It’s that time of year again – the nights are getting darker, jumpers are making their way out of the wardrobes and, before you know it, it’s October half-term! Whether you’re going all-out for Halloween or want to keep it a little more low-key, we’ve pulled together the best things to do in Yorkshire this half-term.

Pumpkin Picking

Pumpkin picking is a fun and inexpensive way to get into the autumn spirit, and the kids will love it! Take a trip to Cannon Hall Farm’s pumpkin patch, where they’re also hosting a super-fun Wizardry School, or visit Farmer Copley’s Pumpkin Festival in Pontefract and get lost in their spectacular corn maze.

Leeds-based folk can head to Horsforth’s Pick Your Own pumpkin patch which promises a delightful day out for the whole family – from face-painting and tractor rides to hot sandwiches and farm-made produce, you’re sure to have a brilliant day even on a budget.

Boo-tiful bakes

Wondering what to do with all those pumpkins? Get into the Halloween spirit and bake some frightfully delicious treats! These pumpkin passion cupcakes and this pumpkin and ginger teabread loaf pair perfectly with a seasonal chai tea, and the kids will love getting involved in mixing the batters. Older children can get stuck into baking these pinata poltergeist biscuits – the recipe suggests packing a punch of popping candy, but why not try filling them with a generous dose of jam for extra blood-like Halloween flair?

Have a scream at Lightwater Valley

That’s right – Frightwater Valley is back! Venture to Yorkshire’s most popular theme park and prepare to be spooked by both family-friendly scares and truly ghoulish horrors.

Lightwater Valley are hosting Halloween Fancy Dress competitions, spooky character ‘meet and greets’ and scary magic shows for younger children, and bigger kids are sure to be in for a treat with over 35 rides and attractions across the park - including some grown-up chills in the Live Scare Maze!

Image: Lightwater Valley

Seasonal Strolls

We’re never short of places to go on a picturesque countryside walk here in Yorkshire - and if it ends in a pub, it’s even better!

Take a trip to the rolling hills of the Peak District with a circular walk around the historic village of Low Bradfield, South Yorkshire, or follow the Railway Trail at Hardcastle Crags in Halifax for stunning riverside views. If you’re a Huddersfield local you’ve probably climbed Castle Hill before, but the view from Victoria Tower never gets old - get your boots on and take the kids on this circular 4-mile walk around the Holme Valley!

Hocus Pocus Coraline Casper Scooby-Doo Movie

Frightful Films

The only thing better than a good old movie night is a Halloween movie night! We’ve pulled together the ultimate list of family-friendly scary movies, including some spooktacular throwbacks parents will be dying to re-watch. Light your pumpkins, dim the lamps and settle in…

  • Hocus Pocus
  • Nightmare Before Christmas
  • Hotel Transylvania
  • Coraline
  • Casper
  • Scooby Doo Movie
  • The Little Vampire

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