October Half-Term and Halloween

Halloween

Spooky Halloween events across Essex. Find out what spooky fun is happening near you!

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BARKING AND DAGENHAM

Premier Sport Holiday Courses

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BASILDON

Barleylands Farm Park

  • Halloween Fest: 🎃 👻 Join us every day from Saturday the 23rd to Sunday 31st of October for our annual Halloween Fest. This year we have lots of fun activities planned for a hauntingly good half-term, including a spellbinding story time, broomstick making, spooky tractor rides and our haunted farmer’s labyrinth. T
  • Spooky Nights 2021: 2021 will see the return of our very popular Spooky Nights! This year we are running the event over THREE nights, from the 29th to 31st of October, when we will see the return of the brilliant Skittleman disco, toddler fairground rides, spooky walks and safe trick or treating around The Village.

Camp Epic

  • Half term camp : Get ready for the frightful activities each day leading up to Halloween

Eastgate Shopping Centre

  • Celebrate Halloween at Eeekgate! Put on your scariest costume and come join in the spooktacular fun at Eeekgate on Wednesday 27 October – if you dare. Enjoy Bread and Butter’s Zombie Disco shows at 11am, 12.30pm and 2pm with prizes for the best fancy dress. There will also be walkabouts from The Pumpkins. Driveabouts from Bella Donna and the Venus Flytrap. And stiltwalking from Cruella De Vil and Mortica.

First Kicks


Fit For Sport

  • Activity Camp: Fit For Sport deliver action-packed and fun-filled holiday camps every school holiday. Our camps offer children a wide range of activities including; Super Sports, Fit Factor, Thrive Time, Learn Zone, Wellness Zone, Creative Zone, weeks in focus, special events and much more! 

Foxes Farm Produce


Hanningfield Reservoir Nature Discovery Park


Hurley’s Farm


Kidbusterz


K50 Football Camps

  • Half-Term Football Camp: K50 Football Camps follow an FA structured learning syllabus with our FA Qualified & DBS approved coaching team. We use a proven method of building CONFIDENCE through positive language, focusing on TECHNIQUE to ensure development of all of our members through the freedom of PLAY.

Langdon Nature Discovery Park


Mega Camps, Billericay

  • Mega Camps : Kids Day Activity Camps, ages 4-14. Mon-Fri, 8am-6pm

MiniChefs Club


P.A.S.S Soccer Schools


Pony Pals Club


Sparkle and Dream

  • Hallowe’en Event : 90 minutes of spooky fun.  Help our Princesses turn The Villain from Evil to Good!

The Story Frog Phonics


The Treehouse Club 

  • Fang-Tastic October Holiday Club: Our holiday clubs provide a fun, engaging programme during the breaks for your outdoorsy adventure-loving kids. We encourage children to try new challenges, forestry & obstacles, outdoor pursuits, develop new skills, keep active and have fun! High-action outdoor activities for boys and girls.

Wat Tyler Country Park

  • Lights Camera, Action’ Event in Blunts cottage: There are weird things going on in our cottage this half-term, and its not even about Halloween! Pictures that follow your gaze, pictures that move, boxes that act like eyeballs, rooms that shrink things, secret messages and keyhole spying… see what happens when you play around with the rules of light and how it can trick our brains! Bring your phone camera: your friends won’t believe their eyes!
  • Spooky Fest: Entertain your children this Halloween at Essex No.1 Halloween Event where they will access 3 chilling mazes, enjoy spooky stories, meet some creepy creatures and join the annual spooky hunt.

Winger Sports Academy

  • October Half-Term: We provide safe, fun and friendly holiday camps where children can enjoy themselves, giving parents complete peace of mind knowing their child is having a fun & safe day out whilst going about their day to day.

Young Engineers Essex

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BRAINTREE

Braintree Museum


Camp 4 Champs


Colne Valley Railway


Daws Hall Nature Reserve

  • Autumn Colours Open Days: See the beautiful sanctuary gardens, featuring numerous exotic trees and shrubs, over a hundred species of old fashioned roses, and rare ducks and geese. Later in the year look out for the stunning fiery autumn colours. Also take a stroll through our private nature reserve, a precious and diverse slice of protected wilderness stretching down to the river Stour.

Great Notley Country Park

  • Spooky Bat Hunt Trails: Join us at the Essex Country Parks for a Spooky Bat Hunt Trail – can you find all of our little bat friends? Trick or treat? We’ve got a treat for you this half term to help you get into the Halloween spirit!

Hedingham Castle

  • Escape Room – A Magical Mishap: Our very immersive, very magical Escape Room situated inside the Castle! Can you help Headmistress Redwind? She’s in a bit of a fix – she was preparing to send the last classroom in the castle into magical storage for the school holidays when one of her spells backfired and now she is trapped in one of the old paintings. Your magical mission, should you choose to accept, is to follow the clues and find out how to release her from the spell.
  • The Pantaloons present Jekyll & Hyde: The critically-acclaimed Pantaloons Theatre Company present their horrifically innovative take on Robert Louis Stevenson’s murky tale of murder, mystery and transmogrification! When lawyer John Utterson fears that his friend Dr Jekyll is being blackmailed by the shadowy and violent Mr Hyde he begins an investigation that will inexorably lead him to the shocking truth of this strange case – but will it be too late…?

Witham

  • Spooktacular Trail: Come along to our special spooktacular trail along Witham’s River Walk this Halloween. Help the wacky wizard find his missing potion ingredients by searching along the trail. You may even bump into some interesting characters along the way who will have plenty of tricks and treats in store for you.

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BRENTWOOD

Calcott Farm

  • PYO Pumpkins: For these 3 days will be offering an opportunity to pick your own pumpkins from the field. Sadly we won’t be able to offer on site carving this year, but we will still have the pumpkin wash!

Camp Epic

  • Half term camp : Get ready for the frightful activities each day leading up to Halloween

Happy Child Soccer Fun


Nuclear High Ropes


Old MacDonalds Farm


Thorndon Nature Discovery Centre


The Treehouse Club 

  • Fang-Tastic October Holiday Club: Our holiday clubs provide a fun, engaging programme during the breaks for your outdoorsy adventure-loving kids. We encourage children to try new challenges, forestry & obstacles, outdoor pursuits, develop new skills, keep active and have fun! High-action outdoor activities for boys and girls.

UK Football Camps


4Wild Forest Obstacle Course

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CASTLE POINT

Camp Epic

  • Half term camp : Get ready for the frightful activities each day leading up to Halloween

Hadleigh Farm 


Yellow Door

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CHELMSFORD

Barracudas 

  • October Half-Term Camps: Children will be sure have a scream with us at Barracudas over the Halloween holiday. With lots of seasonal adventures planned this October half term they can look forward to something special at camp.

Bricks4Kidz 


Chelmsford Sport and Leisure Centre

  • Get In! School Holiday courses: Discover our huge variety of holiday camps, holiday courses and fun activities for kids aged walking to 16. Running throughout October half term, there’s no end to the fun! Running across four leisure centres in Chelmsford and South Woodham Ferrers, our holiday activities for kids include swimming, ice skating, athletics, parkour, horse riding, Lego building, scuba diving, canoeing, dance, film making, arts and crafts and many more.

Chelmsford Theatre

  • Monsters, Inc. (U): Join us for the monster invasion taking over Chelmsford city centre over the October half-term. It’s been 20 years since Mike and Sulley first graced the screen with their mission to collect children’s screams in order to power the city of Monstropolis. Relive their charming adventure when little girl, ‘Boo’, accidentally sneaks into their world and changes their lives forever.

Chelsea Soccer Schools


Dovedale Sports Centre

  • Get In! School Holiday courses: Discover our huge variety of holiday camps, holiday courses and fun activities for kids aged walking to 16. Running throughout October half term, there’s no end to the fun! Running across four leisure centres in Chelmsford and South Woodham Ferrers, our holiday activities for kids include swimming, ice skating, athletics, parkour, horse riding, Lego building, scuba diving, canoeing, dance, film making, arts and crafts and many more.

Essex Kids Camp


Essex Outdoors

  • School Holidays Activity Day: Our action-packed activity day experiences run at our 4 centres during the school holidays. There is no better way for 8-16-year-olds to try exciting new experiences in the outdoors! In groups of up to 10, your child can take part in four fun and challenging activities each day – ranging from archery, canoeing and climbing to mountain biking, high ropes and zip wire.

Essex Police Museum

  • Halloween Safety Craft Pack: Learn how to stay safe this Halloween with our free Halloween craft pack! Contains a safety tips colouring book, pumpkin motif, Halloween stickers and a Halloween safety poster!
  • Kids Club Activity – Witch Craft (Along) : Purchase your Witch Craft (Along) pack from the museum and craft along with us on 29th October as we make a witch decoration!
  • Trick Or Treat: Have a go at our Halloween lucky dip! Will you be tricked and get a stretchy skeleton or an everlasting eyeball or will you be treated to a pleasant parachutist or bendy buddy? Reach into the monster’s mouth and find a prize amongst the cobwebs to find out!
  • Twisted Trials: Join us each day as we post a series of online articles exploring the Essex Witch Trials. All posts will remain online afterwards if you would like to catch or refer back to later.
  • Witchcraft In Essex Trail: Find the evidence cards and investigate the allegations of witchcraft against Dummy in 1863.

High Chelmer Shopping Centre


Jester’s Kids’ Club


Marsh Farm

  • Marsh Farm’s Halloween Festival: Who will you spot around the farm this Halloween? Witches, Wizards… Vampires? Maybe even Frankenstein! Come in fancy dress and creep through our devilishly decorated farm and enjoy our funfair rides, pumpkin picking patch, adventure play, bouncy pillows, spooky 3D cinema and 𝘴𝘖𝘰𝘖𝘰𝘰 much more.

Mega Camps

  • Mega Camps: Kids Day Activity Camps, ages 4-14. Mon-Fri, 8am-6pm

MRFA Soccer Camps


Natural Foundations 


P.A.S.S Soccer Schools


Premier Sport Holiday Courses


The Railway


RHS Hyde Hall

  • Autumn Trail : Help our Garden Detective to collect the answers to the clues around the garden and solve the puzzle of why some leaves change colour in autumn.
  • Outdoor crafts : Enjoy outdoor crafts across the garden including tree and leaf rubbing.
  • Storytelling : Join accomplished storyteller Mike Dodsworth for an exciting tale all about autumn
  • Pumpkin carving and autumn crafts : Get into the Halloween spirit with pumpkin carving and autumn craft activities

Riverside Ice & Leisure

  • Get In! School Holiday courses: Discover our huge variety of holiday camps, holiday courses and fun activities for kids aged walking to 16. Running throughout October half term, there’s no end to the fun! Running across four leisure centres in Chelmsford and South Woodham Ferrers, our holiday activities for kids include swimming, ice skating, athletics, parkour, horse riding, Lego building, scuba diving, canoeing, dance, film making, arts and crafts and many more.

South Woodham Ferrers Leisure Centre

  • Get In! School Holiday courses: Discover our huge variety of holiday camps, holiday courses and fun activities for kids aged walking to 16. Running throughout October half term, there’s no end to the fun! Running across four leisure centres in Chelmsford and South Woodham Ferrers, our holiday activities for kids include swimming, ice skating, athletics, parkour, horse riding, Lego building, scuba diving, canoeing, dance, film making, arts and crafts and many more.

Sport Star Holiday Clubs


Wild n Wacky

  • Halloween Parties: Our FANGtastic Halloween events are back in half term and this year we’re running parties on two nights so double the thrills!

Young Engineers Essex

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COLCHESTER

Abberton Reservoir Nature Discovery Park 

  • Abberton Autumn Art: Autumn is full of lovely shapes, colours and natural treasures. Join us to collect them and turn them into art!
  • Abberton Drop-off Day (Over 5’s): Get back to nature! Explore wildlife and learn bush craft skills at our school holiday drop-off days.
  • Abberton Pumpkin Carving: The spooky season has arrived! Join us for some traditional pumpkin carving this half term.
  • Abberton Witches and Wizards: Join us for for witches and wizards training this Halloween. We will need to make wands and practice potions! Recommended for ages 5-10.

Abbotts Hall Farm


ACL Essex Community & Family Learning

  • Family Learning Fair : Learn new fun methods to support your child’s learning as well as access to free online learning resources. For younger children the fair will also include a story and rhyme time

Bishop William Ward School

  • Family Painting Sessions: Join us at Bishop William Ward School where Toni from Easely Does It will demonstrate how to create Bruce Bat and Fireworks step by step, to help even the most inexperienced artist create a picture to be proud of!

Charter Hall

  • Halloween Mega Fun Day: 👻 Come and Slide down our Slide, Bounce on our Castles, Squeeze through our Fun Runs and enjoy the rest that is on offer in our giant inflatable arena inside the Charter Hall and dedicated Toddler Zone.Bring the children to our HALLOWEEN Special Mega Fun Day at Charter Hall, as we take over and bring you a Halloween treat!

Colchester Castle

  • An Evening Of Halloween Fun!: Celebrate all things spooky with an evening of Halloween themed activities. Take part in a trick or treat trail, create creepy crafts, enjoy some spooky storytelling and get involved with some fun ghoulish games! Take it easy, sip a mocktail and at the end of the evening take home a goody bag full of treats!
  • Creepy Crafts: Keep the glue and glitter out of your house and join us for some creepy craft sessions and messy play, available throughout the day! Take your creations home and gift to loved ones.
  • Decoding The Roman Dead: Discover more about Colchester’s Roman past and uncover stories surrounding those who lived and died here almost 2000 years ago! This family-friendly exhibition, will showcase the findings of new, cutting-edge research undertaken in partnership with the University of Reading during 2021.
  • Hidden Histories: West African Gold: All objects have a story to tell. Some stories are well known and are easy to hear, but others are forgotten about, ignored or are difficult to share. Behind the labels for the objects in museums are untold stories, which we are seeking to reveal.
  • Kids Castle Tours: Join us for a special half term treat and travel back over 2000 years on a trip into the hidden spaces of Colchester Castle on a specially adapted tour, just for kids. Descend into the Roman Vaults underneath the Castle and climb the biggest Norman spiral staircase in England.
  • Knightzzz At The Museum: Knightzzz at the Castle is back for 2021! If you’ve ever wondered what Colchester Castle is like at night, then this is your chance to find out. Join the team for a sleepover experience like no other. 
  • Little Voices, Big Ideas (Reception And KS1): Explore the museum and garden together and help us plan for the future. This session includes activities, crafts and stories for families with children in reception or KS1.
  • Spooky Storytelling: Join us for some special spooky storytelling sessions! Learn more about the Castle’s historic past and the characters that would have been around hundreds of years ago. 

Colchester Leisure World

  • October Half Term Kids Camp: There will be a range of activities including swimming, as well as themed arts and crafts sessions, dodgeball, badminton, short tennis, football games, indoor rounders and cricket, plus team building games and treasure hunts.

Colchester Zoo

  • Shriek Week: 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.
  • The Trail of Terror : The Trail of Terror is a pre-bookable event with a maximum capacity each evening. Arrivals will be staggered along the trail offering you screams of laughter as you won’t know what is lurking around the corner on The Trail of Terror! Colchester Zoo will close at 5.00pm to day visitors as usual, before opening at 6.30pm on selected evenings, leaving the zoo behind as The Trail of Terror comes to life!

Energy Kidz Holiday Clubs

  • October Half-Term Camp: Our half term clubs are the perfect solution to ensure your child enjoys an exciting holiday to remember as they invite you to join them on their Autumn Fiesta celebrations! Arriba! We are bringing the Fiesta-themed celebrations to all of our holiday clubs this October.  

Essex Outdoors

  • School Holidays Activity Day: Our action-packed activity day experiences run at our 4 centres during the school holidays. There is no better way for 8-16-year-olds to try exciting new experiences in the outdoors! In groups of up to 10, your child can take part in four fun and challenging activities each day – ranging from archery, canoeing and climbing to mountain biking, high ropes and zip wire.

Fingringhoe Wick Visitor Centre


Firstsite

  • Canteen: Enjoy freshly made hot meals for all the family over during Half Term at Firstsite’s canteen in Colchester town centre.
  • Multisports: Keep the kids active and entertained over Half term with fun sports activities taking place on Firstsite’s lawn
  • Street Dance: Children can show off their best moves this Half Term with Street Dance at Firstsite Holiday Fun in Colchester

Foxes Farm Produce


Headgate Theatre

  • Chasing Fairy Tales – Japan: It’s time for a bedtime story with a difference. Experience the weird and wonderful world of Japanese Fairytales: see the magic rabbit trick the badger, the old man and his butterfly and the mysterious cloak of invisibility, told with masks and puppets!

  • Ghost Therapy: Ghost therapy explores the ghost world, and more importantly ghost problems… all from the view of ghost therapist Dr Soul. It is a comedic and fun play with a variety of different characters, I mean ghosts. So prepare to die of laughter muhaha!

  • Wind in the Willows Workshop: A four day musical theatre workshop based on the well known story by Kenneth Grahame, adapted by Griff Scott. 


Kidz Camp Essex


Marks Hall

  • The Great Big Pumpkin Hunt: Can you find all 30 pumpkins in the Arboretum this half term? See the Estate in full autumn colour, complete the pumpkin hunt and collect your mini pumpkin prize.
  • Not-So-Scary Spooky Stories for Kids:Join spooky storyteller Shane Ibbs for a lantern lit stroll to The Wild Wood and hear tales of things that go bump in the night! Creep past The Screaming Oak and watch out for The Witch’s Hat tree as you’re taken back to a time when ghosts, ghouls and fairie folk called Markshall Estate home.
  • Stargazing Evening: Join us for an evening of stargazing and learn how to use astronomical equipment to view the night sky. Experts from the North Essex Astronomical Society will be on hand, and will present talks throughout the evening. They’ll also project the night sky onto an observation screen showing the sky in more detail. 
  • Wild Saturday: Join us in The Wild Wood and get creative using the natural environment around you. The Markshall Estate team will be on hand to guide families of all ages through fun crafts and adventure play. From making leaf puppets to flower painting, hammock building to storytelling, there’s hours of hands-on fun to be had in these free activity sessions.
  • Wild Wednesday: Join us in The Wild Wood and get creative using the natural environment around you. The Markshall Estate team will be on hand to guide families of all ages through fun crafts and adventure play. From making leaf puppets to flower painting, hammock building to storytelling, there’s hours of hands-on fun to be had in these free activity sessions.

Mercury Theatre


Rollerworld


School’s Out Activity Camps


Young Engineers Essex

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EPPING FOREST

Barracudas 

  • October Half-Term Camps: Children will be sure have a scream with us at Barracudas over the Halloween holiday. With lots of seasonal adventures planned this October half term they can look forward to something special at camp.

The Elms Holiday Schemes


Epping Ongar Railway

  • Fright Week: Dare you ride the Ghost Train from North Weird? Dress up in your scariest outfit and join our full size ghost train as we promise some Hallowe’en fun!

Lambourne End Activity Centre


Premier Sport Holiday Courses


Roding Valley Meadows Nature Reserve

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HARLOW

Essex Outdoors

  • School Holidays Activity Day: Our action-packed activity day experiences run at our 4 centres during the school holidays. There is no better way for 8-16-year-olds to try exciting new experiences in the outdoors! In groups of up to 10, your child can take part in four fun and challenging activities each day – ranging from archery, canoeing and climbing to mountain biking, high ropes and zip wire.

Events at the Museum of Harlow

  • Draw on the Floor: Join us for an exciting half term of drawing here at Harlow Museum. Our Draw on the Floor event invites children and their grown-ups to make their mark on our giant artwork.

Harlow Playhouse

  • Jurassic Earth: A unique, immersive Dinosaur experience for all ages! Jurassic Earth is a must-see 75-minute show for Dinosaur fanatics, combining incredible animatronics, exciting performances, impressive photo opportunities and one-of-a-kind meet and greet encounters. This is an unmissable opportunity to walk with a Triceratops, roar with T-Rex, scream with a Spinosaurus, and run with a Raptor!

Harvey Centre


Parndon Wood


Phonics with Robot Reg

  • Hooray for Hallowe’en – Phonics: A non spooky Halloween themed phonics class for 2-5 year olds to take part in with a parent/carer. 45 minutes of phonics fun followed by a short art activity. Dressing up very much encouraged!

Victoria Hall Theatre


The Water Gardens

  • Trick or Treat Trail : A Trick or Treat Trail will give the whole family the chance to search and find sweets, treasure maps and more, while following the clues and spotting the vinyls on participating store windows!
  • Charity event at River Island : Venture Photography will be coming in to do a mini photoshoot and the team are dressing up in Hallowe’en fancy dress! Join us in this goodwill event and get your pic taken! Donations go to Mind 

 

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HAVERING

Bedfords Park Nature Discovery Centre


Campioni Soccer Academy

  • Football Camp : Half term kids’ football camp, Mon-Fri, 9am-3.30pm

Fairkytes Arts Centre

  • S.E.N.D. Half Term Para Music Session: Havering Council’s Para Music session returns to Fairkytes Arts Centre during the October 2021 half term. This session, for S.E.N.D. young people will be taken by our wonderful partners T.I.M.E. These music sessions are joyous, uplifting, fun and therapeutic.


Ingrebourne Nature Discovery Centre


Liberty Shopping Centre

  • Fun-Raising Day : Join us this Sunday for a Fun Day of Fundraising! Raising money and support for Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity and Baby Bank HQ .
  • Hallowe’en Half Term of Freaky Fun! : FREE art & crafts workshops, make spooky decorations and Hallowe’en masks. Hallowe’en treasure hunt, Trick or Treat fun, sponsored by Land of Munchies.

Mega Camps

  • Mega Camps: Kids Day Activity Camps, ages 4-14. Mon-Fri, 8am-6pm

Paddlers Swim School

  • Intensive Swimming Course:Give your child the opportunity to improve their swimming ability, with a 25 minute group session each morning Monday to Friday during the October half term holiday.

Premier Sport Holiday Courses


Star Sports & Soccer


Stubbers


Tea Tots


Thames Chase Events

  • Spooky Crafts : Join us for some spooky craft activities this half term!

Wellgate Community Farm

  • Hall-o-Wellgate: Come and join us for a spooky afternoon event and parlour games organised by our young farmers club. Take part in some harvest-time games, solve our mystery, meet our spooky volunteers and do some themed arts and crafts to fill your goody bag!  

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MALDON

Essex Outdoors

  • School Holidays Activity Day: Our action-packed activity day experiences run at our 4 centres during the school holidays. There is no better way for 8-16-year-olds to try exciting new experiences in the outdoors! In groups of up to 10, your child can take part in four fun and challenging activities each day – ranging from archery, canoeing and climbing to mountain biking, high ropes and zip wire.

Madison Heights

  • Halloween Fun: Visit Madison Heights this Halloween 🎃 weekend. Any child visiting Monkey Puzzle , Bowling or Roller Skating in Fancy Dress 🧙‍♀️ will receive a FREE SWEET CONE .

Museum of Power

  • Autumn Arts and Crafts: Have fun painting, hiding and finding rocks around the Museum grounds.
  • Bug Hunt: Join Essex Wildlife to find the bugs and creepy crawlies in our grounds
  • Let’s Get Crafty: Looking for something local for the kids this Halloween? Do they love crafting? These themed sessions being held at the Museum of Power last for 1 hour 15 minutes and include four great crafting activities to get creative with! The museum is also running various activities and is free for children and half price for adults with a Wizarding School ticket. Don’t forget there is also a lovely cafe on site!

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REDBRIDGE

The Exchange 

  • Little Horror Movie Makers: Join us as we recreate Ghostbusters with children in the cast! There will be costumes, props and a chance for youngsters to discover the tricks and treats of movie making in our interactive sessions.
    Sessions will take place at 11am, 1pm and 3pm and will each last an hour and 15 minutes. 
  • Pumpkin Carving: This Halloween half Term Exchange Ilford is running three pumpkin carving sessions at 11am, 12:30pm and 3pm. We supply the Pumpkins and families provide the artistic talent.

Fulwell Cross Library


Gants Hill Library

  • Holiday Fun Drop Ins: Get your creative juices flowing as you design and make crafts, as well as other games, colouring and puzzles to enjoy with your friends.

Goodmayes Library


Hainault Library

  • Holiday Fun Drop Ins: Get your creative juices flowing as you design and make crafts, as well as other games, colouring and puzzles to enjoy with your friends.

Kids in Charge


Redbridge Central Library


Redbridge Outdoor Arts

  • Distant Drums by Whispered Tales: The story of Reggae Sound System culture – the beating heart of Caribbean-rooted music. Distant Drums is a dynamic and thought-provoking performance that tells the story of Reggae Sound System culture and its role in the fight for racial equality.
  • Recovery Poems by Emergency Exit Arts: An inspiring light installation, visiting public spaces throughout the city. How do we commemorate what’s been lost as we start to take tentative steps to coming out of lockdown? What do we want to hold onto and grow? What positive changes can we make to society and the natural environment as we recover from the pandemic?

Silver Kidz Camps

  • Easter Camp – We are so excited for Easter this year with two weeks of action-packed fun!

Valentines Mansion

  • Spooky Stories at the Mansion:Join us for an Open Day of spooks and thrills at the Mansion! Get dressed up in your scariest outfits and head over to us for some ghoulish stories to get you in the mood for Halloween – there’ll be a Halloween treat for the most impressive costumes!

Wanstead Library

  • Holiday Fun Drop Ins: Get your creative juices flowing as you design and make crafts, as well as other games, colouring and puzzles to enjoy with your friends.

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ROCHFORD

Bricks4Kidz 


Hildale Academy of Performing Arts


Kidz Camp Essex


Monkey Bizness, Rochford


Star Sports & Soccer


Sport Star Holiday Clubs


Show Up Productions

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SOUTHEND

Animating Education


Belfairs Nature Discovery Centre


Bricks4Kidz 


Buttercup Club Messy Play


Cliffs Pavilion

  • Costume Design Masterclass: Delve into the world of theatre costume design with our costume design masterclass. Our three-hour masterclass will take you through a series of fun exercises and group activities to understand what it means to be a theatre costume designer. Take part in our relaxed and informal theatre costume chat with our professional costume designer and share your ideas.
  • Storytelling : Start your half term off with excitement and fun and come along to story time with our professional storyteller!

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  • Art and Bake: Bake some yummy spooky treats and create some art as well. An afternoon full of crafty cooking and art fun.

  • Halloween Animation: Create your own spooky animation by designing and building models and capturing each stage of their movement then putting them together digitally to create your own movie! No previous experience needed!

  • Halloween Clay: Join Lola and explore creating with clay. Build your very own spooky creation just in time for halloween!

  • Halloween Edible Art: Join Bronwyn for a fun class exploring using yummy treats to create your very own spooky portrait – eating your creation is optional! All materials provided.
  • Make a Halloween Themed Player Plaque: Use different materials to design and make a spooky plaster and clay wall plaque to decorate your home. A lovely task to do as a family. Book one ticket for each adult and child pair.

  • Mini Clay Bird Feeders:  Join Lola for a fun class learning and exploring clay as you create your very own mini bird feeder to hang in the garden.

  • Sewing Pumpkins with Liz: Join our sewing tutor Liz to learn some simple sewing techniques and go on to create your very own fabric pumpkin. Perfect to dress up your bedroom for Halloween!
  • Spooky Collage Making: Using mixed materials and plenty of sticking, join Lizzie to make your own halloween themed collage. All materials provided.
  • Tie-Dye T-Shirts: After learning the techniques on how to tie-dye you will want to dye everything! A colourful, fun and creative class. No two t-shirts are ever the same so you will be creating something completely unique. Please bring a cotton t-shirt with you.


Energize Essex Holiday Clubs


Focal Point Gallery

  • Digifest: Children’s Art Club: In this special Children’s Art Club, participants will explore drawing and creating without restrictions! Participants will create pieces inspired by music and sounds, then get the opportunity to digitalise their work. This is the perfect introduction to the world of digital art.
  • DigiFest: Experimenting with Sound: Come and make a beat using samples you’ll create from your own field recordings. You will create the beat via an app provided on a tablet/laptop you can use for the session. No experience or ability to play a musical instrument is necessary, just a basic sense of rhythm. 
  • DigiFest: Found Sound Sampling: Learn how to create an eclectic and imaginative piece of music using the things that surround you! Participants will learn how to sample sounds from everyday life and reinvent them into soundscapes using digital sampling techniques. 
  • DigiFest: From Screen to Stage: While most of us cannot wait to get back to theatres, museums, cinemas and galleries many of our young children and babies have only ever experienced cultural events online! Mini Maestros Music are experts in providing Early Years Music Classes for under 5’s and their families and all sessions are led by a professional performer.
  • DigiFest: Instrument and Soundscape Creation: Create and build your own instrument in this interactive workshop that joins music, culture and creativity with the advantages of digital technology. Your own sound piece will be recorded and manipulated by professional film composer, Greg Birkumshaw, into a track that will be edited and sent to you post workshop.
  • DigiFest: Pixel Animation to Sound: In this exciting session, each participant will create plasticine models and a background set, then learn to film a stop-motion animation to a soundtrack. Simon Fowler is a photographer who focuses his work on the Estuary and the East Coast.  

Jacqson Diego Story Emporium


Jungle Adventure

  • Family Haunted Halloween Party: Dress to impress for your chance to win our fancy dress competition and look the part for our Halloween fun filled games. Let your little monsters enjoy a selection of Ghoulish Halloween treats as well. 
  • Little Monster’s Ball: Join the Good Witch as she shows you just how much fun Halloween is. Join her for her Monster’s Ball where she will be helping you to make your very own Halloween Crafts, Magical Potions and Spells, concluding with her Phantom-Tastic Ball. This event is perfect for our littlest monsters up to the age of 5 years.
  • Wizards In Training with Tumbledore: We are thrilled to announce a very special Halloween Workshop for all your budding Harry Potters & Hermione Grangers. Join the Wizard of Jungle Adventure (Tumbledore) as she leads her first ever Workshop to the Muggles of Jungle Adventure.  

Juniper Photography


Kidz Camp Essex


Leigh Community Centre


Mega Camps

  • Mega Camps: Kids Day Activity Camps, ages 4-14. Mon-Fri, 8am-6pm

Park Inn by Radisson Place

  • Halloween at the Hotel: Fantastic children’s Halloween party with allsorts of entertainment and adult friendly too!

Priory Lodge


Royals Shopping Centre


Southend Leisure and Tennis Centre

  • Halloween Mega Fun Day: Come join the fun at our Halloween family fun day at Southend Leisure & Tennis Centre where we take over the main sports hall to bring you an indoor family fun day for children aged up to 11 years old.

Southend Rugby Football Club


Southend Seafront

  • Halloween Parade: The parade will feature exciting entries for the whole family including the world-renowned Spark! street theatre drummers, dance performances, a lighting spectacular and giant lit up puppets made by local artists. A stunning free seafront fireworks display will be the finale of the Parade.

Star Sports & Soccer


That Kid Life Studio

  • Hallowe’en Craft Club: Join me for some spooky crafts, such as monster wreaths, pumpkin stamping and Jack-o-lantern decorating.

Victoria Shopping Centre

TENDRING

Essex Outdoors

  • School Holidays Activity Day: Our action-packed activity day experiences run at our 4 centres during the school holidays. There is no better way for 8-16-year-olds to try exciting new experiences in the outdoors! In groups of up to 10, your child can take part in four fun and challenging activities each day – ranging from archery, canoeing and climbing to mountain biking, high ropes and zip wire.

Harwich Arts and Heritage Centre

  • Multisports: Keep the kids active and entertained over Half term with fun sports activities taking place on Firstsite’s law

Naze Nature Discovery Centre


Westcliff Theatre

  • Crafty’s Creepy Castle: Why has Crafty the Crow gone to live in a haunted castle? Can Sally the Scarecrow help with its ghostly goings-on? And why is Pirate Harry making things go bump in the night? Come in your scariest costume and Join the adventure to find the hidden treasure in…Crafty’s Creepy Castle
  • Halloween Half Term Workshop: For all those budding performers, we have a Spooktacular three days of fun lined up for the half term. There will be plenty of fun activities to take part in, games to play (with prizes), dress up in your favourite Halloween costume and you will also take part in a Halloween themed mini show on the final day.  

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Belhus Woods

  • Spooky Bat Hunt Trails: Join us at the Essex Country Parks for a Spooky Bat Hunt Trail – can you find all of our little bat friends? Trick or treat? We’ve got a treat for you this half term to help you get into the Halloween spirit!

Camp Epic

  • Half term camp : Get ready for the frightful activities each day leading up to Halloween

Dreams Theatre School

  • Peter Pan : Dreams Theatre School is delighted to be back on stage and present to you ‘Peter Pan’.
  • Wonderland : Taking you and your family on a magical journey from the second you leave the outside world to the moment you enter into the dream world that we call Wonderland! 

Lakeside Shopping Centre

  • Halloween After Dark at Flip Out: Come and join the After Dark: Halloween Party at Flip Out. Its a family-friendly clubbing experience with a haunted twist! Our After Dark sessions bring a true party atmosphere to the arena, with smoke machines, light shows and super sound systems in place to keep you and your crew jumping through the night.
  • Halloween Fun at Rock Up: This Halloween join Rock UP in the evening for a Halloween Party! There will be sweets, prizes, music, costume competitions, trick or treating and more!⁠
  • Hollywood Bowl’s Fangtastic offers: Get your favourite little ghouls and guys together for some spine-tingling fun this half term! Eat, drink and be scary with family boo-wling fun, you’d be bats to miss out!
  • Hollywood Bowl’s Halloween Party: Celebrate Halloween night and enjoy 2 games of bowling, food, and drinks with our spooky Halloween package!
  • Join our FREE Big Trick or Treat activity at Lakeside: Our annual Big Trick or Treat event is back and we want to make sure your Halloween is extra scary, fun, but also safe. This year, we invite you into the centre to join in the fun by heading round to participating retailers to pick up some yummy sweets! Just look for this poster in the the store windows…

Mega Camps

  • Mega Camps : Kids Day Activity Camps, ages 4-14. Mon-Fri, 8am-6pm

Premier Sport Holiday Courses


Thameside Nature Discovery Park, Stanford-Le-Hope


Thameside Theatre

  • How the Koala Learnt to Hug: Everyone knows that koalas love a cuddle but, the truth is, that wasn’t always the case. So how exactly did the koala learn to hug?
  • Once Upon a Princess: ‘Once Upon A Princess’ is the all singing, all dancing musical production, entertaining audiences up and down the country. Get ready to wish upon a star and see all your favourite storybook Princesses perform some of the most popular movie musical songs and chart topping hits in this sing-a-long celebration!
  • Peter Pan: Dreams Theatre School are delighted to be back on stage and present to you Peter Pan.
  • Wonderland: Sophisticated Entertainment Proudly Presents “Wonderland” … Taking you and your family on a magical journey from the second you leave the outside world to the moment you enter into the dream world that we call Wonderland! This show will be enhanced by our talented production cast of singers, dancers & actors as they take you on a musical journey through Wonderland!

Walton Hall Farm

  • Shriek Week: Animal encounter, pick a pumpkin, trick or treat hunt, face painting, interactive story and more

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Audley End Miniature Railway

  • Halloween Special 2021: Your fang-tastic experience will begin at the station where our station masters will board you upon our Halloween express. Chugging deep into the Estate Woodland you will arrive at the witches’ house and be greeted by the coven of witches together with their cheeky monster friends. 

Fab Science

  • October Half-Term Camp: October half term camps are now open for booking! Horrible Science will include blood, snot, poo and all the icky bits of science!

Hatter’s Farm

  • Hatter’s Farm Pumpkin Nights!This year promises to be bigger and better than ever with the introduction of their Pumpkin Nights event… That’s right, you can now come and pick your perfect pumpkin under the moonlit sky!

Mountfitchet Castle

  • The Spiders Labyrinth! Huge spiders have taken over the historic grounds and have made a terrifying labyrinth of webs and nests inside one of the buildings! We need your help to find them because our staff are too scared! Can you follow the trail and find all the stamps? To complete the trail you must find and face the grandad of all spiders; the terrible leaping Giant Tarantula! Are you brave enough?

Saffron Walden Museum


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  1. Saturday 19th and Sunday 20th 10am-4pm
    Apple Weekend
    English apples and apple juices for sale
    Local and country craft demonstrations and sales
    Apple Bake Off (Saturday)
    Children’s activities
    Museum of London Archaeology Road Show
    Admission free

  2. Saturday 26th October – Spooky Walks
    Can you find the Falling Star Necklace?
    (Walks start at 6o’clock)
    Tickets: £6 per person. £20 for a family of 4
    (Booking essential)
    Other activities – Havering Astronomical Society
    making lanterns and masks
    magician

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