Halloween events Yorkshire – 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 events in Yorkshire 2017?
19 – 31 October 2017, 10.30am – 8.30pm
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.
21st October to 5th November 2017
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.
Saturday 21st October to Wednesday 1st November 2017
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. 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.
Lots of different dates – see this York Dungeon Halloween post for details!
York Dungeon are organising lots of Halloween events, from Trick or Treat Walking Tours, Ghost Cruise on the Ouse, York Dungeons City Bus Tours and Late night openings at York Dungeon.
28 October 2017 – 5 November 2017
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.
26th October 2017 – 29th October 2017
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! They are also having Fireworks on the 4th of November.
See our review of Frightwater Valley!
21st October 2017 – 31st October 2017
The Forbidden Corner, 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. There is a Halloween Quiz running all week and a prizes for finding lost bones within the gardens. On Sunday the 29th of October there will be a prize for the best Fancy Dress Costume.
Saturday 14th to Sunday 29th October 2017
Halloween Half Term Event. Fireworks displays on the 18th, 25th and 28th of October 2017.
See my review of Flamingo Land at Halloween.
Halloween Events Yorkshire
Saturday 21st October to Sunday 29thOctober 2017.
Beware the curse of the Black Pearl! As Halloween approaches the curse is strong, with ghosts and ghouls at Mother Shipton’s. Will you survive the fearsome Kraken? 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! Fun for all the family every day from Saturday 21st October to Sunday 29thOctober. The Park opens 10am to 4.30pm (last admission 3.30pm). There are several scenic picnic areas, an adventure playground and museum and gift shop.
Sat 21st October 2017 to Sun 5th November 2017
Let your imagination run wild this half term as you explore the ‘haunted’ East Wing of Castle Howard – uninhabited and out of bounds to visitors for many years.
For Halloween 2017 it will be ‘haunted’ by a cast of imaginary spooky characters and creatures, designed to thrill and surprise unwary visitors. Definitely not for the faint-hearted, this half term Halloween experience will thrill younger visitors, and give their parents a glimpse into a part of Castle Howard not normally open to the public.
And for the little ones, there will be story telling and Halloween trails, plus a dressing up competition, for a less scary but equally fun day out.
The phantasmagorical heritage of the Yorkshire Coast and North York Moors National Park is set to attract even more visitors to the region this autumn with the launch of a new series of paranormal-themed visits and tours – the Tour de Phantome.
National Railway Museum
Ok, this one isn’t Halloween themed but sounds like a great day out over the October half term and is FREE. NRM are running ‘Future Engineers’ workshops over half term. Have a look at all the info here.