If you want a scare, then York has a lot going on this Halloween to scare you, whatever your age. Whether it’s a special screening of Ghostbusters or a live scare experience, York always delivers and this year is no different. Below is a handful of the events this Halloween.
Ghostbusters Screening and Buffet
It’s the 30th anniversary of the popular movie; Ghostbusters, and over at the Yorkshire Museum there’s a special screening of the classic. The movie is accompanied by a Halloween themed buffet which will include mummified hot dogs and spicy bat wings. Tickets cost £15 which includes the buffet, the event starts at 6:30PM on the 31st October, with the buffet starting at 6:45PM and the film beginning at 7:30PM.
Hallowscream at the York Maze
The York Maze never misses out on the big celebrations, Halloween is no different as they get set to put on “Hallowscream”, a live scare event boasting a number of attractions to scare the living daylights out of you. Whether it’s the fire destroyed farm where Joseph Clement went missing, or Corny the clown’s house of confusion, there’s plenty to horrify and excite you. Ticket prices vary depending on which day you choose to go, but range from £14 – £27. The event runs on selected days from 17th October – 1st November.
Piglets Adventure Farm Park Pumpkin Festival
Over at the Piglets Adventure Farm, they’re having a pumpkin festival. Choose from thousands of pumpkins to carve your very own creations, enjoy some spooky story telling from the farm’s witches, eat some “eerie-sistable” bbq and get your fright on at the creepy cottage and fields of fright. There’s also a fancy dress competition being judged at 3pm each day and much much more.
Prices are £5.95 for adults / £6.95 for children or £24 for a family ticket. The festival runs on 11th, 12th, 18th, 19th October and 25th October – 2nd November.
Halloween at The York Dungeon
The York Dungeon is scary enough at anytime of the year, but Halloween adds an extra dimension. This Halloween the dungeon is bringing alive a new character, The Master of Tricks, ready to scare you and get up to some trickery and mischief. This event is expected to get sold out so get in there quick to avoid disappointment. The special event runs from 17th October – 2nd November.
Haunted Hall at Barley Hall
The Barley Hall is putting on an event suitable for children. “Enjoy a spine-chilling night as you explore Barley Hall by candlelight in the company of a cast of creepy characters – with surprises in store and frights galore, this is an evening of fun for kids both big and small!” (source). The tour starts every 30 minutes from 5pm to 7pm on October 30th and 31st. Admission is £4 for children and £6 for adults and includes a hot chocolate and a gift bag for children.
Pumpkin Hunt! at Waterstones
Waterstones are putting on a pumpkin hunt around the children’s section of their new store. If you find all the hidden pumpkins then you’ll be placed in a prize draw for a £10 gift card and all completed entries will receive a “chocolate surprise”. The event runs all day (10AM – 6PM) on the 31st October. For more details call 01904 620784.
Torch-lit bat hunt
Over at Beningbrough Hall, why not join in a torch-lit bat hunt. “As the property closes and night falls, nocturnal animals come out to feed. Bring a torch and head out exploring to see what you can see’. If you dare” (source). The event runs on the 31st October and 1st November at 5pm – 6pm and costs £4.
York Ghost Walk
Any local probably already knows about the York Ghost Walks, but have you ever actually been on one? Well this Halloween is the perfect chance to give it a try. Running every night at 7pm, departing from the Roman Column next to the Minster, it’s the perfect opportunity to learn about York’s famous ghosts and ghouls. It’s suitable for all ages and costs £5 for adults and £3 for children. The special Halloween version of the ghost walk runs from 25th October – 2nd November.
Electric Boutique at Kuda
If clubbing is more your thing, then Halloween is one of the biggest party nights of the year. Kuda is not missing out on the celebration, they’re putting on a Halloween special where ghosts and ghouls and terrifying creatures lurk in the shadows ready to pounce. Over 18’s only (obviously) and tickets can be purchased in advanced for £5 from their website. The event runs from 10:30PM – 3:30AM on the 31st October.
So get your scare on and enjoy what York has to offer this Halloween. If you know of any other events that you’d like to see on this list, then please let us know either via the contact page or through our twitter or facebook profiles.