21 Halloween & October Half Term in Yorkshire 2023

Halloween events in Yorkshire – there’s lots going on this Halloween!  Though please do check individual websites in case things change.   

I also have a post on the best pumpkin patches in Yorkshire.

So the question is, where are the best Halloween Events in Yorkshire?


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The Wizard Walk of York

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Book tickets for The Wizard Walk of York.

The Magic Hatter is bringing his award-winning entertainment to the streets, with his Wizard Walk of York.

“Magic, mystery, comedy and excitement plus a dash of York’s history…the ingredients for a truly unforgettable experience for all the family!”

Public tours are running on selected evenings, starting from the bottom of The Shambles opposite The Golden Fleece. Pre-booking required.  Private tours are available for birthdays, school groups, brownies, cubs and more. A wonderfully whimsical tour that wizard fans will go Potty for!

Wizard Wand Kits are also available, subject to availability. A handcrafted wand and instructions for seven tricks that young witches and wizards can learn at home. Plus a FREE printable certificate!  


** Note from Nikki: If you have younger kids with you, there is no better tour for you.  We have seen The Magic Hatter many, many times when the kids were little and wholeheartedly recommend him. ** 


Halloween Indoor 18-hole Crazy Golf and Walk-Through Experience

Uredale Mill (ex Carrs Billington Yard), Station Rd, Askrigg., DL8 3HZ

It’s time for the whole family to pick up sticks and head out  onto the ghostly green. The ominous voice of the mansion’s butler greets you as you commence the first hole. Over the next 18 holes you will be transported on a weirdly wacky journey through six very different worlds ranging from the eerie to the mysterious. You will play through the mansion, and on into the spooky witch’s lair. After dodging the spiders and snakes, and hopefully avoiding their incantations, it’s through to the fun of the farmyard…. light relief before getting to the graveyard!  

Play amongst the tombstones and golf, past the gargoyles, before singing along with the skeleton band. Roll up, roll up, the circus is calling… join the crazy world of clowns, and gape and gurn in the crazy mirrors. Next, it’s off to sail on the high seas, shiver your timbers with the skeleton crew of the pirate ship.  After all this activity its time to turn in your clubs and have a go on the trick or treat wheel of fortune, or browse for spooky spoils to purchase whilst being entertained by the monsters dance.

Each of these areas is distinctively and lovingly themed, and will provide excitement and an amazing twist to the iconic crazy golf experience. An indoor experience suitable for young and old.

Don’t forget to pre-book a fun Halloween goody bag for the children and fancy dress is very much encouraged!

Buy tickets here.

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York Maze – Hallowtween (aimed at 10-15 years)

28th – 31st October 2023

Too old for witches tales, too young for Hallowscream!? Welcome to HallowTween! The frightful new Halloween event for 10 – 15 year olds and scaredy cat adults! Brought to you by the same team behind the multi-award winning Hallowscream – winner of the Best Scream Park 2018.

Housed under a giant marquee HallowTween is all under cover and takes place on the same site as Halllowscream. Venture into three of Hallowscream’s infamous haunted house attractions but without the shocking scare actors!: Barnageddon 3D, Corney’s Cornevil and The Singularity.

These are still scare attractions and won’t appeal to everyone but without the live actors they offer a milder level of scare (see age advice information below). Plus illusionists performing death-defying acts on stage, music, side-shows, Halloween characters, hot food and more.

See our full review and video of Hallowtween here.


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Burton Agnes Hall Spooky Woodland Trail

28 October 2023 to 5 November 2023

Our Halloween Trail awaits intrepid visitors!

At Burton Agnes – over October half term, Our Halloween Trail awaits intrepid visitors!

Over October half term, join us in a hunt around the peaceful yet eerily atmospheric woodland, finding a frightfully fun series of handcrafted scenes.

Alongside the Halloween Trail, romp in the spine-tingling woodland adventure playground with its nine fabulous swings, tower with corkscrew slide and double zip wire and enjoy refreshments in the Stableyard.


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Burton Agnes Hall


Frightwater Valley

28th October – 5th November 2023

Join us this October Half-term for the renewal of our signature Halloween spooktacular, Frightwater Valley. As a cloak of supernatural delight shrouds the adventure park, you’ll find all manner of creepy ghouls and beasties lurking in the shadows of the Valley. There’ll be friendly frights plus mini and mega scares for the whole family to enjoy!

Trick or Treat Doors

Knock very loudly! Will it be a trick or a treat? Which ghastly ghouls or wicked witches will you meet behind the door?

Character Meet and Greet  

Your chance to grab a photo with your favourite ghastly ghouls or bothersome beasties.  

Spooky Magic Show 

Join us in the Show Barn and be amazed by spooky spells and mysterious tricks! Family friendly show, guaranteed to keep you and your little monsters laughing all day. 

Live Scare Maze 

Back by popular demand! Do you dare go down to the woods today and enter our live scare maze. During the day experience family friendly frights…but be warned as dusk falls you will need to tread scarefully as…the darker the night the scarier the fright! 

Trick or Treat Trail 

Visit our Trick or Treat Boo-tique to pick up your Halloween swag bag*. Follow the goodies guide around the park to find treats, sweets and much, much more! 
*Additional charge applies. 

Freaky Fancy Dress

Get into the spirit of Frightwater and come dressed in your scariest Halloween costume. There’ll be lots of prizes with winners picked each day!  

Fearsome Face Painting 

Who or what do you fancy being? A witch? A Vampire? A ghost? Choose from a wide variety of blood curdling characters. 

Tomb stone Trail 

Join the Boo Crew and go on a terrible Tombstone Trail around our tremberling woods. 

All our usual rides and attractions will also be open from 10.30am, so you can have a fun-filled, frightening day full of chills, thrills and spills for the whole family! 

See our review of Frightwater Valley here.


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Mad Alice and The Bloody Tour of York

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Click here to book tickets for The Bloody Tour of York.

Join Mad Alice on The Bloody Tour of York as you wander “the streets and snickleways to historic landmarks.  With 2000 years of history, York has fascinating stories of the macabre and the extraordinary.  Uncover the tales of the Romans, the Viking invasion and the Plague amongst tales of torture and execution.

The history of the city is brought to life in this award-winning  90 minute tour which is suitable for gruesome little ones.  Learn about the city’s most famous son Guy Fawkes and what really drove him to want to blow up the houses of Parliament in 1605.  Dick Turpin, the famous Highwayman was hanged at York in 1739 but he was caught by sheer luck.  Margaret Clitherow, martyr and Saint lived amongst the entrailed and blood-soaked Shambles in the 1580’s.”

Accessibility: Suitable for all ages and fully accessible for wheelchairs and pushchairs. The walk takes a steady pace around the city. If there are any mobility issues, please talk to Mad Alice at the beginning of the tour who will tailor the tour to be more comfortable.  Accompanying carers are invited onto the tour free of charge.

Tour Start Location

St. Williams College, College Street, YO1 7JF

When is the Tour?

January 18:00 (Saturdays only)
February/March – 18:00
April to October – 18:00 & 20:00
November – 18:00
December – 18:00 (Saturdays only)

How long does the Tour last?

90 minutes

How much is the Tour?

£12 adults and £6 children (under 5’s are free)

Click here to book tickets for The Bloody Tour of York.



Stockeld Park – The Halloween Adventure

Witches in the Forest

Saturday 21st and Sunday 22nd October and Open daily from Saturday 28th October – Sunday 5th November 2023.

Tickets are now on sale for half-term celebrations at Stockeld Park. This year, the much-loved Yorkshire adventure park has sought inspiration from the Mexican festival of Dia de los Muertos to bring a splash of joyful colour to the usual menu of spooky Halloween fun.           

The family festivities will take place with lots for everyone to enjoy – whether in the family friendly adventure park or at the haunted farmhouse, a more thrill-seeking family activity available on the wider estate.

The Enchanted Forest will be transformed into a vibrant fall festival with decorations ranging from skeletons, butterflies and flowers in bright colours. Little explorers might find themselves face to face with magical enchanting ancestors roaming the forest to share stories and clues about other activities in the park.

The week-long Halloween activities will include pumpkin picking which includes a free pumpkin for every paying child. The famous Magical Maze will be transformed into an exciting Monster Maze where guests will be tasked with hunting down some of the friendly monsters wandering within.

All adventure playgrounds will be open for visitors meaning hours of fun with every Halloween ticket – and tickets to the brand new Playhive will be available too.

Families can enjoy a fun panto-style monster show with spooky twists and lots of laughs – Monster Mash will be shown three times daily with tickets at £3.50pp.

A spooktacular themed laser tag game will be on offer in the Laser Adventure area. The whole family can get competitive in this immersive game, available daily during the Halloween period. This can be purchased as a separate ticket or with 50% off with an Adventure ticket.

The Escape House at the Haunted Farmhouse is an escape room experience in one of the most haunted buildings in Yorkshire. Bravehearted visitors can choose from the chilling basement or the creepy attic escape adventure. This one-of-a-kind activity is only available at Halloween, with tickets costing £25pp.

Tickets for the adventure park and additional activities are on sale from Saturday 3rd of September, and can be booked at stockeldpark.co.uk: https://booking.stockeldpark.co.uk/activities

They have Pumpkin Picking too – see our round up of Pumpkin Patches in Yorkshire.


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Thornton Hall Country Park

Selected dates 15th – 30th October 2022

Spooky Fields Family Fun Festival 

This Halloween, its time to get scary as we transform Thornton Hall Farm into a spooktastic family fun festival, A day jam packed with halloween adventures, great for the little ones and fun for the whole family.  

Take a look at what’s going on here at the farm park.
🎃 Pumpkin Picking
🕷️ Toddler Halloween Party
🌘 SPOOKS! by night
🎆 Bonfire weekend

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Piglets Adventure Park Pumpkin Festival

York, North Yorkshire

Selected weekends in October (7th, 8th, 14th, 21st and 22nd) and daily from 28th- 31st 2023!

Piglets are running their Pumpkin Festival again this year. Was always a big favourite with my two when they were a little younger.

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.


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The pumpkin field at Piglets, York.



Mother Shipton’s  Creepy Carnival Trail

Saturday 28th October to Sunday 5th November 2023

Come one, come all for a freakishly fun Halloween experience at Mother Shipton’s Creepy Carnival trail!

Deep within our spooky forest a world of eerie enchantment awaits…  Step right up and prepare to be thrilled and amazed by hauntingly captivating displays and spine-tingling surprises.

Explore abandoned circus tents as they whisper ghostly secrets from their forgotten past and meet a host of creepy characters who are waiting to steal the show in our festival of frights.

Roll up, roll up! Join the parade, come dressed in your spookiest costumes and share your photos with us to be in with the chance of winning tickets to come back again.

Mother Shipton’s Cave Creepy Carnival trail is the ultimate destination for those seeking the spookiest family-friendly Halloween experience. Join us if you dare, and be prepared to be bewitched, amazed, and thoroughly entertained in equal measure.

Saturday 28th October to Sunday 5th November.

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Ghost Bus Tour of York

The Ghost Bus Tour of York – Comedy horror tour around York’s seedier past as the conductor shows the sights from a classic 1960s Routemaster bus. The on-board actors and eerily decorated bus will ensure passengers have the spookiest ride in town. A few main sights you will see are Clifford’s Tower, Treasurer House, York Minster and Dick Turpin’s Grave. They depart directly outside of York Station, on Station Road.


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York Dungeon

Experience the new ‘The Grey Lady’ Halloween show at York Dungeon

A new story at York Dungeon.  Already famous for telling the story of infamous characters that have walked the city streets over the centuries, this October will see the premiere of a brand new, additional ghost story for Halloween 2023 – The Grey Lady.


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Forbidden Corner

The Forbidden Corner, it would make for a great quirky and occasionally spooky day out over half term. It’s a fabulous and magical day out.  

Dare you visit The Forbidden Corner During Halloween ???

Ghosts, ghouls, skeletons and all manner of monsters will be taking over The Forbidden Corner between the 21st October – 5th November 2023.
Find the missing skeleton bones to receive a spooky prize, complete our Halloween quiz for even more prizes and why not take part in our fancy dress competition on the 31st October for EVEN MORE PRIZES!!!

No extra cost, all is included in standard ticket price.


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Forbidden Corner


Flamingo Land 

Flamingo Land does not mention Halloween on their website as yet

This Halloween, we have a host of spooktacular events, attractions and activities sure to thrill the whole family!

From 10am until 5pm daily. Park admission prices are as standard (£37.50 online advanced and £49 on the day) and includes access to the firework display on Firework Display Nights (see below timetable).

Evening only tickets (from 4pm) are available for £10 per person which include access to the last hour of rides (until 5pm), a selection of Twilight Rides for Kids, access to our ‘Rock’n In The Park’ Show and Fireworks Display Nights (on selected dates).

See my review of Flamingo Land at Halloween.




Northwood Fairy Sanctuary

See our review of the Northwood Fairy Sanctuary.


Northwood Halloween Sign


Halloween Hauntings at Temple Newsam

28 October 2023 – 05 November 2023

Spend some spooky time at Temple Newsam this Halloween half term!

Meet the past residents of the estate including the notorious Blue Lady and see the house and farm dressed up for a truly spooktacular occasion. Get involved with creepy crafts and pick-up a camera to track down the ghosts of Temple Newsam House. Get your film developed at the end of your visit to see whether you managed to track down any mysterious characters in the darkened corridors.

You can experience Halloween Hauntings at Temple Newsam between 28 October – 5 November. Included with general admission.

Have a look at our review of Temple Newsam here.

Temple Newsam Leeds


Pumpkin Picking at Castle Howard


Running from 30th September – 31st October, open 10am – 5pm

Included with Ticket

The Castle Howard Garden Centre Pumpkin Patch is back for the third year running!

Explore the patch and choose your perfect pumpkin. Whether small, medium, or large, we’ve got varying sizes and colours for carving, decorating and making the most of the spooky season! Head to the Garden Centre when you arrive and follow the signs for PYO pumpkins.

Entry to the Pumpkin Patch is free. Pumpkins cost £3, £5, £7 depending on size. Micro-pumpkins are £1.50.

Across the dormant water of the Great Lake lies our new adventure playground, Skelf Island and the naughty Skelves who live here are up to no good. Are you brave enough to join Corvus the Crow on his mischievous woodland adventure to find out the seasonal secrets of his hidden world? 

Families of all ages can enjoy a day of outdoor trails and adventure play, with a series of ingenious treetop nest structures, connected by rope bridges, slides, nets and climbing equipment. No age restriction just a brave restriction.

See our full review of Skelf Island here.


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Skelf Island at Castle Howard



Halloween at Bolton Castle

14th October to the 2nd of November

Come and enjoy our family Halloween trail with pumpkins, witches, skeletons and all things Halloween from the 14th – 2nd November.

Storytelling is at 1pm on the 21st, 23rd, 24th, 25th, 27th & 28th October.

….book your space so you don’t miss out! Go to the ticket booking calendar page to reserve places

Included in our usual admission prices.


Abbey House Museum – Spooky Streets

28 October 2023 – 05 November 2023

Experience our Victorian Streets spookily decorated for Halloween this October half term.

Look out for scary spiders, wicked witches, bewitching bats and skeletons pulling pints in our pub! There will be a toddler-friendly trail as well as a trickier trail to get your fangs stuck in to. Hunt for creepy creature hidden around the museum.

Upstairs our Education Room will be a quiet space for any visitors who need a calmer moment.

Thursday 2 November, 10-11am will be a Relaxed Hour without any scary sounds and lights.



Lotherton – Spooky Skeletons Trail

27 October 2023 – 05 November 2023

9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Booking essential

Suitable for: Families with children aged 8 and under 

Event times: 9am – 5pm (last entry 4pm)

Visit Lotherton this October half term and follow the spooky skeletons trail around the estate and into the haunted house!

Dress up in your best Halloween costume and prepare to be scared as you explore the woods and seek out all of the skeletons who have made Lotherton their home.

Don’t miss the Nocturnal House in Wildlife World to see our bats in action!

Bring your little ones along for a great day out during the school holidays with plenty of spooky surprises along the way.

Pre-booking a time slot is essential to secure tickets during half term, including members.




Also look at my other round ups for different times of the year, Things to do in Yorkshire with the kids at February half term, Easter, May half term, Summer Holidays, October half term and at Christmas

If you are looking for Halloween events further afield in Lincolnshire, try this roundup by The Mini Malpi.

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