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

PUBLISHED: 01:00 25 September 2018 | UPDATED: 12:25 01 October 2018

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.


Need to know more? Go to yorkshire.com and good luck ghost hunting. Don’t forget to tell us about your other-worldly experiences, leave a comment or tweet @Yorkshire_Life


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.

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


13th October – 2nd November

Halloween at Thornton Hall Country Farm Park

There's a packed programme of events planned for the half term and Halloween at Thornton Hall Country Farm Park.

Including: animals attractions during the day, School of Wizards & Witches and new for 2018;Thornton Hall’s mysterious Pumpkin Patch.

Thornton Hall Country Park, Thornton-in-Craven, near Skipton BD23 3TS www.thorntonhallcountrypark.co.uk


18th October – 3rd November

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!

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



12th October – 3rd November

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.

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



20th October - 4th November

Halloween at Eureka!

A special programme of half-term events to celebrate Halloween at includes: Dr Frankenstein’s Science Lab, Survival Skills with the resident werewolf and spooky dance classes.

Discovery Road, Halifax, West Yorkshire, HX1 2NE 



20th October – 2nd November

Spookyfied at Bolton Castle

The Castle will be spookyfied for general visitors and with a spooky trail and a prize for the best costume of the day.

Bolton Castle, Nr Leyburn, North Yorkshire DL8 4ET 



27th October - 31st October

Halloween Pumpkin Festival at Cannon Hall Farm 

The popular annual Pumpkin Festival returns – and 2018 promises to be bigger and better than ever. Children can venture into the pumpkin patch and design their spookiest faces for the expert pumpkin carvers. There will also be daily shows with our performing witches – can your family help the good witch convince the bad witch to behave?

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



27th October - 4th 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.

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



27th October - 4th November

Castle Howard's Zombie vs Pirates

Hidden deep within Castle Howard's burnt out wing lies the ancient cure to zombification. whilst somewhere amongst the twisting woodland paths is a hoard of lost Pirate treasure waiting to be unearthed. And there's about to be an epic clash between the two camps of the living dead.

Castle Howard, York, North Yorkshire, YO60 7DA



27th October – 31st 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.

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



27th 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.

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



30th October – 31st October

Magnificent Medieval Monsters

Visit Barley Hall this autumn and discover the weird and wonderful creatures of the medieval imagination and their uses in the magic and protective charms.

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




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