Ball

Direct from London’s West End, comes a high-quality, interactive Murder Mystery entertainment! Dinner included in price!

14 October at 19:00

Tickets: £45

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Spooktacular Fun Day & Halloween Trail

Compete with family and friends in a range of Spooky, family friendly games and hunt for clues on our trail to win a medal and chocolate treat!

  • 21 Oct,12:00 – 17:00
  • 25 Oct, 12:00 – 17:00
  • 26 Oct, 12:00 – 17:00
  • 27 Oct, 12:00 – 17:00

Tickets: £12.50

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ADULT ONLY Halloween party!

Halloween grazing food Included in the ticket price, live band and DJ to perform throughout the evening. Fancy dress encouraged but not essential.

28 Oct, 19:00 – 23:59

Tickets: £35

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Places to Stay in Essex

The Willows | Blackbrook Lodges

Blackbrook Stud Farm, Ivy Lodge Road, Great Horkesley, Colchester, Essex, CO6 4EN

The Stables | Blackbrook Lodges

Blackbrook Stud Farm, Ivy Lodge Road, Great Horkesley, Colchester, Essex, CO6 4EN

The Duckhouse | Blackbrook Lodges

Blackbrook Stud Farm, Ivy Lodge Road, Great Horkesley, Colchester, Essex, CO6 4EN


Markshall Estate, Marks Hall Road, Coggeshall, Essex, CO6 1TG



This October half term we have a spooktacular week of activities for all the family to get involved with.

As well as wicked witch hazel trail and fish food to feed our monster fish in the lakes, there is so much more for those booked on to Percy’s Adventures to get involved weekdays during half term:

  • Cryptic Crossword Trail
  • Spooky Story Sessions
  • The Day of the Dead Experience in the Creepy Coach House

Dates: 23 Oct – 27 Oct 2023

Times: 10am – 5pm

Tickets: Adult £9 | Child (3-16 yrs) £4.75

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Ultimate Pumpkin Carving Masterclass with Professional Pumpkin Carver Dave Finkle

Adults and children are welcome to join the UK’s award-winning pumpkin carver Dave Finkle as he shows you the greatest tips and tricks for carving the best pumpkin. A pumpkin, carving equipment and leading supervision from Dave all provided!

Dates: 25 Oct – 26 Oct 2023

Times: 5pm – 7pm, arrival from 4.30pm

Tickets: £25

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Kids Halloween Disco

Head to the creepy Coach House as the kids enjoy the spookiest disco around. Spooky songs, creepy lighting, party games and prizes. Make sure that they have their best Halloween costumes ready.

Dates: 27 Oct – 27 Oct 2023

Times: 5pm – 6.30pm

Tickets: Child £7.50

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Haunted Half Term at Hopefield

Hopefield Animal Sanctuary, Sawyers Hall Lane, CM15 9BZ

We’ve got a spooktacular line up of activities for the little ones (including indoor areas in case the weather doesn’t play ball), which are ALL included in the admission fee.

You can also wander round and meet our residents, read their stories and find out why they ended up at the sanctuary, enjoy some delicious refreshments from Max’s Café, and spend your pocket money in our gift shop on your way out!

DATE: Oct 21 2023

TIME: 10:00 – 15:00

Tickets: Adult £7.00 | Child (2-15) £10.00 | Concession £6.00 | Under 2’s Free

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Halloween Quiz & Curry Night

Hopefield Animal Sanctuary, Sawyers Hall Lane, CM15 9BZ

Get your friends and family together and put your thinking caps on as we test your knowledge across a range of topics.

The quiz will be split into two parts, with a delicious curry made by the one and only, Leon Lewis, in between.

And to finish the evening we’ll draw the raffle – complete with spooktacular prizes you won’t want to miss!

DATE: Oct 27 2023

TIME: 18:30 – 21:30

Tickets: Team of 4 £60 | Team of 5 £75 | Team of 6 £90

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Halloween at Colchester Zoo

Colchester Zoo, Maldon Road, Colchester, Essex, CO3 0SL


Trail of Terror

The Trail of Terror begins as soon as you step foot in the door, from rustling bushes, to masked monsters and screaming scarers, they could get you anytime and anywhere.

We will also have food and live music for you to enjoy at the end of the trail, PLUS a themed photo point so you can purchase a souvenir of your evening.

Dates: 13th – 28th October 2023

Times: 6:30pm – 8pm

Tickets: £25

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Shriek Week
Join in with our FANG-TASTIC themed activities taking place from 21st October – 29th October 2023!

This October half term, enjoy a week filled with SPOOK-TACULAR daytime activities suitable for children of all ages. Let your little one transform into a scary witch or creepy vampire at our Face Painting Station or create wands and potions with the good witches and wizards at the Witches’ Coven. Our range of FANG-TASTIC activities will keep the family entertained all day long.

Halloween Trail Four locations around the Zoo 9:30am – Zoo Close Pick up a trail leaflet and solve the puzzles located around the park for the chance to WIN an Animal Experience.
Spooktacular Face Painting Education Centre (Old Discovery Centre) 11am – 4pm Have your face painted like a scary witch, or maybe a creepy vampire! • Small charge applies.
Witches’ Coven Penguin Shores (Next to Heart of the Amazon) 11am – 4pm Join the good witches and wizard in the Craft Coven to create your own wands and potions. • Small charge applies.
Lost Madagascar Road Train Lost Madagascar Train Station 10:30am – 4pm Enjoy a trip around the lake and enjoy a spooky story along the way! • Train will not stop at Lemur Walkthrough.
Fancy Dress Party Main Stage 1pm Show off your best Halloween outfit at our fang-tastic party!
SPOOk-tacular Barn Adventure Kalahari Theatre 11am & 3pm Join ConSPIDER as he tells the story about the trio of the PUMPKINS with music and dancing.
Pirate Cove Meerkat Hangout 11am – 4pm Take a pit stop and enjoy some fiendish fun and gruesome games!
Spooky Photo Point Face Painting Station 11am – 4pm Have your picture taken at our creepy photo point. • Small charge applies.
Scare School All Saints Church 11am – 4pm Perform the spooky tasks to graduate from the academy!

While you’re in the area why not explore some of the finest places to eat & stay and local attractions

Brentwood Brewery | Essex

Calcott Hall Farm, Ongar Rd, Pilgrims Hatch, Brentwood, Essex, CM15 9HS

Channels Estate The Retreat | Essex

Channels Retreat, Channels Drive, Chelmsford , Essex, CM3 3PT

Castle Inn | Colchester Pub

92 High Street, Colchester, Essex, CO1 1TH

Colchester Climbing Project

Unit B&C Global Park, 12 Moorside, Colchester, Essex, CO1 2TJ

Hedingham Castle | Essex

Castle Hedingham, Halstead, Essex, CO9 3DJ

Little Easton Manor | Essex

Park Road, Little Easton, Great Dunmow, Essex, CM6 2JN

Dedham Boathouse Boat Hire

Mill Lane, Dedham, Colchester, Essex, CO7 6DH

Get To Know Animals | London Mini Zoo

Forest Lodge Commercial Complex, High Road, Epping, Essex, CM16 5HW

Luigi’s Al Fresco | Essex

21 Market Hill, Maldon, Essex, CM9 4PZ

Whilst you’re about and about exploring Essex, you might fancy a little something delicious to eat or drink, or you may be interested in discovering the area nearby.

Use the buttons below to see listings for places to eat and drink, or ideas about where to go next.


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