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Yorkshire’s most haunted sites and places to visit at Halloween

PUBLISHED: 15:00 15 October 2017 | UPDATED: 21:39 15 October 2017

Fountains Abbey - Andrew Ramsay

Fountains Abbey - Andrew Ramsay


Halloween is all about remembering the dead particularly saints and martyrs but for most especially youngsters, the night before All Saints Day is about trick and treating, costume parties, carving jack o’ lanterns from pumpkins, watching horror films and visiting haunted houses.

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There are some chilling stories behind some of the county’s most haunted properties

Treasurer’s House, York

There is the tale of Roman Legionnaires making frequent appearances in the cellars of the Treasurer’s House, York said to be following an old Roman road - there are regular guided tours of the haunted cellars.

Temple Newsam, Leeds

With 500 years of history the house is said to be one of the most haunted buildings in Yorkshire and has many tales of ghosts and unexplained happenings

Long Marston

The Old Hall in the village used by Oliver Cromwell during the Battle of Marston Moor is said to be haunted by his ghost. Sightings of ghostly Royalist soldiers and phantoms in Cavalier costume have also been reported.

Bolton Abbey

A black-robed spectre is said to haunt the church accompanied by a strong smell of incense usually appears in July in the daytime.

Fountains Abbey

A ghostly choir has been heard chanting in the Chapel of Nine Altars but there are more ghostly happenings in nearby Fountains Hall., The hall built by Sir Stephen Proctor is said to be haunted by the blue ghost of his daughter who witnessed his evil doings and remains at the hall for eternity. An Elizabethan man has also been seen emerging from the panelling in the stone hall.

Carbrook Hall, Sheffield

An Ancient Hall, now a public house has been standing since the 1600s. The land around Carbrook Hall has changed dramatically over the centuries but the building is still intact with original features.


The inspiration for Bram Stoker's Dracula came while the author was in Whitby. Follow in the footsteps of  by climbing the town's 199 steps or take refuge to Whitby Abbey.


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There is no shortage of haunting events in Yorkshire this Halloween. Here are just a few:

7th  October  - 4th November

The York Dungeon

'The Home of Halloween' - the York Dungeon has a full programme of events in October and early November.

Highlights include: York Dungeon Late for over 18s, Trick or Treat Walking Tours around the city, York Dungeon City Bus Tour and Ghost Cruise on the Ouse.

Price: Various

The York Dungeon: 12 Clifford Street, York YO1 9RD. www.thedungeons.com/york


13th October – 31st October

Yorkshire Scare Grounds Scream Park

Yorkshire Scare Grounds Scream Park and Halloween destination and will send shivers down your spine. The park has six terrifying attractions including Ghost Town, Zombie Outpost and Hotel Hell, it's definitely not an event for the faint hearted!

Price: Adults, 18+ £20 (plus booking fees)

Yorkshire Scare Grounds Scream Park, Wakefield, West Yorkshire, WF1 5SG



13th October – 31st October

Hallowscream at York Maze

Hallowscream is a live ‘scare event’ with five separate haunted attractions for visitors to brave. Hallowscream, say organisers, is based on a story about a farm where a terrible tragedy happened way back in 1873 and the restless souls who died then return each Halloween to torment those who dare visit. But we can’t help thinking the edge will be taken off by all the food and drink that will be available.

Price: Tickets from £20

Dunnington Lodge, Elvington Lane, York, North Yorkshire, YO19 5LT



21st October - 31st October

Halloween Pumpkin Festival at Cannon Hall Farm 

The popular annual Pumpkin Festival returns – and 2017 promises to be bigger and better than ever. Children can venture into the pumpkin patch and design their spookiest faces for the expert pumking carvers. There will also be daily shows with our performing witches – can your family help the good witch convince the bad witch to behave?

Price: £9.95

Cannon Hall Farm, Cawthorne, Barnsley, South Yorkshire, S75 4AT



21st October - 5th November

Halloween Spooktacular at the Tropical Butterfly House

Visit the Witch’s Cottage and the Haunted House, brave the ghoulish tractor trailer ride through the Freaky Forest and come face to face with ghosts and monsters, watch the bird and animal displays, featuring amazing birds of prey and parrots, hosted by witches, carve a pumpkin and join in spooky crafts and activities, suitable for children of all ages.

Price: Adults: £11 Children: £10.00 (under 2's free), Family pass from £37.50

Tropical Butterfly House, Wildlife & Falconry Centre, Woodsetts Road, North Anston, Sheffield, South Yorkshire, S25 4EQ



21st October - 5th November

Halloween at Eureka!

A special programme of half-term events to celebrate Halloween sees Eureka open an hour earlier at 9.30am on weekedays. There's Ghost walks, the Monster Mash-up show and some spooky characters roaming the museum, perfect for a selfie!

Price: Adults £12.9, 5 3-15 years £12.95, 1-2 years £5.25, Under 1 year Free.

Discovery Road, Halifax, West Yorkshire, HX1 2NE 



21st October - 5th November

Castle Howard's Half Term: Creepy Halloween

Castle Howard will be 'haunted' by a cast of imaginary spooky characters and creatures, designed to thrill and surprise unwary visitors. Definitely not for the faint-hearted, this half term Halloween experience will thrill younger visitors, and give their parents a glimpse into a part of Castle Howard not normally open to the public.

Prices: TBA

Castle Howard, York, North Yorkshire, YO60 7DA



24th October - 29th October

The Great Pumpkin Festival

Hebden Bridge’s first Pumpkin Carving Festival promises all kinds of events including a pumpkin trail through the town, a pumpkin carving competition and a Parade of Pumpkins on Sunday 29th October.

Hebden Bridge www.facebook.com/events/1702661470029302


26th October – 29th October  

Frightwater Valley 

Join Lightwater Valley Themepark for their annual Halloween spooktacular, as a cloak of supernatural delight shrouds the theme park. All manner of creepy ghouls and beasties lurk within the Valley, so tread scarefully as they celebrate Halloween in style.

Price: £16 (for early booking deal, limited spaces)

Lightwater Valley Theme Park, North Stainley, Ripon, North Yorkshire, HG4 3HT 



27th October

Bolton Castle Halloween evening event

A Halloween ghost walk, talk and dinner that includes ghost stories and a tour around the creepiest places in the castle. Followed by a Halloween themed dinner.

Price: Adults £19.50

Bolton Castle, Nr Leyburn, North Yorkshire, DL8 4ET



28th October

Hallowe'en Happening

Spook your senses with an array of small plays, special effects make up, interactive performances, magic, fiendish film and live music to shake your bones to, price includes Sweeney Todd’s hearty pie and pea supper.

Price: £15 (Over 18s only)

Lawrence Batley Theatre, Queen Street, Huddersfield, West Yorkshire, HD1 2SP 



30th October – 31st October

Haunted Hall 

Barley Hall invites you this Halloween to help solve the strange goings on and some frightening ghostly mysteries! A perfect Halloween event for the kids, expect thrills and chills but no nightmares! Suitable for 5 to 12 year olds, admissions also include a free hot chocolate and children’s gift bag.

Price: £5.50

Barley Hall, 2 Coffee Yard, York, YO1 8AR



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