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Blow Your Horn Ripon

Lots of Halloween fun planned by the team at Blow Your Horn Ripon!

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Half Term Activities At Fountains Abbey

There are a lot of fun family-friendly activities planned for half term at Fountains Abbey including: Autumn deer watch, Apple juicing, Autumn colour walk, Awesome Autumn weaving, Bird feeder making a Family stargazing evening and Design a folly! Architecture workshops.


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Halloween Pumpkin Messy Paint Party!

27th October 4pm

With The Creation Station

Sawley Village Hall

Suitable from 5 months to 5 years, join us for a Halloween adventure. What will we find? Expect plenty of pumpkins, spooky spiders and slippery slime! END TIME APPROX

Tickets are available at

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Ripon Ghost Walk: Halloween Special

31st October

There will be some extra themed spooky stories added into this Ghost Walk. Feel free to dress up in Halloween costume!

Explore the darker side of Ripon, hearing tales of ghouls and ghostly goings on around every corner.

Meet at the Cabman’s Shelter for a 7:30pm start IF YOU DARE! End time approx 9pm.

The Cabman’s Shelter is right next to the four red phoneboxes on Ripon Market Place.

There’s no need to book, just turn up

Price: Adults £3, Under 16s £1.



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Ripon Museums

Punishment Week at the Workhouse

Mon 23 October to Fri 27 October, 11am – 4pm daily

Discover more about Victorian Punishments in the Workhouse this half term with finger
stocks, back straighteners and punishment trails in store. These ‘fun’ family activities reveal the strict Yorkshire Workhouse regime that was in place for young and old in the past. There will also be seasonal baking and craft activities to enjoy during your visit: bake spiced apple biscuits and make Halloween dunces caps and scarey spiders!
Activities are free but museum entry applies.

Halloween Party

Fri 27 October, 6pm.

Enjoy Halloween family fun at the Workhouse. Come along to our party evening and experience the corridor of fear, take part in Halloween themed party games and create seasonal crafts. Entry is £2.50 per person/ child. Tickets available from the Workhouse Museum and online.


The Workhouse Museum, Allhallowgate, Ripon HG4 1LE
[email protected]  tel 01765 690799

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The Yorkshire Vet At Countryside Live

Kick start the Autumn half term with a fabulous new event at the Great Yorkshire Showground, as TV favourites Julian Norton and Peter Wright take centre stage with “The Yorkshire Vet at Countryside Live”.

The TV favourites will be the star attractions of the two-day event in Harrogate which will be bigger and better than ever including an expanded children’s section.

Countryside Live, which has been running at the Great Yorkshire Showground for 14 years, will get a whole new look thanks to an exciting new partnership with The Yorkshire Vet and Channel 5. Read more here.


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Twigs N’ Stix Forest School

23rd October or 24th October 10.15am – 12.15pm

Enjoy a run around the woods, explore the dens – build your own, make amazing autumn crafts, Halloween spooky spiders, warm up by the fire, drink hot chocolate and roast marshmallows – loads of fun for everyone £10 per child (£18 a family).

**Booking essential**  07715 001394

Harewell Woods Farm, Glasshouses, HG3 5QQ

Bedale Autumn Festival

21st – 29th October

Witches in Windows Competition

Halloween Trail

Octoberfest Ale Trail

Pumkin Carving

Billy Bob’s Halloween Festival

Oct 21st -31st

Cost: Play barn entry is £1 per child, barns restricted to diners only during school holidays.
Cinema screen showing Spookily the Square Pumpkin. Hilda, the friendly Witch and friends will be out along the Hallween trail (small entry charge, kid-friendly, no gore, just spooks).

Calm Slate Farm, Halton East, Bolton Abbey BD23 6EU

Birchfield Family Dairies: Pick Your Own Pumpkins

14th-15th, 21st -31st October 10am -4pm

Pick your own punkin and ride the pumpkin express, knock down some targets on the corn cannon, see pig racing and more…


Bolton Abbey Pumpkin Trail

21st – 31st October

Trail open from 9am – 5pm

Follow the pumpkin trail through Strid Wood. Discover mysterious doors hidden in the trees – find clues about the witches spell.

Event is free but general admission charges apply (£10 per car). Enter via Cavendish carpark.


Halloween Party At The Staveley Arms

Saturday 28th October 4pm until 7pm

Family disco with face painting and cake decorating.

01765 635439

North Stainley, Ripon HG4 3HT

Halloween Trail At Brimham Rocks

26th – 29th October
The Druid of Brimham is up to his old trick again, scaring the local animals. Can you help them stand up to the Druid?

Halloween Train – North York Moors Railway

26th – 29th October

Meet Wendy Witch, Vinnie Vampire and more spooky characters. There will be stories and sing-a-longs. Join the fun!

Trains run at 6pm, 7.30pm and 9pm lasting approximately one hour. Adult and Child Tickets cost £20 per person and advance booking is required. Click here to book tickets.

Halloween At Knaresborough Castle and Museum

21st – 28th October

Explore the King’s Tower and dark dungeon and take a trip through the secret underground tunnel. Beware of the bats, spiders and ghouls…

Knaresborough Castle

Castle Yard, Knaresborough HG5 8AS

Interactive Films with Sneaky Experience, Kirkstall Abbey

Oct 27th – 28th

Cost: £10 adults, £8 child
This Halloween Half Term the Sneaky Experience crew will be showing Hocus Pocus in the spooky surroundings of KirkstallAbbey. Before the films families can enjoy short performances, singing, and have the chance to meet some spooky characters .

Kirkstall Abbey, Abbey Road, Leeds LS5 3EH

Lightwater Valley

26th – 29th October

Annual Halloween Spooktacular: During the day friendly frights are suitable for the whole family but BE WARNED…. as dusk falls you will need to tread very carefully as….the darker the night the scarier the fright!

North Stainley

01765 635321


Mini Kicks Holiday Club

At: Ripon City AFC, Mallorie Park Ripon

From 9am – 3.30pm Monday 23rd October – Friday 27th October

For: 3-6 years and 7-12 years

Call: 07377080318

Mother Shiptons Halloween

21st – 29th October

Beware the curse of the Black Pearl! As Halloween approaches the curse is strong, with ghosts and ghouls at Mother Shipton’s. Will you survive the fearsome Kraken? Open 10am to 4.30 pm (last admission 3.30pm). Come in your best Halloween costume and compete in our daily costume competition.

National Railway Museum

21 October – 5th November 10-4

Future Engineers is back at the National Railway Museum from October 21 with fun and fascinating workshops for the whole family and interactive activities to ignite imaginations.
With workshops, games and hands on activities.

NRM York, Leeman Road, York, YO26 4XJ

0844 815 3139

North Yorkshire Moors Railway: Halloween Train

26th October, 2017 at 6:00pm – 29th October, 2017 at 9:00pm

18:00, 19:30 and 21:00 each evening 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! Adult and Child Tickets £20pp. Advance booking required. Recommended for children aged 5 to 12 years old (21:00 service will also be made a little more frightful).

Pickering Station Park Street Pickering YO18 7AJ

01751 472508.

Piglets Adventure Farm

Oink Oink! Piglets Adventure Farm offers a fantastic family day out, packed with exciting attractions and buckets of fun.

With lots of spooky attractions and a free pumpkin for every child, there’s so much family fun at Pumpkin Festival (every weekend in October and every day from 21st October to 5th November). 

Open 10am until 5.30pm daily (closed Dec-Jan but open exclusively in December for their Magical Christmas event).

Piglets Adventure Farm

Towthorpe Moor Lane,

YO32 9ST.

Call 01904 499700

Raven Morris, Steampunk Border Morris Dancers

28th October

Performances between 11am – 3pm

Ripon Market Place.


RHS Garden Harlow Carr: Creepy Creatures

21 – 29 October 10am – 4pm
Join in the fun this October half term. We will be unearthing the creepiest of creatures we can find, as usual we will have a trail around the garden, indoor crafts & outdoor workshops to see what is lurking in the flowerbeds and underneath the rocks. We will also have creepy stories from the Garden Detectives. Normal garden admission.
RHS Garden Harlow Carr
North Yorkshire


Spook-tacular Halloween Trail, Thorp Perrow

October 14th – November 5th

Join in the Halloween fun at Thorp Perrow with a walk around their spooky trail.

Cost: Family day pass (two adults, two children) £27.90, Trail £2 per child including a gift

Bedale, North Yorkshire DL8 2PS

Sun Parlour Cafe

October 27th

4.30 – 6pm

£5 (tickets availabe from the cafe)

Ice a biscuit, Halloween crafts,  apple bobbing and more. Food will be served.

Come in fancy dress and bring a torch…

The Cottage Annexe Ripon Spa, Park St, Ripon HG4 2BD

Witches in the Forest: A Trick Or Treat Spooktacle!

23rd – 29th October

The Stockeld witches return with a spell binding riddle for 2017!

You will need to visit each witch to get a secret invisible letter stamp on your hand. Only upon meeting the final magical witch will the word be revealed and the spell broken. You can see the witches hiding inside of the Enchanted Forest.

Stockeld Park, off the A661 Wetherby Road

LS22 4AN  

01937 586333