School Holidays York

October Half Term & Halloween 2020

Halloween Events, Things to Do & Activities for Kids in October Half Term in York 2020

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Return to Days Out We have loads of family friendly attractions, parks, days out ideas etc. in our year-round ‘Days Out’ area here.

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family walk There is nothing like getting outside for a bit of fresh air!

We’ve listed 50 great family friendly walks HERE – based on the distance from York so you don’t have to travel far if you don’t want to!

We let you know which are buggy friendly and dog friendly too as well as details on any costs, parking and how long (roughly) each one takes.

Happy Walking!


 It’s a classic great (Free!) thing to do with the kids and we have loads of great places to feed the ducks in York.

We’ve put them all on a blog HERE so take your pick – or make a full day of it and do a few! If you know of any more great duck feeding spots then let us know HERE and we can add them to the list.

Halloween 2020

Are you ready to be bewitched at Mother Shipton’s this Halloween? You’re in for a treat!

Suitable for all ages, explore the spooky forest and Halloween Haunted Village, but watch out for witches, ghosts and creepy skeletons around every corner! There’s lots of ghoulish fun to be had with photo opportunities and fancy dress competitions. Our competitions will be slightly different this year, with virtual catwalks and prizes awarded digitally.

See the incredible Petrifying Well and the birthplace of a real witch at Mother Shipton’s Cave! The park has scenic picnic areas alongside the popular River Nidd, an adventure playground, gift shop and museum.

Saturday 24th October to Sunday 1st November, 10am to 4.30pm (last admission 3pm). Booking is essential HERE

Mother Shipton’s, Knaresborough, HG5 8DD

01423 864600


Halloween Spooky Family Fun

October 26th, 27th, 28th, 29th and 30th

As the nights draw in Halloween once again arrives. Come visit us at Murton Park and have great fun carving your very own pumpkin to take home with you.*

The witch has managed to lose lots of her things around Murton Park, can you help her find all of them? She will then invite you in to her log cabin for a spooky story.

We are delighted to welcome our friends from York Bird Of Prey Centre who will be bringing owls to meet.


Pumpkin carving room will be open from 10.30 till 3.30 each day.

Witch will be telling stories in her cabin at 11:00, 12:00, 13:00, 14:00 and 15:00.

*pumpkins are £2.50 each



Parks & PlaygroundsWant a change of scenery from your local park? HERE are are some great parks and playgrounds in York for you to explore this school holidays.

Let us know HERE if you know a great one that you think we should include.

Get ready for stacks of Pumpkin Festival family fun at Piglets Adventure Farm running weekends in October and daily from 24th October- 1st November 2020 with a FREE pumpkin per paying child!

What will you do first? Explore the Pumpkin Patch, with over 10,000 home grown pumpkins to choose from in all shapes and sizes, then get stuck in carving. Run wild in the Mysterious Maize Maze, challenge your friends & family on the Corn Cannon, meet adorable piglets (you might even see one being born!) and their farm yard friends in the undercover animal barn, plus explore acres of outdoor adventure including The Beach, Barrel Train Ride, Fairy Tale Trail and so much more!

Please Note: Due to government guidelines Piglets Adventure Farm will be reducing the amount of visitors on site.

Tickets are limited and MUST be booked online in advance by visiting the website HERE

Adventure Farm is open daily from 9:30am – 5:30pm.

01904 499700


Open for October 2020

Details of Halloween events and activities to follow.

Grounds, gardens and play areas all fully open. Car park and toilets open. Zoo and House both open with a one way system around them.

Mumbler visited just before the summer school holidays started (read the review here), I was impressed with the measures they had in place for covid19. Lots of friendly staff on hand to help and ensure people were distancing.

For more information please call 01262 673769 or visit their website here.

Sewerby Hall, Church Ln, Sewerby, Bridlington YO15 1EA.


Come along to Spilmans family farm this Halloween 2020 and visit the famous PYO & Pumpkin Festival.

The Spilmans Festival is on a real authentic farm where you can pick your pumpkin from the field it was grown in – plus there are loads of other fun things to do to make this a very Autumnal, Halloween experience!


🎃 Pick and Carve your Pumpkins on site White ghost varieties plus lots of squashes and gourds as well as the traditional variety.
🌻 Pick your own Sunflowers & Potatoes too!  (3rd, 4th, 10th & 11th October Only)
🌈 Rainbow Maize Maze – Covid Safe Maze Experience – Follow the farm clues and complete the activity sheet as you walk around the trail. (The maize maze may be closed in wet weather)
🌽 Corn Cannon – have some fun blasting cobs out of our corn cannon! Fire corn on the cob, at targets.
🚜 Tractor Rides – Hop on our trailer and hear all about our farm and what we grow. Drive past the pumpkin patch full of orange and white pumpkins.
🌾 Bale Mountain – Climb our huge straw mountain, right to the top. Catch a great view of our pumpkin patch and a sea of orange pumpkins!
🎡 Fairground Rides – In addition to the Pumpkin festival, there are some optional extra fairground rides to enjoy. (these are cash only and not included in the credit system)

With PYO pumpkins ready to pick from 1st October and festival dates running on; Weekends 3rd & 4th, 10 & 11th, 17 & 18th, then for the full week from 20th – 31st.

Opening at 8am – last ticket time 3pm. – Booking in Half hour slots so that it won’t be too busy at one time.

Pre book your tickets for £10 then use this full £10 in credit towards the Pumpkins, Carving, Maze, Corn Cannon, Tractor Rides & Bale Mountain. Plus if you get there early, you can pick sunflowers and potatoes with the credits too!

Church Farm, Sessay Nr Thirsk, YO7 3NB

01845 501623



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.

This year it is a matter of booking you “Picking Slots”.  Days will be released slowly to control the number of pickers on site at anyone time and to ensure there are enough pumpkins and social distancing can be maintained.

The Balloon Tree, A166, Gate Helmsley, York, YO41 1NB

01759 373023



October Half Term 2020

We can’t wait to welcome all our visitors back to Hull’s amazing aquarium and enjoy a fin-tastic day. With over 5000 animals, including spectacular sharks and rays, the UK’s only Green sawfish, hundreds of tropical fish, Loggerhead sea turtles and a colony of Gentoo penguins, there’s something for everyone.

The Deep crew have been working hard behind the scenes to ensure government guidelines are adhered to, offering a safe and clean environment for visitors to enjoy. Noticeable changes will include new opening times of 9am- 6pm (last entry 5pm), directional signage, hand sanitising stations and timed ticket slots which will require pre-booking on-line.

Please note, to avoid crowds gathering, the dive show, touchpool sessions and scheduled feed presentations will be suspended for now.

Find out more about our safety measures, what a visit with us will look like and how to book your timeslot and tickets at

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

Open daily 10am – 6pm (last entry 5pm).

01482 381000


Halloween & Pumpkin Trail

All around the village Saturday 31st October and Sunday 1st November.

A socially distanced walk around Poppleton, for a seasonally spooky bit of fun.
But Beware – the darker it gets, the spookier it gets!

Maps will be available to purchase on the Sat and Sun from the Poppleton Centre.

01904 797478


2020 info coming soon……

Exhibition Square, York, YO1 7EW

01904 687687


2020 info tbc…….

Open 9.30am – 5pm.
York Castle Museum, Eye of York, YO1 9RY

01904 687687


Don’t forget we list all the one off events throughout the holidays on the York Mumbler Events Calendar.

Click HERE to see what other family friendly events are happening.

2020 info coming soon….

Museum Gardens, York YO1 7FR

01904 687687


Come join us this October to pick your own pumpkins at Yorkshire Pumpkins!

With over 15 varieties of pumpkins we’ve got the perfect pumpkin for everyone, from the decorative candle pumpkins to the delicious eating pumpkins. Last year you loved our huge pumpkins so this year we’ve grown even more ginormous ones!

Due to covid-19 we’ve ticketed our pumpkin patch this year – please buy your tickets in advance online, the price of the tickets is redeemable against the cost of your pumpkins.

We will have bale mountain, our bale sofa and lots of stunning photo opportunities on site, though unfortunately no indoor play this year.

Yorkshire Pumpkins is open 10th & 11th October, 17th & 18th October and then every day from 22nd – 31st October from 10am to 4pm.

Do let us know if you’ve got any questions and tag us in any of your pumpkin carving posts!

Yorkshire Pumpkins is located 6 minutes from the A1(M) J49 and 3 minutes from the A168 Asenby junction. For full information please contact us on the website or e-mail below.

Yorkshire Pumpkins, Lodge Farm, Cundall, York YO612RN.

01423 360203


York Maze – Hallotween

Open daily over October half term from Saturday 24th October to Sunday 1st November 2020 inclusive. Tickets starting at £12.50 for adults and children must be booked in advance in half hour time slots starting at 11am with last entry at 5pm (7pm on late nights around Halloween). Aimed at families with children aged 10-15.

T: 01904 607 341