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Frightful Days Out Across the North East and Yorkshire


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We’ve rounded up the best places across the North East and Yorkshire to scare yourself silly this Halloween

Hallowscream, York
12th October–3rd November

Hallowscream takes place at York Maze, based on a tragic accident in 1873, and now the ghosts of those who died that night come back to torment the pour souls that dare to visit… With five separate haunted house live-action attractions, it’s guaranteed to be a scream, but don’t assume you’ll be safe from the scares outside of the haunted house – it’s a non-stop fear-fest. Don’t worry, York Maze will be serving a wide range of food and drinks, so you can have a little tipple to calm your nerves.
Dunnington Lodge, York YO19 5LT
01904 607341

Scream Factory, Redcar
12th–31st October

The North East’s largest, scariest and multi-award winning haunt is back for 2018 – with 13 nights of terrifying tricks and treats in store for thrill-seekers of all ages. Set in the grounds of an old haunted nursery behind Kirkleatham Museum, enter into the Scream Factory and you will be immersed in a world of nightmares – with all the sounds, odours and designs that you would only expect to find on a Hollywood movie set. Not for the fainthearted. 
Kirkleatham Museum, Redcar TS10 5NW
01642 682154

The Forbidden Corner, Leyburn
24th October–1st November

Halloween at Leyburn’s Forbidden Corner is always a treat rather than a trick. Taking place this year between the 24th October and the 1st November, there’ll be Halloween quizzes and the chance to win prizes if you find the lost bones throughout the garden. Full of strange and curious things, the week culminates with a competition for the best and spookiest costumes.
Tupgill Park Estate, Coverham, Leyburn DL8 4TJ
01969 640638 

Psycho Path, Burnopfield
12th–31st October

Another one that’s not for the faint-hearted, Psycho Path promises to deliver a ‘universe of horror’ that will terrify even the hardiest of horror veterans. Set across 700 acres of land at Lintz Hall Farm in Burnopfield, Psycho Path will devour the weak, engulf the fearful, and test the strongest of wills. Not to be missed by those of you looking to be scared out of your wits this Halloween. 
Lintz Hall Farm, Burnopfield NE16 6AS
0191 2618579

Half Term Horrors, Kirklees
27th October

Join the Kirklees Light Railway for some spooktacular fun. There will be creepy craft activities and spooky storytelling sessions and what's more, all children getting into the ghostly spirit with freaky fancy dress will travel for half price! Are you brave enough to board our Halloween Ghost Trains? Try them, if you dare...
Kirklees Light Railway, Huddersfield HD8 9XJ
01484 865727

Halloween Spooky Walk, Eaglescliffe
31st October

Join the annual Spooky Walk this halloween on the grounds of Preston Park Museum and and stumble into the enchanted forest full of fairytale characters that you definitely won’t have read about in your bedtime stories. With spooks and scares for all ages – from an under 5s walk to trips later on for older children and adults – this is an event sure to whet your Halloween appetite.
Preston Park Museum and Grounds, Eaglescliffe TS18 3RH
01434 633100

Pirates v Zombies, York
27th October–4th November

Join a frightful clash of fearsome foes for this half term Halloween bonanza. Castle Howard and its grounds will be taken over by a gang of ghostly pirates and ghoulish zombies and there's about to be an epic clash between the two camps of the living dead. Families of all ages can enjoy a day of indoor and outdoor trails (solving clues along the way) taking part in craft activities and joining fun workshops to learn the ways of the otherworldly warriors, before a daily battle commences. Just make sure you dress the part.
Castle Howard, York YO60 7DA
01653 648333

Día de los Muertos ‘Day of the Dead’ Ball, Darlington
27th October

Add a bit of Latin spice to your Halloween celebrations as the spirit of Mexico comes to Rockliffe Hall. Prepare for cocktails on arrival, a Mexican feast and plenty of live entertainment, including stilt walkers and live Mexican singers. There are also prizes for the best ‘Día de los Muertos’ make-up, so be sure to dress the part.
Rockliffe Hall Hotel, Hurworth-on-Tees DL2 2DU
01325 729999

Halloween Ghost Hunt, Leeds
27th October

Join a thrilling Halloween ghost hunt at Abbey House and Kirkstall Abbey (weather permitting) where reports of ghostly activity have been made since the museum opened in 1927. Abbey House itself dates back to the 12th century, making it the perfect place for potential hauntings. Prepare to be scared with Victorian seances, table-tipping experiences, and ouija board sessions. 
Abbey House Museum, Leeds LS5 3EH
07562 695609

Chillingham Castle, Alnwick
Until 31st October

Step inside this 13th century stronghold and you can lay claim to having visited Britain’s most haunted castle. Famed for the battles that have raged in and around its walls, you can uncover the secrets hidden in its walls by booking onto a family-friendly ghost tour this autumn. But with ghouls rumoured to be in the chamber and voices heard in the chapel, the only question is – are you brave enough? 
Chillingham, Alnwick NE66 5NJ
01668 215359

Spooky Woodland Trail, Driffield
27th October–4th November

The fantastically spooky woodland trail at Burton Agnes Hall awaits brave children and parents alike. Intrepid explorers are invited to join the creepy hunt in the atmospheric woodland surrounding the Hall, where they’ll discover clues and encounter witches, spiders and ghostly figures. Once you’ve braved the mysterious shadows and sounds of the forest and solved the entire puzzle, a treat can be found at the gift shop. 
Burton Agnes Hall, Driffield YO25 4NB
01262 490324

The Spooktacular Halloween Party at Tyneside Bar Cafe, Newcastle
27th October

Join Tyneside Bar Cafe - next to Tyneside Cinema - for their Halloween Party with themed food and drink, ghoulish live music from Deadly Nightshade And The Skeletones and prizes for the best horror-themed fancy dress. The party then continues with a night of peeking-through-your-fingers fun watching countless great horror flicks at Tyneside Cinema’s Great Cult Classic All-Nighter. This is the perfect way to celebrate Halloween in style.
Tyneside Bar Cafe, Newcastle NE1 6QG
0845 217 9909

Thackray Medical Museum, Leeds
3rd November

A former workhouse and asylum, Leeds’ Thackray Medical Museum could be one of the creepiest spots to head to for Halloween this year. Terrifying in its own right (even during the day) on the 3rd November, between 8pm and 2am, ghosts and troubled spirits are bound to be found in abundance. Fright nights don’t get much scarier than this.
141 Beckett St, Leeds LS9 7LN
0113 244 4343

Life Science Centre, Newcastle
26th October

For a killer (robot) party this Halloween, visit the Centre For Life after dark and explore their Robots – Then And Now exhibition like never before. There’ll be spooky action on the 4D Motion Ride, plus the chance to play in the Brain Zone and Curiosity Zone; and with technology that’s scarily advanced, you'd be excused for thinking there's dark magic at play.
Times Square, Newcastle NE1 4EP
0191 243 8210

North Yorkshire Moors Railway, Whitby
27th–31st October

Steam and scream your way through the Yorkshire Moors with this unique Halloween experience. There really is no better place to recount spooky ghost stories than on an eerie, Halloween-themed train carriage moving through the dark and secluded Yorkshire Moors. Keeping the kids out of mischief will be easy as they join in with songs, interactive tale-telling and activities found in their Halloween goody bags – all while dressed in the scariest Halloween attire (that includes you too).
Goathland, Whitby YO22 5NF
01751 472508 

Deer Park, Auckland Castle 
27th October 

Step into the shadows of Auckland Castle a few days before Halloween and risk coming face-to-face with some ghoulishly garish characters from local history, myth and fable. Groups will be guided through torchlight through the Castle grounds, where they may encounter these ghostly spectres and listen to their terrible tales. 
Auckland Castle Deer Park, Bishop Auckland DL14 7NR
0370 333 1181

Farmer Copley’s, Pontefract
6th–7th, 13th–14th, & 20th–31st October

Farmer Copley’s renowned Pumpkin Festival is back this October, with the chance to get your hands on a giant pumpkin from their patch, sample their whackily-themed food, and ride the Pumpkin Express. While it may be aimed at the children, it’s probable that this event will bring out many a competitive side amongst the adults too. Try your hand at carving your own pumpkin, or get your teeth stuck into a toffee apple. 
Ravensknowle Farm, Pontefract Road, Pontefract WF7 5AF
01977 600200

Beamish Museum
22nd–23rd, 26th–27th & 31st October

Everyone’s favourite open-air museum will transform from a family-friendly avenue into history to become overrun by the most gruesome of ghouls and the most spine-tingling of spirits on All Hallows’ Eve this year. Sure to give little monsters (of all ages) a fright night they’ll never forget – with The Town, Pit Village, Colliery Yard and Pockerley Old Hall swamped with petrifying creatures – only the brave will dare to knock on the doors to trick or treat…
Beamish DH9 0RG
0191 370 4000

Spooky Scarecrow Trail, Lotherton 
27th October–4th November

After its success last year, Lotherton’s Spooky Scarecrow Trail is back and bigger than ever. As well as the ever-popular trail itself, where you’re challenged to find creepy clues hidden across the estate, Lotherton are also extending their opening hours so you can experience a spooky walk through their haunted woods after dark and dare to visit their new Skeletown, too – where you can experience the darker side of the Wild West.
Lotherton Hall, Leeds LS25 3EB
0113 378 2959

Raby Castle, Darlington
With Halloween-themed treasure trails, tours and activities, families can explore this 14th century stronghold and its 200-acre deer park to their hearts’ content – just watch you don’t stumble across the spirits said to be lurking in its shadows. Having been home to the mother of two kings of England, the scene of the plotting of the Rising of the North, and a Parliamentary stronghold during the Civil War, there’ll be plenty of spooky stories and terrifying tales to discover here. 
Raby Castle, Darlington DL2 3AH
01833 660202

Pumpkin Trail, Skipton
20th October–4th November

Head to Bolton Abbey for their spooktacular pumpkin trail – follow the trail of ghoulish pumpkins through Strid Wood and discover the mystery doors hidden behind the trees. Each door will reveal a clue to unravel the witch’s magic spell, and there’ll be a surprise awaiting you at the end at The Strid.
Bolton Abbey, Skipton BD23 6EX
01756 718000

Published in: October 2018

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