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October Half Term

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Aladdin Jr at Joseph Rowntree Theatre

Following their acclaimed production of Joseph last year, York Stage return to the Joseph Rowntree Theatre with another west end worthy production featuring the cities best and brightest stars of tomorrow!

York Stage Musicals are set to take the whole family on a magical, musical, adventure as they fly audiences to the fabled city of Agrabah in Disney’s Aladdin this October Half Term. With all the characters you loved from the Disney film this is the perfect Half Term treat, and with an extra midday matinee on the Saturday, even the smallest theatre goers are able to come along!

Come on a magic carpet ride as we take you to the city of Agrabah and explore a whole new world!

Join us as we meet Aladdin, Jasmine and all of their friends in the Disney version of this classic tale featuring the award winning music of Alan Menken. So come along and enjoy hearing all your Disney favourites such as Friend Like Me, Prince Ali, Arabian Nights and of course the stunning A Whole New World sung live on stage you are guaranteed to be leaving singing your favourite tunes.

Joseph Rowntree Theatre
30/10-2/11 @ 7:30pm.
Sat matinees at 12 and 2:30pm.

01904 501 935

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Baby Pumpkin Special

Baby Sensory presents a special Pumpkin themed special session

Thursday 24th October 2019
Thirsk and Sowerby Town Hall, West Gate, Thirsk, YO7 1QR
0945 Birth to 13 months
1100 Birth to 13 months

Friday 25th October 2019
The Forum, Bullamoor Road, Northallerton, DL6 1LP
0930 Birth to 13 months
1045 6 to 13 months
1200 Birth to 6 months

Gemma and Judith
Phone: 07793 763419


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Beningbrough Hall – October Half Term

Autumn activities at Beningbrough

Experience the magic trees this October half term.

Saturday 26 October to Sunday 3 November 2019 (closed Monday)

Tree trail: There’s an autumnal nip in the air, wrap up warm and follow the spotter trail through the gardens on any of the days throughout the week.

Leafy artrageous: Make a leafy bird’s nest from natural materials with artrageous on Sunday (27 October) and Thursday in the Hayloft.*

Bushcraft day: Take part in the bushcraft activities with Yorkshire Dales Bushcraft on Tuesday.**

Storytelling: Follow Apple Pip on his adventures – join Eden from Stories Alive! on a story promenade through the gardens on Wednesday.

Broomstick making: Work with witches and wizards of all sizes in the American Garden to create broomsticks from some of the magical trees on Wednesday.**

(Nearly) naked tree walk: Join the garden team as they take you on a trail of discovery on Thursday and Friday. Meander through the estate, learn more about how the changing seasons impact on the trees and uncover the beauty of those which are nearly naked at this time of year.

*The hayloft is accessed by stairs only

**There’s a charge of £3 to cover costs for this activity. Sign up to a session on the day, on a first come, first served basis. This activity is recommended for children 5 years and over.

Beningbrough, Hall, Gallery and Gardens, Beningbrough, York, YO30 1DD

01904 472014

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Burton Agnes Spooky Woodland Trail – Driffield

26th October until 3rd November 2019 11am – 4pm 

If you are feeling brave this half term, why not venture over to Burton Agnes Hall and take part in their spooky woodland trail?

Every Halloween, fearless visitors are welcomed to an eerie hunt round the Hall’s atmospheric woodland, where clues are hidden amidst dramatic and creative spooky Halloween scenes, with fishing skeletons and much more new for 2019!  Once the entire puzzle has been solved, a treat awaits in the Gift Shop.

After the thrill of the spooky woodland trail, visitors can relax in the comfort of the courtyard and enjoy homemade meals, light bites and indulgent treats in the café, while the courtyard shops will be brimming with original gifts and seasonal and Yorkshire-made produce. Visitors can also choose from a range of home grown plants, propagated from the gardens.

The spooky Halloween woodland trail runs from 26th October to 3rd November and is designed for all the family to enjoy. There is no extra charge for the trail: admission is included in the normal Gardens price and is free for Burton Agnes Hall members.

Admission prices: Adults £7.00, OAPs £6.50, Children (4-15 years) £4.00, under 4 year olds free.

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

T: 01262 490324

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Cedarbarn Pumpkin Express

Half Term 11-4pm Daily from 24th October to 1st November 2019

Join us for some Spooky Halloween Fun. Choose and carve a pumpkin to take home with you, Jump on the Pumpkin Express for a ride around the Pumpkin Patch and spot Spookley the Square Pumpkin!

🎃 £5.00 per child includes Train Ride and Pumpkin/£1.50 per Adult Train Ride
🚂 Booking not necessary

Farm shop, café and miniature railway situated between Pickering and Thornton le Dale.

Cedarbarn Farm Shop, Thornton Road, Pickering. YO18 7JX
Lunch bookings 01751 475614


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Family Cinema – Helmsley Arts Centre

Family Cinema – Toy Story 4 – Sat 2 November 2019, 2.30pm – £7.50/U16s £5.50

Woody, Buzz Lightyear and the rest of the gang embark on a road trip with Bonnie and a new toy named Forky. The adventurous journey turns into an unexpected reunion as Woody’s slight detour leads him to his long-lost friend Bo Peep. As Woody and Bo discuss the old days, they soon start to realize that they’re worlds apart when it comes to what they want from life as a toy.

Length of film: 1hr 40mins

Directed by: Josh Cooley
Starring: Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Keanu Reeves, Tony Hale
Year: 2019

Helmsley YO62 5DW
Tickets: 01439 771700

Website to book tickets HERE

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Fear in the forest!

Thursday 31 October 2019 5.30pm – 8pm

Age: 5 years plus

Will you enter the depths of Dalby to experience true ‘Fear in the forest’? If you dare, explore the spooky woodland and strange goings-on along our Halloween trail. What awaits in the Tunnel of Terror? Who lurks in the dark and what tales will they share?

Come along to meet a rogues’ gallery of despicable characters which include Spooky Spectres and Gruesome Ghouls. Wicked plots will be threaded together by twisted storytellers from Lady Lumley’s School, gifted in the dark arts of horror and suspense!

There is also live bats and creepy crafts.

It’s a family friendly evening out – the walk itself is suitable for those aged 5 and over with a parent or guardian (under 5’s at parental discretion are free of charge and do not require a ticket) .

We encourage brave visitors to join in the fearsome fun by wearing fancy dress! Remember to bring a torch and wear sturdy footwear.

Dalby Forest, YO18 7LT

Buy tickets via the website here

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Fossil Handling at the Rotunda Museum

Tuesday 29th October 2019
10.30am – 12pm, 1.30pm – 3pm

Fancy getting hands-on with some of our fantastic fossils?  Then this one’s for you and your budding little paleontologists and geologists!

Explore prehistoric times and find out about dinosaur footprints in popular hands-on sessions with our geologists.

Drop-in event. All workshops are FREE with an Annual Pass & Under 18s go FREE.  Parents, carers or guardians must accompany children throughout the activity.

Rotunda Museum, Cliff Bridge Terrace, Scarborough, YO11 2HB
01723 353665

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Granny’s Exploding Toilet

29th October – 2nd November 2019

Sam is a loser, or so everyone tells him. When his bonkers gran breaks out of prison to stop her house collapsing into the sea, Sam’s drawn into a daring adventure.

He, Gran and her pet snake hunt for long-lost treasure, with the law and Granny’s deadliest enemies – her ex-boyfriend Joe the Toe and his new girlfriend Cosy Rosy, who are after Granny’s gold – in hot pursuit.

Will they find the gold? Will they save Granny’s house, including her state-of-the-art toilet? In this hilarious comedy Sam gets the chance to prove he’s not a loser, Granny finds something awesome in the toilet and Joe discovers you should never put your hand in Granny’s handbag.

Saviour Pirotta is an award-winning children’s writer. His books include The Orchard Book of First Greek Myths, The Unicorn Prince, the Ancient Greek Mysteries series and The Golden Horsemen of Baghdad. This is his first play for the SJT.


Age guidance: 6+

For more information, and to Book Here

The Round
Stephen Joseph Theatre
Scarborough, YO11 1JW

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Halloween Adventure at Stockeld Park

26th October – 3rd November 2019,  10.30am – 8.30pm

**See below for Mumbler offer on pre-booked tickets**

There’s loads of spooky fun to be had when Halloween arrives at Stockeld Park this October half term!

It’s a magical playground full of activities to provide you with tonnes of Halloween themed, spooky family entertainment! There will even be prizes for Halloween fancy dress and plenty of opportunity to dance, scream and sing-a-long!

Special Halloween events include:

  • The Monster Mash Show – mini panto!
  • NEW for 2019: Pumpkin Picking! FREE pumpkin for every paying child when tickets are booked before 26th October!
  • Real Witches in the Enchanted Forest!
  • Ghouls in the Maze
  • Halloween Catwalk!

All of these amazing events are included for FREE with your Forest and Maze passes!Later on as dusk sets in, Stockeld Park turns to Stockeld Dark from 6pm10pm! 3 events for the slightly older children and parents including:

  • Ice Disco with DJ Bloodbath!
  •  The Haunted Farmhouse!
  •  Zombie Laser tag!

As if that wasn’t already enough excitement, the famous Stockeld Park winter illuminations will be lighting up the Forest and Maze for Halloween too!

AND…Mumblers get 10% discount off the price of pre-booked Halloween Adventure Forest and Maze tickets using the code MUMRYEDALE (excludes Sunday 3rd November – Fireworks).  BOOK HERE.

Sunday 3rd November see Stockeld Park host is BIGGEST Firework Spectacular yet! This event is included FREE with Forest and Maze tickets! Live entertainment with a band and Fire Breathers starts at 4:30pm. Fireworks at 5:30pm!

The Adventure Park, Stockeld Park, Wetherby, LS22 4AN.
Tel: 01937 586333

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Halloween at Castle Howard

Saturday 26th October – Sunday 3rd November 2019

Join us at Castle Howard this October half term for a Halloween experience like no other.

Across the dormant water of the Great Lake lies our new adventure playground, Skelf Island and the naughty Skelves who live here are up to no good. Are you brave enough to join Corvus the Crow on his mischievous woodland adventure to find out the seasonal secrets of his hidden world?

Families of all ages can enjoy a day of outdoor trails and adventure play, with a series of ingenious treetop nest structures, connected by rope bridges, slides, nets and climbing equipment.

No age restriction just a brave restriction.

Castle Howard, The Estate Office, Castle Howard, York, YO60 7DA
T: 01653 648333

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Halloween at Scampston

Sunday 27th October 2019 1pm-3.30pm

This Halloween our Scampston witches are back to put on some spooky activities for all the family!

Listen to fairly-frightening stories, take park in ghoulish games, join in with some creepy craft sessions and try our new “Monster” egg-rolling down the Mount.

Usual entry fees apply. Children in fancy dress enjoy free entry.

Scampston Walled Garden, Malton, YO17 8NG

Contact 01944 759 111


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Halloween Lantern Walk in the Fairywood

25th October to 3rd November 2019 4pm – 8pm (hour slots)

Guided walk through the twilight fairy woods.

Lantern walks at dusk and first dark, aimed at little ones or those of all ages who would rather not be scared witless, but want to enjoy a more seasonal experience instead.

Arrive to the Northwood kitchen and then be shown to the Autumn tent and have a free glass of alcoholic or non alcoholic punch. after a short storytelling from Professor Howlands collection, be taken on the lantern walk. Approximate total time 1 hour. Afterwards enjoy the fairy museum and relax in the Northwood kitchen bar.

Very limited sessions with a maximum of 40 per session. Lanterns for the walk, available to buy or borrow. Come dressed for the season and weather with appropriate footwear. Please be on time for your session and arrive in good time as we cannot delay the starts.

Book for Halloween HERE

Buttercrambe Wood, YO41 1AP. For more info please visit their website here, or follow the on facebook here.

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Humble Bee Farms Halloween Events

26th October to 31st October 2019 – Come and join us at the farm to pick a pumpkin, carve it, and then take an exciting walk around our Halloween Spooky Trail. You can also meet the farm yard gang and enjoy our play area! The pumpkin patch and nature trail is open between 12noon and 4pm daily. £5 per person (plus booking fee) online in advance, or just turn up on the day and pay at reception.

Esmerelda the Witch will also be visiting on 27th and 30th October for some friendly Halloween fun! Esmerelda will welcome you in for a fun filled interactive Halloween show, where you can prove just how spooky you are! Come and choose your pumpkin, carve it out and enjoy our family friendly Halloween fun on the farm. Suitable for all ages, kids fancy dress welcome. Esmerelda shows are at 11am,12pm,2pm & 3pm on 27th and 30th October. £8 per child (plus booking fee) online in advance, or just turn up on the day and pay at reception.

Both the pumpkin patch and Esmerelda events are open to the public for local families to enjoy, pre booking is essential, please book a ticket here, ( Or call 01723 890437, email to book. Bring a picnic and spend a day on the farm! Or book glamping accommodation and stay the night.

Humble Bee Farm, Flixton, Scarborough YO11 3UJ
T: 01723 890437



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Illuminated Abbey

Friday 25th October – Saturday 2nd November 2019

6pm – 9pm

Buy tickets for this event online before Friday 18 Oct 2019 and receive 20% off. 

Cast light on a dark history this Halloween! See Bram Stoker’s inspiration in a new light as Whitby Abbey is bathed in dramatic illuminations once again. Have your camera at the ready as you explore the gothic splendour of the ruins lit up with all the colours of the rainbow.

And of course it wouldn’t be Halloween without the Count! See the story of Dracula brought to life before your very eyes within the abbey ruins all aglow, with a twist on our usual show.

Stop by the historical traders’ market to warm up with a bite to eat and a hot drink or treat yourself to a spooky souvenir to take home.

English Heritage

Read the Ryedale Mumbler Review from 2017 here

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Museums at Night at the Rotunda Museum

Friday 1st November 6pm – 8pm

Experience the museum by torchlight, listen to spooky stories with storyteller Saviour Pirotta, take part in a creepy trail and play with shadow puppets.  Look out for some scary surprises!

Booking essential, please call 01723 353665. Suitable for ages 5 – 11.

£3 per adult £2 per child

Rotunda Museum, Cliff Bridge Terrace, Scarborough, YO11 2HB
01723 353665

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National Railway Museum – Future Engineers: Conquering Forces

26 October – 3 November 2019

An unmissable half term, with the fiery return of Future Engineers and a face-to-face encounter with the original Rocket.

Find wonder in the everyday and inspiration in the unexpected in this year’s Future Engineers, which runs throughout October half term.

Our highlights are below, but there’s plenty more to discover during your visit.

Investigate the effects of forces on your everyday lives and learn how engineers conquer them in your favourite hands-on challenges, new activity zones and opportunities to meet real engineers.

Our star attraction is a Circus Skills Workshop, where a pair of fire-breathing circus performers will reveal the science behind their top tricks.

Head to the Pressure Zone to squash, sculpt and sketch your way through a world of physics and find out how animals such as the peculiar-looking blobfish are affected by the forces around them.

Slow the pace down a little with a visit to our Engineering is Everywhere living room containing objects with force-defying designs.

Come face-to-face with the original world-changing Rocket and explore our wonderful Brass, Steel and Fire exhibition, which is packed with marvellous miniature locomotives

It’s not all circuses and science at the National Railway Museum this October half-term. Feel the wind in your hair on our Steam Rides and Miniature Railway or catch a ride on our brand-new Road Train.

03330 161 010

NRM York, Leeman Road, York, YO26 4XJ

T: 0844 815 3139


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Nick Sharratt’s Right Royal Draw-along at Helmsley Arts Centre

Sunday 27th October 2019, 2.30pm £8 child / £6 adult: Age 4+

A family-friendly, fun filled draw-along for all ages.

Join acclaimed children’s writer and illustrator Nick Sharratt and draw along with him! He’ll be showing you how to sketch favourite characters like Tracy Beaker and Timothy Pope, sharing ways of creating fantastic creatures like dragons and unicorns, and giving loads of top tips. And to celebrate his latest book ‘Nice Work for the Cat and the King’ everything will have a special ‘royal’ twist!

Nick has illustrated close to 260 books. He’s worked with authors including Julia Donaldson, Michael Rosen and Kes Gray, and his books include You Choose, Shark in the Park and Pants. He’s also the illustrator of Dame Jacqueline Wilson’s phenomenally popular children’s novels. He’s been awarded a gold Blue Peter badge too!

Bring pencils, paper and something to lean on and expect plenty of chances to join in.

Running time: 75 minutes, no interval.

(Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult)

Helmsley YO62 5DW
Tickets: 01439 771700

Website for booking HERE

Nick’s Website HERE

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October Half Term Fun at Rural Arts, Thirsk

Come and join us for some spooky workshops for children age 5+ from 10-12am at The Courthouse each day

Tuesday 29th October SPOOKY ANIMATION
Wednesday 30th October CREEPY CUPCAKES
Thursday 31st October MONSTER MASKS

Book workshops HERE

AND/or come to our October half term Performance!

Thursday 31st October 2019 at 1pm
David Gibb ‘Climb That Tree’
A magical show aimed at 3-8 year olds
Enter our colouring competition for the chance to win a teddy and don’t forget to bring your favourite teddy to the show too.
Tickets from £6

Book here: HERE

Rural Arts, 4 Westgate, Thirsk, North Yorkshire YO7 1QS

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Pick Your Own Pumpkins at The Balloon Tree

What better way of choosing your perfect pumpkin, than actually choosing it from the field it was grown in?! The award winning Balloon Tree Farmshop has a unique take on pumpkin picking…PYO pumpkins! Take a walk into the pumpkin patch to find the size and shape you like the best, or if you don’t have the time, there will be plenty to choose from in farmshop.

Keep a look out for the seasonal treats on the new Winter menu in the newly extended cafe, incorporating pumpkin and squashes into all sorts of delicious dishes.

We have the usual supply of homegrown superfresh fruit and vegetables available in the farmshop, as well as super tasty homemade ready meals & soups and award winning cakes.

A great family outing – relax in the landscaped cafe garden, blankets available to keep cosy on the cooler days, while the children play in the newly renovated play area.

Visit or call 01759 373023 for more info.

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Piglets Pumpkin Festival


Get ready for stacks of Halloween family fun at Piglets Adventure Farm’s Pumpkin Festival, back this October. Pick your own FREE homegrown pumpkin for every child and NEW Skeleton Stilt Walkers it’s packed full of spooky family fun.

Taking place from 10am – 5:30pm every weekend from 5th October and every day from 26th October to 3rd November, what will you do first?

NEW for 2019, see spooky Skeleton Stilt Walkers and take part in the
fang-tastic Halloween fancy dress competition- will you be crowned the Pumpkin King or Queen? From the Monster Mash to the Witchy Wiggle show off your best moves at end of day Laser Disco. Don’t forget to explore spooooky Mischief Manor, take on the Mysterious Maize Maze Challenge and walk to the Pumpkin Patch where you can take your pick from over 10,000 home grown pumpkins. There’s even a chance to get stuck in with Pumpkin Carving!

Also included in your ticket price, the enchanting Magic Hatter will be appearing as his wizard alter-ego, in two spellbinding 30 minute magic shows daily. Help the Hatter hatch a dragon egg, float a phoenix feather, mix magical potion ingredients and much more in these fun-filled family shows.

Plus, don’t miss out on your last chance to visit The Beach this year, whatever the weather bring your wellington boots to splash through rock pools, build a spooky sandcastle, take a selfie in the giant deck chair and climb Truffles Lifeguard Tower. Or why not make the most of your visit and hire a cosy Beach Hut for the day, well equipped with tables, chairs and play toys. It’s time to sit back and relax!

As well as all of the additional Halloween activities, there’s all the usual adventure farm fun too, including Indoor Bale Play Baaarn, Truffles Farmhouse & Barn, giant sandpit, bouncing pillows, crazy golf, barrel rides and go karts. And that’s all before you see the cute animals! You’ll find lots out in the paddocks and in the animal barn. Get up close to little piglets in the Piglet Maternity Ward and if you are lucky see piglets being born- such a memorable experience.

Piglets Adventure Farm is very close to the A64, just north of York, on Towthorpe Moor Lane, between Strensall Road and the A64, North of York. For Sat Navs use YO32 9ST.

Call 01904 499700 or visit the website

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Ryedale Folk Museum

Saturday 26 October – Sunday 3 November – Spellbound! This half-term holiday, our Daylight Photographic Studio has been bewitched with costumes for all self-respecting witches and wizards out there. Drop in all week to take your own spooky selfies.

Don’t forget to stop by the Activity Hub for some Halloween-themed construction too – make a house terrifying enough to keep witches at bay, or create your own fairy-tale cottage.

Tuesday 29 October: Halloween Artists – join us to make willow wands and illuminated spells. Drop in 11am – 3pm

Wednesday 30 October : I Wonder Wednesday – medicine or magic? Could you spot a real Witch? Drop in 11am – 3pm

Thursday 31 October : Halloween Family Felt Workshops – Will you make frogs, owls, cats or bats? Whatever you fancy, learn a new skill and create your own felted picture to take home – with a Halloween or Autumnal theme. £2 per person (Normal admission prices apply, or visit FREE with your valid annual pass)

Workshops run throughout the day. Book your place on arrival at the Museum (subject to availability):
11 – 11.30am
1 – 1.30pm
2.30 – 3pm

Ryedale Folk Museum
Hutton le Hole
YO62 6UA

Tel: 01751 417367

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Scribble and Sketch at Scarborough Art Gallery

Wednesday 30th October 2019
1pm – 3pm

Doodle, scribble and sketch with illustrator Savannah Storm! Draw a still life, pick up a trail to explore the gallery, or make your own pocket art kit to take home.

No artistic skills are needed.  Creative fun for all ages.

Drop-in event. All workshops are FREE with an Annual Pass & Under 18s go FREE

Scarborough Art Gallery
The Crescent, Scarborough YO11 2PW
01723 374753

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Sewerby Hall – October Half Term Activities & Halloween Fun

There’s lots happening at Sewerby Hall this October Half Term. Every day 26th October to 3rd November there are Halloween Trails in the house and gardens. Plus –

  • Rusticus Ghost Hunting Adventure – 28th October at 11.30am, 1pm and 2.30pm.
  • Pumpkin Carving – 29th October 1-3pm (ages 6+)
  • Halloween Magic Day and face painting in the Orangery – 30th October, magic shows at 1.30am, 1pm and 2.30pm.
  • Witch Craft and Potion Making – 31st October 11.30am-3pm.
  • Active Coast Halloween Spooky Woodland Walk – 31st October 5.30-8pm. £5 per child, please bring a torch

Admission charges apply to the house and zoo, gardens are free entry at this time of year. 10% off when booked online in advance here. For more information please call 01262 673769, visit their website here or follow them on facebook here.

Sewerby Hall, Church Ln, Sewerby, Bridlington YO15 1EA.

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Sledmere House: Halloween Experience

Children’s Petrifying Pumpkin Hunt & Halloween Experience: Sunday 27th October to Sunday 3rd November


Halloween fun and frights for all the family.

Do you dare to explore the darker side of Sledmere these half term holidays?

Take part in our Petrifying Pumpkin Hunt, find the Bats and Cats in the Stables Trail, explore the Gardens and Grounds with a Beastly Broom Search and take a trip around the Freaky Farmyard not forgetting to visit our adventure play area.

Fancy Dress is encouraged!

Hampton Paddock, Café and the Farm Shop will also be open and you can take a stroll around the grounds and enjoy the Autumnal scenery.

Normal admissions apply but don’t forget under 5’s go FREE. FREE entry for ‘Sledmere Friends’.

Sledmere House, Driffield. YO25 3XG
Contact Number: 01377 236637

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Spilmans Pick Your Own Pumpkins

Come along to Spilmans family farm this Halloween and visit or famous PYO & Pumpkin Festival.

With PYO pumpkins ready to pick from 1st October and festival dates running on; 5 & 6th, 12 & 13th, 19 & 20th, 23rd – 31st. Pre book your tickets to our carving barn, with lots of fun filled activities including spooky walks, singing pumpkins, face painting, spooky cinema, tractor rides, bale mountian and much more!

No pre booking required for PYO which runs everyday throughout October.

Church Farm, Sessay, Thirsk, North Yorkshire. YO7 3NB
T: 07973 746040


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Spooky Half Term, Whitby Abbey

Friday 25th October – Sunday 3rd November 2019 

11am – 4pm

Join us for some frightening fun this October half term. Hear a spooky tale or two and head out on a Halloween challenge trail. Follow clues and keep your eyes peeled for creepy cut outs about the site. Then find out the gruesome truth about life expectancy in Victorian England from our undertaker.

English Heritage

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Spooky Trails

Saturday 26th – Sunday 3rd November

Explore the museum and gallery on a haunting hunt for bones and ghosts, survive the tricks and you’ll be rewarded with a treat!

All holiday, anytime, FREE

Rotunda Museum, Cliff Bridge Terrace, Scarborough, YO11 2HB
01723 353665

Scarborough Art Gallery
The Crescent, Scarborough YO11 2PW
01723 374753

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Tappy Lappy Quartet

Friday 1st November  7-8pm  £5 / U18s £3

English folk group Tappy Lappy Quartet combines traditional with original music to create intricate and captivating arrangements. They feature the soulful melodeon playing of Dave Gray, bewitching vocals of Bryony Bainbridge and driving guitar and fiddle playing of BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award winners Matt Jones and Kev Lees. Explore the engaging songs, lively melodies and compelling harmonies of English folk alongside the quartet!

TAPPY Lappy will be leading the Sounding Out 3 day residency for young musicians aged 10-18 to take part in creative music making! For more information visit:

For Sounding Out Helmsley NYMAZ have partnered with The English Folk Dance and Song Society (EFDSS) who are the national folk arts development organisation for England. They champion the English traditional arts – music, song, dance, storytelling, customs and traditions – as part of the rich and diverse cultural landscape of the UK.

The Helmsley Arts Centre
YO62 5DW
01439 771700

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The Deep – Magic and Saw-cery

Tower Street, Hull, HU1 4DP (Sat Nav HU9 1TU).  01482 381000. Open daily 10am – 6pm (last entry 5pm).

Join us this October half term and be amazed as we explore the myths and legends around one of the world’s most endangered species, the sawfish. Runs 19th October to 3rd November 2019.

Take part in the very special magical interactive presentation at 11am, 1pm and 3pm daily, 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. We’ll make sure we bring our own special ‘saw-cery’ to the occasion too!

The Deep offers FREE return visits for 12 months with the Day Plus Pass. Simply complete your details at reception and retain your tickets to make use of this offer. Full terms and conditions can be found on The Deep’s website.


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The Smile Cafe Halloween Pottery Painting

The Mile is a farmshop, gift shop and campsite in Pocklington with a great cafe, Smile Cafe. For younger children under five, there’s a lovely indoor soft play area within the cafe plus an outdoor play area. There is also a quieter seating area in the farm shop for older children and families.

This October Half Term 2019 paint a spooky pot! Pottery painting available in the cafe daily 26th October to 30th October. Paints are acrylic so can be taken away that day. Pop in for lunch, a snack, a play and some painting!

Smile Café Opening times are 9am – 4pm (just drinks and snacks 3-4pm) Monday to Saturday, 9.30am – 12.30pm Sundays.

The Mile, Pocklington, YO42 1TW. On the road out of Pocklington towards Millington. For more information and bookings please call Jo on 01759 305420, email, or check out their website here or their facebook page here.

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The Web Adventure Park – Halloween

A spooky Halloween at the Web Adventure Park 2019

Wizard Wooo Halloween Ticket

By popular demand, we’ll be welcoming back Wizard Wooo for a night of Creepy Crawlies fun! Look forward to an evening of ghostly trails, spooky games and Halloween excitement!

Wizard Wooooo will be leading his interactive spooky (but not too scary!) trail for the whole of the family so please dress for outdoors and bring a torch. Children will love the Halloween games including Pumpkin Bowling, Wrap the Mummy and Slime the Adults! There’ll be a chance to win sweet prizes and take a turn on the dance floor with a disco playing themed Halloween music.

Dates: Saturday 26th October, Wednesday 30th October, Thursday 31st October

Time: The event takes place from 6pm until 8pm. Customers are welcome to come along any time from 4pm onwards to play beforehand.

Price: £10 per child, £2.25 per adult

Web Adventure Park
Wigginton Road
YO32 2RH
01904 692221

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Torchlight Ghost Tours at Scarborough Castle

Fri 25 – Sun 27 Oct 2019: 6-7pm and 7.30-8.30pm

Do you dare explore Scarborough Castle after dark this Halloween?

Join us for an eerie evening tour of Scarborough Castle. Our storytellers will guide you through the darkness and take you on a bone-chilling journey through the past. With tales of ghosts, supernatural sightings and horrors from history, this is not a night for the faint-hearted.

Tours last one hour and booking is essential as places are limited. The event is suitable for children over the age of 10 years old.

Two tours are available each day at 6-7pm and 7.30-8.30pm.

Ticket Prices:
Adult: £4.00
Concession: £3.00
Child: £2.00
Family: £10.00

Adults: £8.00
Concession: £6.00
Child: £4.00
Family: £20.00

Purchase your tickets today by calling our dedicated Ticket Sales Team on 0370 333 1183 (Mon – Fri 8.30am – 5.30 Sat 9am – 5pm).


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Yorkshire Arboretum

Friday 1st November 10am – 3pm

Junior Rangers – How do Seeds Disperse

£7.50 per child

Terrington Village Hall

A fun-packed day for children aged 4-11, with seasonal indoor and outdoor nature-inspired activities. Please note that an accompanying adult must stay for the session.

For more information please contact the Howardian Hills AONB on 01609 536778 or email




Beadlam Grange Pumpkin Carving Workshops

Wednesday 30th & Thursday 31st October 2019

£8.00 per child which includes the pumpkin to take home, a prize for each child & a special prize for the scariest pumpkin!

Booking is essential – please book in the Farmshop, call 01439 770303 ext 3

Places are limited.

Beck Isle Museum

Tuesday, October 29, 2019 at 11 AM – 3 PM: Fossil Hunters

Wednesday, October 30, 2019 at 11 AM – 3 PM: Traditional Craft Day

Thursday, October 31, 2019 at 11 AM – 3 PM: Easy Peasy Printing

Normal admission prices apply – Your ticket will give you 12 months admission to the museum. Under 5s come in for free.

Beck Isle Museum, Pickering. YO18 8DU
01751 473653

Brew & Dumplings Spootacular

Tuesday 29th October 2019 9am – 11,30am

All ages welcome

Fancy dress (with prizes), pumpkin carving and facepainting

Stew & Oyster, Old Town Hall, Malton
01653 531000

Burnby Hall Halloween’s Children’s Event Day

October 30, 2019 11.00 – 15.00

Join us for spooky fun in the Gardens.

Burnby Hall Gardens
01759 307125

Captain Barney’s Halloween Party

Thursday 31st October 2019 3pm – 6pm
Games, Food and lots and lots of fun.

Pirates and Princess Entertainers

Tickets always sell out fast so make sure you don’t miss out and book today!
Tickets are £5 per child. Adults £1

Captain Barney’s, 14 Railway Street, Malton YO17 7NR


Children’s Halloween cupcake decorating classes

Saturday 26th October 10-11.30am
Wednesday 30th October 10-11.30am
Thursday 31st October 10-11.30am

Your little witch or wizard can design their own cupcake box; learn how to pipe buttercream and create these spooky decorations for their 6 cupcakes to take home.

Suitable for children aged 3 and up. Refreshments for children and their adult provided.
£15 per child for this spooky experience.

Islay Rose Cakes
Highfield House, Gillamoor Road, Kirkbymoorside YO62 6EL
07921 015304

Children’s Halloween Party

Friday 1st November 2019 5pm – 7pm

£6 to include disco and food

Tickets available from Oscars and Desirable Nails 01653 690010 / 07976 896987

Oscars. Ryedale Community and Leisure Centre, Bowling Lane, Norton. YO17 8EG

Children’s Halloween Party at The Royal Oak

Saturday, November 2, 2019 at 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM

Disco, Party Games, Fancy Dress and Prizes
£3 a ticket payable at the time of booking, to include a soft drink, party games & a prize for the best dressed.

The Royal Oak, 26 Market Place, Malton
01653 692122

City Cruises York – October Half Term

Sailing at 6 PM and 8PM every night from 26th to 31st October, 2019.

Halloween Cruise on the Ouse with York Dungeon!

In an exclusive partnership between City Cruises York, the York Dungeon and their award-winning actors, raise a toast York’s gruesome past.

Please note that this is not a sightseeing cruise, but a Halloween performance which takes place downstairs in the saloon of one of our passenger boats. Recommended for 6 yrs plus.

01904 628324

Creepy Crawlies, Web Adventure Park – School Holidays


01904 692221

Easingwold Family Funfair

Thursday 24th October to Monday 28th October 2019

Thursday – Friday 6pm – 9.30pm
Saturday 1.30pm – 9.30pm
Sunday – Closed
Monday 5pm – 8pm

Easingwold Market Place, Easingwold

Easingwold Library

Monday 28th October 2019 – Lego Competition.
Design and build your dream house. Prizes!

Tuesday 29th October 2019 – Yarn Rama
Bring your family and learn cool new woolly crafts

£2 per family

For details and bookings, visit the library or ring 01609 534584

Flamingo Land Halloween

Spooktacular Halloween Half Term
14th October to 3rd November 2019

This Halloween trick or treat yourself to a festival of fear and fun, fit for the whole family.

fangtastic 2-FOR-1 FANCY DRESS OFFER this Halloween – Promotion Code: SPOOKY19

Trick or Treat event for only £3pp to receive some yummy treats and a chilling surprise

Book your ticket for ONLY £10 and join us from 4pm to enjoy our twilight rides, followed by the 5pm show

Flamingo Land, Kirby Misperton, Malton, North Yorkshire, YO17 6UX
T: 0871 9118000

Frightwater Valley at Lightwater Valley

October 26th-31st 2019

From family-friendly scares to truly terrifying encounters there’s something for everyone to enjoy.

For younger visitors there will be Spooky Character Meet and Greets, Scary Magic Shows and Trick or Treat Doors.

The scares culminate with the Frightwater Finale lakeside fireworks spectacular (6pm Saturday, 5.30pm Sunday-Wednesday).

North Stainley, Ripon, HG4 3HT
T: 01765 635321

Halloween at Howsham Mill

Carve a pumpkin and take part in age appropriate Halloween games and crafts!

Wednesday, October 30, 2019 at 10 AM – 12 PM. Children aged 2.5 years to 7, but older siblings are welcome to attend. Feel free to stay for lunch afterwards!

Thursday, October 31, 2019 at 10 AM – 12 PM. Children aged 7 and older, but younger siblings are welcome to attend.

£5 per child. Booking essential. No charge for accompanying adults. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Please come dressed for all weathers, and bring along a packed lunch!

Howsham Mill, Howsham, YO60 7PA 01653 619712

Halloween Disco

Friday, November 1, 2019 at 6 PM – 9 PM

Children’s Disco, Games and Prizes
£3 Entry

Spencer’s Bar and Grill, Upper Carr Lane, Pickering
01751 472630

Halloween Fun at Pickering Recreation Club

Sunday 27th October 2019 12pm – 4pm

Indoor party with Lucky Dip, Sand Art, Glitter Tattoos, Tombola, Hair Bows, Face painting, Stalls and much more

Stalls from 12pm. Party 2pm – 4pm

The party is £4 for a family ticket that includes fancy dress competition, buffet food, games and more.

Mill Lane, Pickering, YO18 7DB

Harry Potter Weekend at York Bird of Prey Centre

Open 19th and 20th October 2019 10.30am – 4.30pm

A fun filled weekend of Harry Potter games and activities with including crafts, owls, potions, the “sorting hat” and an “aragogs nest”

Just the normal entrance fee applies
Adult – £9, Child – £7.50, Family of 4 – £28.00, Family of 5 – £32.00

Tickets can be purchased in advance please call 01347 833214 or on the door.
York Bird of Prey Centre, Burn Hall, Tollerton Road, YO61 1JB
T: 01347 833 214

Hyde Park Halloween Party

Friday, November 1, 2019 at 3 PM – 5 PM

Kids disco and games. Fancy dress (prize for best boy and girl fancy dress)
Hot dogs and chips

Hyde Park Pub, Norton

Jennie’s Annual Children’s Halloween Party

Saturday 26th October 2019 5pm to 7pm

Games and prizes, disco with Lynne and prizes for best fancy dress.

Free admission

9 – 11 Westgate, Rillington YO17 8LN
01944 758464

Kirkbymoorside Community Library STEAM activity morning

Wednesday 30th October 2019 10am – 12pm 

Free children’s STEAM (Science, technology, engineering, art and maths) activities aimed at KS2 (8 to 11 year olds). Come and have a go at activities covering all of these subjects including an experience of the virtual reality world. Spaces limited – book at the library.

Church House, 7 High Marketplace. YO62 6AT
Phone: 01609 534557

Mansion House – October Half Term

Saturday 19th – Thursday 31st October 2019, 5.30pm

A spooky experience for adventurous little ones (and brave adults…). With a guide, they will venture into dark halls and vast rooms to solve puzzles and crack clues, and help protect the house from the ghosts

£6.50 per child (including a free accompanying adult). For guidance, recommend for children aged 6-13 years.

York Mansion House, St Helen’s Square, York, YO1 9QL
01904 553663

Minskip Farm Shop Halloween

Saturday 26th & Sunday 27th October 2019 11-4pm

Come one, come all…bring your little monsters to our amazing Halloween Event 2019 and have amazing family time while enjoying delicious pizza. We’re creepin’ it real this year, with pumpkin carving, pizza and hot drinks to keep everyone happy

Just pay for your pumpkin and carving kit – there is no ticket price.

Minskip Road, Boroughbridge, York, YO51 9HY
T: 01423 329063

Money Minds

Monday 28th October, Wednesday 30th October & Friday 1st November 2019 10-11am
Tuesday 29th October & Thursday 31st October 2019 1-2pm

Teach your children some important financial skills.

Join us for conversations and fun activities for children about keeping money safe and the difference between wants and needs.

The activities are suitable for 5-11 year olds

Yorkshire Building Society, 4 Wheelgate, Malton. YO17 7HP

01653 472292.

National Railway Museum

Details TBC

Find out more on our website or call 03330 161 010 (Monday-Friday, 09.00-17.00).

National Railway Museum, Leeman Road, York YO26 4XJ

North Yorkshire Moors Railway – Halloween Train

26th & 27th and 30th & 31st October 2019 from 7pm, lasting approximately one hour.

Departing from Pickering, the spooktacular Halloween Train will travel to Levisham Station with scary storytelling along the way. This will be a return non-stop journey with Tricks and Treats! Price Adult £20, Child £20, Family (2 Adults & 2 Children) £60 including packed lunch/es.  Advance booking required. Recommended for children aged 5 to 12 years old.

Pickering Station Park Street Pickering YO18 7AJ

T: 01751 472508.

Norton Railway Club Halloween Party

27th October 2019 2pm – 7pm

Fancy dress

Children FREE
Adults £1

Nunnington Hall Halloween Trail and Crafts

26th October to 3rd November 2019 10.30am – 4pm

Are you brave enough to follow the haunted trail through the hall and get hands on with creepy crafts? Join us each weekend fro special family ghost tours.

Normal Nunnington Hall prices apply. National Trust Members are FREE

Nunnington Hall 01439 748283

Pickering Library

“More than Movies” Launch, Saturday 26th October 10am.  Family Movies for those who are unable to or don’t feel comfortable going to the cinema. Pre-book for this FREE session. Please contact the library for the current film listing and further details.

Halloween Mask Making. Thursday 31st October 10.30am-11.45am. Ages 5-11 (under 8’s to be accompanied). Create a mask with Rosie in our free Halloween session. Places to be booked in advance.

For further information about any of these sessions, and to ensure they are running, please contact Pickering library on 01609 533624

Playdale Farm

Open Saturday 4th July with restrictions in place.

Cafe is takeaway only. Some areas are cash only.

No soft play but the tractors will be outside.

Barns will be as one way as possible. Sadly no petting or feeding at the moment.

Carr Lane, Cayton, Scarborough, YO11 3AT
Tel 01723 586351

Sutton Bank National Park Centre

Wednesday 30 October 2019 10:30am – 12pm and 1:30pm – 3pm
Feed the Birds
Spare a thought for our wild birds as winter approaches. Join us in making tasty food and bird-feeders to hang at home. Please note that this event uses animal fats and peanuts.

Suitable for age 4 and above.
Please wear appropriate clothing and footwear. Sorry, no dogs. All children to be accompanied by an adult. There’s no charge for adults to attend. £4.50 per child

Sutton Bank National Park Centre, YO7 2EH
Booking essential. Call 01439 772738 for more information.

The Great York Ghost Search

The Great York Ghost Search will run for an extended three week run (11 October – 1 November 2019) for the October half-term, with 26 ghost lamps tucked away in shop windows all around the city and the mini-ghosts making an appearance for the last week of the search, finders of which will be able to go home with their own pocket poltergeists.

The Moors National Park Centre

Monday 28 October 2019 10:30am – 3pm (drop in anytime)
Ghostly Treasure Hunt: Suitable for all the family. Adult: Free Child: £3

Tuesday 29 October 2019 10:30am – 12pm
Springy Spiders. Suitable for ages 3 – 7. Adult: Free Child: £4.50

Tuesday 29 October 2019 1:30pm – 3pm
Rotten Witches. 4 yrs plus. Adult: Free Child: £4.50

Thursday 31 October 2019 10:30am – 2:30pm (drop in anytime)
Halloween Crafts. 4 yrs plus. Adult: Free Child: £4.50

Saturday 2 November 2019 10:30am – 12:30pm and 1:30pm – 3:30pm
Inspired by… Art Young Artist Workshop: Inspiring Children through Nature. 8 yrs plus. £7.50

Saturday 2 November 2019 6pm – 8pm
Dark Skies at Danby. All children to be accompanied by an adult. Booking essential. Adult: £5, Child: £2.50

The Moors National Park Centre, Lodge Lane, Whitby. YO21 2NB
Call 01439 772738.

The Whole Hogg Farm Shop Pumpkin PYO

Huge selecton of PYO Pumpkins with a barrow to your car….

Pumpkin patch opens Saturday 12th October 2019

Lovely café to enjoy a coffee and a cake plus much more.

Howebridge Farm, Low Marishes, Malton, YO17 6RQ

01653 669469

West Heslerton Pumpkin Trail

Thursday 31st October 2019 3pm – 5pm

£3 for pumpkin trail, hot dog and a drink

Everything welcome

Other activities include a fancy dress competition, apple bobbing, cake stall, craft area, tombola, spooky slime box challenge and photo booth

West Heslerton Village Hall

York Chocolate Story

York’s SHOCKolate Story (19 – 31 October 2019)
Join us on our Trick or Treat Trek where you will encounter Count Fectionery and Miss Terry. Walk the streets of York, but make sure not to stray too far from the path whilst Count Fectionery uncovers terrifying tales within the grizzly walls. What mischief will you get up to with Miss Terry?

Yorkshire Pumpkins

Open on 12th and 13th October then every day from the 19th October until the 31st October from 10am-4pm.

Bring the whole family to enjoy the fun on the farm this half term! Free entry and parking – pay for what you pick (prices start at £1) and for the children’s play areas (£3).

Pumpkin café on site serving delicious homemade refreshments.

Lodge Farm, Cundall, YO61 2RN
01423 360203