This October spooking things are a-happening in Yorkshire. Whether you’re looking to scare your teenager in to behaving, get shocked with your friends for a laugh, or something mildly spooky for the young ones, you’ll find it. Pack up a thermos of hot chocolate, grab some filling pork pies, and head out for your choice of spooky event.
Museums After Dark
Several of the regions museums are offering something different this Halloween. The Bronte Parsonage Museum in Keighley has spooky story-telling on 29th October; the Thackray Medical Museum in Leeds is opening its doors for ‘Infection: Zombie Survival’ on the 29th and 30th October; and the Royal Armouries will be holding its “KNIGHTMARES! Medieval Murder Mystery” event on 29th October. Several other local museums are joining in the fun, so check out your favourite museum to see if they are participating.
One for the Little Kids
If you’ve got younger ones who don’t take much to being scared then consider taking them to the Spooky Spectacular at Bolton Castle. With rather friendly ghosts and ghouls there are a range of activities, trails and games in addition to witches hat-making and potion-mixing. Wrap up warm, with gloves for little fingers, and have some ghoulishly friendly fun.
One for the Grown-Ups
At the other end of the scale, and recommended for the over-12’s, is “To DIE For at Scream Park”. Set in a 24-acre estate in Wakefield get ready to be well and truly spooked with theatrical events, smoke, lasers and lights meeting attractions such as House of Arachnia, Forest of Freaks and The Tomb Afterlife. Hold on tight to your friends as you scare yourself witless.
Day Time Spooky Fun
Halloween by Day at York Maze looks set to be a promising day out. Visitors can experience the maze with a haunted treasure hunt twist as well as being able to enjoy the Ghostmania ride, face-painting, haunted house, and Phantomime. Another daytime option is “Frightwater Valley” at Lightwater Valley, which is being transformed for the Halloween period with creepy goings-on around the theme park.
If you’re after something completely different that still has an ‘after dark’ feel then head to Stockeld Park for their Halloween Adventure. Bridge the seasons from autumn to winter by taking a Nordic skiing trip along the woodland trail and enjoy the magical illuminated Enchanted Forest. Even better, their much-loved maze is transformed with illuminations as well and you can even have a go on the ice rink. If you need to up the spook-factor then head to Stockeld for a freaky Friday Fright Night.
If you’re hosting yourself this Halloween then have some fun turning our snack-size pork pies in to spooky spiders. Decorate the pies with circles of carrot with small pieces of olive for the eyes. From the base of the pork pies put thin strips of carrot or cucumber as the eight legs. Serve alongside on black plates or trays and watch the monsters (a.k.a. guests) wolf them down.