Halloween Events in Essex – Updated for 2021

With the latest restrictions in place, Halloween in Essex for 2021 will be slightly different this year – however you can use the below to find the latest events going on in the region and a range of other things to do/places to eat in the area.

If you’re looking for fun Halloween events in Essex, 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 2021 in Essex.

If you’re organising a Halloween event, why not add it to The Tourist Trail for free using our ‘Upload your own event‘ form?

Read more upcoming guides below:


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‘Shriek Week’ returns to Colchester Zoo

Colchester Zoo, Maldon Rd, Heckfordbridge, Colchester CO3 0SL

Date: 23rd – 31st October 2021

Time: 9:30am – 5pm

Colchester Zoo is open until 5pm everyday throughout October half term with most of our additional ‘Shriek Week’ activities included in the cost of admission.

Our full timetable of events is available here!

Tickets: Adult £25.99 | Child (3-15yrs) £18.50 | Senior (60+) £24 | Under 3’s FREE


The Trail of Terror at Colchester Zoo

Colchester Zoo, Maldon Rd, Heckfordbridge, Colchester CO3 0SL

Date: 15th, 16th, 22nd, 23rd, 27th, 29th, 30th October 2021

Time: Timed entry slots from 6.30pm

Age range: 12yrs + at parental discretion.

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 do have a limited number of Safe Zones during the trail which are located alongside food outlets offering hot food, snacks and drinks that you can enjoy without fear of being scared!

More information about the event is available here.

Tickets: Admission ticket £20


THE WIZARDS OF ONCE HALLOWEEN QUEST AT AUDLEY END

Audley End House and Gardens, Off London Road, Saffron Walden, CB11 4JF

Date: 23rd – 31st October 2021

Time: 10am – 5pm

Explore the gardens on our brand-new adventure trail inspired by Cressida Cowell’s bestselling Wizards of Once series. Will you find the ingredients for the Spell to get rid of Witches and uncover the location of the Cup of Second Chances? Come along in frightful fancy dress to enter our competition and maybe win a prize. It’s going to be a really wizard day out! More above the event here.

Tickets: Adult £20.90 | Child (5-17yrs) £12.60 | Concession £18.90 | Family (2 Adults) £54.40 | Family (1 Adult) £33.50


Places to Stay in Essex

The Cricketers | Clavering

Clavering, Nr Saffron Walden, Essex, CB11 4QT

Great Hallingbury Manor Hotel

Tilekiln Green, Tilekiln Green, Bishops Stortford, Essex, CM22 7TJ

Browning Bros Unique Accommodation

Tey Brook Farm, Great Tey, Colchester, Essex, CO6 1JE


Halloween Fun at Barleylands Farm Park

Barleylands Farm Office, Barleylands Road, Billericay CM11 2UD

Date: 23rd – 31st October 2021

Our half-term, daytime event Halloween Fest will run every day from Saturday the 23rd to Sunday 31st of October and this year year we have lots of fun activities planned including a spellbinding story time, broomstick making, spooky tractor rides and our haunted farmer’s labyrinth. And as always, we promise a free pumpkin for every child!

More information here.

Tickets: Adult £13.50 | Child (Age 2-15) £13.50 | Under 2 £2


Spooky Nights at Barleylands Farm Park

Barleylands Farm Office, Barleylands Road, Billericay CM11 2UD

Date: 29th – 31st October 2021

Time: 6pm – 9pm

Our Spooky Nights also return this year with THREE nights, from the 29th to 31st of October, of spook-tacular fun! We will see the return of the brilliant Skittleman disco, toddler fairground rides, spooky walks and safe trick or treating around The Village.

More information here.

Tickets: Adult £13.50 | Child (Age 2-15) £13.50 | Under 2 £2


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

The Dedham Centre Tea Rooms

Dedham Arts & Craft Centre, Colchester , Essex, CO7 6AD

The Pier at Harwich

The Quay, Harwich, Essex, CO12 3HH

Maison Talbooth

Stratford Road, Dedham, Colchester, Essex, CO7 6HN

Milsoms

Stratford Road, Dedham, Colchester, Essex, CO7 6HW

Stoke by Nayland Lodges

Stoke by Nayland Hotel, Golf & Spa, Keepers Lane, Leavenheath, Colchester, Essex, CO6

Five Lakes Resort

Five Lakes Resort, Colchester Road, Essex, CM9 8HX

Browning Bros Glamping

Tey Brook Farm, Great Tey, Colchester, Essex, CO6 1JE

Rye Farm

Rye Lane , Layer de la Haye , Colchester , Essex, CO2 0JL

The PitStop | Boutique Hotel

The PitStop, The Morgan Garage, Little Hallingbury, Essex, CM22 7RA


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.