Up until around 20 years ago, Halloween in the UK was overshadowed by Guy Fawkes night and Britain didn’t acknowledge it to the extent that our American friends did. The popularity of Halloween has now sky rocketed and the majority of us mark it in one way or another. Whether it be with spooky decorations, Halloween parties or an evening of Trick or Treating, it’s another date in the calendar to look forward to.
As Halloween 2018 draws nearer, we thought we’d share with you some of the spooky events happening across Yorkshire over the coming month. Gone are the days when Halloween simply meant dressing the kids up in bin liners and whitening their faces with talc! Businesses and organisations throughout the region are putting on some excellent, fun-packed events that the whole family can enjoy.
Here’s what’s on in Yorkshire for Halloween 2018…
Halloween Events in Yorkshire – October 2018
Halloween Spooktacular at Manor House Lindley, Huddersfield
Saturday 25th October from 5pm
The Manor House hotel in Lindley, near Huddersfield, is hosting a Halloween party in its eerie cellars. You’re required to wear fancy dress in order to gain entry but you’ll be met with an evening of creepy cocktails and devilish dancing.
Between the 29th and 31st October, they’ll also be serving a range of Halloween treats in their restaurant.
Screamfest 2.0 at The Warehouse, Huddersfield
The Warehouse, on Zetland Street in Huddersfield, is conjuring up a ‘Perfect Storm’ ahead of this year’s Halloween Screamfest 2.0 – as the pub prepares to transform itself into a house of horrors for what they’re dubbing ‘Hallo-week’.
The tempestuous times come in the form of a scrumptious Kraken Black Spiced Rum cocktail – the Caribbean rum’s take on the traditional Dark and Stormy – served in a ‘Perfect Storm’ limited-edition tankard, especially for customers to enjoy on the annual spook-fest.
With Halloween falling on a Wednesday this year, Alexander and his team will ensure that there is plenty of chance to get in the spirit, with the spooky celebrations extended throughout the week. There will be decorations galore, fancy dress and a party atmosphere on Friday and Saturday night, either side of the Hallowed Eve.
HALLOWE’EN HAPPENING at The Lawrence Batley Theatre, Huddersfield
Saturday 27th October from 7pm. Tickets are £15 and include supper (over 18s only)
Huddersfield’s biggest and boldest Hallowe’en extravaganza returns for another year of creepy, curious and downright terrifying entertainment. Featuring a screening of 1976 cult horror classic Carrie and live entertainment from horror-comedy cabaret duo The Twins Macabre. There is also the chance to dance to Halloween hits with covers band Out of Ashes in the Devil’s Disco and take part in interactive escape game The Scottish Escape. All washed down with special themed cocktails and Sweeney Todd’s pie and pea supper.
Halloween Monster Bash at The Magical Forest, Huddersfield
4:30 – 6:30pm Saturday 27th October
Huddersfield’s excellent soft play centre for children under the age of 10, will be hosting a Monster Bash on Saturday 27th October. There will be a Monster Slime workshop, a mini Monster parade, a Monster Stomp-off and some weird and wonderful Monster guests busting some moves on the dance floor.
Tickets cost £9.50 per child and this includes one free adult. Additional adults are £1. On the day, there will be a range of snacks available and prizes to be won. Each child will receive a loot bag to take home. Tickets are limited so this event must be booked and paid for in advance.
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Halloween at Abbey House Museum
Teen Special FX Make-Up Workshop
Saturday 27th October (2 – 4pm)
Take your friends and learn how to apply gruesome Halloween and special effects makeup. Event for ages 13+.
Haunted Halloween crafts
Tuesday 30th October (10am – 12pm & 2 – 4pm)
Get ready for Halloween with a day of creepy crafts in spooky Victorian Streets.
Wednesday 31st October (10am – 12pm & 2 – 4pm)
A day of spooky science activity with goo and ghosts, frogs and foam. No scientific knowledge necessary. Only a sense of curiosity is required!
‘Putting the Happy in Halloween’ at Leeds Industrial Museum
Tuesday 30th October – Thursday 1st November (12:30 – 3pm)
Visit Leeds Industrial Museum and discover the real stories behind Halloween with 21st-century witches from the Leodis Pagan Circle. Family craft sessions will include jack-o’-lantern and willow wand making. There will also be a chance to make your own luxury oat milk bath bombs, using herbs from the autumn harvest.
Orchard Week at Thwaite Mills Watermill
From Saturday 27th October
Join in with some orchard activities to celebrate Apple Day, including a treasure hunt and other family friendly fun. Get arty with apples (30th Oct, 1pm–3pm), make erupting ‘Apple-canos’ (1st Nov, 1pm-3pm) and get creepy with Halloween crafts in the orchard on All Hallows Eve (31st Oct, 11am–3pm).
Lotherton Spooky Scarecrow Trail
Saturday 27th October – Sunday 4th November (10am – 8pm)
It’s back and, due to popular demand, it’s going to be even bigger this year! As well as their ever popular Spooky Scarecrow Trail, this year they have extended their opening times into the evening to make it even spookier with a scary walk through the haunted woods. Visit the new Skeletown where you can see the scary side of the Wild West, but only if you dare! With creepy craft activities every day, there will be plenty to entertain your little terrors in Lotherton this Halloween!
Halloween at Temple Newsam Estate
Saturday 27th October at 11am
Hear some of the grisly and ghastly stories associated with Temple Newsam and embark on a journey through the creepy derelict cellars. This gruesome tour is suitable for brave guests aged 7+.
Wednesday 31st October (5 – 8pm. Last admission at 7:15pm)
Scare yourselves silly with a visit to the darkened haunted house and fiendish farm. Take a tour of the house and listen to tales of spooky residents who creep through the corridors at night. Try your hand at spooky crafts, collect some terrifying treats along the way and don’t forget to dress up for the occasion, the scarier the better!
Limited numbers, booking advisable. £25 family, £10 adult, £5 children.
Not So Scary Scarecrow Trail at Kirkstall Abbey
Tuesday 30th October – Sunday 4th November
Boo! A hunt around the abbey for some not so scary Halloween scarecrows. Suitable for all ages.
Beastly Beasts and Spooky Tours at Leeds Discovery Centre
Wednesday 31st October (10am – 12pm)
Take your battery-powered candles along to the Leeds Discovery Centre Halloween spook-fest. Discover the weird world of museum monsters in their spine-chilling museum store.
Curse of The Vampire – Whitby Treasure Hunt Trail
Explore the beautiful coastal town of Whitby on a self-guided treasure hunt. Follow the trail route and solve sneaky clues hidden on buildings and monuments until you discover the hidden treasure. The trail starts outside Whitby Train Station and follows in the footsteps of Bram Stoker, taking you to some of the key locations in Dracula.
A Victorian Séance at The Harrogate Club
Saturday 27th October (7:30 – 9:15pm)
Enjoy an evening of spirit theatre with a re-creation of a Victorian
séance at the prestigious Harrogate Club. Hosted by mystery entertainer and mind-reader, Paul Forster, the event promises to be darkly entertaining.
Halloween at Thornton Hall Country Park, Skipton
Thornton Hall Country Park will be joining in with the Halloween fun for the second half of October. From Saturday 13th until Wednesday 31st, there will be be additional activities available including face painting and pumpkin picking.
Their Toddler Halloween Party is a two-day event, running on the 18th and 19th of October. Expect themed games, crafts and treasure hunts alongside their usual offerings of animal encounters and indoor and outdoor play.
Family Halloween Party at The Black Horse, Skipton
5:45 – 9:45pm Thursday 25th October
The Black Horse pub in Skipton will be hosting a fun-packed family party for Halloween this year. Their resident DJ will be banging out some terrifying tunes and there will be party games, arts & crafts and spooky snacks.
Entry will be just £3 per child and adults can enter for free. There will also be a number of prizes up for grabs for those in fancy dress. So, dig out your best witch hat and fly over to The Black Horse on Thursday 25th for an evening of frighteningly good fun!
Monster Mash Halloween Party at Niffany Farm, Skipton
5:30 – 7:30pm Wednesday 31st October. Tickets £5 and then £3 for each additional child
Niffany Farm in Skipton will be hosting a ‘Monster Mash’ Halloween party on the evening of the 31st. This event has been organised to raise money for the wonderful Sue Ryder Manorlands Hospice. Head over to this Yorkshire farm on All Hallows’ Eve and let the kids enjoy an evening of dancing, party games, face-painting and other spooky activities.
Ticket price includes a hotdog and a drink. Adults can stay and tuck into Pie & Peas whilst their little terrors enjoy the party. Tickets can be paid for HERE.
Pumpkin Festival and Wizardry School at Cannon Hall Farm, Barnsley
This year, the popular Pumpkin Patch is returning to Cannon Hall Farm. Visitors can pick their own pumpkins and create spooky lanterns with the help of expert pumpkin carvers.
The Pumpkin Festival will run on October 20, 21, 27, 28, 29, 20 and 31 with a ‘School of Witchcraft and Wizardry’ theme. Children are encouraged to dress up in the relevant costumers and complete challenges in order to ‘graduate’. Special prizes will be awarded by staff to those who have made a particular effort with their witch or wizard costumes!
Outbreak – The Cocktail Mystery Experience at The Great Escape Game (Leeds and Sheffield)
The Great Escape Game in both Leeds and Sheffield are hosting an unforgettable bar experience for the duration of this month.
Your mission is to save the world from a mysterious zombie virus. Your reward, should you be brave enough to complete the mission, will be 3 tailor-made cocktails. Would you do anything for a good cocktail? We would!
Hallowscream at York Maze
Taking place on selected nights between Friday 12th October and Sunday 3rd November, Hallowscream at York Maze offers a night of terrifyingly good fun. Immerse yourself in some of the gory, and sometimes mysterious tales from York’s fascinating past by exploring 5 live-action haunted house attractions.
Woofs and Dreams October Spooktacular at Old Croft Farm, Pollington
Sunday 28th October from 11am
Woofs & Dreams in Pollington are hosting an indoor family fun day on Sunday 28th October at Old Croft Farm. There’ll be stalls, refreshment and a dog show with various categories. Great fun for dog owners and dog lovers or those who simply want a relaxing day out with the family.
Pumpkin Picking at Lodge Farm, Cundall (near York)
20th – 31st October between 10am and 4pm
Head to Lodge Farm near York during October half term and pick your own pumpkin. There will be fun activities for the kids to get involved with plus a children’s play area. For the adults, there will homemade cakes to munch on whilst the kids burn off some energy. Entry is free and there will be no charge for parking.
Scarecrow & Pumpkin Festival, Rawcliffe Village
Saturday 27th and Sunday 28th October
Head over to Rawcliffe on the 27th and 28th October to join in a range of fun Halloween activities for all the family. Grab a map and hunt for the scary scarecrows, browse some excellent local craft stalls and enjoy a bite to eat. A Perfect Blend Yorkshire will be there on both days, serving delicious hot sandwiches including sirloin steak & onion and their award-winning bacon and sausages.
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