Pr Invite | On Sunday, we were invited to the very popular Halloween Farm's Halloween After Dark event in Leicestershire. It was our first time, and we were very excited, given that most weekend dates are now sold out online.
The price of admission varies depending on the day you want to visit, but on average, it is between £17.50-£22.50 per adult and £15.50-£20 per child (aged 11 and under).
𝐒𝐨, 𝐰𝐡𝐚𝐭’𝐬 𝐢𝐧𝐜𝐥𝐮𝐝𝐞𝐝?
𝐀𝐟𝐭𝐞𝐫 𝐃𝐚𝐫𝐤 𝐋𝐢𝐠𝐡𝐭 𝐓𝐫𝐚𝐢𝐥
The light trail among the corn was by far our favourite part of the night. We’ve never seen a Halloween light trail before, so we really enjoyed this. There were plenty of photo opportunities to be had! The best part for us was the hay bale pumpkins and the huge skeleton at the end!
The social media pages did advertise that they'd be interactive actors in the light trail, but there weren't any when we went. Although there were two people in light-up costumes trying to keep the children in the queue for the trail entertained. We waited 20 minutes for entry.
An approx 50-minute long circus show, with performances like motorbike stunts, The Wheel of Death, sword swallowing, and more. I have to admit some parts I was watching through my fingers! We thought the Wheel of Death act and the bike stunts were really good, and the clown act was fab for the children. But although three circus times were advertised on the website, they only performed one show at 7.45pm.
𝐀𝐜𝐜𝐞𝐬𝐬 𝐭𝐨 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐅𝐨𝐨𝐝 𝐕𝐢𝐥𝐥𝐚𝐠𝐞
The food village consists of about six food/drink vans, including a licensed bar. They sell food like burgers, hotdogs, chicken, donuts, etc. Burgers are £8 each, £4 for a portion of chips, donuts £4 for ten mini ones, £2.50 for a bottle of pop. There are lots of tables outside and under an enclosed marquee to eat at. The food we ate was nice, but we did think it was overpriced (but I suppose average for an event like this). We were also a bit disappointed that the donut van closed when we exited the light trail at 9.15 - we had been craving them all evening haha! Live music in the food village was also advertised, but there wasn’t any on the night we visited.
𝐀𝐜𝐜𝐞𝐬𝐬 𝐭𝐨 𝐏𝐢𝐜𝐤 𝐘𝐨𝐮𝐫 𝐎𝐰𝐧 𝐏𝐮𝐦𝐩𝐤𝐢𝐧𝐬 𝐢𝐧 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐝𝐚𝐫𝐤
Admission includes access to the pumpkin patches after dark. The pumpkin patch looked stunning during sunset (perfect for photos or even a proposal!) and then turned eerie as it went pitch black! We've actually never been anywhere before where you can see and pick pumpkins after dark, so It was a unique experience for us. Pumpkins are an additional cost (charged by weight), and you pay for them as you leave. We did think that an approximate pumpkin price guide would have been helpful, though.
🎠 𝐅𝐚𝐢𝐫𝐠𝐫𝐨𝐮𝐧𝐝 𝐫𝐢𝐝𝐞𝐬
There is a variety of rides and games, like the waltzers, twister, ghost train, dodgems, and a few rides for younger children, as well as games like hook-a-duck and hook-a-bag. Most of the rides are £3pp, which is about average for typical fairground rides. Instead of tokens, though, you pay for the ride (by cash or card) while you’re seated on the ride, which can be quite time-consuming, especially when the card machines/phones are being temperamental. I’d love to see some ride tokens included in the admission price or offers on tokens or even wristbands to make the admission cost better value for money. After all, you can go to the funfair and pumpkin patch in the daytime when the entry price is a lot less.
The daytime attractions like Trick or Treat Street, The Lost Fantasy World inflatable experience, and The Magical Family Maze Trail are all fenced off in the evening and not part of Halloween After Dark. There was quite a lot of confusion with other families on what parts were actually included in the evening.
I would definitely visit during their daytime offering next year, where admission prices start from as little as £2 each, and you pay for the additional attractions that you want to do. Trick or Treat Street looks great!
I personally couldn’t justify spending approx £20 each for admission (which pays for access to the pumpkin patch during the dark, access to the food village, the illuminated light trail, and the circus). I feel like if the admission price included a pumpkin each and a few ride tokens, etc., the event would be better value for money.
If you would like to find out more about the Halloween After Dark event, head to their website here. If you would like to view their daytime event, head here. The event is located at Cattows Farm, Normanton Lane, Leicestershire LE67 2TD.