20 of the best Halloween events in Derbyshire and the Peak District

Photo: English Heritage (Robert Smith)

Photo: English Heritage (Robert Smith) - Credit: Archant

A mini guide to spooky Halloween events, walks and activities in Derbyshire and the Peak District

1st October A Ghostly Night Experienced performers of the spoken word will entertain you with ghostly tales and stories from the darker side of human nature. All the profits from ticket sales will go to Treetops Hospice Care. Sawley Junction Micro Pub, Long Eaton www.thewoollytellers.co.uk ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 5th - 6th, 12th - 13th, 18th October - 3rd November 2019 Alton Towers Scarefest  The theme park stays open until 9pm so visitors can experience thrilling rides in the dark, and there's also the chance to explore scary mazes, see the Scarefest Freak Show and meet and greet spooky characters.  Visit www.altontowers.com ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 5th. 12th, 19th October Ghost Tour at Peak Cavern Embark on a spooky ghost tour, deep within the eerie underground chambers at the famous show cave at Castleton. Some stories are unsuitable for under 11's.  Peak Cavern Road, Castleton, Hope Valley S33 8WS. www.peakcavern.co.uk ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 19th, 20th, 25th-31st October - 1st November Halloween Spook-tacular at National Forest Adventure Farm Pick a Pumpkin, Broomstick Training, Wizard Academy, Haunted House, Mummy Maze Hunt and Pumpkin Carving. National Forest Adventure Farm, Postern Road, Tatenhill, Burton upon Trent, 01283 533933, www.adventurefarm.co.uk ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 26th October - 3rd November Hallowe'en Hoot  Frighteningly good fun for little monsters around every corner at Chatsworth House, near Bakewell.  Visit www.chatsworth.org/events ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 26th October - 3rd November Spooky Bolsover Castle  Grab your broomsticks for a bewitchingly brilliant day out  at Bolsover Castle this Halloween half term. Get hands-on with creepy crafts and a wicked witch-themed quest. There's a fancy dress competition every day - come in your best witch and wizard outfits to be in with a chance of winning. Bolsover Castle (English Heritage) Tel: 0370 333 1181 ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 26th-31st October Bolsover Ghost Tours Storytellers will guide you through the darkness  and take you on a bloody, bone-chilling journey through the past.  With tales of ghosts, supernatural sightings and horrors from history, this is not a night for the faint-hearted. Bolsover Castle (English Heritage) Tel: 0370 333 1181 ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 26th - 31st October Little School of Sorcery at Haddon Hall can enjoy a plethora of ghastly games and activities to gain their Sorcerers' wings, including making potions, decorating wands and making brooms and hats. . Haddon Hall, Bakewell. Tel: 01629 812855 ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 26th October - 3rd November Hallowe'en Party at Matlock Farm Park Lots of super activities to get involved in, including pumpkin carving, treasure hunts, spooky guided tours, witches' workshops and traditional funfair games as well as the usual the Creepy Critters event. Matlock Farm Park, Jaggers Lane, Darley Moor, Matlock DE4 5LH, 01246 590200, matlockfarmpark.co.uk ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 26th October - 3rd November Japanese Ghosts and Demons A ghoulish journey around the Museum, capturing demons of all shapes and sizes lurking where you least expect them! Museum and Art Gallery, The Strand, Derby, DE1 1BS www.derbymuseums.org ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 26th-27th October Pumpkin Carving at Cromford  Spooky Story Time in the Story Tellers Hut, Halloween Themed Film in the 4D Cinema, Flips Halloween Show and a whole host of half-term fun. Cromford Mills, nr Matlock Tel: 01629 823256 ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 26th October - 2nd November Spooky Fun at Bakewell Old House Museum​​​ Explore this creaky old building's dark corners.  Enjoy the RAT trail and seek out those pesky vermin. Creepy delights for the whole family. Bakewell Old House Museum​​​, Cunningham Place, Bakewell www.oldhousemuseum.org.uk ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 26th -27th October Halloween weekend at Barrowhill Roundhouse Come along to Barrowhill Roundhouse in your spooky costumes, ready to be terrified to the bone! Enjoy  dastardly displays, listen to ghostly stories and have a go at our creepy crafts.. Barrow Hill Roundhouse Railway Centre, Chesterfield www.barrowhill.org/events-guide.html ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 28th October Starlight Spectacular at Crich Crich Tramway Village will be illuminated with special lighting effects and trams in the dark.  Crich Tramway Village, Crich DE4 5DP, www.tramway.co.uk ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 31st October Pumpkin Party at Calke  Buy a home-grown pumpkin or bring one along to decorate in your own scary style.  Calke Abbey (National Trust), Ticknall. Tel: 01332 863822  ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 25th-27th October Halloween Cinema at Peak Cavern The Village Screen pop-up cinema is bringing the ultimate cinematic experience to the Peak Cavern cave this year. 25th October - The Conjuring, 26th October - Poltergeist, 27th October - Ghostbusters Peak Cavern Road, Castleton, Hope Valley S33 8WS. www.peakcavern.co.uk ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 29th-31st October Hallowe'en at Conkers Spooky Story Time in the Story Tellers Hut, Halloween Themed Film in the 4D Cinema, Flips Halloween Show and a whole host of half-term fun.  Conkers Waterside Centre, Rawdon Rd, Moira, 6pm. Tel: 01283 216633, www.visitconkers.com ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 31st October   Wild Halloween and Spiders Follow the Hallowe'en trail and search for the clues that will help you learn about creepy critters and beastly bugs. Shipley Country Park. Tel: 01629 533991 ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 31st October Chesterfield Ghost Tours Take a ghostly tour around the darkened streets of historic Chesterfield and discover the town's dark, macabre past. History will be brought to life by your entertaining and informative tour guide - expect an evening full of murder, mystery and ghosts galore. Booking essential. Tours start outside the Chesterfield Visitor Information Centre.  www.visitchesterfield.info/whats-on/chesterfield-ghost-walk-p1117811 -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

31st October - 3rd November Halloween at the Heights Hunt for pirate treasure. Guests are given a treasure map full of clues and riddles and set the challenge of releasing three ghostly pirates from their 300-year-old curse. The Heights of Abraham, Matlock Bath, DE4 3NT https://www.heightsofabraham.com -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------