When October 31 rolls around, there are two kinds of people. Those who draw the curtains, turn on all the lights and shut the spookiness outside. And those who grab a bottle of fake blood, slice up one of their favourite t-shirts and take the town for a day of tricks, treats and fearsome fun.
If (like us) you’re one of the latter but find it hard to track down the perfect Halloween activities, worry not. We’ve got you covered. We’ve turned Yorkshire upside down in our search for spooky seasonal fun. What’s more, we’ve found something for every member of the family. So, whether you’re looking for family-friendly pumpkin picking or an after-dark adults-only fear-fest, we’ve got an event for you. Just read on to get the most out of Halloween 2019.
Halloween events in Yorkshire
- Hallowscream at York Maze
- Kirklees Railway Ghost Train
- Thornton Hall Pumpkin Picking
- Hocus Pocus at Eureka!
- Illuminated Abbey
- East Riddlesden Hall Barn Party
- York Dungeons
- Spooky Scarecrow Trail
- The Forbidden Corner
- Spooky Woodland Trail
Hallowscream at York Maze
When: October 11 to November 2
Where: York Maze, York, YO19 5LT
Cost: Depends on the day, prices start at £22
Winner of ‘Best Scream Park 2018’, this terrifying night-time attraction is back for another year, bigger, better and more terrifying than ever before. Over 100 highly trained actors turn York Maze into an immersive world of haunted houses, bewitched barns and chainsaw-wielding clowns. This year there’ll be five separate areas in Hallowscream to scare yourself in with food and alcohol available in the central zone – just in case you need a drink to calm your nerves.
Kirklees Railway Ghost Train
When: October 31 to November 2, various journeys setting off between 17.30 to 19.30
Where: Park Mill, Huddersfield, HD8 9XJ
Cost: £10 adult, £9 concession, £8 children
We all know that trains are the spookiest mode of transport; the skeletal clatter of wheels on track, the ghostly whine of the whistle. Don’t believe us? Hop aboard Kirklees Railway Ghost Train, and see it for yourself. This creepy commute is not for the faint-hearted as being scared out of your wits is guaranteed. Think you’ve got what it takes to ride the late-night rails? Well, all that’s left to do is prove it.
Thornton Hall Pumpkin Picking
When: October 12 to 31
Where: Thornton Hall Country Park, Wiral, BD23 3TS
Cost: £6.50 adults, £7 Children, additional £3.50 for pumpkin carving
Hop aboard your broomstick or climb inside the car, for farm-themed family fun at Thornton Hall. Halloween takes a rural twist in this wonderfully whimsical day of animal encounters, scary mazes and spooky entertainment for even the littlest ghosts and ghouls. While we are fans of the bloody lamb and calf feeding, and the eerie egg hunt, our favourite activity has to be heading to the pumpkin patch, to pick a pumpkin to take home and carve.
Hocus Pocus at Eureka!
When: October 19 to November 3, 9.30am to 5pm
Where: Discovery Road, Halifax, HX1 2NE
Cost: 13.95 over 2s, 5.95 1-2 year olds, Under 1’s go free
Calling all aspiring sorcerers, Halloween at Eureka is recruiting budding magicians aged 11 and below. Why wait for your Hogwarts letter to come? Head down to Yorkshire’s award-winning children’s museum, and put your magical ability to the test. After you’ve shown off your spell-casting skills, you’ll be able to take the pledge of allegiance and join Eureka’s mystical ranks.
When: October 25 to November 2, 6pm to 9pm
Where: Abbey Lane, Whitby, YO22 4JT
Cost: £12.50 adult, £8 child, £10 concession, cheaper prices for members
Discover the darker side of Whitby Abbey in a breathtaking display of lights. For one week, England’s spookiest abbey will host an astonishing light show. You’ll have the chance to explore the gothic ruins while they’re drenched in incredible colour.
Afterwards, you’ll be able to hear tales from Count Dracula himself and even meet a witch-finder and learn tricks and tips about his terrifying trade. After your spine has been sufficiently chilled, you can warm it back up again with a delicious selection of hot food and drink.
East Riddlesden Hall Barn Party
When: October 31, 10.30am, 1pm or 3.30pm
Where: East Riddlesden Hall, Keighley, BD20 5EL
Cost: £2.50 Adults, £6.00 Child
Unwrap your spookiest outfit, and dust off your most devilish dance moves, it’s party time. Hosted inside a 400-year-old barn, this pop party disco is for the littlest monsters in the family. As well as music, dancing and refreshments there’ll be a range of spooky activities, including face painting and craft tables.
Best of all, children’s tickets include a hot dog and unlimited juice and water. If you want your October half term to be full of Halloween fun at East Riddlesden Hall, there’s also mask making and pumpkin carving hosted throughout the week.
When: October 5 to November 3
Where: Clifford Street, York, Y01 9RD
Cost: £12.95 standard entry, £11 Sunday saver, £25 late-night 18+ event
(These prices are for online purchases. Tickets are more expensive if bought on the door)
Welcome to the home of Halloween. Every year York Dungeon lies in wait for the most horrible time of year to come around. Now it’s finally here, and we couldn’t be more terrified.
More disgusting, deranged and downright despicable than ever before, this immersive scare experience does its best to be as unpleasant as possible. One tip for those brave enough to descend inside the dungeon, stay away from the witch. She carries a nasty curse.
Spooky Scarecrow Trail
When: October 5 to November 3
Where: Lotherton Lane, Leeds, LS25 3EB
Cost: Family Pass £18
One of our favourite Halloween events here at Snaptrip, this Spooky Scarecrow Trail is a bit of a hidden gem, although it’s attracting more intrepid explorers every year. You’ll creep across the grounds of Lotherton Hall, tiptoeing carefully, so as not to wake the sleeping scarecrows you’ll pass along the way. Visit ‘Skeletown’, and see the scariest side of the Wild West, and don’t forget to pop into the animals at Wildlife World.
The Forbidden Corner
When: October 31
Where: Tupgill Park Estate, Leyburn, DL8 4TJ
Cost: £11.50 adults, £10.50 concession, £9.50 children
October 31 couldn’t be complete without one very special thing: a Halloween fancy dress competition. The Forbidden Corner hosts one of the biggest, best and most extravagant dress-up-offs in all of Yorkshire, with excellent prizes for the scariest amongst you.
What’s more, this four-acre garden is the perfect place to spend your Halloween, being a real day out with a difference. Set in the heart of Tupgill Park, it’s a labyrinth of tunnels, chambers, follies and surprises, full of translucent glass, wrong turns, and passages that lead to nowhere.
Spooky Woodland Trail
When: October 26 to November 3, 11am to 4pm
Where: Burton Agnes Hall, Driffield, YO25 4NB
Cost: £7 adults, £6.50 seniors, £4 children
For most of the year, Burton Agnes Hall is one of Yorkshire’s most stylish attractions. Built in the early 17th century, this Elizabethan state home houses fifteen generations of treasures, from impressionist paintings to artisan furniture. However, no estate can exist for over 400 years, without also collecting more than a few dark and spooky secrets.
On Halloween, the scarier side of Burton Agnes Hall comes out to play, with a spooky woodland walk and an eerie treasure hunt across the mystical woodland. Clues are hidden in the claws of ghosts and ghouls and deep inside spider webs. Once you’ve solved the petrifying puzzle, a mystery treat awaits you in the Gift Shop.