With autumn approaching, we can turn our thoughts to half-term and Halloween. Halloween falls just after half-term this year, giving you time to make the most of the best Halloween days out in Surrey in 2022.
Luckily, there’s plenty of Halloween events taking place across Surrey this year. So, whether you’re looking for creepy crafts, ghostly activities or spooky shows you’ll find a Halloween activity that’s right for you.
Read on for our round-up of the best events and things to do at Halloween in Surrey in 2022.
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Halloween days out with younger kids in Surrey
Witches and Wizards Week at Bocketts Farm
Bocketts Farm is always a brilliant place to take younger kids and Halloween is no exception. As well as its collection of farm animals and fantastic play equipment, Bocketts Farm has a full programme of Halloween activities.
The Halloween activities during Witches and Wizards Week at Bocketts Farm include:
- A reptile road show
- A creepy craft corner
- Science and slime shows
- a fun Halloween trail
- Tractor rides
- Owls and birds of prey
Wizard and Witches Week at Bocketts Farm runs during half-term from 22nd – 30th October 2022.
Click here on the Bocketts Farm website for more details.
Halloween story-telling at the Rural Life Centre, Farnham
Get ready for a week of spooky goings on at the Rural Life Museum in Farnham. Join them from Monday 24th – Sunday 30th October (1pm- 4pm) October for spooky crafts and activities.
Plus, on Saturday 29th and Sunday 30th you can join the pumpkin carving activities (pre-booking essential).
Alternatively, you can join story-teller Jason Buck for some spooky stories and terrifying tales at the museum. The Halloween story-telling event will take place on 30th October 2022.
- Younger children (age 7+) – 2-3pm
- Older children (12+) – 3.30 – 4.30pm
Address: Reeds Road, Tilford, Farnham, Surrey GU10 2DL
Halloween trail at Priory Farm, Redhill
Treat your family to a spooky Halloween day out at Priory Farm in Redhill this October.
If you are looking for a family-friendly day out for younger children, the Halloween Trail at Priory Farm would be perfect.
The spooky walk takes visitors on the nature trail at Discovery Land. The trail leads through the woodlands, across fields and around the lakes at the Priory Farm estate.
The Halloween Trail is open from at weekends in October and half-term. Admission is £8 per person over 2 years.
Address: Sandy Lane, South Nutfield, Redhill, Surrey, RH1 4EJ
Halloween at Birdworld
Once again, Birdworld, near Farnham is hosting its Halloween Activity Week during October half-term. Feel your hair stand on end and a shiver down your spine as you take a walk through the creepy corridors of Birdworld’s unique Halloween Grotto.
Join the Wizard as he entertains you with his impressive and daring magic tricks or follow the spooky activity trail around the park to learn gruesome facts about different species.
Running from 11am – 4pm all half-term week, there will be themed arts and crafts as well as face painting (separate charges apply).
Address: Birdworld, Holt Pound, Farnham, Surrey, GU10 4LD, UK
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 LEGOLAND Windsor Resort will be transformed into a pumpkin-filled wonderland for what is sure to be the most frightfully fun event of the year perfect for the young, and the young at heart!
Children can dress up in their best spooky costumes and join Lord Vampyre for some spooky Halloween fun. This year, you can also check out the new 4D movie The Great Monster Chase.
The Brick or Treat event runs from 1st – 31st October 2022. Click here for the Legoland website.
Weird, Wacky, and Wicked Halloween Trail at Winkworth Arboretum
Younger kids will love discovering all the weird, wacky, and wicked plants in Winkworth Arboretum on their Halloween themed trail.
The haunted trail at Winkworth Arboretum runs from 22nd – 31th October 2022. Admission prices apply, plus £2 for each child doing the trail.
Address: Hascombe Road, Godalming, Surrey,
Enchanted Claremont - Halloween Trail
Younger kids can help the Wandering Witches track her magickal items that the naughty goblins have hidden in the garden.
The Halloween themed trail at Claremont Gardens in Esher runs from 15th October to 30th October 2022. They also have a fantastic new interactive play area.
Admission prices apply, plus £2 for each child doing the trail.
Address: Claremont Gardens, Portsmouth Road, Esher, Surrey, KT10 9JG
Hobble'ween at Hobbledown (TBC)
Younger kids can enjoy a fun-packed week of Halloween activities at Hobbledown in Epsom. The following spooky activities are all included in the admission price:-
- Fire shows
- Spooky storytelling
- Skibbler Maze
- Pumpkin Hunting
Address: Horton Lane, Horton, KT19 8PT
Halloween days out for teenagers and adults in Surrey
Fright Night at Thorpe Park
One of the best Halloween days out in Surrey for teenagers 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 the first 2 weekends of October and 14th – 31st October 2022.
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 15th to 30th October 2022.
Click the Chessington World of Adventures website for details.
The Ghost Tour of Guildford
The Ghost Tour of Guildford runs every Friday from Easter until the end of November. Tours begin at 8pm in Guildford High Street and follow a route around 20 haunted and mysterious sites in Guildford.
The Ghost Tour lasts 90 minutes and costs £10 for adults and £5 for children (8-16). Dogs are welcome.
Address: Meet at Holy Trinity Church at the Top of Guildford High Street. No booking required.
Reigate Ghost Walk
Discover Reigate’s murky past and hear tales of mystery, murder and paranormal activity on the Reigate Ghost Walk.
The Ghost Tour runs every Friday in October from 8pm. The Ghost Tour lasts 90 minutes and costs £7 for adults.
Address: Meet between Market Stores and Cafe Rouge, 2 High Street, Reigate, RH2 0AA (No booking required)
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 2022 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.
Halloween at Hampton Court Palace: After Dark
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 not surprising that at least three have come back from the afterlife to visit. Hampton Court Palace is the ideal hot spot for paranormal phenomena and even has its own Haunted Gallery.
You can now meet some of the spooky spirits from the past with a visit Hampton Court at Halloween. The day time event is a family-friendly experience running at half-term.
On Friday 28th and Saturday 29th October, the Palace will be opening its doors in the evening for, After Dark, a more sinister Halloween experience.
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
Another ghostly dog roams the ruins of Betchworth Castle near Leatherhead. The black death dog supposedly prowls the castle ruins at night.
Actually, the dog is not the only revenant at the site in the evenings, as this is when the spirit of Lord Hope 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 ideal for a free family day out in Surrey. You’ll find 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, Sussex
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 26 years of its Shocktober Fest.
This unique Halloween event invites visitors to try 10 immersive spooky attractions. Watch out as real life actors and special effects do their best to scare you. In addition to the “haunts”, the Shocktober Fest has a Circus of Horrors, a street theatre, and food stalls.
Shocktober Fest runs on selected dates from 1st October to 5th November 2022. Plus, on the finale night, they hold a big firework display.
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 ghoulish things to do with kids during October half-term, head to Hever Castle in Kent. They have a programme of Halloween events for children who can dress up in their favourite spooky costumes.
Halloween activities at Hever Castle include planting garlic bulbs to ward off vampires, a Halloween Trail and Ghost stories. Hever Castle also has an amazing adventure playground, which the kids love.
Address: Hever Castle, Edenbridge, Kent TN8 7NG
The London Dungeons
One of the best things to do in London during October half-term is a visit to the London Dungeons.
The London Dungeons is a fantastic attraction for older kids, whatever time of the year, so is perfect for Halloween. They use live actors and special effects to re-enact stories from 1000 years of London’s dark and macabre past.
It’s a really interactive experience and an easy way to learn about London’s most infamous characters and gruesome historical events. We went during our recent weekend stay in London and loved it.
Address: The Queen’s Walk, London SE1 7PB
Click here for the London Dungeons website.
Halloween at Chiswick House & Gardens
A SPOOKY FUN-FILLED TRAIL FOR ALL THE FAMILY (new for 2022)
As Halloween creeps closer and the days shorten, a mysterious mist falls across the gardens at Chiswick House & Gardens. Join with family and friends to wander from dusk into darkness between one ghostly space to another.
Address: Chiswick House, Chiswick, London, W4 2QN
Wizard Week at the Watercress Line, Hampshire
The Watercress Line in Hampshire is holding its annual Wizard Week from 24th – 30th October 2022.
Wizard Week has a full programme of Halloween activities for younger kids. As well as a ride on the Wizard Express steam train, children can get a face painting, make a wand or watch a magic show.
Address: You can start at Alresford or Alton.
Click here on the Watercress Line website for more details.
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Lovely list and also great #CulturedKids inspiration! We were invited at Boccketts Farm the other week-end and loved their pumpkin patch and all the Halloween decor, great to see kids so happy running round fresh air and luckily some October sunshine! Fingers crossed will get some for half term as well !
The twins loved it when they were little.