The weather has taken a turn, but that’s not stopping us. We’ve started getting excited about all things spooky. From 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 in Yorkshire that are taking place.
1. Ghosts in the Garden
York Museum Gardens sits in the centre of the historic city and is putting on a special, Halloween themed trail with lots of creepy ghouls. From a Victorian Gentleman to a jilted bride, it’s a great way to spend some time in the city centre – and it’s free.
That’s right! You can stroll through the Museum Gardens and discover the unearthly monks, the noble knight, even a few ghastly animals – all in beautiful settings.
From the 23rd September to 12th November you can enjoy the Ghost In The Garden from 10:30 to 18:00 until the 7th of November.
2. Bolton Abbey Pumpkin Trail
Bolton Abbey event in Yorkshire will be upping the spook factor this year with their annual Pumpkin Trail.
Hiding in the spooky Strid Wood, visitors will be able to uncover tons of clues, mystery boxes and giant pumpkins along the way between Saturday 21st October – Sunday 5th November 2023.
Guests just need to book their space at the car park to take part, and everything you need to join in will be provided on entry. Find out more.
3. Hallowscream at York Maze
York Maze’s Hallowscream event is back, bringing some seriously spooky sights to their creepy maze.
Expect five separate live-action haunted houses, each filled with live actors lurking at every turn. Maybe pack extra undies for this one…
Once you make it out, guests will get to enjoy a central entertainment zone complete. with a bar, DJ and street food. Find out more.
4. Spooky Barn at Sledmere House
This year at East Yorkshire’s stunning Sledmere House, guests get to enter a ‘Spooky Barn’, where they can enjoy creepy crafts, a ‘Day of the Dead’ disco, grewsome go kart grand Prix, spooky spider web challenge and even enjoy a Reptile Roadshow.
If that wasn’t enough fun for the kids already, there’ll also be a ton of circus acts on hand to entertain guests, alongside a ‘petrifying pumpkin hunt’ in the house’s walled gardens.
Saturday 28th October to Sunday 5th November 10.15am – 5.00pm
5. The Curse of Halloween at Yorkshire Wildlife Park
From Saturday 21st to 25th October guests at Yorkshire Wildlife Park can enjoy this fantastic Halloween event in Yorkshire. You can step into the realm where shadows dance, leaves whisper eerie secrets and the air crackles with an enchanting chill…
YWP is putting on an unforgettable Halloween experience like no other! You can embark on a spine-tingling adventure into the heart of darkness, where thrills and chills await the whole family. Find out more.
7. Halloween at Stockeld Park
Stockeld Park is pulling out all the stops this Halloween – with tons of experiences including two escape houses, zombie laser tag, a Day of the Dead themed forest, pumpkin picking and a Monster Mash show for the kids. From the 21st + 22nd October & 28th October – 5th November – there’s lots of spooky fun waiting to be had!
The new experiences are perfect for both adults and kids alike, and are sure to make for an action-packed Halloween this year. Find out more.
7. Frightwater Valley at Lightwater Valley
Halloween at Lightwater Valley is expected to be jam-packed with fun activities – including a Trick or Treat door where visitors will find ghouls and witches hiding, character meet and greets where you can grab a photo with your favourite ghastly ghouls or bothersome beasties, a spooky sing-along show, a LIve scare maze back by popular demand, a trick or treat trail, fancy dress competition and so much more. Get tickets here.
8. 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 their Halloween events in Yorkshire. Explore the spooky forest and Halloween Haunted Village, with witches, skeletons, spiders 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.
From the 28th October to the 5th November, guests are encouraged to attend wearing their best fancy dress, too, with plenty of competitions and photo opportunities to enjoy, alongside “ghoulishly good refreshments”. Find out more here.
9. Halloween at Thornton Hall Country Park
Thorton Hall Country Park has quite a few tricks up its sleeve for this Halloween, including pumpkin picking and spooky shows. From the 21st October to the 28th, you don’t want to miss it.
Thornton Hall promises plenty of spooky goings-ons across the farm and park, including a live witch show, a ‘trick or treat’ street, and fab prizes for the best fancy dress. Find out more here.
10. Halloween at The Forbidden Corner
‘The Strangest Place in the World’ will be hosting some Halloween fun from the 21st October to the 5th November, 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. Find out more here.
11. Boston Park Farm Shriek Week
Shriek Week is back for another year at Boston park Farm, boasting a fun Maize Maze, pumpkin hunt and pumpkin carving for families to enjoy. From 14th October to 31st October, you don’t want to miss this Yorkshire Halloween event.
If that wasn’t all, guests can also enjoy the farm and play areas, and enjoy Halloween treats in the cafe. Find out more.
12. Humble Bee Farm Halloween Spooktacular
This 29th October, Humble Bee Farm will host a Spooky Spectacular, with plenty of fancy dress opportunities, pumpkin carving, and the site’s very own Halloween duo hosting.
If that wasn’t all, the site will also be open to the public during Half Term, when guests can visit to pick and carve their own pumpkins, before taking a walk around their spooky Halloween Nature Trail. The trail is open on the weekends of 14th, 15th, 21st & 22nd! Wednesday 18th & 25th PLUS the whole of October half term! Pre booking essential! Come for the day, or come & stay! Find out more.
13. Kiplin Hall and Gardens Crowe’s Wood Halloween Trail
Expect spooks, witch’s hats, and more on your spooky amble through Crowe’s Wood at Kiplin. With 400 years of experience, Kiplin Hall & Gardens know how to create a world of frighteningly good fun and fantasy at Halloween.
Starting off in the Walled Garden, brave visitors set forth through the pumpkin patch, into the Garden Museum, and beyond into the ancient woodland. The event starts on 20th October from 10am to 5pm each day to the 5th November. Find out more.
14. Burton Agnes Hall Spooky Halloween Trail
Burton Agnes Hall’s Halloween trail kicks off this October 28th til the 5th November, bringing tons of frightful scenes to discover in the woods, and even an adventure playground for the kids to enjoy.
It’s a fantastic option for a spooky dog walk and you can even grab a bit of pizza in the gardens, too. Find out more.
15. Ghost Bus Tour of York
On Halloween, you can enjoy tours on the restored classic Routemaster that originally ran as a funeral bus. Freaky. Your tour guide will educate you on the spooky goings on of the city as he takes you around the streets of York, showcasing some of the most haunted spots around. Prepare to have chills. Get tickets here.
16. The Original Ghost Walk Of York
Interested in the many ghostly goings ons in York? The Original Ghost Walk of York is famed for its team’s knowledge of all things that go bump in the night, escorting guests around the city to see some of York’s most haunted locations, while learning the spooky folklore and legends of each place.
Tours run every evening, with extra walks planned for Halloween. Find out more here.