School Holidays & Special Events York

October Half Term

Events and Activities for Kids in October Half Term in York 2018

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Avocado Events WOW Halloween Spectacular

Avocado Events have teamed up with the WOW World Group to organise two amazing seasonal parties on Tuesday 23rd October at The Salix Yurts on Wigginton Road. The parties are for children aged from 1 to 5 years and are designed to showcase the wonderful range of programmes offered by the WOW World Group.

• 0930-1100 for children aged 1-2 years old
• 1130-1300 for children aged 2-5 years old

The Halloween party sessions will include themed activities delivered by Toddler Sense and Reading Fairy, seasonal crafting, autumnal treasure baskets provided by Baby Sensory and science experiments with Mini Professors. There will be refreshments available, including cakes from The Forget Me Not Bake Company

Every child and accompanying adult will leave with their own ‘party’ bag generously filled with goodies from the participating programmes, plus yummy treats from Boost Balls, Chewy Moon, Boka Food and Vita Coco.

Tickets are priced at just £10 and places are strictly limited so please book soon to avoid disappointment.

https://www.readingfairy.com/york/ (please scroll down to the bottom of the timetable to find this special event).

Email kate@avocadoevents.co.uk or phone 07976 819375 for more information.


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Beningbrough’s Half Term

Muster up some courage and join us this half term for a whole host of activities inspired by nature’s weird and wonderful creatures, with a sprinkle of magic for Halloween.

Saturday 20 October to Sunday 4 November (closed Mondays) – bugs and broomsticks
Follow the free trail around the eight acres of gardens and look out for the broomsticks as you go.

Saturday 27, Tuesday 30 October and Saturday 3 November 12.30-3pm – Artrageous
Join the ever popular free family art workshops with a creepy crafting theme (it is Halloween after all!)

Sunday 28 October and Thursday 1 November – hold a really scary beast
Tick off one of your 50 things to do before you’re 11 3/4 and hold a really scary beast. We have Sam’s Safaris visiting with some unusual creatures.

Tuesday 30 October – make your own broomstick
Ever fancied becoming a wizard for the day? Come along, summon up your inner witch or wizard and have a go.

Wednesday 31 October – spooky tales and dressing up on Halloween itself
Dress up in your most scary outfit and get into the spirit of things in Beningbrough’s popular annual costume parade. Before that, head over to the outdoor den to meet Eden from Stories Alive who will share some ghostly tales this Halloween.

Thursday 1 November – build a bug house
Watch the gardeners construct a new mega bug hotel and take inspiration to build your own mini-hotel to take home.

Friday 2 November, 3-4pm – owl nature walk

Saturday 3 November, 5.30-6.30pm – bat walk at dusk
As the sun starts to go down, wrap up warm and join wildlife expert Mark for a nature walk to learn more about bats and owls and their habitats.

Some events have small charges and are bookable either in advance or sign up on the day so please check online for further details

Beningbrough Hall, Gallery and Gardens, York, North Yorkshire, YO30 1DD

T: 01904 472027
E: beningbrough@nationaltrust.org.uk

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Castle Howard – A Creepy Halloween

Saturday 27th October – Sunday 4th November 2018

Join us at Castle Howard this October half term for a Halloween experience like no other.
The House and Grounds have been taken over by a gang of ghostly pirates and ghoulish zombies and they’re on the lookout for new recruits!
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.
But which team will you join? #TeamPirate or #TeamZombie?

Families of all ages can enjoy a day of indoor and outdoor trails, solving clues along the way, taking part in craft activities and joining fun workshops to learn the ways of the zombies and the pirates, before a daily battle commences. Why not dress the part (think Captain Jack Sparrow, Swashbuckle right through to Dawn of the Dead).

Castle Howard, The Estate Office, Castle Howard, York, YO60 7DA
T: 01653 648333

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CIty Cruises York – Ghost Cruise on the Ouse with York Dungeons!

Sailing at 6 PM and 8PM every night from 27th to 31st October, 2018.

In an exclusive partnership between City Cruises York, the York Dungeon and their award winning actors, raise a toast to the ghosts of York on the Ghost Cruise on the Ouse.

Join famous Yorkshire prophetess Old Mother Shipton and Roman soothsayer Tiberius Fabius Bibulus as they gaze into York’s dark past, and shed light on some of York’s most infamous ghost stories. As you sail along the river, things will take a turn to the paranormal as you learn more about 11 of the city’s spectral sightings on this unique tour through Europe’s most haunted City!

Sailing for one hour aboard one of our five river boats, equipped with an enclosed heated saloon, toilets and a fully stocked bar serving beers, wines, spirits (!), soft drinks, hot drinks and snacks.
We recommend that the Ghost Cruise on the Ouse is suitable for children aged 6 years and over.

Use the promo code “mumbler” to save 10% on tickets, as well as on other cruises and self drive red boats. Follow the link and enter the promo code, the discount is then applied at the checkout. Promo code link:

T: 01904 62832
E: infoyork@citycruises.com

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Great Yorkshire Showground – Indoor Funfair

Events & Attractions and Yorkshire Event Centre bring you a half term full of all the fun of the fair!

So join us this October Half Term, 27th October until 4th November for some wholesome family fun. The Yorkshire Event Centre will be transformed into an indoor funfair ensuring that whatever the weather it won’t ruin your plans or dampen your spirits!

At Harrogate’s 1st Indoor Funfair you can expect to find all your favourites including Dodgems, Waltzers, the Matterhorn, Applecoaster, Chair ‘O’ Planes, Balloons, Cup and Saucer, an Inflatable Play Centre plus many more as well as prize winning games stalls (extra charges apply) including Hook a Duck and Whack a Minion!

The funfair runs every day from 27th October until 4th November, 11am – 6pm, during this time two sessions are available, 11am-2pm then 3pm-6pm. Tickets are available to purchase for £10pp (under 3’s free) as well as non rider tickets for £2. As the ticket suggests – you can’t ride with a non-rider ticket. To get yours head to the Harrogate Indoor Funfair Facebook Page. You can also pay on the door on whichever day you choose to visit if you prefer. Head to the Yorkshire Event Centre website for more details or to our Facebook page.

Keep an eye out for competitions running on Facebook and in local schools up until our opening day, 26th October for your chance to win free tickets!


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Halloween at The Balloon Tree

What better way of choosing your perfect pumpkin, than actually choosing it from the field it was grown in?! The award winning Balloon Tree Farmshop has a unique take on pumpkin picking…PYO pumpkins! Take a walk into the pumpkin patch to find the size and shape you like the best, or if you don’t have the time, there will be plenty to choose from in farmshop.

Keep a look out for the seasonal treats on the new Winter menu in the newly extended cafe, incorporating pumpkin and squashes into all sorts of delicious dishes.

We have the usual supply of homegrown superfresh fruit and vegetables available in the farmshop, as well as super tasty homemade ready meals & soups and award winning cakes.

A great family outing – relax in the landscaped cafe garden, blankets available to keep cosy on the cooler days, while the children play in the newly renovated play area.

Visit our WEBSITE or call 01759 373023 for more info.


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KL’s Spooktacular Portraits!

Wednesday 31st October

Hello! It’s that spooky time of year again! Are you getting dressed up? Come to KL Photographers and have a fun photo taken. We will print an 8″x6″ of your choice for only £5 and straightaway!! All ages welcome, pop by anytime between 12-7pm, no need to book in. We have backgrounds to chose from or have some taken on both, smiles are not essential!! We look forward to seeing you!

KL Photographers, 128 Boroughbridge Road, York, YO26 6AL

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Minskip Farm Shop Halloween

27th – 31st October 10am – 4pm

Our Free Range Frights Festival at Minskip Farm Shop really is the best way to enjoy a spooktacular Halloween…

Bring your little monsters to our amazing Halloween Event and be the Mummy of the year (ha!). We’re creepin’ it real this year, with LOADS of activities to keep everyone entertained.

Are your little monsters brave enough to meet our incredible Birds of Prey and Minibeasts? Do they have the guts to climb Scare Mountain and take their chances the spooky scarecrow? You can also take our farm walk and meet our Alpacas and Piggies, as well as explore the vegetable garden and look for spiders! We also have gourd-eous pumpkin carving, slime making and apple bobbing in our barn!

Each child with a ticket will be welcomed into our Activities Barn, where they can:
• Choose and carve their own pumpkin (pumpkin included in price)
• Climb Scare Mountain
• Make slime
• Bob for apples
• Take part in the fancy dress competition

Outside, they will be able to:
• Visit our Birds of Prey and scary Mini Beasts
• Take our farm walk and see the animals

Activity times:
1pm – Fancy Dress Parade (every day)

If you buy your tickets in advance, you save on the entry fee too!
Find out more and buy tickets at: www.minskipfarmshop.com/halloween
T: 01423329063
Check out our Facebook Page

Minskip Road, Boroughbridge, York, YO51 9HY


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Mother Shipton’s Enchanted Forest – Halloween

Journey through Mother Shipton’s Enchanted Forest to break the Witch’s curse. Come in your best Halloween costumes for the daily costume competition at 2pm.

Actors will be stationed as characters in the park to interact with children and help families complete a themed adventure trail. Fun for all the family every day Saturday 27th October to Sunday 4th November. The Park opens 10am to 4.30pm (last admission 3.30pm). Standard admission prices apply which can be found on our website.

See the famous Petrifying Well and Mother Shipton’s Cave. The park also has several scenic picnic areas alongside the popular River Nidd, an adventure playground and museum and gift shop.

For more information visit www.mothershipton.co.uk or follow us www.facebook.com/mothershiptons


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MURTON PARK – HALLOWEEN FAMILY FUN

October 29th, 30th and 31st

Halloween is once again here. Come visit us at Murton Park and have great fun carving your very own FREE pumpkin to take home with you.* (No booking required).

Join our witchfinder and follow the clues past the animals and through the deserted Viking village to find the infamous witch Minerva Lune!

Once you find her spooky house and step inside for a ghost story and maybe even a bit of a fun spooky dance.

*maximum of one pumpkin per child ticket or two per family ticket. Additional pumpkins can be purchased on the day.

Yorkshire Museum of Farming, Murton Park, York, YO19 5UF
T: 01904489966
E: Enquiries@murtonpark.co.uk

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Piglets Pumpkin Festival

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 27th October to 4th November).

NEW for 2018, from the Monster Mash to the Witchy Wiggle show off your best moves at Boogie Bones end of day Laser Disco!

Dare to enter spook-tacular Mischief Manor, get stuck in with Pumpkin Carving, take on the Mysterious Maize Maze Challenge or take a ride to the Pumpkin Patch where you can take your pick from over 10,000 home grown pumpkins!

The Magic Hatter will be appearing as his wizard alter-ego, in two spellbinding 30 minute magic shows every day over half term! Help the Hatter hatch a dragon egg, float a phoenix feather, mix magical potion ingredients and much more in these fun-filled family shows.

PLUS ALL THE USUAL ADVENTURE FARM FUN!

Piglets Adventure Farm is very close to the A64, just north of York, on Towthorpe Moor Lane, between Strensall Road and the A64, North of York. For Sat Navs use YO32 9ST.

Call 01904 499700 or visit the website


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Rainbows Ceramics Halloween Party

Come and join us for scary, ghouly fun at our Halloween Party!

Thurs 25th October
Time: 5-7pm.

Choose from the Halloween shelves, items range from ghost plates, mummy mugs, pumpkins, zombies and so much more! Prices start from £12.00. No studio fee.

Fancy Dress! Prizes to be won for both adults and children.

Please note space for non painters is limited to allow for all those who would like to paint.

Items will be ready for collection in 1 week as usual.

Booking required and £10 deposit which will go towards the cost of your items.

Please call 01904 675533 to book.
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RHS Harlow Carr – October Half Term – Kids go FREE!

27th October – 4th November 2018, 10.30am -3.30pm

Whoosh! Come and join us this half term for a witchy adventure with Room on the Broom at RHS Garden Harlow Carr. Follow a spooky trail around the garden and take part in creepy crafts and a variety of outdoor workshops and storytelling.

Garden Trail: Room on the Broom trail throughout the garden – 10 clues with a large mirror at the end, with a witches hat sticker on it, framed with a scene from the book so that they see themselves as the witch. (Daily)

Craft workshops: Making spider hats (Mon 29th, Weds 31st October, Fri 2nd November 10.30am – 12.30pm and 1pm – 3pm )

Garden Detectives: Entertaining story sessions themed around the book Room on the Broom (Tues 30th October 10.30am – 3.30pm with story sessions at 11am, 1pm & 3pm)

Outdoor Workshops: Forest school style workshop making mini broomsticks to take home (Thurs 1st & Fri 2nd November 10.30am-12.30pm & 1pm-3pm)

Creepy Crawlies: Snakes, lizards, giant snails, large millipedes and cockroaches, tarantula and other mini beasts (Sundays 10.30am – 3.30pm with a show at 11am & 1pm)

Film Screenings: Room on the Broom screenings (Weds 31st October, 11am, 12pm, 1pm, 2pm & 3pm )

Kids go FREE this October Half Term, download your voucher here:

 

Normal garden admission.

No booking required. Suitable for toddlers.

Crag Lane, Harrogate HG3 1QB.

T: 01423 565418

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Spilman Farming

Pick Your Own Pumpkin at Spilman Farming. Carve in the barn, get your face painted, go on a spooky walk and visit the Maize Maze.

They have a farm shop selling all their own produce, including home grown spring lamb and beef. All the produce is available PYO or ready picked.
There is a Cafe

Opening times are 10am – 6pm on 7th, 13th, 14th and 20th-31st October.
Please contact them for fruit availability.

Contact Tom Spilman:

T: 07973 746040 or 01845 501 623
E: spilmanfarming@gmail.com
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Church Farm, Sessay, Thirsk, YO7 3NB


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The Balloon Tree – Pick Your Own Pumpkin

What better way of choosing your perfect pumpkin, than actually choosing it from the field it was grown in?! The award winning Balloon Tree Farmshop has a unique take on pumpkin picking…PYO pumpkins! Take a walk into the pumpkin patch to find the size and shape you like the best, or if you don’t have the time, there will be plenty to choose from in farmshop.

Keep a look out for the seasonal treats on the new Winter menu in the newly extended cafe, incorporating pumpkin and squashes into all sorts of delicious dishes.

We have the usual supply of homegrown superfresh fruit and vegetables available in the farmshop, as well as super tasty homemade ready meals & soups and award winning cakes.

A great family outing – relax in the landscaped cafe garden, blankets available to keep cosy on the cooler days, while the children play in the newly renovated play area.

Visit www.theballoontree.co.uk

T: 01759 373023


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The Deep – Venom vs Poisons!

Open daily 10am – 6pm (last entry 5pm).
Venom vs poisons! October Half Term.

Was snow white’s apple venomous or poisonous? Did Dory get bitten or stung? Delve into the lives of toxic creatures at The Deep this October half term and find out which animals use venom and which use poison. Runs 20th October to 4th November.
Join us for the fun-packed interactive show at 11am, 1pm and 3pm and discover how our animals use their amazing abilities to survive. Don’t forget to head on down to the Learning Centre to make your own sticky slime to take home too for just £1.

The Deep offers FREE return visits for 12 months with the Day Plus Pass. Simply complete your details at reception and retain your tickets to make use of this offer. Full terms and conditions can be found on The Deep’s WEBSITE.

Tower Street, Hull, HU1 4DP (Sat Nav HU9 1TU)

T: 01482 381000.
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The Web Adventure Park – Halloween Ghostbusting

Saturday 27 October to Wednesday 31 October
Saturday to Tuesday 4pm to 7pm, Wednesday 5pm to 8pm

Who ya gonna call?
Become a professional Ghostbuster this Halloween at the Web Adventure Park! Sharpen your skills to investigate the paranormal with a fun (and not too scary!) evening of trials, challenges, hunts and traditional Halloween games. Become a ghost busting expert, take part in Ghostbusting battles and try your hand at solving clues on the Creepy Crawlies Ghouls and Ghost Hunt.
A spooky supper is included to keep all Ghostbusters strong enough to combat the supernatural – and hunger pangs!

Child ticket includes:
Ghost tucker trials – have fun feeling, tasting and smelling some seriously scary and slimey things
Ghost Hunt – can you find all the ghosts and witches before the time runs out? Bring a torch as it’s outside and dark!!
“Proton Pack” Laser Tag challenge
Apple bobbing
Fancy dress competition for the best dressed Halloween or Ghost Buster costume – adults and children!!
A lively, spooky atmosphere with low lighting, staff Ghost Busters, Halloween hits, latest music and Creepy decorations
Children’s hot dog and chips
Tickets: £10 Child, £2.25 Adult

Who ya gonna call?!
Book Child Tickets online now!
You can also book in person at reception or by calling the Ghostbusters on 01904 692221
Adult entry ticket on the door.

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The Woodland Adventure Company – October Half Term

The Woodland Adventure Company run adventures every school holidays! There are many different adventures to choose from, all of which will provide your child/children with an unforgettable magical experience, as well as the added health benefits of being outdoors and connecting with nature.

Tuesday 30th October at 1:30pm – Medieval and pizza for 3-7 years.

Thursday 1st November at 10am – The search for the Gruffalos child for 2-4 years and at 1:30pm Dragon fire rockets with pizza for 3-7 years.

Friday 2nd November at 10am – Bogbabies for 2-6 year olds and at 1:00pm The enchanted walk for 3-7 years.

Primrose Hill, Buttercrambe Road, Stamford Bridge, YO41 1AW
T: 07788713393 (Marie)
E: woodlandadventureco@gmail.com

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Treasurer’s House – Haunted Happenings

Head to Treasurer’s House this Halloween for ghostly tours, spooky crafting and spine-tingling stories.

Saturday 27 October 2018 – Twilight tours
Experience the house by candle light to hear spooky stories of ghostly figures in mirrors and tales of deceit and drama in the Tapestry Room.
Tours run at 5pm, 6pm and 7pm for 45 minutes. Please call to book on 01904 624247. £10 for adults, £7.50 for children, children under 12 may find this haunted house too scary.

Monday 29 – Wednesday 31 October – Spine-tingling storytelling
Grab a hard hat and head to the rooftops to meet the ghostly housemaid as she shares spooky stories.
30 minute sessions will run from 11.15am – 4pm. £5 per child with a free adult place, plus normal admission charges apply. We recommend the storytelling for children over 6 years old and that you book ahead on 01904 624247.

Monday 29 – Wednesday 31 October – Spooky crafting and trails
Have fun making your very own lantern to take home or follow the trail and spot the spooks around the house.
Join free of charge throughout the day from 11am – 4pm. Normal admission charges apply
Free to enter for National Trust members and under-fives.

Treasurer’s House, Minster Yard, York YO1 7JL
T: 01904 624247
E: treasurershouse@nationaltrust.org.uk

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York Art Gallery – October Half Term

Draw a dream
11.00am – 1.00pm & 2.00pm – 4pm
Be inspired by Quentin Blake’s illustrations and Roald Dahl’s descriptions of dreams to paint a dream with watercolours in the BFG cave.
Free (museum admission applies) no need to book. Drop in session.

Art Rocks!
11am – 1pm and 2pm- 4pm.
Join the phenomenon! Decorated rocks with uplifting pictures, colours and messages are being hidden with the hope of spreading happiness to their finders. These stones have started to reappear around the world as they are passed on for the next person to find. Paint your own happy rock and hide it in the Artists Garden to make someone smile. Using #YAGROCKS, share a picture of your rock on Twitter to see how far it can travel and how much happiness it sends out to the world.
Free. Admission applies, no need to book.

Rock Painting Masterclass with Sussi Louise Smith
29 & 30 October and 1 & 2 November.
11am – 1pm
Danish-born artist, Sussi Louise Smith, creates Hygge Art and happy, colourful designs with the goal of spreading happiness through her depictions of everyday life. As part of the rock painting craze, she will inspire you to create miniature, magical stone paintings in this artist-led masterclass.
Free. Please book here.

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York Castle Museum – October Half Term

27th October-4th November

Tommy in the Trenches Our Private Wood from Pocklington is waiting to enlist you in the Army. Are you ready to travel with him overseas leaving Blighty behind? Find out about his story and how tough daily life was for one of our own troops on the Western Front. Become a Tommy in the Trenches, build your own trench and find out about muddy funk holes under the command of Private Wood. Your Country Needs You.

Report for duty daily on the 1914: When the World Changed Forever gallery. Enrollment between 11am-1pm and 2pm-4pm.

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Yorkshire Museum – October Half Term

Saturday 27th October – Sunday 4th November 2018

11:00 am – 1:00 pm & 2:00 pm – 4:00pm

The Big Bad Wolf

Meet the Big Bad Wolf at the Yorkshire Museum this October Half Term! Take a trail around the museum as we look at some age old myths surrounding wolves. From the Romans and Vikings to the ideas of werewolves and shapeshifters.

Then if you dare …. Meet the Big Bad Wolf and join in the debate: “The wolf should be reintroduced into the wild in Britain” Do you agree? Look at reasons for and against. Know your facts from your fiction as you use the information around the room to help you make a decision. Take a vote in our ballot box, give us your reasons on our ‘view point wall’ and make yourself a badge or banner to take home that emphasises your point of view.

Our under-fives will be able to enjoy story books, use puppets and dress up with traditional stories such as Little Red Riding Hood, Three little pigs, The boy who cried wolf and more.

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Circus Skills and LED hoop workshop

3rd Nov 4pm – 9pm

Polarized Youth is offering a free Circus Skills and LED hoop workshop through Circus Skills York and High Hoops. All ages and abilities welcome. There will also be a selection of Circus themed activities, hot food and all from our very own circus tent at the bottom of the Fox beer garden!

The Fox, Holgate Road, York


City Screen – Halloween Kids Club

Sat 27th Oct 11.35am

City Screen kids club will be showing Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation [U].
Kids’ Club: Exclusively for children and their parents or carers. For children aged three to 12. Tickets for children and accompanying adults are £2.00 each. No adult unaccompanied by a child will be admitted.

Tickets are £2 each

T: 0871 902 5726


Explore York Libraries – Family Day’s

November 1, 10:30 am – 2:00 pm Tang Hall Explore at The Centre @ Burnholme
October 30 – 1:30 pm – 4:30 pm York Explore
Saturday 3rd November 10am-2pm – Acomb Library

Fun for all the family, including crafts and storytime.

Plus its the start of the Bloodaxe Reading Challenge 2018/19

Come along and build a creepy Minecraft haunted house! Suitable for children age 5-13 years, free, call 01904 552828 to book your half hour slot.


Gateway Church – Light Praise Party

Wednesday 31st Oct, 4-6pm

Wear something bright and colourful (no scary costumes please)
Games, music, crafts,free entry.
Food and drink to buy, all profits to charity.

Gateway Centre, Acomb


Halloween event at Camellia cottage

Wednesday 31st October from 3.opm suitable from 3 years old

NO Naked Flames. games will be available including a witches Den with wild animals (stuffed toys) a snake tree collect a treat worm and spider soup ghost lollies flying bars freaky fish in ice mice droppings very colourful crunchy flying saucers and lots more

61 Kingsway West Acomb York Yo24 4RD


Haunted Dringhouses

Tuesday 30 October 6pm – 7.30pm

Dringhouses Library after dark is a different place: ghosts fly through the rafters, witches make potions in the children’s section, skeletons read crime books and monsters lurk by the computers…Enter if you dare!
Suitable for children 4-10, no big scares just spooky fun & crafts.
£2/child, book online on the explore York website.

Dringhouses Library, 56 Tadcaster Road, York YO24 1LR


Haxby Explore at Wigginton Recreation Hall – A Monster Mash

October 31 @ 2:30 pm – 4:00 pm £2

Monster themed crafts for children. Building cube monsters and making vampire and Frankenstein masks to wear. A photo opportunity with a dinosaur roar themed frame. Activities involve colouring cutting and painting and making dinosaur noises.
Suitable for 5-12 year olds.
Booking essential.

Haxby Explore at Wigginton Recreation Hall
T: 01904 552660


Hoglets Theatre presents Sea Storm in a Teacup

Clifton Explore Library Nov 1st 10.30am – 11.15am
Tang Hall Explore Library 30th Oct 1.30pm – 2.15pm & 3.00pm – 3.45pm
Acomb Explore Library 29th Oct 10.30am – 11.15am
York Explore Library Fri 2nd Nov 1.30pm – 2.15pm 3.00 – 3.45 pm (relaxed performance)

A mermaid is an amazing gift for a young girl. But what do you do when it just wont stop growing? Using interactive storytelling, music, movement and puppetry Hoglets Theatre bring this original tale of finding friendship to life for young imaginations. £4 per person call 01904 552828 to book.


Kilnwick Percy Halloween Party

Wednesday 31st October 2018  4pm – 6pm

Halloween Party with disco, party games, face painting, glitter, tattoos, nail painting and a visit from HULK!

£5 per child including hot dog.

Contact The KP (Millington Lane, Pocklington YO42 1UF)
T: 01759 303090(to book)


Kindermusik with Cath – HALF TERM SPECIALS

Come and join us for a musical celebration of autumn!

Mixed Age (0-7s)
St.Clement’s Church YO23 1BG
Mon 22nd Oct – 10.30am
Thurs 25th Oct – 2.00pm
Fri 26th Oct – 10.30am
Mon 29th Oct – 10.30am
Clifton Parish Church YO30 6BH
Wed 24th Oct – 9.30am

Baby & Toddler (0-3s)
Poppleton Garden Centre YO26 6QE
Tues 30th Oct – 10.00am
Huntington Library YO32 9QJ
Thurs 1st Nov – 10.00am
Fulford Library YO10 4LX
Sat 3rd Nov – 10.30am

£7/child, £9/two siblings.
Call 07982 607674 to book your place.


Little Bites – Halloween cookery class

Sunday 28th Oct (10-12pm) @Derwenthorpe
Halloween cookery class for 4 – 11yrs
* Get messy making some slime sludge and halloween biscuits
* Book via Little Bites Cookery website or m: 07768207839
* £15 per child


Messy Beans – Halloween Special

Halloween special messy and sensory play for 0-8’s
Tuesday 30th October 10am till 11am
New Earswick Methodist Church Hall
£6 per child, sibling discount available
Please bring change of clothes and a towel
Call 07903309408 to book


National Railway Museum: Future Engineers

27 Oct – 4 Nov, free entry

Our third annual Future Engineers event returns for another week of experimentation, problem-solving and creativity. Let your inner scientist run free in our hive of hands-on activities nestled among the railway giants in Great Hall.


Nunnington Hall – Haunted Half Term

Haunted happenings
Tuesday 23 October, 10.30am – 4pm (until 4 November)
Are you brave enough to follow the haunted trail through the house? Grab your potion ingredients lists before searching for everything you’ll require to cast your spookiest spell.

Fright night!
Wednesday 31 October, 6pm Family friendly tour
Adult £6 Child £4 Booking essential, call 01439 748 283

Nunnington Hall,


Pear Tree Farm – Kids Halloween Party

Friday 26th October 6pm – 8pm

£5 per child, includes buffet team games and ice cream.
Booking required.

T: 01904 620 124


Rowntree Park – Halloween & Autumn Events

Spooky Saturday
Sat 27th October 1pm- 3pm
A range of Halloween based crafts and activities in Rowntree Park for 2-11 year olds.
Meet at the Young Friends Clubhouse. £3 per child (£2 for members).

Autumn Art in Rowntree Park
Mon 29th Oct 10.30am – 12.30pm
Join us for half term Autumn art and crafts (most suited to 5-11-year-olds, with some activities aimed at 2-5-year-olds). £3 per child or £2 for Friends of Rowntree Park members.


Scripture Union Light Party

October 31st 5pm – 7pm

Scripture Union Light Party
Clifton Parish Church, Shipton Road, York


Shine & Orchard House Studio – Pottery Workshops

Wednesday 31st October 2018
Friday 2nd November 2018
10:00 – 15:00 , £27 per session, Bring a packed lunch and drink, Age: 7 years+

Throw a pot on the wheel, see how it is done and create a piece of work for Christmas to display at home and something you wish to make yourself.
Orchard House Studio, Marston Lane, Moor Monkton, York, YO26 8JL

Call 01904 738541 to book


Spot the spooks: the return of Visit York’s Great York Ghost Search

26 October to 2 November 2018

The family-friendly trail is available all day, but the magic hour – when the ghosts really glow in the dark – takes place ‘twixt dusk and night (5pm–7pm). In total, 26 illuminated ghost lamps will be hidden in windows across the city. An accompanying Ghost Search Map will be available for collection from Visit York’s Visitor Information Centre, located at 1 Museum Street.


The Black Bull – Children’s Halloween Party

Wednesday 31st October 1-3pm & 5-7pm

£8 per child, under 12s only
Disco, games, buffet, arts & craft & best fancy dress.

Black Bull, Hull Road, York.


The Creative Studio York – Halloween

Children’s Halloween Decoration Workshop on
Sunday (7th) October morning at 10am-12pm. £15pp age 5+.

The Creative Studio
T: 07505762450


The Grand Opera House York – Horrible Histories – Terrible Tudors / Awful Egyptians

Tues 30th Oct – Sat 3rd Nov

We all want to meet people from history. The trouble is everyone is dead!
Using actors and ground-breaking 3D special effects, these two astounding shows are guaranteed to thrill you and your children. Historical figures and events will come alive on stage and hover at your fingertips!
Age guidance: 5+

Grand Opera House, York


Tiny Stompers – Halloween

29th October 10:30 – 11:15

It’s Halloween at Tiny Stompers! Come dressed in non scary fancy dress for a fun music and movement session! Magic wand making included! £5 pp

Shipton by beningbrough community centre

T: 07739 960910 (Becky)


YHAlloween at YHA York

Wednesday 31st October 10-4

YHAlloween at YHA York with crafts, games, drinks and cakes.
Unlucky Dip, Mask Making, Witch Lights, Bats Out of Hell, Halloween Charms, Loot Bags & Ghost Busting
£3.00 entry for games and crafts, £2.00 for Face-paint, Kids Witch’s Brew £1.80.
FREE Ghost Hunting on 27th October-4th November

YHA York, 42 Water End, Clifton, York, YO30 6LP


York Chocolate Story – Trick or Treat Walking Tour

20th – 31st October 1pm, 3pm and 5pm

York’s SHOCKolate Story will be celebrating the scariest time of year with a terrifyingly fun Trick or Treat walking tour.The tour starts at St Andrewgate, just across from the attraction. Children – £5.99 Adults (must be accompanied by a child) – £4.99 Family (2 adults & 2 Children) – £19.99

York Chocolate Story


York Maze Halloween by Day

27 Oct 2018 – 4 Nov 2018

Spooky family fun awaits at York Maze this Halloween.

The giant maize maze has been harvested but we keep a small section for our Haunted Maze Treasure Hunt. With over 20 rides, attractions and shows, York Maze Halloween is a spooky day out the whole family will enjoy.

York Maze, Elvington Lane, York, North Yorkshire, YO19 5LT
T: 01904607341


Yorkshire Pumpkins – Pick Your Own Pumpkins!

20th-31st October, 10am-4pm

PYO Pumpkins This Halloween!
Family fun at our pumpkin patch at Cundall near Thirsk – just 6 mins from the A1 and 3 mins from the A168!
Indoor & Outdoor Childrens’ Play Area
Homemade Refreshments. Free entry – pay for what you pick + children’s play area