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18 October Half Term Activities in Yorkshire 2023

18 October Half-Term Activities in Yorkshire 2023

As another half-term fast approaches, parents begin frantically assembling a packed schedule to ensure the kids remain entertained for the Halloween season. Fortunately, we’ve compiled a wide list of fantastic October half-term activities in Yorkshire your little ones are going to love.

From spooky trails and pumpkin picking to frightening horror festivals and seasonal arts and crafts. Instead of dreading a half-term locked indoors, take the family out and explore all of these exciting places hosting half-term activities in Yorkshire.

Burton Agnes Hall October Half Term Activities

Burton Agnes Hall Halloween Trail, Driffield | 28th October – 5th November

Over the October half term, head down to Burton Agnes Hall in Driffield to join in a hunt around the eerily atmospheric woodland areas, looking for questions and freaky facts. Complete the trail full of spooky clues and enjoy a Halloween treat! Afterwards, have fun on the woodland adventure playground with nine fabulous swings, a tower with a corkscrew slide and a wicked double zip line! This is set to be one of the most fun half-term activities in Yorkshire.

Burton Agnes Hall, Burton Agnes, Driffield, East Yorkshire, YO25 4NB

Skullduggery Tattu Leeds Pumpkin Dumplings Half Term Activities

Skullduggery: A Halloween Dream at Tattu, Leeds | 27th – 31st October

Creating an experience that’s sure to get you into the Halloween spirit, Tattu will be hosting ‘Skullduggery’ at the end of the month. Presenting you with an overflowing menu of innovative dishes and seasonal cocktails including mouthwatering pumpkin dumplings and spellbinding ‘Toxic Koi Fish Bowl’ with prosecco, cherry and coconut. These supernatural creations can also be paired with their Trick or Treat cocktail range, honour the spirits at Tattu this Halloween.

Minerva, 29 E Parade, Leeds LS1 5PS

Sledmere House October Half Term Activities

Spooky Barn: Halloween Adventure at Sledmere House, Driffield | 28th October – 5th November

Head on down to Sledmere House for their beloved ‘Spooky Barn Halloween Adventure’, for super exciting half-term activities. Get stuck in with magical animal encounters, explore the family-friendly Halloween walk-through experience with performers, and make the most of the fun seasonal activities! Visit the walled garden and wander down the trail to their petrifying pumpkin hunt! To get into the seasonal spirit even more, catch their Sledmere Musical Spectacular Firework display on the 28th of October.

Sledmere House, Driffield, Yorkshire, YO25 3XG

Wentworth Woodhouse October Half Term Rotherham

October Half-Term Activities at Wentworth Woodhouse, Rotherham | 21st – 29th October

This Halloween Wentworth Woodhouse is hosting a variety of different Halloween events to cater to all the family. Find a range of free Halloween crafts for the little ones and a scary scarecrow trail that’s sure to get you in the Halloween spirit. Celebrate the season with their outdoor cinema showing screenings of classic scary movies such as Hocus Pocus, The Lost Boys and Ghostbusters.

Wentworth Woodhouse, Rotherham, S62 7TQ

Stockeld Park Half Term Activities October

The Halloween Adventure at Stockeld Park, Wetherby | 28th October – 5th November

Visit Stockeld Park this Halloween as it comes alive with their Autumn half-term activities. Amongst picking the perfect pumpkin to take home and carve, investigate the Enchanted Forest and test your skills in the Mummy Maze. For an extra fee, take part in Stockeld Park’s Zombie Laser Experience, and fight it out to survive. Every child’s ticket includes a free pumpkin from the pumpkin patch.

Stockeld Park, Wetherby Road, Wetherby, LS22 4AN

Farmer Copleys Pumpkin Picking October Season Yorkshire

Farmer Copleys Pumpkin Nights, Pontefract | 19th – 30th October

The Pumpkin Experience at Farmer Copleys has returned for another fun-filled year of half-term activities. There will be over 27 different varieties of pumpkin to choose from, plus new and exciting Autumnal activities, so get stuck in! A new addition this year is their ‘Pumpkin Nights’, pick your perfect pumpkin at twilight with a group of friends, with the family or on an autumnal date night.

Ravensknowle Farm, Pontefract Road, Pontefract, WF7 5AF

Ormesby Hall October Half Term Activities

Halloween at Ormesby Hall, Middlesborough | 26th October – 5th November

Ormesby Hall is set to be transformed into an abandoned theatre this Halloween, and everyone is encouraged to dress in their scary costumes. Expect many surprises along the way, including creepy crawlies and skeletons. Break loose into the gardens to track down the skeletons – Ormesby Hall is the perfect pick for a spooktacular day out.

Church Ln, Ormesby, Middlesbrough TS3 0SR

Cannon Hall Farm October Half Term Activities

Cannon Hall Farm Pumpkin Picking, Barnsley | 21st – 31st October

Head down to the pumpkin patch at Cannon Hall Farm in Barnsley with the family this Autumn and get stuck in with a range of different autumnal half-term activities to welcome the season. As well as classic pumpkin picking, Cannon Hall showcases exciting indoor and outdoor play areas and educating animal talks. Every child’s ticket includes a free pumpkin, any size of their choosing.

Cannon Hall Farm, Bark House Lane, Cawthorne, Barnsley, S75 4AT

Light Spectacular North Yorkshire Moors Railway October Half Term Activities

Light Spectacular at North Yorkshire Moors Railway | 27th October – 5th November

North Yorkshire Moors Railway are hosting an unmissable Halloween experience this year! Celebrate this Halloween with an hour long return train ride between Pickering and Levisham. Admire the beauty of the heritage carriages, decorated with thousands of stunning lights for the whole family to love, PLUS on-board narration from Voice Over Man (X-Factor and Britain’s Got Talent)! Each passenger will be allocated with an individual, interactive LED wristband which will correspond to the music, meaning all passengers can get involved in the show!

Pickering Station, Pickering, North Yorkshire, YO18 7AJ

Kemps Pick Your Own Pumpkin October Half Term Activities

Horsforth Pick Your Own at Kemps Farm | 18th – 31st October

Visit Horsforth Pick Your Own this Autumn to find your perfect pumpkin! All tickets include a tractor-trailer ride to the pumpkin patch. Filled with perfect photo opportunities – don’t forget your camera!! With thousands of pumpkins planted this year and plenty of varieties to choose from, plus carving kits available to buy – it’s a guaranteed fun-filled family day out full of half-term activities.

Horsforth Pick Your Own, West End Lane, Horsforth, Leeds, LS18 5ES

Brodworth Hall October Halloween South Yorkshire

Spooky Woodland Walk at Brodsworth House, Doncaster | 26th – 28th October

Brodsworth House is a Victorian country house which was built in the 1980s just outside of Doncaster. This Halloween, walk through the shadows of the woodlands at the hall with their fascinating storytellers. Talking you through the unusual and curious tales, this is sure to get you into the spirit of Halloween this year. This is an ideal evening for the family for those looking for some more cheerful half-term activities.

Brodsworth, Doncaster DN5 7XJ

Piglets Adventure Farm October Half Term Activities

Pumpkin Festival at Piglets Adventure Farm, York | 28th – 31st October

Get ready for tonnes of pumpkin fun for all the family with Piglets Adventure Farm’s pumpkin festival! With three Halloween-themed activities, everyone is sure to have a spooky day out! Make your pick at the homegrown pumpkin patch, explore the Mysterious Maize and enjoy entertainment from Professor Dan’s Magic Show, animal encounter sessions, adventurous indoor and outdoor play, and so much more!

Towthorpe Grange, Towthorpe Moor Lane, York, YO32 9ST

Streamside Walk RHS Garden Harlow Carr, October.

Spooktacular Fun at RHS Garden Harlow Carr, Harrogate | 28th October – 5th November

Celebrate this Autumn with full hands-on half-term activities for all the family at Harlow Carr in Harrogate. Step into the Magical Forest School, design your own unique wand and let your imagination run wild. Enjoy an afternoon at the Zoolab as the team presents a collection of weird and wonderful animals including extraordinary reptiles. The spooktacular adventures aren’t over yet though, get crafty in their seasonal workshops and take part in autumnal games including Garden Detectives.

Crag Ln, Beckwithshaw, Harrogate, HG3 1QB

York Maze Hallowtween October Half Term Activities

York Maze Hallowtween | 28th – 31st October

Get ready for the fright of your life with HallowTween at York Maze! Aimed at 10-15 year olds (or slightly nervous adults!) this event will certainly send a chill down your spine. Explore four of the farm’s peculiar buildings, each with its own spooky history to discover. You’ll have to keep your wits about you as you explore the thrills of the haunted houses! PLUS, there are live stage acts, street theatre performances, fairground rides and more for the whole family to enjoy.

York Maze, Elvington Lane, York, YO19 5LT

Ghost Tales at Scarborough Castle | 28th – 31st October

Brave enough to explore the dark this Halloween at Scarborough Castle? Head towards the coast and join the spooky storytellers as they guide you on a ghoulish journey through the history of Scarborough Castle. Will ghost tales, supernatural sightings and history horrors put you off? This half-term activity is sure to get you in the Halloween spirit. Tours are suitable for those aged 16+.

Castle Road, Scarborough, North Yorkshire, YO11 1HY

Hull Horror Festival October Half Term Activities
Image – Ruth Archer from Pixabay

Hull Horror Festival | 25th October – 5th November

Described as being like ‘Comic-Con with a horror twist’, Hull’s Horror Festival is back for another frightening season at Costello Stadium. Expect to see some of your favourite TV/ film stars, artists and more all around the festival, with plenty of free photo opportunities with your preferred characters. There will also be many horror-themed stalls selling everything from spooky memorabilia, horror-inspired books, deliciously scary treats and more.

Anlaby Park Rd N, Hull HU4 6XQ

The Piece Hall October Half Term Activities

Halloween Trail at The Piece Hall, Halifax | 28th – 31st October

The Piece Hall in Halifax is a Grade I listed building, previously a cloth hall but now operates as a shopping and entertainment hub that’s home to an array of independent shops, restaurants and bars and regularly hosts live entertainment. Looking for some fun half-term activities? Follow their Halloween trail around the quirky shops using the map provided, and earn some delightful treats along the way. Expect goodies supplied from Al’s Emporium, Mrs Sinclair’s Vintage and more. Put on your most frightening costumes as they will be handing out a prize for the best!

Blackledge, Halifax HX1 1RE

Curse of Halloween Yorkshire Wildlife Park October Half Term Activities

The Curse of Halloween at Yorkshire Wildlife Park | 21st – 25th October

Feeling brave this Halloween? Experience a night like no other at Yorkshire Wildlife Park’s event ‘The Curse of Halloween’. Make your choice between a ‘trick’ or ‘treat’ which includes a creepy carnival, tales of terror, arts and crafts or learn all the skills at Victor’s School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Step into the thrilling adventure that awaits you and your whole family, this half-term activity is one you’ll remember.

Hurst Ln, Doncaster DN9 3QY

Mother Shiptons Cave Knaresborough North Yorkshire

Creepy Carnival at Mother Shipton’s Cave, Knarsborough | 28th October – 5th November

For a freaky and creepy Halloween like no other, the Creepy Carnival at Mother Shipton’s Cave is set to be a thrilling night. Discover deserted circus tents and a group of horrifying characters waiting to give you a night filled with thrills and frightening surprises. Wander deep inside the cave where a real witch was born, explore the ancient forest and let your imagination run wild. Prepare to be bewitched and amazed.

Prophecy House, Harrogate Rd, High Bridge, Knaresborough HG5 8DD


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