Halloween Special - 6 places to take those little horrors this Halloween

Written by: Elmtree Press

Scare yourself silly this Halloween, along with the kids, at these 6 fangtastic events around the country. 

The Deep, Hull

Halloween will be amazing as the myths and legends around one of the world’s most endangered species, the sawfish, are explored. Take part in the very special magical interactive presentation at 11am, 1pm and 3pm complete the fun-filled activity trail as you make your way around the building as well as family activities in Craft Corner between 11am and 4pm.

To book special ‘saw-cery’ tickets – go to  https://www.thedeep.co.uk/plan-your-visit/ticket-prices

The York Dungeon, York 

This Halloween, York Dungeon will become the home of Halloween, offering unique experiences across the year’s spookiest season. Amazing live actors and 360 degree sets will fully immerse guests in the darkest parts of old York’s history. Along the way, guests will meet such notorious residents as Guy Fawkes and highwayman Dick Turpin. 

The attraction is ramping up the scares in their most recent show, The Curse of the Witch; an intense experience featuring infamous local witch Isabella Billington. The show has been dubbed “the scariest show in Dungeon history”. All of the incredible shows will push the “scary-fun” vibe of The Dungeons to new extremes, bringing to life York’s darkest history.

In addition to the attraction tour, the Dungeon have partnered up with City River Cruises again for their famous Halloween Cruise on the Ouse. The family friendly experience allows guests to step aboard an old, abandoned ship on the city’s famous River Ouse. Hosted by the Black Jester, audiences will discover famous Yorkshire prophet Old Mother Shipton, Harrogate and the outrageous George “Georgie Porgie” Villiers - the 2nd Duke of Buckingham – shaped some horrible parts of history.  

The York Dungeon is also sponsoring the famous Great York Ghost Search, in association with Visit York. There are many ghosts hidden around the city. Find them, and you could win some amazing prizes, including Merlin Magic Passes! 

The Home of Halloween runs 5th October – 3rd November. Halloween Cruise on the Ouse runs 27th-31st October at 18:00 and 20:00. To book, visit https://www.citycruisesyork.com/evening/halloween-cruise/. The Great York Ghost Search runs 11th October – 1st November. More information at www.visityork.org 

The Forbidden Corner, Leyburn, North Yorkshire

Pack up your little monsters and bring them to The Forbidden Corner this Halloween…… IF YOU DARE!!  Up until 3 November, there will be daily Halloween quizzes with prizes for finding the lost bones!

On Halloween, it’s the usual fancy dress competition with prizes on offer for the best costumes. This is open to Adults as well as Children so no excuses Mum and dad!

Admission by pre-booked tickets only.  Spooky celebrations run every day 12th October-3 November

For more details see https://www.theforbiddencorner.co.uk/ or call 01969 640638

Mother Shipton’s Cave, Knaresborough, North Yorkshire 

This Halloween visit England’s Oldest Tourist Attraction for a good old-fashioned scare, suitable for all ages. Follow the haunted trail through the historic woodland to find monsters, ghosts and skeletons hiding around every corner. 

There couldn’t be a better time to visit the eerie Mother Shipton’s Cave and Petrifying Well. The attrac-tion will be transformed into a ghoulish event for all the family. If you aren’t turned to stone first, enjoy the Activity Trail through the haunted woodland and attend a Spooky Science Class. 

Do your best monster impression and join in the Costume Competition every day at11.30am and 2pm.  Watch out for the witches in the woodland making spells around their cauldrons. The park has scenic pic-nic areas alongside the popular River Nidd, an adventure playground, gift shop and museum. 

Saturday 26th October to Sunday 3rd November, 10am to 4.30pm (last admission 3.30pm).

For more details visit https://www.mothershipton.co.uk/ 

Lightwater Valley, Ripon, North Yorkshire – a Decade of Thrills and Chills at Frightwater Valley

Lightwater Valley theme park is beginning preparations for its annual transformation into Frightwater Valley as part of its Halloween event (October 26th – 31st). For the past decade Frightwater Valley has provided horribly good fun for visitors brave enough to take part in its spooktacular event, and staff are aiming to make their 10-year anniversary one to remember. 

From family-friendly scares to truly terrifying encounters there’s something for Halloween fans of all ages to enjoy. For younger visitors there will be Spooky Character Meet and Greets, Scary Magic Shows and Monster Knock Doors. Visitors can also join in the frightful fun as part of the Halloween Fancy Dress Competition which will be taking place on the Lightwater stage at 3.30pm each day. Step on board the Frightwater Spooky Train where passengers will embark upon a route around the creepy theme park. 

There is also the chance to enjoy some grown-up thrills and chills inside the Live Scare Maze! The maze is definitely not for the faint-hearted and not suitable for children under the age of 12 due to the extreme nature of the scares. 

The thrills and chills culminate with the Frightwater Finale lakeside fireworks spectacular (6pm Saturday, 5.30pm Sunday-Wednesday).  Plus with over 35 rides and attractions for fun seekers of all ages, Lightwater Valley Theme Park is one of the UK’s most popular theme parks. Among its signature rides is the 1.5 mile long Ultimate rollercoaster – the longest coaster ride in Europe - and the Eagle’s Claw aerial ride. 

For details visit www.lightwatervalley.co.uk or call 01765 635321.

Thackray Medical Museum, Leeds

Mortal to Mortem! - Join us this Halloween from 6-9pm for an evening involving surgery, autopsy and heart dissections. We’ll be displaying a range of tools and objects used in surgery and autopsy over the years. When you arrive you’ll be able to handle tools like a brain scoop and hold a mallet designed for cracking skulls while marvelling at the sharper objects such as saws used to cut through bone. A member of our collections team will be there to discuss the significance of these objects and answer any questions.

 You’ll also take part in a heart dissection workshop delivered with the perfect balance of gore and fascination by a medical professional from St James’ Hospital.  Tickets are £10 and two heart dissections workshops are available to choose from.

Please visit: www.thackraymedicalmuseum.co.uk for more details.


Spooktacular Science – for 3-12 year olds

Thackray really is the place to be this Halloween. We’ve put together a day filled with spooky science and even spookier crafts. Children will watch a fun-filled educational workshop delivered by the team at Mad Science. After the show, they’ll be invited to join the Thackray team in making Halloween crafts that are sure to scare!

Double, double toil and trouble.

Kids will learn while potions bubble.

With melting witches and mind-bending magic,

come watch a workshop steeped in the dramatic.

And when the show is over and done,

you can craft, create and continue the fun.

Get your spook on and join the team…

Thackray’s got you sorted this Halloween!  

Tickets are priced at £10 a child – attending adults do not need to pay for a ticket.

Please visit: www.thackraymedicalmuseum.co.uk for more details.