9 of the best Halloween 2021 events in Yorkshire

One spooky halloween pumpkin, Jack O Lantern, with an evil face and eyes on a wooden bench, table wi

Carve a pumpkin and get set for some spooky adventures - Credit: Getty Images/iStockphoto

Yorkshire Halloween and half-term hotspots - from pumpkin carving to ghostly trails 

October 16 – 31 (Wednesday – Sunday each week)
Halloween Storytelling Craft & Games
Includes pick your own pumpkin from Scampston's own 'Pumpkin Patch' and a Halloween trail for £5 per child (usual entry fees apply). For £2 extra per child on the 29, 30 and 31 there's also a Creepy Fun Story Walk (wear wellies and bring a torch and an adult), crafts, games and monster-egg rolling.
Scampston Walled Garden   
01944 759111

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October 9, 17, 23, 29
The Bronte Village Interactive Ghost Walk
This is a very popular walk at this time of year. In fact, when we looked, two of the walks scheduled on the 29th were full, and an extra walk had been added — but that might also be full by the time you read this. Still, this event is not just for Halloween — it runs regularly over the next few months. Age 16+.

October 24 - 31
Halloween Half-term Activities
Scary fun for half-term with storytelling (on 24, 25, 27, 28, 30 & 31) and a Halloween trail. See website for full details. 
Bolton Castle
Nr Leyburn
01969 623981

October 25
Halloween Spooktacular
A family show (it's suitable for anyone aged three or over) which features Halloween pop hits, comedy and even some puppetry. Here's the really scary part, though: audience participation is also included. Eek!
Theatre Royal, Wakefield, 01924 211311

October 8 – 31 (selected nights)
Do you scare easily? We only ask because this award-winning event at the York Maze includes five separate live action haunted house attractions, and features over 100 actors whose job (not to put too fine a point on it) is to frighten the bejesus out of you. It's not suitable for the under-14s. Don't have nightmares...
York Maze
01904 607341

October 29 - 31
Tomorrow's Ghost Festival
An event that runs alongside 'other goth events around the town as part of Whitby's Goth Festival' (although the Goth Weekend itself was still to be confirmed at the time of writing). Expect alternative markets, films, theatre and bands, with Peter Hook & The Light headlining on Saturday night.
Whitby Pavillion
01947 824770

Illuminted image of the ruined Whitby Abbey against a sunset sky

With its links to Count Dracula in Bram Stoker's novel, Whitby and its dramatic abbey is always a spooky go-to - Credit: Getty Images/iStockphoto

Every night, 6.30pm & 8pm
Ghost Walk
York is supposed to be one of Europe's most haunted locations, so put yourselves in the capable hands of guides from the city's oldest tour (it was established in 1973) for a night of 'history and mystery'. It sets off nightly from the King's Arm pub at Ouse Bridge. Adults £7.50 and children are £5.
01759 373090

York's historic streets are the place for an atmospheric ghost walk 

York's historic streets are the place for an atmospheric ghost walk - Credit: Getty Images/iStockphoto

October 23 - 31
Well of course Mother Shipton's Cave will be celebrating Halloween. It used to be the home of a famous witch, after all. Expect a Haunted Halloween Village and fancy dress competitions, among other things. You will need to book, naturally.
Mother Shipton's Cave

October 30
Spooky Fireworks Spectacular
Entertainment includes a kids' disco (where no doubt Thriller will be played), face painting, 'fire tricksters' (whatever they are) and a fairground. Ooh, and then a massive 15-minute fireworks display at 7.30pm.
Doncaster Racecourse
01302 304200

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