in2 Events: Half Term happenings….


Half Term Events

GO animal crackers after dark at Colchester Zoo this half term as their roaringly good Fright Night’s take place during selected nights (21, 24, 26, 28 and 31 October). The Zoo remains open until 9.30pm with some great late night attractions including special after dark feeds. For more information:

Join the Pumpkin Trail at Mountfitchet Castle. Between 21-31 October kids can follow the clues to find the Pumpkins and collect a prize. There’s also a great interactive event where children can see how far they can launch Witches and Ghosts from the famous medieval catapult.
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Head to Audley End in Saffron Walden and hop on the Miniature Railway. Take the train into the woods to meet the Witches at their Haunted House for a spooktacular Halloween ride (between 21-29 October).
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Another Pumpkin Trail not to miss is at scenic Belhus Woods Country Park, South Ockendon (21-31 October). This self-guided trail will have you solving puzzles and working out clues to complete your Halloween trail booklet and receive a prize. Buy a trail pack for just £3 from the Visitor Centre and set off on the walk through the wood in search of the pumpkin trail markers.
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Join in the fun at the spooky festival taking place at Old MacDonald’s Farm in Brentwood (21-31 October). The farm is hosting a spooktacular Halloween half term event with spooky appearances, creepy crawly petting, a ghost train, plus pumpkin carving, arts and crafts to keep everyone entertained.
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PumpkinFest returns to Barleylands for half-term week (23-27 October), every child visiting the Farm Park will receive a FREE pumpkin. There’ll be lots of fiendish fun to enjoy including brand new laser ghostbusting which the whole family can enjoy, spooky pumpkin biscuit decorating and a chance to step inside a giant pumpkin globe. There’s spine-chilling snakes, terrifying tarantulas and a whole host of creepy critters in the Snakes Alive Reptile House too.
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Get the whole family carving spooky creations at the Family Pumpkin Carving event at Weald Country Park on Tuesday 24 and Wednesday 25 October. Locally grown pumpkins, carving tools, stencils and ideas are all provided. Meet at the Visitor Centre and join the short walk to the open barn. Dress to get messy; fancy dress is welcome. Various time slots available, book early for guaranteed spaces.
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For the ultimate creepy crawly event, give your little monsters a treat at the under-5s Spooky Spiders event at Essex Wildlife Trust Thurrock Thameside Nature Park on Wednesday 25 October (10.30am-12pm) where they can learn all about about spooky spiders and night-time creatures. Session will include an outdoor element, indoor crafts and a story. Donation £5 per child, booking essential. Children must be accompanied.
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One for adults… join a Ghost Walk around the streets of Chelmsford on Thursday 26 October. Chilling Tales of Chelmsford is an evening event not for the faint-hearted. Discover the dark side of the history of Chelmsford – stories of hangings, murders and of course, ghosts. The walk starts at the Stone Bridge in the High Street next to Toni & Guy, CM2 0LR.
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