Halloween is a frightfully fun time of year for all ages. Outside we can begin to feel Winter creeping up on us, as we find ourselves digging out our trusty coats and cosy boots. If you dare to brave the witches, ghouls and monsters dancing through the darkness outdoors, we have our top pick for family adventures this Halloween.

What’s on in Yorkshire this Halloween…

Pick Your Own Pumpkin

Pumpkin picking is a great activity for all ages at Halloween, and something to entertain the kids this October half term. Escape to the Yorkshire countryside, where the leaves are turning but more importantly, the pumpkins are growing!

At Atley Hill Farm in Scorton, North Yorkshire you can pick your own size and style of pumpkin – orange, white and warty ones too. Carve it into a super scary design or add some topical humour ready to spook and surprise this Halloween.

After you have picked your pumpkin, grab your team of explorers and have a go at navigating your way through the new 3-acre maize maze at the farm!

The farm is open from 10am-3pm on Saturday 12th and Sunday 13th, Saturday 19th until Thursday 31st October with free entry, free parking and plenty of pumpkins to pick from… Just pay for what pumpkins you pick from 50p to £5. Wheelbarrows are provided and wellies are essential!

Go pumpkin picking

Thorp Perrow’s Spook-tacular Trail

Autumn is the time to wrap up warm and spend a day at Thorp Perrow Arboretum, near Bedale, North Yorkshire. This Halloween, there is a spook-tacular trail to follow through the woods…. Set in the Bog Garden, children can look out for letters hidden amongst the ghosts and ghouls to make the scary words on the trail sheet!

From Saturday 12th October – Sunday 3rd November, make sure you pick up a trail sheet and goodie bag if you dare that will be sure to make you jump!

Thorp Perrow is always a joy to explore. There are acres of stunning woodland, plus the children can enjoy the adventure play area with swings, zip-line, slides and an adventurous assault course, as well as meeting exotic birds and animals. Watch the birds daily flying demonstrations and we like to spot meerkats on Meerkat Island or wander through Wallaby Wood to feed and pet the wallabies.

Go Exploring

Halloween at The Forbidden Corner

The award-winning Forbidden Corner in Middleham is a weird and wonderful day out for the whole family. All year around it is full of surprises around every corner, with tunnels, chambers and follies to explore across 4 acres of Yorkshire countryside and is a must visit while staying with us.

Discover the temple of the underworld, paths to the unknown, strange statues and a magical tower with decisions to make before you round every corner. Watch out for the shocks and tricks (make sure you’re wearing your waterproofs!!) along the way as this is a day out with a difference…

This Halloween pack up your monsters and from 12th October – 3rd November you can take part in a daily Halloween quiz, with prizes for those that can find the lost bones hidden throughout the gardens. There’s also a fancy-dress competition on 31st October, with prizes for the scariest costumes.

The Forbidden Corner is the ideal day out for any brave adventurers and those young at heart this October.

Halloween Fun

Gruesome Grub

While you’re there, we love a stop at The Saddle Room, for food to warm up after a day of exploring. They have a little grown-ups menu also, so it’s good for all the family. For the adults, head to the award-winning The Saddle Cellar for a tasting from over 110 wines.

You will often hear us rave about the food at The Wensleydale Heifer, about 2.5 miles away from The Forbidden Corner. A fantastic traditional white-washed inn at West Witton, North Yorkshire. If you’re on a food tour of Yorkshire then this stop-off is a must.


bettys halloween

These sweet treats from Bettys are a wicked enough reason for us to gather up our gaggle of ghouls, close the curtains, put the kettle on and lock all gruesomeness outdoors… Our favourite has to be this delightfully decadent chocolate sponge, filled with chocolate buttercream and covered with marzipan and hand-piped royal icing.

Available Holiday Homes

Whether you are getting a group together for a Spooktacular celebration this Halloween or you’re planning a cosy night in front of the fire hiding from the trick or treaters, we have some frightfully fantastic holiday homes in Yorkshire available for a devilishly memorable Halloween….


A fun Halloween choice, there's entertaining space inside and out at the four bedroom luxury cottage. Available for 2 nights from 30th October.

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Escape to Yorkshire in this boo-utiful three bedroom luxury lodge with its own private hot tub. Available for 4 nights from Monday 25th November.

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Maison Cottage

A weekend at Maison Cottage with spooktacular views over Richmond and the castle at this two bed luxury cottage. Available for 2 nights from Friday 1st November.

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