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Halloween Fun in Hertfordshire

Hertfordshire's 11 best Halloween events for family fun this weekend



The nights are beginning to close in and there's a chill in the air which mean's only one thing – Halloween is almost upon us again.

Time to start sorting out your finest spooky costume, whether that's ghosts, zombies or vampires, and stock up on sweets for the trick or treaters.

And to help you get more in the Halloween spirit, here are all the spook-tastic events going on around Hertfordshire and close by:

The Pop Up Farm

The Pop Up Farm, London Road, St Albans - next to Junction 9 of the M11

If you are looking for the perfect pumpkin to carve the scariest jack-o-lantern, then look no further than the pick your own pumpkin patch at the Pop Up Farm.

Set up by local farmer Ian Pigott, Pop Up Farm claim to have the best pumpkins for miles around.

Entry and parking is free and pumpkins start from just £2.50

Plenty of places will let you pick your own pumpkins for carving this Halloween
Willows Activity Farm Pumpkin Festival

Willows Activity Farm, Coursers Road, St Albans

Running from Saturday, October 21, to Sunday, October 30, this festival is a must- if you have got kids.

Pick your FREE pumpkin from Willows Pumpkin Patch. Every child can harvest their own pumpkin to take home or carve in Willows Carving Cavern during Pumpkin Festival.

Willows Pumpkin-tastic programme includes pumpkin carving and arts and crafts, Pumpkin Olympics and both the Pumpkin Show and Magic-Ween Show with Samtastic.

Dr Gore's Spooky Mad Lab

Royal Gunpowder Mills, Beaulieu Drive, Waltham Abbey

Things are starting to get spooky at the Royal Gunpowder Mills as Dr Gore moves in to creep up the Mad Lab with great Half Term Horrors October 21st - October 29th

In a week full of ghoulish and ghastly activities - Dr Gore and team have some great creations up their sleeves which they want you to try!

Discover all things green and gooey at the Slime Station, find your inner wizard and help make colourful potions for secret purpose.

Tickets start at £8.50 for children and there's also some great family ticket deals to choose from. Doors open at 10am. Last Entry 3pm.

The events wont be the same without the perfect costume

Boo at the Zoo!

ZSL Whipsnade Zoo, Whipsnade, Dunstable, Bedfordshire

Get set for a host of spooky goings on at ZSL Whipsnade Zoo this Halloween half term between 21-31 October.

Enjoy a spook-tacular range of Halloween-themed activities, animal demonstrations and hands-on crafts.

Visitors can also enjoy special Halloween versions of the zoo's popular animal talks.

Events include - Eerie Express, mischievous ghosts are stealing endangered animals. Can you help ZSL match the coloured ghost to the endangered animal to save them from extinction?


Paradise Wildlife Park, White Stubbs Lane, Broxbourne

Paradise Wildlife Park will be holding a series of events throughout half term for all the family including spooky animal shows, free pumpkin carving sessions and free wolf masks for children.

The events, which run from October 21 until October 31, are available to anyone who is at the park during that time.


What's scarier than the zoo?


Horrible Halloween

Waddesdon Manor, Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire

Throughout October half-term there will be the Manor's ever-popular Halloween trail, spooky treats to tickle your tastebuds, and crafty activities for everyone to get involved with.

With activities including pumpkin carving and painting, creatures of the night trail and a visit from children's author and illustrator Harriet Muncaster on October 25.

Aldenham Country Park, Aldenham Road, Elstree

Don your wellys, take a deep breath, be brave and head into Farmer Jack's Spooky Shack where who knows what will await you!

Aldenham Country Park's Spook-Fest will run from October 21 to October 29.

Take a trip on the Horrid Hay Ride and watch out for spooky scarecrows as you trundle around the farm plus remember to grab your quiz sheet and hunt the ghouls, find them all and claim your prize at the end.

With so much spooky fun to be had you'd be batty to miss it!

You could even say these events are to die for
Halloween Trail and Crafts

Ashridge Estate, Moneybury Hill, near Berkhamsted

For a half-term treat come and make some spooky crafts at the Ashridge Estate visitor centre then go for an exciting walk on the Halloween trail.

Create your own spooky spider and then follow the creepy Halloween trail through the woodland.

Your Halloween spider will be your guide to which creatures either 'trick or treat' Ashridge.

Explore Spooky Skeletons

Natural History Museum at Tring, Akeman Street, Tring

On Monday, October 23, and Friday, October 27, visit the National History Museum in Tring and explore the spooky insides of different animals.

Get hands-on and handle real skeletons and bones from a variety of creatures and apply your knowledge and make a scary craft to take home.
Fab Science Halloween Spooktacular
don't miss out on this ghoulish science lesson at Simon Balle and other schools

Simon Balle School, Mangrove Road, Hertford

Hillmead Primary School, Woburn Avenue, Bishop's Stortford

Garden Fields School, Townsend Drive, St Albans

All the best potions, gunk, slime and magic rolled into one spooktastic Halloween event.

Professor Fab and her gaggle of wizarding scientists will help you make colour-changing potions, flying broomsticks, toothpaste for giants and truly gruesome ghoul-snot. Fancy dress optional!

Open to boys and girls aged between five and twelve the session will be at Simon Balle on October 24, Hillmead on October 25 and Garden Fields on October 26.

Rats, Bats and Cats Halloween Fun

British Schools Museum, Queen Street, Hitchin

It's that spooky time of year so head down and to the British Schools Museum on October 26 for a frighteningly fun crafty day.

There will be printing, weaving and modelling some creepy creatures and enjoying a few gruesome games.



Halloween Fun


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