With summer ending and autumn approaching, we can turn our thoughts to half-term and Halloween. Luckily there are a lot more events and activities for the kids to enjoy this year. So, if you’re looking for some spooky activities or Halloween days out in Surrey in 2021, we’ve got plenty to keep you busy.
Whether it’s hunting for ghosts, pumpkin picking or scary fright nights, we’ve got something for you. See below for our round-up of the best events and things to do at Halloween in Surrey in 2021.
Halloween days out with younger kids in Surrey
Witches and Wizards Week at Bocketts Farm
Bocketts Farm is always a brilliant place to take kids and Halloween is no exception. As well as the usual animals and play equipment Bocketts Farm has a full programme of Halloween activities during October half-term.
Activities during Witches and Wizards Week at Bocketts Farm include:
- A reptile road show
- A creepy craft corner
- Science and slime shows
- a spooktacularly fun trail
- Tractor rides
- Owls and birds of prey
Wizard and Witches Week runs at half-term from 23rd October to 31st October 2021.
Click here on the Bocketts Farm website for more details.
Halloween story-telling at the Rural Life Centre, Farnham
Join story-teller Jason Buck for some spooky stories and terrifying tales at the Rural Life Museum in Farnham.
The Halloween story-telling event will take place on 30th October 2021.
- Younger children (age 7+) – 2-3pm
- Older children (12+) – 3.30 – 4pm
There will also be pumpkin-carving sessions on 28th and 30th October.
Address: Reeds Road, Tilford, Farnham, Surrey GU10 2DL
Halloween trail at Priory Farm, Redhill
If you are looking for a family-friendly activity for younger children, try the Halloween Trail at Priory Farm in Redhill, Surrey.
The spooky walk follows the route of the nature trail at Discovery Land and leads round the estate at Priory Farm. It will take you through the woodlands, across fields and around the lakes.
The Halloween Trail is open from 9th – 31st October and costs £6 per person over 2 years. See below for information on picking pumpkins there too.
Address: Sandy Lane, South Nutfield, Redhill, Surrey, RH1 4EJ
Brick or Treat at Legoland
Another of the best Halloween days out with younger children is the annual Brick or Treat event at Legoland in Windsor. The kids can dress up in their best spooky costumes and join Lord Vampyre for some spooky Halloween fun.
The Brick or Treat event runs from 14th October to 30th October 2021. Click here for the Legoland website.
Make Frankenstein brownies at Farnham Maltings
Children can join a baking session to create their own Frankenstein brownies, complete with eyes, blots, and spiders.
- Age: 5-10 years
- Date: 29th October 2021
- Cost: £13
Address: Bridge Square, Farnham, Surrey GU9 7QR
Halloween days out for older kids and teenagers in Surrey
Fright Night at Thorpe Park
One of the best Halloween days out for thrill-seekers in Surrey is at one of Thorpe Park’s Fright Nights in Chertsey.
This is the perfect spine-chilling experience for anyone who doesn’t mind a high-speed roller coaster in the dark!
Fright Night at Thorpe Park runs from 8th – 10th October and 15th – 31st October 2021.
Click the Thorpe Park website for details.
Howl 'o' Ween at Chessington World of Adventures
Another of the big Surrey theme parks celebrating Halloween is the Chessington World of Adventures. They are putting on some hair-raising Halloween events at the annual Howl ‘o’ Ween event.
Tickets for the halloween event include admission to the theme park and zoo too.
Howl’o’ween at Chessington runs from 16th to 31st October 2021.
Click the Chessington World of Adventures website for details.
Pumpkin Picking in Surrey
Of course, you can’t celebrate Halloween without a pumpkin. So, to get yourself ready, head over to one of the four best pick-your-own pumpkin farms in Surrey.
Garsons Farm, Esher
One of the best places to pick pumpkins in Surrey is at Garsons Farm in Esher. They have thousands, plus lots of other produce too. Pumpkin picking is available throughout October You will need to buy a pyo farm pass and book online in advance. The cost of the pass will be deducted from your pumpkin.
Address: Garsons PYO Farm, Winterdown Road, Esher, Surrey, KT10 8LS
Priory Farm, Redhill
At Priory Farm in Redhill, you can take a tractor ride out to the pumpkin fields. They have over 10,000 pumpkins to choose from, which you can pick on selected days in October.
Address: Priory Farm, South Nutfield, Redhill, Surrey RH1 4EJ
Another popular location for pumpkin-picking in Surrey is at Secretts in Milford. Pumpkin Week is from 23rd to 30th October 2021 and tickets cost £3.
Address: Hurst Farm, Chapel Lane, Milford, Surrey GU8 5HU
Crockford Bridge Farm, Addlestone
Although you can’t always pick your own pumpkin at Crockford Bridge Farm, you can choose your own high-quality pumpkin. They have a wide choice of shapes and sizes to pick from.
Address: Crockford Bridge Farm, Addlestone, near Weybridge, Surrey, KT15 2BU
Meet the ghosts of Surrey
With its extensive collection of historic houses, it’s no surprise that Surrey has its fair share of resident ghosts. And there’s nothing better than a day out at haunted house to get you in the spirit of Halloween.
Here are some of the best haunted houses in Surrey to visit during October half-term.
Ghosts at Hampton Court Palace, Surrey
One of the most haunted buildings in Surrey is its royal palace, Hampton Court. With so many of Henry VIII’s wives meeting their demise in unfortunate circumstances, it’s the ideal hot spot for paranormal phenomena. At least 3 have allegedly come back from the afterlife to visit. The palace even has its own Haunted Gallery.
Henry’s second wife, Anne Boleyn supposedly appears here wearing a black or blue dress. Sometimes she is even carrying her own head! Later, apparitions of his 3rd wife, Jane Seymour, appeared on the anniversary of her son’s birth.
His fifth wife, Catherine Howard, has also been back for a visit and screams for mercy. She left the castle after Henry accused her of adultery. Henry had her executed and Katherine’s restless spirit apparently returns to plead her innocence.
The Victorians also claimed to see “The Grey Lady”. This is the ghost of a former servant, Sybil Penn, who died of small pox at the Palace.”
Spooky stories at Ham House, Surrey
Another of the most haunted houses in Surrey is Ham House, in Richmond-upon-Thames. It is believed they have up to 16 ghosts here. Amongst the things that go bump in the dark are the anguished spirit of a woman in black, the presence of a mysterious man of the stairs and a ghostly dog. And not forgetting, a wheelchair that moves itself in the night.
Take the kids on a tour of this magnificent 17th Century house to see if you can hear the phantoms trapped within the house’s ancient walls! For those of a sensitive nature, the gardens are beautiful and they have a great café.
Address: Ham House, Richmond, Surrey, TW10 7RS
Click the National Trust website for admission details.
Betchworth Castle, Brockham
You can look for another ghostly dog at the ruins of Betchworth Castle near Leatherhead. The black death dog supposedly prowls the castle ruins at night.
Now, the dog is not the only revenant at the site in the evenings, as this is when the spirit of Lord Hope allegedly walks the grounds. He is full of remorse after killing his own son in error, believing him to be an escaped convict.
Loseley Park, Guildford
Or you could head over to the outskirts of Guildford for sightings of another tormented soul. Some believe the historic manor house, Loseley Park, is the haunt of a women in brown who appears in the stairwell.
If she’s not there, stay for a visit the garden and grounds. You don’t need to book in advance.
Surrey's spookiest places
Of course, the phantoms of Surrey don’t limit themselves to inside appearances. Here are some of the spookiest outside places you can go for Halloween days out in Surrey.
Silent Pool, Albury
The small lake near Albury is supposedly one of the most haunted lakes in Surrey. Legend says a young girl drowned in the pool, whilst trying to escape from the unwanted advances of King John. Unfortunately, her brother drowned shortly after when he rushed to her aide. Since then there have been many mysterious sightings and happenings.
Later, it was thought that the author Agatha Christie had drowned here when she went missing from home. However, she reappeared shortly after in a hotel in Harrogate.
After a visit to Silent Pool, climb up the hill to join the North Downs Way for a family walk. Or adults may prefer to head next door to the gin distillery!
An unusual grave at Box Hill, Surrey
One of the best outdoor places to take kids at October half-term in Surrey is Box Hill. Here you can find the grave of Major Labelliere’s, who was buried upside down on the hill in 1800, Apparently the ghost of this eccentric officer is a regular visitor to Box Hill.
Whether or not the ghost is in attendance, Box Hill is a great destination for a free family day out in Surrey. There is a choice of walks including the iconic stepping stones and Box Hill’s natural play trail.
Address: The Old Fort, Box Hill Road , Tadworth, KT20 7LB
Click here for our 3 best family walks at Box Hill
Gibbet Hill, Hindhead
Another Halloween day out in Surrey for ghost hunters is to the top of Gibbet Hill near to the Devil’s Punch Bowl in Hindhead. Three unknown sailors befriended a seaman in the pub. They then followed him and murdered him on the Portsmouth Road.
The sailors were caught and hung at the top of Gibbet Hill as a warning to others. Locals were so worried about the area being haunted that a Celtic cross was erected to ward off spirits and reassure them.
Halloween Days out near Surrey
Shocktober Fest, Crawley
One of the biggest Halloween events near Surrey for teenagers is at Tulley’s Farm in Crawley. Just over the Surrey border in West Sussex, Tulley’s Farm is now celebrating 25 years of its Shocktober Fest.
This first-class Halloween event invites visitors to try 10 immersive spooky attractions, where real life actors and special effects will do their best to scare you. As well as the “haunts” the event has a Circus of Horrors, a street theatre, and food stalls.
Shocktober Fest runs from 2nd to 6th October 2021. There is a firework display on the finale night.
Address: Tulleys Shocktober Fest, Crawley, RH10 4PE
Click here admission prices and time for the Tulley’s website
Halloween Fun at Hever Castle, Kent
If you are looking for things to do during October half-term, head over to Hever Castle in Kent. They have a programme of spooky events for little children who can dress up in their favourite Halloween costumes.
The Halloween events include planting garlic bulbs and a Ghoul School Audio Trail. Hever Castle is also home to one the Chimptrips kids favourite playgrounds.
However, older children (14+) and adults may prefer to stay in the evening for Hever Castle’s first Halloween Scream event. This is an immersive scare event that is intended to frighten you, so is not for the feint hearted.
Halloween Scream is running from 25-31st October (evenings)
Address: Hever Castle, Edenbridge, Kent TN8 7NG
The London Dungeons
A visit to the London Dungeons makes a great day out with kids at anytime of the year. We went during our recent weekend stay in London and loved it. They use live actors and special effects to re-enact stories from 1000 years of London’s dark and macabre past.
Discover some of London’s most infamous characters and gruesome events from the past.
Address: The Queen’s Walk, London SE1 7PB
Click here for the London Dungeons website.
Wizard Weekend on the Watercress Line
The Watercress Line in Hampshire is hosting a series of Halloween events during its Wizard Weekend on 29th to 31st October 2021.
They have lots of activities for younger children, which run from 11am to 4pm each day. Kids can ride on the Wizard Express steam train, get a face painting, make a wand and meet some scary characters.
Address: You can start at Alresford or Alton.
Click here on the Watercress Line website for more details.
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