halloween Events in Sussex


Over 25 spooky fun places to visit this Halloween in Sussex! What's on October half-term 2018 in East and West Sussex. Scary Pumpkin Craving, haunted houses, frightful fancy dress, make spooky halloween decorations, gripping ghost stories, horror movies, ghost tunnel, trick or treat cauldron, Witch's House, hair-rising lantern lit spooky trails and lots more.......................

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Drusillas Park and Zoo

Drusillas Park and Zoo

Allow your wicked side to show this Halloween at Drusillas Park; the award winning zoo has all sorts of seasonal surprises and eerie entertainment planned to keep your little horrors half term happy between Saturday 20th and Sunday 28th October 2018. Put your nerves to the test and get ready to come face to face with g-g-g-ghosts and ghouls! Prepare yourself for a whole host of tricks, treats and blood chilling entertainment! Drusillas has heaps of wicked events planned to keep your little horrors entertained.  “Oh help! Oh no! It’s a gruffalo!” We’ve conjured up some fang-tastically spooky surprises, including the Gruffalo who will be making an appearance on Wednesday 24th October! If you dare to visit Drusillas this Halloween, you better tread carefully as you wander through the cobwebbed corridors of Haunted Heights. Keep your eyes peeled for the cackling witches and moaning mummy who knows what might be around the corner playing hide and shriek with the unsuspecting public! Address: Drusillas Park & Zoo, Alfriston Road, Alfriston, East Sussex, BN26 5QS
Telephone: 01323 874100

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Fishers Adventure Farm Park

Fishers Adventure Farm Park

Halloween Happy Hauntings this half term!
Witches and Wizards, Vampires and Lizards, and owls that go hoot in the night. Scary tales and slimey snails, and ghosts that give you a fright! Jump aboard your broomsticks and soar over to Fishers this hair-raising half term for the ‘Halloween Happy Hauntings’! Ride along with the creepy crew on the family-friendly Haunted Village Train Ride or sit back, relax and enjoy the famous, family-friendly ‘Spook Show’ in the Fishers Barn Theatre. This year, follow the exciting ‘Scavenger Hunt’ around the park and lucky little monsters will receive a Halloween prize.....it’s going to be FRIGHTFULLY FUN!
Address: Fishers Adventure Farm Park, Newpound Lane, Wisborough Green, West Sussex, RH14 0EG. Telephone: 01403 700063

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West Dean Gardens

Halloween at West Dean Gardens

Haunting Halloween Trail and Craft Activities!
Join the spooky Halloween fun at West Dean Gardens near Chichester 24-28 October 2018. Follow the Halloween Trail through the award-winning gardens answering the terrifying clues to complete the anagram. Children who complete the trail will get a mouth-watering Montezuma’s chocolate prize and there’s creepy children’s craft activities for afterwards. All ages will enjoy the glorious autumn colours throughout the gardens. Entry for children costs £5 and includes all the activities, adults cost normal gardens entry (£9). Come along 10.30am-5pm Wednesday-Friday or from 9am at the weekend. Visit our website to find out more and book online now. Address: West Dean Gardens, near Chichester, West Sussex, PO18 0RX Telephone: 01243 818210

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Bodiam Castle

Bodium National Trust

October Half Term Family Fun October half term family fun. Daily from Sat 20th October to Sun 28th October 2018, 11am to 4pm. Come along over half-term and have a go at our 'Black Cat' trail as we set the children off on a hunt around the castle to find our mysterious cats lurking in the shadows.£2.50 per trail, including a prize for each successful hunter. Suitable for children aged 5 - 11 years. For those who want to get out and about in the castle grounds, we'll have an autumn I-Spy trail to get the kids running around, looking at the natural features around the castle and burning off some energy.
Address: Bodiam Castle, Near Robertsbridge, East Sussex, TN32 5UA . Telephone: 01580 830196

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PETWORTH HOUSE AND PARK


Petworth House and Park

Ilive's Hair-raising Laboratory trail. Saturday 20th to Sunday 28th October 2018 10am - 5pm. Elizabeth Ilive loved to experiment in her science lab at Petworth. Help her before her latest spooky science experiment goes horribly wrong. Are you brave enough to help her find a solution on this frightening Halloween trail? £3 per trail.
Halloween Crafts 23rd to 25th October 11am - 4pm. £2 per child.Dress to distress with your hat and broomstick or any other ghoulish disguises and make some spooktastic Halloween craft to take home.Drop in to the Orientation Point in the Pleasure Grounds between 11am and 4pm. Surrounded by spooky decorations between 1pm to 3pm there is fearsome facepainting and you can get yourself a temporary tattoo. There are colouring sheets available and menacing monster shapes to decorate. If you're after a Halloween masterclass then have a go at making a pumpkin garland, paper jack o'lantern, a hanging bat or a yarn wrapped mummy. Address: Petworth House and Park, Petworth, West Sussex, GU28 OAE. Telephone: 0179842207

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1066 Battle of Hastings, Abbey and Battlefield

Battle of Hastings

Haunted Abbey Sat 20 - Sun 28 Oct 2018 10am - 4pm
Feeling brave enough to take on the haunted abbey ruins of Battle? Be prepared to be scared this autumn half term as a frighteningly fun day out awaits you.Wander the grounds with our resident ghost hunters and as they tell macabre tales of times gone by. Turn the pages of the Book of the Dead. Have a go at creating creepy crafts and see if you can scare us enough to win a prize for the best Halloween costume, awarded to the most spine tingling attire each day.Keep your wits about you, lest you disturb ghosts of the Abbey's past. Come and join our spooky Halloween adventure - if you dare...

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Address: 1066 Battle of Hastings, Abbey and Battlefield, High Street, Battle, East Sussex, TN33 0AD .Telephone: 0370 333 1181

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Sea Life Brighton

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SEALIFE Brighton ASCARIUM 20th October - 4th November.
Immersive in-tank trail, celebrating the creepy creatures of the deep – help the Sea Witch find the magic potion ingredients and claim your treasure.
Take a step into the creepy deep at SEA LIFE Brighton this Halloween and navigate the Ascarium; an immersive trail which takes you past some of the scariest sea creatures.
For a limited time only, five potion ingredients will be hidden in various tanks throughout the Ascarium, and guests will need to find them before making their way to the Sea Witch’s lair. Along the way, guests will discover facts about some of the freakiest creatures of the sea, including blob fish, African tiger fish, goblin sharks and barrel eye fish. Once all of the items have been located, the Sea Witch will cast her magic spell and open the treasure chest, giving those who successfully navigate the trail a reusable Ascarium cup. And that’s not all, SEA LIFE Brighton will play host to a ‘selfie’ photo frame and ‘twister’ style game for guests to further immerse themselves in the spooky family fun. 30% off voucher
Address: SEA LIFE Centre, Marine Parade, Brighton, East Sussex, BN2 1TB. Tel: 08714 232110

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National Trust Halloween Fun

Discover great days out with the National Trust this autumn in Sussex. Nothing beats heading out with the family for a walk on a crisp autumn day. Enjoy woodland trails, half-term craft activities and halloween fun. Visit the Alfriston Clergy House and see their bumper crop of pumpkins. Join in the Folklore and fairy trail at Bateman's. Each year when Hallowe'en comes around there's fun and games in at Bodium castle when the Crones come to visit. Are you brave enough to enter Crones' Corner to experience their unique concoctions and magical tales. At Sheffield Park there's plenty to keep your little ones (and big ones too) entertained with the woodland play area, trail, climbing walls, storytelling chairs and loads of den building materials. Join in family activities at Wakehurst on Sat 14th and 15th October with some apple pessing,tree climbing and tractor rides. Visit Petworth Park this October half-term and enrol in the Petworth Witches and Wizards Academy and make some spooky craft to take home. Find out more What's On this Autumn at the National Trust.

National Trust Membership from just £9.25 a month for a family: Two adults (aged 18+) and up to five children (17 or under), all living at the same address. Under 5s go free.

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Maxine's Novelty Cakes

Maxine's Novelty Cakes

Ghoulishly delightful Halloween cakes

With Halloween 👻 just round the corner, this is a great cake for a Halloween party 🎉 in vanilla or chocolate or orange and any flavour butter icing!

Whether you're having a party for the kids or an adult soiree, we have everything from scary spider cupcakes to pumpkin cakes. Tell us what you would like we can create the perfect Halloween cake for you.


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Party Pieces

Plan the ultimate Halloween party with spooky tableware themes for all ages, a huge selection of devilish decorations and petrifying props to set the scene! Make sure you have a fright night to remember with our brand new range of Halloween partyware. Whether you're hosting a party for the younger ones or throwing a spook-tastic soiree for friends, we've got themes to suit everyone! Choose from a selection of classic Halloween horrors to transform your home like wicked witches, ghosts, cats and skeletons.

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Halloween Events East Sussex

Did you know - That Halloween is older than Christmas? Halloween dates back over 2000 years, to the times of the ancient Celts. They lived in an area which today makes up the United Kingdom, Ireland, and Northern France. The Celtic name of the holiday that we now celebrate as Halloween was Samhain (pronounced “sow-in”). However this name varied depending on regions - In Wales the name of the holiday was Hollantide, in Cornwall it was known as Allantide; and in Brittany it was called Kala-Goanv.

Wear your Halloween fancy dress costume, experience a night of witch-crafts, spooky trails, and frightening face painting, fang-tastically spooky surprises, spooky creature hunts, gory ghost walks, bats, giant spiders, Tricks n treats, creepy castles, spooky challenges, creepy garden trails, pumpkin hunts, pumpkin craving, haunted cabins, forest of fear, headless horseman, frightening face painting,cobwebs and cast spooky spells..........


HALLOWEEN EAST SUSSEX

FROM SATURDAY 20th OCTOBER TO SUNDAY 28th OCTOBER 2018
(October Half-term: Monday 22nd October - Friday 26th October 2018)



DRUSILLAS PARK AND ZOO - Alfriston
Halloween Shriek Week Sat 20th - Sun 28th October 2018
If you are bored of all your local haunts, stake out the fun at Drusillas Park over the Halloween period. We’ve conjured up some fang-tastically spooky surprises to keep your little horrors half term happy.
Address: Drusillas Park & Zoo, Alfriston Road,Alfriston, East Sussex, BN26 5QS.

ALFRISTON CLERGY HOUSE - Polegate. (National Trust Memberships)
Creepy-crawly halloween trail Sat 20th - 28th October 2018 10:30am - 4:30pm
Embark on a creepy-crawly Halloween themed self-led trail. This event is free, but normal admission charges apply for the venue.for trail. Address: The Tye, Alfriston, Polegate, East Sussex BN26 5TL .

BODIAM CASTLE - Nr Robertsbridge (National Trust Memberships)
Black Cat trail Saturday 20th to Sunday 28th October 11am to 4pm. Hunt around the castle to find our mysterious cats lurking in the shadows. £2.50 per trail, including a prize for each successful hunter.
Address: Bodiam Castle, Near Robertsbridge, East Sussex, TN32 5UA.

BATEMAN'S - Burwash (National Trust Memberships)
The Smugglers' Trail Sat 20 - Sun 28 October 2018, 10am to 4pm
Get out and about in the garden and find the clues for our half-term trail. The notorious smugglers of the Hawkhurst Gang have been seen back at Bateman's. Search the garden to find out what they've been up to and claim your reward. Normal admission + £2.50 for trail.
Address: Bateman's Lane, Burwash, TN19 7DS.

BLACKBERRY FARM
Not too scary Halloween fun! 22nd - 26th October 2018. Half price entry for all children who arrive in fancy dress. Fancy Dress, spooky egg hunt, Craft Sessions. Story Time, Face Painting, Tractor rides and lots more. Address: Blackberry Farm,Whiresmith,Nr Lewes,Sussex,BN8 6JD

DEVIL'S DYKE - Saddlescombe Farm

Halloween Pumpkin Carving & Scary Mask Making Saturday 27th October 2018 10am - 12 . Choose your own pumpkin and then transform it into your own scary creation then make your own Halloween animal mask! Choose your own pumpkin and then transform it into your own scary creation then make your own Halloween animal mask! Event £8 per child

KENT & EAST SUSSEX RAILWAY
Halloween Fright Night Express on Friday 26th October 5pm. Come in fancy dress, workshop to include pumpkin carving and face painting. fire breather, train ride and fireworks.
Address: Northiam - Bodiam, East Sussex. Tel: 01580 765155

KNOCKHATCH ADVENTURE PARK - Hailsham
Halloween fun and activities 20th - 28th October 2018. Enter their Containment, If you Dare!
Ghost hunt and receive a small treat!
Address: Knockhatch Adventure Park, Hailsham Bypass, Hailsham, BN27 3PR. Tel: 01323 442051

1066 BATTLE OF HASTINGS, ABBEY AND BATTLEFIELD
Haunted Abbey Sat 20 - Sun 28 Oct 2018 10am - 4pm. Feeling brave enough to take on the haunted abbey ruins of Battle? Be prepared to be scared this autumn half term as a frighteningly fun day out awaits you. Have a go at creating creepy crafts and see if you can scare us enough to win a prize for the best Halloween costume, awarded to the most spine tingling attire each day.
Address: 1066 Battle of Hastings Abbey and Battlefield, at the south end of Battle High Street, TN33 0AD

MICHELHAM PRIORY - Hailsham.
Hallowe’en Weekend Saturday 27th & Sunday 28th October 2018. 10:30am - 4pm
Traditional entertainment with Punch & Judy,crafts, trails and heaps of scary Hallowe’en fun with Crazee Hazzee. Family ghost hunt; 5pm – 8pm. Please pre-book.
Address: Michelham Priory & Gardens, Upper Dicker, near Hailsham, East Sussex, BN27 3QS.

MAYBERRY GARDEN CENTRE - Portslade
Address: Mayberry Garden Centre, 7 - 17 Old Shoreham Road, Portslade, East Sussex, BN41 1SP.

NEWHAVEN FORT - Newhaven
Halloween Fun at the Fort!! Newhaven Fort has lots to offer the whole family this half term.
Address: Newhaven Fort Fort Road, Newhaven, East Sussex BN9 9DS.

PARADISE PARK - Newhaven
Address: Paradise Park, Avis Road, Newhaven, East Sussex, BN9 0DH.

THE OBSERVATORY SCIENCE CENTRE
Halloween Weekend 27th & 28th October 2018. A weekend of drop-in Halloween activities, small extra charge. Address: The Observatory Science Centre, Herstmonceux, Hailsham, East Sussex, BN27 1RN. Tel: 01323 832731

WILDERNESS WOOD - Hadlow Down
Address: Wilderness Wood, Hadlow Down, East Sussex, TN22 4HJ


Did You Know - The real reason why costumes are worn on Halloween?

While millions of us around the world wear costumes on the 31st of October very few actually know where the tradition actually stems from. The Ancient Celts believed that the gate between the worlds of the living and the dead was opened on the eve of New Years. - October 31st. The souls of the dead could cross onto the plain of the living for one day only, as ghosts. The only problem with this was that some of these ghosts were not too pleasant! They would destroy crops, houses and were even believed to murder those amongst the living who had befallen them during their lifetimes. In order to disguise themselves from these malevolent ghosts the Celts would don costumes made from Animal skins and heads! By doing this it was believed that the ghost would not be able to recognise them as living and believe that they too were spirits. So, there you have it, in the past costumes were worn for self-preservation while today we just wear them for fun! 

HALLOWEEN WEST SUSSEX

Halloween Events West Sussex

FROM SATURDAY 20th OCTOBER TO SUNDAY 28th OCTOBER 2018
(October Half-term: Monday 22nd October - Friday 26th October 2018)

Wear your Halloween fancy dress costume, experience a night of witch-crafts, spooky trails, and frightening face painting, fang-tastically spooky surprises, spooky creature hunts, gory ghost walks, bats, giant spiders, Tricks n treats, creepy castles, spooky challenges, creepy garden trails, pumpkin hunts, pumpkin craving, haunted cabins, forest of fear, headless horseman, frightening face painting,cobwebs and cast spooky spells..........


FISHERS FARM PARK - Wisborough Green.
Halloween Happy Hauntings 20th - 28th October 2018. It’s all happening at Fishers this hair-raising half term for the ‘Halloween Happy Hauntings’! Join the ‘fang-tastic’ goings-on at Fishers Farm Park this Halloween with your own little monsters. With pumpkin carving, the famous ‘Spook Show’ in the theatre and the ‘Gory-ent Express’ ride all add to the terror-rific experience that awaits you ‘witch’ will you choose first?!
Address: Fishers Farm Park, Newpound Lane, Wisborough Green, West Sussex, RH14 0EG

EARNLEY BUTTERFLIES, BIRDS AND BEASTS - nr Chichester
Spooky Halloween Fun October Half-term 20th October - 28th October 2018.
Events & Competitions for all the family.
Address: Earnley Butterflies, Birds and Beasts, 133 Almodington Lane, Earnley, Chichester, West Sussex, PO20 7JR.

ARUNDEL WETLAND CENTRE
October half term Pond dipping for mini-beasts, crazy crafts sessions and our special ‘Yuk Factor Show’. Vampire boats and Wetland Witch's Potions Class. Address: The Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust Mill Street, Arundel, West Sussex BN18 9PB.

AMBERLEY MUSEUM AND HERITAGE CENTRE
Witching and Wizarding Week 20th - 28th October 2018. 11 am - 3pm. Halloween themed activities. Choose your wand. brew potions, have flying lessons and follow the Halloween Trail.
Address: Amberley Museum & Heritage Centre, Amberley,near Arundel, West Sussex, BN18 9LT.

BORDE HILL GARDEN - Haywards Heath
Halloween Hocus Pocus 20th - 31st October 2018. Dare you wander the Garden to find all the clues on our spooky trail.
Address: Borde Hill Garden, Haywards Heath, West Sussex, RH16 1XP.

PETWORTH HOUSE AND PARK - Petworth (National Trust Memberships)
Ilive's Hair-raising Laboratory trail. Saturday 20th to Sunday 28th October 2018 10am - 5pm. Elizabeth Ilive loved to experiment in her science lab at Petworth. Help her before her latest spooky science experiment goes horribly wrong. Are you brave enough to help her find a solution on this frightening Halloween trail? £3 per trail. Halloween Crafts 23rd to 25th October 11am - 4pm. £2 per child. If you're after a Halloween masterclass then have a go at making a pumpkin garland, paper jack o'lantern, a hanging bat or a yarn wrapped mummy. Normal Admission Charges Apply.
Petworth House & Park, Petworth, West Sussex, GU28 OAE. National Trust Memberships

RSBP PULBOROUGH NATURE RESERVE - Pulborough
Wild families - Halloween Hootenanny! Fri 26th & Sat 27th October 2018. 11 am and 3 pm. Follow our spooky wildlife trail, hunt for creepy crawlies, make a twig skeleton, a birch broom and some bat bunting to take home with you ready for Halloween.
Address: Pulborough Brooks Nature Reserve Wiggonholt Pulborough West Sussex RH20 2EL.

TULLEYS HALLOWEEN
Halloween Week Spooktacular October Festival. The UK’s top Halloween family attraction.
Address: Tulleys Farm, Turners Hill Road,Turners Hill, Crawley, West Sussex RH10 4PE. Tel: 01342 718472

WEALD AND DOWNLAND OPEN AIR MUSEUM - Singleton, Chichester
Autumn Half Term Activities
Address: Weald and Downland Open Air Museum, Singleton, Chichester, West Sussex PO18 0EU

WEST DEAN GARDENS
Halloween Activities 24th - 28th October 2018. Halloween trail and activities
Address: West Dean, Nr Chichester, West Sussex, PO18 0QZ

MORE ABOUT HALLOWEEN

The 19th century. This period saw the growth of Samhain from a small paegan festival into the world-wide celebration that marks Halloween today. The 19th Century was characterized with a new wave of immigrants from Europe, particularly the immigrants from Ireland, who were mainly responsible for developing the popular version of Halloween that we celebrate today. Taking inspiration from Irish and English traditions, newly arriving Americans began to dress up in different costumes: They also developed on the tradition of "souling" a tradition where Irish peasants would exchange cakes (soul cakes) for food or money. Of course when the Irish arrived in the new land thigs were not exactly easy for them and the harmless tradition became decisively more aggressive with tricks (vandalism) played on those unwilling to give treats. This pastime is where the tradition of Trick-or-Treating comes from. The 20th century changed Halloween from a mildly celebrated harvest celebration into a full blown international holiday. At the beginning of the century, Halloween parties were organized for both children and adults. Parties focused on foods of the season, games, and festive costumes, but the real explosion in the popularity of the holiday came in the 1950's - when the Baby Boomers were just... babies. From that point on Halloween has grown from strength to strength.

HALLOWEEN TODAY While Halloween has grown into the second largest national holiday in the USA in the UK (it's home) it continues to grow year on year. Across the United Kingdom and the majourity of Europe Halloween is celebrated with parties, games, and trick-or-treating all with great costumes and Halloween decorations. it is widely acknowledged that Halloween is the most creative of all holidays. There are always a plethora of impressive costumes that you will come across and you should expect to see your fair amount of witches, Devils, Zombies and Horror Film Costumes on a street near you come October 31st. You should also expect to see some amazingly creative haunted houses and a few dishes of delicious Halloween treats. However, the most important thing is that whatever you do - just make sure that you are having fun!

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National Trust

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Whether you’re looking to discover historic houses, roam in beautiful gardens or wander through stunning countryside, National Trust membership is your key to unlimited unforgettable days out.

Properties in Sussex: Alfriston Clergy House, Batemans, Bodiam castle, Cuckmere Valley, Devil's Dyke, Lamb House, Monk's House, Nymans Gardens, Petworth House & Park, Sheffield Park, Saddlescombe Farm and Newtimber Hill, Standen, Uppark House & Garden, Wakehurst Place.

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