For a round up of the latest halloween events in Yorkshire (or more specifically within an hour of Skipton) then look no further!
This year, more than ever before, Halloween and October half term events are being advertised earlier with lots already selling out. Here though you will find a mix of some of those large scale events that we recommend but more importantly the smaller local events that need your support. Halloween events in Yorkshire has never been better. Don’t forget there are also gorgeous autumn walks, pumpkin crafts and plenty of dressing up and decorating that cost very little. Make those amazing memories!
If however Halloween is not your thing then there are still lots of events happening that are not halloween themed. Scroll down to the bottom to find out more or head over to our ‘Days Out’ pages to get lots more inspiration.
Halloween events in Yorkshire
Birchfield Farm Pumpkin Festival
Back again this year the Birchfield Pumpkin Festival is our favourite pumpkin patch. It runs daily throughout October and you do not need to book in advance (please check social media however as some weekend dates around half term are ticketed). This year the pumpkin patch is bigger and better than ever with lots of photo opportunities!
Brichfield is a family run working farm between Harrogate and Pateley Bridge (postcode is HG3 4JS). You can access the farm (paid entry extra) to see the animals, ride the go karts etc but the pumpkin patch is separate and you only pay for what you buy. The farm is worth a trip anytime of year but October is one of the best. Don’t leave without trying the icecream either!
Hesketh Farm, Bolton Abbey is celebrating halloween over half term from Saturday 23rd October daily through to Sunday 31st. After that the farm will close for the winter.
Expect a halloween grotto, pumpkin carving (pumpkin provided), a witch hunt and decorations galore. This is all included with the general admission so you will be able to play at the farm, indoor and outdoor, as well as see all the animals. Hesketh again is a great day out – read our full review here of the farm.
Bolton Abbey Pumpkin Trail
This halloween trail runs throughout half term week (Saturday 23rd to 31st October). It starts at The Cavendish / Riverside and goes up through Strid Wood which is on a pram friendly route. The pumpkin trail has lots of ‘stations’ to stop off at and clues to find along the way.
If you are feeling very energetic you can also tag on the Welly Walk from the Priory as this is open until the end of October.
Billy Bob’s Fall Fest
Every year Billy Bob’s, near Bolton Abbey, Skipton go all out on their Fall decor and the diner looks amazing! The play barns are also transformed and you will find a candy scramble and you can also meet Hilda the Witch! There will be spooky treats available to eat too in the diner so make sure you book your table.
It will be decorated from the 9th October with events on the weekend of 16th and 17th October and then daily from 23rd through to the 31st.
Mrs Dowson’s Pumpkin Patch
Mrs Dowson’s Ice Cream Farm is near Clitheroe, Lancashire. We have booked here this year for the first time having never been before but reviews look great!
There is a PYO pumpkin patch as well as access to all the fun of the farm. They even offer SEN sessions. Tickets must be prebooked and they are open the weekend of the 16th and 17th October the daily from the 23rd to 31st.
Spilmans Pumpkin Festival
Spilmans Pumpkin Patch, near Thirsk is huge! There are also other attractions such as a small fairground, corn cannon, tractor rides and a pumpkin carving area.
The pumpkin festival runs every weekend in October then daily from Friday 22nd to 31st October. Tickets must be prebooked in advanced though.
Lightwater Valley Halloween Fun
Daily throughout half term there will be all the usual rides available as well as a voodoo doll trail, ghost train, magic shows and the chance to meet monsters! Tickets must be prebooked.
Thorp Perrow Scare Trail
Thorp Perrow Arboretum, near Bedale has its scare trail on daily from 9th October through to 2nd November! The trail is through a section of the grounds which includes stations along the way and clues to find.
Thorp Perrow is a great day out regardless and you must explore the gardens further and discover the playrgound and the birds of prey centre too. You can read our full review here to discover what else there is.
Thornton Hall Farm Spooky Fields
Thornton Farm are again putting on a mega event at the farm. Spooky Fields has pumpkin picking (extra cost), a magic show, ghost buster academy and a haunted house. You can also enjoy the farm too whilst you are there.
Spooky Fields runs weekends from 9th October plus then daily from 23rd through to 31st October. There is also an adults halloween event called Scream Fields which sounds utterley terrifying (!).
Keelham Farm Shop
Keelham Farm Shop in Skipton is THE best farm shop around! Expect to walk out with a full basket! But this year they are having lots of extra halloween fun. There are slim workshops, biscuit decorating workshops and also an afternoon tea of terror available in the cafe (all need prebooking). The shop will be decked out fully in halloween decorations and it is a great place to visit in the lead up to buy decorations and pumpkins too.
Stump Cross Caverns
This October half term Stump Cross Caverns, between Grassington and Pateley Bridge, are offering lots of fun daily. There will be a halloween trail through the caves, a fancy dress competition, children’s halloween films daily at 10am plus you can meet the Cavewoman!
Stump Cross Caverns is underground so a great rainy day activity. Did you know there was a cinema there too?! Check out my review from earlier in the year here.
Alternative events in Yorkshire this October
Fountains Abbey by Floodlight
This October the Fountains Abbey by Floodlight event is on every Saturday plus the 22nd and 29th (Fridays). Tickets must be prebooked in advanced to see the Abbey all lit up after dark.
This is a really special event seeing it all lit up and is actually the main event of October that I am really looking forward to! Fountains Abbey is a wonderful place to explore – read my full post here.
Yorkshire Dales Cheese Festival
From the 7th to 10th October go cheese crazy with the Yorkshire Dales Cheese Festival event. All over the Dales there will be events running from cheese tasting to cheese inspired menus at cafes and restaurants. For the full line up go here.
Leeds Light Night
In the evening of 14th and 15th October, Leeds City centre will be all lit up in a masterpiece of light shows, projections and art work. The Light Night event is free and all over the city so you can enjoy it by just wondering round an taking in the art spectacles.
Harrogate Indoor Fun Fair
From Sunday 24th to 31st October the indoor fun fair will be back at the Yorkshire Show Ground, Harrogate. There will be rides as well as inflatables! You can either do a morning or an afternoon session. Paid entry gets you access to it all.
Bradford Science Festival
This October half term visit the National Science and Media Museum in Bradford for their Science festival. There will be a life size whale, lego challenges, pumpkin trails and light shows. Tickets are free but best to pre book a time slot. There is also an imax cinema at the museum so a lot to do!
Keep checking back as more halloween events in Yorkshire will be added over the next few weeks. Know about an event that I haven’t mentioned? Let me know!