Spooky trails, ghoulish ghost tours and Halloween trains are just a few of the haunted happenings taking place across North Yorkshire later this month. There is certainly lots going on and pumpkin fever is set to arrive at our Holiday Parks too. So, dust the cobwebs off your scariest costume and get ready to enjoy some ‘freaky’ fun. There are so many events to choose from: here is a just a taster of what’s happening in Yorkshire and across our sites this Halloween.
Halloween at our Parks
Eerie preparations are already underway at York House Holiday Park near Thirsk for the owners and visitors annual Firework Display and Halloween Party. Dress up in your favourite Halloween outfit to see if you can win best costume. Or try your luck in the best pumpkin competition. Guests are sure to enjoy the spooktacular disco, food and hot dogs too. Tickets are just £4 and available from reception.
Owners and touring customers at our very own Old Hall Holiday Park near Boroughbridge will also be braving the fun and frights at the annual Halloween party in the Old Spooky Stables. Watch out for skeletons, witches, spiders and ghosts – not to mention scary pumpkins!
And don’t forget Swaleside Holiday Park’s Halloween spectacular. The party is popular with holiday home owners year after year who always dress to impress.
Halloween in North Yorkshire
27 October – 4 November
Stop off at Sutton Bank for seasonal crafts, trails and family activities on the theme of ‘Creatures of the Night’. Young explorers will love the Bonkers About Bats workshop on 31 Oct.
And budding cyclists who like a challenge can compete in the Halloween special fancy dress final Kids Time Trail of the year.
Potions and broomsticks at Ryedale Folk Museum
Have a go at mixing your own potions at the Ryedale Folk Museum or discover how to make a traditional witches broomstick. Then sign up for your flying lesson! (29 October). Join the museum’s resident storytellers for some Terrific Tales (30 October) or why not make your very own willow wand (31 October) so you are ready to cast some enchantments!
27 – 31 October
For a journey like no other, climb aboard the Halloween Train on the North York Moors Railway. Get into the spirit of things by dressing up in your very best Halloween costume and be prepared for some scary storytelling and bumping into some ghoulish characters along the way.
Visit spooky Spilmans in October to pick your own pumpkins and look out for the giant spiders around the farm. There are special Halloween event days too where you can take a spooky walk if you dare! Carve your pumpkins along to the ‘singing pumpkins’ in the fantastic carving barn.
Feeling brave? Then you may want to join the Friday Night ghoulish ghost tour led by a gruesome guide at Nunnington Hall. This event is for adults only and booking is essential. And don’t miss Nunnington Hall’s Autumn Festival 18-21 October. There are lots of activities for all the family. Read our previous blog about Autumn in Yorkshire.
25 – 31 October
Explore the gothic Abbey after dark and see the ruins in a whole new light as they are lit up in an array of dramatic colours There is often a spooky feel to Whitby Abbey around Halloween and you can imagine how Bram Stoker got his inspiration for his famous Dracula. Watch the story unfold before your very eyes in the backdrop of this most impressive setting. Also look out for costumed characters talking about grave robbing and witch trials!
27 October – 4 November
A visit to Castle Howard is sure to tick all the boxes when it comes to some Halloween fun. The House and Grounds will be taken over by a gang of ghostly pirates and ghoulish zombies…and they are looking for new recruits. Indoor and outdoor trails, craft activities and fun workshops to learn the ways of zombies and pirates are all part of the experience.
There is always so much to do in Yorkshire and we hope you enjoy all the Halloween spooktacular events.