A Frightfully Yorkshire Halloween.
There’s some fang-tastic events happening in Yorkshire this spooky season. From ghoulishly delightful scare nights, monster mashes and pumpkin festivals, Yorkshire’s got it all. (Though, we’ve run out of Halloween adjectives… for now.)
So what is there to do in Yorkshire this year? It turns out, a lot! For both adults and children, the spooky season is filled with so much fun.
For the kids:
Whether they fancy a dress up party or a pumpkin carving night in, there’s a lot of choice.
There’s a few to visit this year all around Yorkshire. Thornton Hall Country Park in Skipton runs until Halloween itself. You can take your chosen pumpkins back to the farm to carve them, and there seems to be lots of other activities up at the farm – eerie egg collecting sounds fun.
From personal experience, Farmer Copleys in Pontefract is a lot of fun. There’s the pumpkin festival where you can walk round the many fields and choose your ideal pumpkin, pop it in the wheel barrow and cart it back to the farm. Top tip: don’t pick the biggest pumpkin you can in the furthest field away – it takes forever to wheel it back to carve it! Pumpkins start at £2.50 depending on size and you can carve on site. There’s also story times, events for kids and a cafe to warm back up in after the Autumn chilly air!
Trick or Treat
You might have plans to go trick or treating around your area, but have you also thought about going to a trick or treat family tea to show off your costumes better? In Whitby (the perfect place in Yorkshire for Halloween!) there’s a dining experience like no other at The Endeavour. Board the ship and enjoy a two course dinner, games, activities and a few treats to take home.
Just near our pork pie HQ, there’s a Spook-tacular Halloween Trail at Thorp Perrow Hall in Bedale. Running from the 12th October -3rd November, follow a trail full of witches, ghosts and goblins – prepare for some really cute little pumpkins from the look of things!
From the 26th October – 3rd November, there’s also a Halloween Trail at Sewerby Hall and Gardens. Help the friendly ghost to find his things for the Halloween Party. The house and gardens also look beautiful to have a look around whilst you help on the trail!
Stockeld is always fun during the big festivities in Yorkshire – especially Christmas and Halloween. Pumpkin carving is happening here along with face painting, witches in the forest, monster mash show (mini Halloween panto) and so on – there’s lots going on!
For the grown ups:
There’s levels of how much you want to be scared this month – so make sure to check out the website’s of these activities before you book. Great cardio, but you want to be able to sleep this Halloween!
Three events from 6pm-10pm make Stockeld Dark this Halloween. Under 18s need an adult with them, but the ice fright disco sounds fun it you’d like something a little calmer than the Farm House – it’s scarier than it sounds, we promise.
Black Death Zombie Experience
The website alone is a little too scary for us. A 60 minute experience, based in Leeds Merrion Centre is a limited ticket event so if you dare, you need to plan in advance.
Members of our team have been to this a few times, and honestly, it gets scarier year on year. It was voted Best Scream park in the UK in 2018 by Scarecon and that’s not an exaggeration. There’s different scare houses, some are scarier than others. There’s also Hallowtween for those aged 10-15 where it’s slightly less frightening – so if you’d prefer to go to a slightly less intense experience, definitely pick Hallowtween instead!
A little different to our other suggestions, but Halloween doesn’t have to mean you’re scared silly. So, what about a more relaxing event such as the paint a pumpkin at Firefly Pottery in Horsforth, Leeds, where you can paint a cute pumpkin pot that you can bring out year after year! The pottery party is on Oct. 21st 6-8pm so you can have it fired and ready to collect before the 31st!
Last but certainly not least is the Zombie Factory in Sheffield. We’ve not been ourselves, but this place has become the stuff of legends in it’s own right for the scare factor it brings. Battle zombies in a range of missions in an old factory – absolutely not for the faint-hearted.
Whatever you get up to this Halloween, we hope you have lots of fun! Be careful and remember – after the cardio in the scare events, you’ll need to eat something to recover – how about a delicious Yorkshire pork pie?