Sure, 2020’s been spooky enough already (which is quite the understatement) – but nothing beats carving up a pumpkin, eating your body weight in Halloween-shaped chocolates and turning off all the lights while hiding from the Trick or Treaters. It’s an annual tradition, and one we very much look forward to every year. But if you fancy something a little more sociable than eating all the treats before the kids knock on the door, we’ve rounded up all the Halloween events that are going ahead this year in Yorkshire.
1. Daisy Duke’s Drive-In Cinema: York, Sheffield and Redcar
Daisy Duke’s Drive-In Cinema is getting a bit of a Halloween makeover this month, with pop-up events taking place at York’s Rufforth Airfield, Sheffield’s Fly DSA Arena and Redcar Racecourse. Screening both family-friendly and not-so-family-friendly movies for fans of a good spook this Halloween, all guests need to do is roll-up and enjoy a movie of their choice from the comfort of their own cars. Think Casper, IT, The Exorcist and, of course, Hocus Pocus. Pick up tickets here.
2. Bolton Abbey Pumpkin Trail
Bolton Abbey will be upping the spook factor this year with their 2020 Pumpkin Trail, which will see the Strid Wood gated with huge spooky gates, with a trail of oversized pumpkins to follow, including mystery boxes full of clues hidden in the trees. Tickets must be pre-booked and social distancing rules will be in place.
3. York Maze Hallotween
While York Maze’s Hallowscream event has been cancelled for 2020, their Hallotween event will go ahead. Aimed at 10-15 year olds who are too old for Trick or Treating, the event invites guests to explore a mysterious building, with spooks and haunts to find throughout.
4. Petrifying Pumpkin Hunt at Sledmere House
Kicking off on October 22, The Petrifying Pumpkin Hunt at Sledmere House is perfect for kids, with a pumpkin patch where they can choose their own pumpkin to take home and a spooky maze to find their way out of with hidden ghosts and ghouls. Tickets must be pre-booked.
5. Yorkshire Wildlife Park Fantastical Enchanted Tales
Hosting the Halloween event during Half Term, Yorkshire Wildlife Park has created a mystical Mushroom Forest and Evil Queen’s Castle for the kids this year – with a colourful Rainbow Wood to venture through and an Evil Dungeon, too. Guests are invited to attend in fancy dress, and there’s even a walk-round safari to take part in, too. Booking required.
6. Halloween with NYMR
During October Half Term, Halloween fans can take a ride from Pickering to Whitby with the North York Moors Railway, with guests able to explore spooky Whitby and its famous Abbey before re-boarding the steam-powered train back to Pickering. Whitby is famous for being the home of Dracula, so you’re sure to be in for some spooky business along the way. Don’t forget your fancy dress, too!
7. Spook Safari at Gulliver’s Rother Valley
Another Half Term event for the kids, Spook Safari is packed with spooktacular surprises, wicked witches and perilous pirates, with Gulliver’s Valley’s usual rides running for the occasion. The park promises ‘spooky shows, terrifying tricks and plenty of treats along the way!’ Book here.
8. The Halloween Adventure at Stockeld Park
Stockeld Park will be hosting a number of activities this October, including the magical Enchanted Forest, a fun-filled maze, a giant sandpit playground, the Tangle Tree Climb, the Spider’s Lair (which has zip wires!) the farm-themed playground and a TeePee Encampment. There’ll also be pumpkin picking on site for the kids, too.
9. Spooky Half Term at Lightwater Valley
Keeping the rides open for October Half Term, the Spooky Half Term will see a ‘Trick or Treat Street’ full of sweeties, Ghoul shooting targets, an abandoned theatre, creepy characters wondering about the park, and prizes for the best costumes.
10. Lotherton Hall’s Spooky Skeleton Trail
Deep in the Estate, guests will find spooky skeletons dotted around to find, with the Haunted House to explore, too. Fancy dress is encouraged, and the whole house will receive a bit of a freaky makeover especially for the occasion.
11. Mother Shipton’s Halloween
Mother Shipton’s Cave may well already have a spooky history to it, but it’s set to get even spookier for Halloween. Explore the spooky forest and Halloween Haunted Village, with witches, skeletons and ghosts hiding around every corner. The Cave and the Petrifying Well will be open as usual, too, so you’ll get to check them out while you’re there.
12. Wizard Express with Kirklees Light Railway
Budding witches and wizards are invited aboard with Kirklees Light Railway, where they’ll be taken to broomstick riding, wand waving and potion making classes. Fancy dress is, of course, encouraged – however, the event is highly popular, so you’ll need to stay posted for any available tickets.
13. Halloween at Thornton Hall
Thorton Hall Country Park has quite a few tricks up its sleeve for this Halloween, including pumpkin picking, spooky shows, animal meet-and-greets, spooky field trails, toddler pumpkin patch sessions and a horror drive-through experience – which is complete with special FX, creepy dolls, clowns, zombies and even chainsaw maniacs who’ll be on hand to frighten the living daylights out of anyone who enters the track.
14. Halloween at The Forbidden Corner
‘The Strangest Place in the World’ will be hosting some Halloween fun from the 17th October, with spooky creatures and happenings to find throughout the park. Get prizes for discovering the missing bones, take part in fancy dress competitions and enjoy the labyrinth, folly, unique buildings and statues.
- Hallowscream at York Maze
- Stockeld Park Fright Night
- Yorkshire Scaregrounds
- Halloween at York Dungeon