This article was first published in the Pocklington Post on the 13th of October. I have added some extra events since I originally wrote the article. I am hoping to visit as many events as we can squeeze in over the half term and will be reviewing as soon as I can!
Halloween Events over Half Term
The summer holidays are behind us, Christmas is still a little way off, so what’s the next big family event on the horizon? Halloween of course!
I love Halloween, with its opportunity for the kids to dress up in spooky costumes, collect heaps of sweets and carve pumpkins. (Pumpkins! It was turnips when I was little. I can still recall the burning turnip smell as the candle flame licked the turnip lid!).
So the question is, where is the best Halloween extravaganzas not too far from Pocklington, and how many can you fit into half-term?!
Stockeld Park – 19th to the 31st of October
As well as an illuminated maze, enchanted forest and Nordic skiing, you’ll find a real ice rink open at Stockeld Park over half term. They also promise creepy creatures and a magic show as part of their spooky adventure. For the more brave (foolhardy?) amongst us (definitely not me!) they have three ‘fright nights’ on the 29th/30th and 31st.
Piglets Adventure Park– 22nd to the 31st October
Piglets are running their Pumpkin Festival again this year. Always a big favourite with my two. They have all the usual activities such as a bouncy pillow and adventure playground, but also pumpkin carving and spooky storytelling (I love the storytelling). Don’t miss the Creepy Cottage or the corn cannon either! All the children get a free pumpkin.
York Maze – 22nd to the 30th October
There’s lots going on at York Maze over half term. For their ‘Halloween by Day’ they have plenty of spooky activities as well as more pumpkin carving. In fact on Sunday the 23rd there is a competition for the best carved pumpkin. The giant maze has been cut down, but they keep a smaller maze for a Haunted Maze Treasure Hunt. They also run the very popular Hallowscream event. More for the bigger kids, that one!
See my review of York Maze at Halloween.
Burton Agnes Hall – 22nd to the 31st October
There is a spooky woodland trail at Burton Agnes this year. You will need to track down clues amidst spooky Halloween scenes of witches, spiders and ghostly figures. It runs all of half term from 11am to 4pm.
Lightwater Valley – 27th to the 30th of October
Lightwater Valley turns into Frightwater Valley at the end of half term with their ‘Halloween Spooktacular’. They say that ‘All manner of creepy ghouls and beasties lurk within the Valley’, so beware! If that sounds a bit too scary, it might be a better idea to visit on the 22nd and 23rd as there will be a fireworks display when it gets dark.
Forbidden Corner – open until the 31st of October then Sunday until Christmas
Although the Forbidden Corner are not running a Halloween themed event, it would make for a great quirky and occasionally spooky day out over half term. It’s the further away in our list, but a fabulous and magical day out. Edited – The Forbidden Corner are running a Halloween event!
Flamingo Land – 22nd to the 31st October
The Halloween event at Flamingo Land runs every day during the half term. Also, if you visit on Wednesday the 26th or Saturday the 29th you’ll get the bonus of a fireworks display.
See my review of Flamingo Land at Halloween.
Mother Shipton’s – 22nd to the 30st October
There will be a spooky scarecrow trail at Mother Shipton’s with a Halloween themed fancy dress competition. “Expect the unexpected, but never be afraid! Come in your best Halloween costume and compete in our daily costume competition, it all adds to the fun at this most spooktacular time of the year!”
Castle Howard– 22nd to the 30st October
Castle Howard are celebrating Halloween all week with Broom Making, Potion Lessons and Trick or Treat Training. Sounds amazing!