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Halloween in Yorkshire

There is always lots going on in Yorkshire, and Halloween is no different. Ghosts, witches, zombies and goblins will be out in force at Halloween events in Yorkshire this October half-term, and there is no shortage of opportunities for pumpkin picking and fancy dress. So, grab your broomsticks, sharpen your vampire fangs and polish your cauldrons, and enjoy Halloween in Yorkshire in 2021.

Pumpkin Experience at Farmer Copleys, nr. Pontefract

9th October – 31st October

Famous for being the UK’s original pumpkin celebration, the Pumpkin Experience at Farmer Copleys near Pontefract is one of the best-loved family Halloween experiences in Yorkshire. For 2021, they have grown 130,000 pumpkins spanning 27 varieties including the aptly named ‘Goosebump’. In addition to the pumpkin picking, there is no shortage of child-friendly activities including tractor rides, bird of prey shows, archery, face-painting, and story-time sessions. Magical Mr Zen and the daily fancy dress competition are also highlights. The Pumpkin Experience at Farmer Copleys often sells out, especially for peak weekend dates, so book in advance to avoid disappointment.

Halloween at JORVIK Viking Centre

1st October – 31st October 2021

Want to see a real skeleton this October half-term? Celebrate Halloween with a trip to JORVIK Viking Centre, a recreation of 10th-century York when Vikings ruled there. Start with a time capsule ride through a Viking-age city, complete with authentic sights, sounds and smells. Afterwards, set off down one of Yorkshire’s unique ‘snickleways’ to discover the magic and mystery in medieval Britain. End with a trip to DIG for an archaeological adventure! Access all three of these Halloween events in the same day with JORVIK’s ‘triple ticket’. Pre-booking is essential – don’t miss out!

Spooky Skeleton Trail at Lotherton Hall, near Leeds

23rd October – 31st October 2021

It’s back – and beware, they aim to scare! The ever-popular Spooky Skeleton Trail at Lotherton Hall takes visitors through the estate and into a haunted house! Dress up in your favourite Halloween costume and prepare to be scared as you explore the woods and seek out the skeletons who have taken over Lotherton for October half-term week. Download or collect the trail when you visit, along with downloadable autumn and Halloween craft activities that you can do at home. Our highlight is the Nocturnal House in Wildlife World where you can see bats in action! Booking recommended.

Hallowtween by York Maze, Elvington

26th October – 31st October 2021

Calling all fearless 10- to 15-year-olds! Hallowtween, York Maze’s multi-award-winning Halloween event, is back. Hallowtween is set in the grounds of the legendary former Dunnington Lodge, one of the most haunted places in Yorkshire. Explore four of the most mysterious buildings on the farm, each with its own twisted history that is just waiting to be discovered once you step inside… Nothing is as it seems, and you’ll have to keep your wits about you as you experience all the shocks of Corny’s Cornevil, Barnaggedon 3D, The Singularity and The Flesh Pot – Hallowtween’s four terrifying haunted houses! There is also street theatre, live stage acts and much more to keep the whole family entertained.

Hallowscream by York Maze, Elvington

8th October – 31st October 2021

Winner of Best UK Scream Park, this Halloween adventure is sure to leave you shaking. Enter – if you dare! York Maze’s more sinister Halloween experience is back by popular demand, after being cancelled in 2020. Over 100 actors provide terrifying scares in five live-action haunted houses, each themed with its own spooky story. Even outside of the houses there is no escape, with roving characters and live stage shows adding to the apprehensive atmosphere… There is also a covered central entertainment zone where you can enjoy a range of street food and get an alcoholic drink to calm your nerves! Not suitable for children aged under 14 years old.

Halloween at The Forbidden Corner, nr. Middleham, Yorkshire Dales

16th October – 31st October 2021

A unique labyrinth of tunnels, chambers and follies set within a four-acre garden, The Forbidden Corner is strange and magical all year round. With surprises around every corner and an electric atmosphere, there is doubt that The Forbidden Corner is one of the best places to celebrate Halloween in Yorkshire. In addition to all manner of spooky creatures and happenings to experience, their Halloween Fortnight includes a quiz with prizes for finding the lost bones in the gardens and culminates in a Fancy-Dress Competition on Sunday 31st October. Book to avoid disappointment.

Spooky Fields at Thornton Hall Country Park, near Skipton

9th October – 31st October 2021

Little ones will love the Halloween events at Thorton Hall Country Park. In the weekdays before half-term (Monday to Friday from 11th – 22nd October), ‘mini farmers’ can go pumpkin picking in addition to the usual farm fun. The indoor and outdoor play areas are sure to be a big hit too! Thorton Hall are also running a Spooky Fields experience during half-term week, and each weekend in October. This includes a haunted house, Ghost Busting Academy and Merlin’s Magic Potions Show. This is one of the best Halloween events in Yorkshire for families with younger children.

Halloween Events at Stockeld Park, near Wetherby

23rd October – 31st October 2021

There are so many things to do for Halloween at Stockeld Park this October half-term. Thousands of pumpkins are ready to be picked, a favourite activity for little ones. Each entrance ticket includes a free pumpkin! Children of all ages will love the trails through the enchanted forest, where witches wait in the shadows and life-size skeletons mark the way. Be careful not to get trapped in Hansel and Gretel’s Jail! For families with teenagers, Stockeld’s escape houses are a must! Trapped in a haunted house, or in the even more eerie basement, you have just an hour to work out how to escape – otherwise, you may be stuck in there forever… Suitable for teams of 2-5, for children 12 and above.

The Creepy Carnival at Yorkshire Wildlife Park, Doncaster

23rd October – 25th October 2021

Tumble into the most magical and spookiest show on earth when you enter the Creepy Carnival at Yorkshire Wildlife Park this October half-term. Meet a host of characters, some scary and some not-so-scary, at this Halloween carnival events that is suitable for children of all ages. Ogle live performances and side-shows, get stuck into Halloween-themed arts and crafts, transform into your favourite creepy character with face painting, and take part in fun-filled games. Dare you take a walk through the enchanted woods where anything could happen…?! Plus, experience a walk-round safari where you may spot lions, tigers, polar bears, monkeys and sealions.

Halloween Fun at East Riddlesden Hall, Keighley near Bradford

25th October – 31st October 2021

Get kitted out in your Halloween best and head to East Riddlesden Hall this half-term for a day of fun-filled activities, suitable for children of any age. Free entry for all under 18s in fancy dress! Have a stab at pumpkin carving and make bird feeders with the left-over pumpkin seeds so that Yorkshire’s feathered friends have treats on Halloween too! Make a mask for your night of trick or treating or complete your costume with some face painting. Try your hand at making traditional gingerbread which will warm you up from the inside out! On 31st October, there is also a Halloween party in the 400-year-old barn with dancing and spooky games – booking essential. Please note that not all events run each day – explore the East Riddlesden website to find the best day for your visit.

Ghost Tours at Brodsworth Hall

28th October – 31st October

Do you dare to get scared at Brodsworth Hall this Halloween? Step over the threshold and into darkness and begin a bone-chilling journey into the past. Listen to the storytellers as they recount tales of ghost, supernatural sightings and other horrors from the history of the hall. This is not a night for the faint-hearted – these tours are suitable for those aged 16 years and above. Don’t forget to bring a torch! You won’t be able to see without it… This entry is held at night (7pm and 8:30pm) and so does not include entry to Brodsworth Hall during the day – you will need to have a separate admission ticket should you wish to visit the site prior to the event. Pre-booking is required.

Spooky Halloween Fun at Lightwater Valley

23rd October – 31st October

In addition to their hair-raising rides, Lightwater Valley are running a range of Halloween happenings this October half-term to really get the goosebumps going! Between 23rd – 31st October, expect thrills from a variety of Halloween-themed activities including monster meet and greets, a spooky magic show and trick-or-treat doors. There are also two special walks – the Black Magic Voodoo Walk and Voodoo Doll Trail – and will you dare to ride the Jinxed Virtual Reality Ghost Train?!

Yorkshire Scare Grounds Scream Park

8th October – 31st October 2021

Discover Yorkshire’s most extreme Halloween Entertainment Park! Yorkshire Scare Grounds Scream Park is – as the name suggests – a scare attraction that aims to deliver a truly terrifying experience. Brace yourself for a night of frights as you move through haunted houses, scare mazes and the all-new ‘scare zones’ where live actors and special effects combine to deliver an utterly immersive encounter. This attraction is not recommended for children under 12 years of age, and parental discretion is advised. Admission includes entry to the Factory of Fear!

Sledmere Spooky Barn Halloween Adventure

25th October – 31st October

Sledmere House is home to a brand new Spooktacular event this Halloween! In their Home Farm Barns, Sledmere host a variety of spine-chilling events, including ghostly go-karting, a Halloween disco and a frightful Reptile Roadshow from 11am till 12pm everyday followed by a master class in sorcery from 1pm till 2pm. Besides this, you can walk around the gardens as part of a pumpkin hunt or to spot the giant spiders.

Wizard Express at Whistlestop Valley Railway

25th October – 29th October

Junior witches & wizards-in-the-making are invited to step aboard our spectacular steam train express which will transport them to Wizarding Class at Shelley Station.

Halloween at Burton Constable Hall

25th October – 31st October

Looking for variety this half-term? Halloween events at Burton Constable include a petrifying plethora of activities. Purchase a Gruesome Grounds ticket to experience the pumpkin trail, creepy crafts and Spooky storytelling and receive a free goodie bag for every child in your party. If a Witches Hat Hunt and Ghost stories take your frightful fancy, then purchase a Haunted Hall Ticket. For those who would like Halloween without the spooks there is also The Wizard of Oz live show, archery and drawing lessons.

Halloween at Sewerby Hall

23rd October – 31st October

A Halloween Dance Trail from 10am to 3pm each day includes spooky dancers and their Halloween Quiz if you download the Love Exploring app and pay the standard admission to the house. The gardens will have Halloween themed characters hidden throughout and the hall itself are hosting craft events for lanterns, bird feeders and other Halloween decorations or you can visit on the 30th or 27th of October for a magic and face painting day.

Barnsley Spooktacular Town Trail

22nd October – 1st November

Take part in the FREE Spooktacular Town Trail in the town centre this October half-term for the chance to be entered into a prize draw to win a Barnsley Gift Card worth £250.

Fright Fiesta at Gulliver’s Valley

23rd October - 31st October

Fancy a frightful fiesta amongst one of Yorkshire’s biggest theme parks? At Gulliver’s Valley Resort in Rotherham this half-term there are nine days of family focused festivities around the theme park including the Spooky Sleepover and a scary street parade of costumed creatures and critters.

Yorkshire Pumpkins PYOP at Lodge Farm

21st October – 31st October

Take your pick from thousands of pumpkins! At Lodge Farm in Cundall they have all the pumpkins you could ever desire. Take a break from picking your own pumpkin to enjoy delicious refreshments. Tickets are £1 per person but the price will be deducted from the price of any pumpkins that you buy!

Crowe's Wood Halloween Trail at Kiplin Hall

16th October – 31st October

Halloween visitors are encouraged to dress up in their Halloween apparel but with sensible sturdy footwear for an eerie amble through the Crowe’s Wood at Kiplin Hall and Gardens. The walk will lead you through a pumpkin patch and the garden museum into an ancient woodland in which spooky characters lurk.

The pumpkin pretenders at Beningbrough Hall

23rd October – 31st October

Can you pick out the pumpkins from the pumpkin pretenders? If you take a half-term visit to the historic Beningbrough Hall and Gallery, this free event will lead you around the Gardens searching for pumpkins while learning facts and figures for the Halloween season and avoiding the pretenders.