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 Halloween.
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 each child can take away a free pumpkin, or visit Farmer Copley’s Pumpkin Festival in Pontefract and browse through their twenty acres of pumpkin patches.
Leeds-based folk can head to Horsforth’s Pick Your Own at Kemps Farm which promises a delightful day out for the whole family. Just remember to book your pumpkin picking slot in advance!
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?
If savoury's more your style, this vegan pumpkin soup is certainly pumpkin to talk about! It'spacked full of flavour and is sure to warm you up after a blustery autumn walk. Cooking with the kids? They'll love decorating these healthy homemade pizzas and making spooky shapes using their favourite toppings!
Have a scream at York Maze
That’s right – Hallowtween is back! Venture to Yorkshire’s most popular maze and prepare to be spooked by both family-friendly scares and truly ghoulish horrors across four mysterious buildings.
Although fearless teenagers will love being spooked, there's fun for all the family with street theatre, live stage acts and much more! Just remember, Dunnington Lodge at York Maze is one of the most haunted sites in Yorkshire - only enter if you dare!
Image: York Maze
The only thing better than a good Halloween movie night is a Halloween movie night at the drive in! Daisy Dukes Drive-In Cinema is coming to the Utilia Arena in Sheffield for one weekend only this Halloween. Park up for family favourites such as Hocus Pocus and Beetlejuice, or settle in for a real fright with classics such as Scream and The Exorcist. It'll be fab-boo-lous!
We’re never short of places to go on a picturesque autumnal countryside walk here in Yorkshire - and they're perfect for walking off all those Halloween treats!
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!
Halloween at home
Self-isolating or just need a cosy day inside? You can still make the most of Halloween from the comfort of your home!
Keep the kids entertained with these free printable Halloween activities. From spooky wordsearches and frightful colouring pages to scary math problems and fantastical writing prompts, there's something to suit every child's interest.
If you have older kids, why not inject a little magic into their Halloween this year and send them an invitation to Mystery Mail's School of Witchcraft and Wizardry? There's only one catch - they have to solve a spell-binding puzzle to get in! You can choose from three different levels of complexity depending on the age of the recipient (you can even send a puzzle to other adults!) and submit a picture or even a video for them to open once they solve the puzzle.
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