School Holiday & Seasonal Events North Leeds

October Half Term (Inc Halloween Parties & Activities)

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Baby’s First Halloween Party at The Little Gym Leeds

25th October 2018, 1.30pm – 3pm

Come and have some Serious Halloween Fun at our baby’s first Halloween Party!

For children aged 4-12 months, we will give you a taste of what we do in classes and provide a fun safe environment for babies to explore and experience The Little Gym. Refreshments provided for parents and babies- come and join the fun!

Members and Non Members welcome. Tickets: £5.

Pre-booking required.

Tel:  0113 3359915


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Unit H, Moor Allerton Centre, LS17 5NY

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Blooming Babies Halloween Parties

22nd October 2018, 1.15pm -2.45pm, Nuffield Health Harrogate Fitness & Wellbeing Gym, Hornbeam Park Road, HG2 8RA

25th October 2018, 2.30pm-4pm Nuffield Health Guiseley Fitness & Wellbeing Gym, Otley Rd, Guiseley, LS20 8LY 

Halloween fun including baby massage for babies aged 6 weeks to crawling. Babies will enjoy a lovely Halloween themed baby massage including Halloween songs, lights & props.

Opportunity to meet & chat with other mummies/daddies whilst enjoying a lovely potion drink & spooky cakes.

Lizzie from Luminosa Photography will also be offering a Halloween themed photo shoot. Great opportunity to dress your baby in their Haloween outfits & capture the moment on camera.

Each booking welcomes you to bring one sibling too.

Limited places available to book click here 

For more details on all classes please visit the Blooming Babies website or contact Annie Robinson: Tel: 07580004021,  Email:

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Brimham Rocks Adventure Farm: Halloween Activities

27th October – 4th November 2018

Fly along to our spooktactular Halloween & Pumpkin Festival at Brimham Rocks Adventure Farm over October Half Term. We have lots going on including:

  • Witch and Wizard School
  • Pick your own pumpkin from the patch – with thousands to choose from you can carve your pumpkin onsite
  • Slime making with our crazy scientist.

Fancy dress is encouraged for parents and children and there will be spot prizes throughout each day.

Don’t forget if you planted your pumpkin at our Sow & Grow event back in spring, bring it along, carve it with us and be in with a chance to WIN a years family pass for the largest pumpkin (T&C’s apply).

We will also have a Hog Roast on the weekend of the 27th October and the weekend of the 3rd November plus lots of themed treats in the café. All this and the usual access to the farm and play barn entry is £9.95 per child with under 2’s £2 and adults normal admission. Booking for the hog Roast is essential through our Facebook page.

Fiddlers Green, Harrogate. Tel: 01423 779759

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Harrogate Indoor Funfair this October Half Term

27th October – 4th November 2018

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.   Food and drink is available from the Yorkshire Event Centre’s onsite café and there is free parking.

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. You can purchase tickets via the Harrogate Indoor Funfair Facebook Page or you can also pay on the door.

Head to the Yorkshire Event Centre website for more details or to our Facebook page

Yorkshire Event Centre, Great Yorkshire Showground, Harrogate, HG2 8NZ.

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Mother Shipton’s Halloween – Enchanted Forest

27th October – 4th November 2018, 10am -4.30pm

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.

The Park opens 10am to 4.30pm (last admission 3.30pm). There are several scenic picnic areas, adventure playground and museum and gift shop. for more information visit

For more information visit or follow us on Facebook @mothershiptonscave

Prophecy Lodge, Harrogate Rd, High Bridge, Knaresborough HG5 8DD. Tel: 01423 864600

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October Half Term at Leeds Museums and Galleries

Visit Leeds Museums & Galleries this October half term holiday for a fun-filled day out, plus fangtastic family Halloween events at a number of attractions.

  • Annual Orchard Week (27th October – 4th November) at Thwaite Mills Watermill, there will be apple themed activities throughout the week.
  • Leeds City Museum is taking inspiration from its Beavers to Weavers exhibition with crafty creatures activities from 30th October – 2nd November. Flock to the museum and learn how to build like a beaver, nest like a bird or construct like a termite.
  • Enjoy a mystery matinee every day at Leeds Industrial Museum. Family favourites and classic films will be screened throughout the week at only £9 for a family of five, bargain!
  • Abbey House Museum has a sinister special FX session for teens on 27th October; a professional make-up artist will provide the tools to create truly gruesome Halloween make up and special effects. Little ones can join in with Halloween activities on 30th and 31st October in the seriously spooky Victorian Streets.
  • Lotherton’s Spooky Scarecrow Trail is back and better than ever from 27th October – 4th November, now with extended opening times for eerie evening visits with older children. Spot the scarecrows around the estate, visit the brand new Skeletown to see the scary side of the Wild West and take part in chilling craft activities.
  • You can scare yourselves silly at Temple Newsam this year, visit the darkened haunted house and fiendish farm animals. We’ll be telling tales of petrifying past residents and there will be spooky crafts, plus terrifying treats to collect along the way.
  • Leeds Industrial Museum will be ‘Putting the Happy in Halloween’ from 30th October – 1st November, discover the real stories behind Halloween and take part in jack-o’-lantern and willow wand making sessions each day.
  • Kirkstall Abbey will hosting a ‘not so scary’ scarecrow trail between 30th October – 4th November around the abbey ruins and play a game of spooky hide and seek with the little ones.
  • Leeds Discovery Centre, will be holding Spooky Tours under the cover of darkness, so bring along your battery powered candles on 31st October to see some of our most gruesome objects!

Follow Leeds Museums and Galleries on FacebookTwitter and Instagram for more details on all events.

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October Half Term at RHS Harlow Carr – 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. Tel 01423 565418



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Piglets Pumpkin Festival

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Pirates, Pants and Wellyphants Library October Half Term Workshops

Throughout the autumn half term, Leeds Libraries will offer a number of FREE events for children and families inspired by the Pirates, Pants and Wellyphants – The Illustrated World of Nick Sharratt exhibition currently on show at Central Library.

Across North Leeds, children will be able to take part in a number of fun activities, such as creating monster pants, flipbooks, zines and masks that are brought to life through an augmented reality app. Look out for these Monster Mix events at the following libraries:

Oakwood Library, 29th October, 2.30-3.30pm
Headingley Library in Headingley Community Hub, 30th October, 10.30am-11.30am
Chapel Allerton Library, 31st October, 11am – 12pm
Whinmoor Library, 1st November, 10.30am-11.30am
Holt Park Library, 1st November, 10.30am-11.30am
Moor Allerton Library has lots of events taking place during half term week including Duplo & Lego Club and Creative Writing and Design a Set Workshops, more details here.

Also on the 29th October at Leeds Central Library children can take part in a Draw Along Workshop with Nick Sharratt where he will show them how to draw some of his favourite characters. Suitable for children and families aged 4+.

Booking required for the above events. FREE tickets available via  Please contact your local library for more details.

For more information about Pirates, Pants and Wellyphants, please visit:

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P&O Minicruise Hull-Rotterdam – Hulloween

Hulloween Minicruise from Hull to Rotterdam on the P&O Ferry from King George Docks, Hedon Road, Hull.

Get ready this Hulloween for an experience that is packed full of frightfully brilliant entertainment for all ages. From wizard workshops to live rock tribute Women in Rock, we’ll be keeping the whole family entertained. Book direct at or call 0800 1300030.

Sailing from Hull on the 31st October. Tickets from £79 per person.


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Roundhay and Oakwood Festival 2018

27th October to 2nd November 2018

This year’s Roundhay and Oakwood Festival will host a variety of exciting events across the North Leeds area.  Sponsored by Southlands, part of Westward Care and the Roundhay Councillors and organised by OTRA (Oakwood Trader’s Residents Association).

Family-friendly Activities and Events Include:

27th October: Puppet Show, 3.30-5.30pm – Puppet Kingdom will perform an interactive puppet show featuring a fantastic variety of puppets that will take children on an enchanting journey, followed by a puppet making workshop. Free event. St Edmunds Scout Hut.

29th October: Pirates, Pants and Wellyphants Storytime, 2-2.30pm – A fun, free storytime celebrating Nick Sharratt’s books, bursting with lots of rhyme, rhythm and energy. Free event. Oakwood Library.

29th October: A Monster Mix, 2.30-3.30pm – Join in the fun with a Nick Sharratt monster mix of creative crafty activities. Fancy dress encouraged. Free event. Oakwood Library.

29th, 30th, 31st October: Pumpkin Carving Event, 10am-4.30pm – Carve your own pumpkin (pre -scooped) in the Conservatory at The Mansion.  £3.50 per pumpkin, 50p will go Simon on the Streets.

30th October: Mix Art with Technology, 10-11.30am – Control and programme the robotic toy, Sphero to paint and create your own masterpiece.  Suitable for ages 7+. Oakwood Library.  Booking required

30th October: Learn how to Linocut with local artist Chloe Smith, 1-4pm – Learn basic techniques for making a lino-cut print. Bring an old t-shirt/apron. Stew & Oyster, Roundhay Road

30th October: Pumpkin Carving, 1-4pm – Carve your own pumpkin from £2 a pumpkin, bring your own design or use stencils provided. Stew & Oyster, Roundhay Road

31st October: Family Fun Morning, 10m-12pm – Free activities for primary and pre-school children at Roundhay Parochial Hall

31st October: Halloween at Jackrabbits, All day – Every child painting on 31st October will have a trick or treat lucky dip, with prizes if you come in fancy dress!

31st October: Spell Book and Wand Workshop with ARTventurers, 10-11am –  A Harry Potter themed children’s craft workshop. £8 ticket (book via ARTventurers website), fancy dress optional.  Suitable for ages 6+.  Tasty Cafe, Roundhay Road

31st October: Halloween Fun at the Bumps, 4-6pm – Dress up in your best witches/ghost/ ghouls outfit and be ready to scare! Enjoy Apple bobbing, face painting and treasure hunt. Free event. ‘The Bumps’ park located between West Park Avenue and West Park Close, Roundhay.  Bring a torch.

2nd November: Family Friendly Friday, 6-9pm – Enjoy a relaxed family friendly evening at Gledhoe Sports and Social Club.  Free event

Oakwood Scarecrow Competition: Throughout the week there will be a Halloween themed scarecrow competition to be judged by local children.  There will be a prize for the business with the best dressed window. Pick up your leaflet and enter the prize draw Oakwood Solicitors,

Find out more on and on the Roundhay and Oakwood Festival Facebook Page .

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Shuffles Entertainment Halloween Disco Party

31st October 2018

Mini Pumpkins: (not so scary disco party), 10.30am- 12pm, aimed at under 6’s, Balloon Twisting with Lawrence Turner

Trick or Treat Disco: 1pm-2.30pm, aimed at 6-11 years.  Face Painting by Rainbow Faces.

Includes disco with Mr Shuffles, Snow & Bubbles, Halloween themed dances and games, Fancy dress costume prices, Halloween goodie bag and Kids drink, crisps and a biscuit.

Adel War Memorial Hall bar open serving hot and cold drinks.

To book tickets click here

Contact Jason or Hazel Tel:  07710 626226



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The Deep – Venom vs Poisons!

Tower Street, Hull, HU1 4DP (Sat Nav HU9 1TU).  01482 381000. Open daily 10am – 6pm (last entry 5pm).
Pre-booking advised. 

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Where to pick the perfect pumpkin in and around North Leeds

If you’re looking for a family day out pumpkin picking, we’ve got the low down on where to go locally and further afield here.

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Days Out Ideas

We have lots more days out ideas in and around Leeds here

Anything Could Happen – Halloween Special

31st October 2018, 1pm-2pm

The popular, unique storytellers with a twist are bringing a ‘Spooky Special’ to Heart this October half term! Improvising children’s ideas on the spot and bringing their stories to life before their eyes.
If you have any young comedians/storytellers who are itching to get even more involved there will be an improv/comedy workshop after the show!

Suitable for all ages.

Booking required.

Headingley Enterprise and Arts Centre, Shire Oak Hall, Bennett Road, Leeds, LS6 3HN.  To book visit tciketsource

ARTventurers Half Term Events

29th October 2018, 2-3pm, Halloween Lantern Workshop, Costa Coffee Moortown. Age 5+

30th October 2018, 10-11am, Halloween Party, ACA Alwoodley. Age 6 months – 6 years

31st October 2018, 10-11am, Spell book and wand workshop, Tasty Oakwood. Age 6+

Booking required.

Tel Catherine on 07810 497977

Baby Boogie at Kirkstall Leisure Centre

1st November 2018. Sessions 10am -11am and 11am -12pm

Come and have fun with nursery rhymes, toys and soft play at the baby fancy dress disco.

60 minute sessions for babies and toddlers 4 months to 2 years.

Not suitable for siblings older than 2 years.

Suitable for babies and toddlers. Booking required.

Kirkstall Leisure Centre. Tel: 0113 378 2086

Beastly Halloween at St Johns Centre

29th – 31st October 2018, 11am -3pm

29th October
Free Halloween crafts and play sessions on the Upper Floor in Leeds Play Network.

30th October
Free slime workshops, booking required vis St Johns Centre Facebook Page

31st October
Meet Jungle Encounters collection of creepy crawlies, lots of slippery, slimy and scaly beasts on the upper balcony. There will also be free craft and play sessions in Leeds Play Network.

St Johns CentreMerrion Street, LS2 8LQ

Birchfield Pumpkin Festival – Harrogate

Pumpkin picking open: 6th -31st October 2018

Full festival open: 13th & 14th October and Daily 20th – 30th October 2018, 10am-4pm

Head down to the farm and pick your perfect pumpkin from the patch where they are grown – there are 1000s to choose from! Then head to the carving shed where you can get creative and design a spooky face.

Other activities include – Ride the ‘Grain Train’ through the corn maze and see what’s hiding, Corn Cannon, Pig Racing at 1:30pm and Ride the pumpkin express (children only).

Birchfield Farm, Summerbridge, Harrogate , HG3 4JS. Tel: 01423 781792

Bolton Abbey Pumpkin Trail

20th October – 4th November 2018, 10am – 4pm

Follow the trail of over-sized pumpkins through Strid Wood and discover the mystery doors hidden among the trees. Behind each door is a clue to help unravel the witch’s magical spell. With a fun new surprise awaiting you at The Strid, it will be worth the journey to get there!

This is a free event. The estate’s admission of £10 per vehicle will apply. Park in Riverside car park near the Cavendish Pavilion.

Bolton Abbey, Skipton BD23 6AL

Bolton Abbey Welly Walk

26th May – 4th November 2018

Enjoy a free woodland adventure trail from the Stepping Stones to the Cavendish Pavilion. The walk includes balance beams, wobbly stirrups, tunnels, scramble nets, the maze and many more obstacles! Appropriate footwear and change of clothes advised.  

This is a family event, there’s no minimum age to participate. However, the path is steep in places, so it is not suitable for wheelchairs or pushchairs. Children must be supervised at all times.

This is a free event. The Estate’s usual admission fee will apply. 

No booking required.

Bolton Abbey, BD23 6AL. Tel: 01756 718000

Boomchikkaboom Halloween Events

21st, 22nd, 24th, 25th, 26th, 27th October 2018.

A range of spooky themed activities aimed at children aged 0-5 years.  Includes Baby Raves, Messy Play and Party Games.

  • 21st Monster Mess – Revolucion de Cuba Leeds
  • 22nd Monster Mess – Revolucion de Cuba Leeds
  • 24th Pumpkins, Witches & Vampires Baby Rave – Eddie Cats at Mothercare Crownpoint
  • 25th Rave From The Grave – GOALS Leeds
  • 26th Pumpkins, Witches & Vampires Baby Rave – Kids-Clubhouse Horsforth
  • 27th The Fangtastic Messy Fiesta, Roundhay – St. Edmund’s, Roundhay

Booking required. Suitable for babies and toddlers.   

See Boomchikkaboom Facebook Page for details.


Cannon Hall Farm Pumpkin Festival and Wizardry School

Weekend of 20th & 21st and 27th -31st October 2018 

The pumpkin patch is returning for 2018 and with a new theme! Pick your own pumpkin and carvers will be on hand to help you make a spooky creation!  In the Wizardry School young witches and wizards will be given their own spell book and have to complete the challenges in the Witches Wood!  Fancy dress is encouraged and there will be prizes for the best dressed!

Tickets include all day admission to the farm.

Pre-booking of tickets advised.

Bark House Lane, Cawthorne, S75 4AT Barnsley. Tel:01226 790427


Carriageworks Theatre Half Term Productions

29th October 2018 – The Selfish Giant, 1.30m & 4.30pm

In a very cold, grey town, not too far from here, hidden behind a crumbling wall and a thousand signs which say ‘KEEP OUT’, lives…The Selfish Giant. So selfish he shut away garden where the children used to play and cursed the town to never ending winter.

Suitable for all the family.

20th October 2018, The Chit Chat Chalk Show, 11am & 2pm

The Chit Chat Chalk Show follows Kiko, a confused young girl, struggling to understand how she feels about the strange new world she lives in. With the help of her quirky new friends, she embarks upon a quest to discover the mixture of emotions & colours that make her unique!

Suitable for 3-8 year olds

Booking Required.

Carriageworks Theatre, The Electric Press, 3 Millennium Square, LS2 3AD. Tel: 0113 376 0318

Children’s Halloween Party at The Bumps, Roundhay

31st October 2018, 4pm – 6pm

If you go down to the Bumps today…Halloween fun at the Bumps. Dress up in your best witches/ ghouls/ ghosts outfit and be ready to scare! Apple Bobbing, face painting and treasure hunt.

Location: ‘The Bumps’, park located between West Park Avenue and West Park Close.

FREE Event. Bring a torch.

Organised by Roundhay Residents Association (RoRA). Sponsored by Southlands Retirement Apartments and Roundhay Councillors

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

27th to 31st October, 2018. Sailing at 6pm & 8pm

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.

Tel: 01904 62832

Crafty Creatures Day at Leeds City Museum

30th October 2018

A bumper day for all ages of the family. Flock to the museum where you can build animal dens, nests and lodges. Use recycled, junk materials to create art inspired by nature. There’ll be extra activities for young people aged 11+ too, including mosaic making. This day is sponsored by, and run in partnership with the Grammar School at Leeds.

Sessions 10am-12pm and 1pm -3pm.

Leeds City Museum, Millennium Square

Creepiest Creatures at Tropical World

27th October – 4th November 2018

This Halloween and October half term, discover some of the ‘Creepiest Creatures’ at Tropical World. Learn weird and wonderful facts about them and you’ll soon realise there’s really nothing to be afraid of… or is there? Complete the fun Creepiest Creatures quiz for a trick or treat.

Experience Creepiest Creatures up close in handling sessions (places limited, booking advised, please check the times of these sessions on website/Facebook Page).

Fancy dress encouraged.

Pre-booking required.  Suitable for toddlers.

Princes Ave, Roundhay Park, Leeds LS8 2ER

Creepy Crawlies at Temple Newsam this October Half Term

27th October – 4th November 2018, 10.30am -5.30pm

This half term you can meet real life bugs, find out tips on how to spot them and what we do to stop them in their tracks . Follow the bug trail through the House and you can even make your own spooky spider or bed bug to take home!

27 Oct –  2nd Nov, 2pm-4pm. Meet the bug busting team who will share their tips on how to identify and deal with common household insect pests.

28 Oct – 2nd Nov, 11-12.30pm and 1-3.30pm. Get up close and personal with real life bugs; stick insects, cockroaches, spiders, snails and millipedes.

Temple Newsam, LS15 0AE.

Creepy Halloween at Castle Howard

27th October – 4th November 2018

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, York, North Yorkshire, YO60 7DA. Tel: 01653 648 444

Cycle Leeds – Learn to Ride Sessions

30th October  2018 – Cycle Leeds Beginners

Cycle Leeds Beginners Learn to Ride sessions are fun, relaxed lessons for children who’d like to learn how to ride their bike without stabilisers. This session is for those who can’t ride at all or who are still very wobbly when trying to ride without support. Open to ages 4-11 years.

1st November 2018 – Cycle Leeds: Improvers – Skills, Circuits & Games

Fun cycling sessions for children who have recently learnt to ride their bike without stabilisers and want to practise and improve their new skills. If confident, they can try out our circuits & obstacle course! 4 – 11 year olds.

Booking Required. 

Carr Manor Community School, Carr Manor Road, Leeds, LS17 5DJ

To book visit

Dancing Tots Halloween Specials

Lively, exciting, toddler dance and creative movement classes for children from 18 months – 5 years.

26th October: Alwoodley

27th October: Chapel Allerton

29th October: Meanwood

29th October: Mothercare, Leeds

Suitable for toddlers. Booking Required.

Contact Sarah on 07796 135199

Dear Park Safari at Harewood House

30th October 2018, 11am -3pm

This half term join the British Deer Society on a deer safari through Harewood Estate. Visitors will be treated to beautiful views of Yorkshire’s countryside and will get to see a true wildlife spectacle.

Learn about Red, Fallow and Roe deer during the impressive autumn rut.

Tickets for this event include access to Harewood.

Harewood House. Tel: 0113 218 1010

Diddly Oms Halloween Yoga Spooktacular

27th October 2018,  10am-11.15am

A Saturday spooktacular Halloween special from walking – 5 years
Including an extended yoga class, games and Halloween goodies for each little one with refreshments and cakes available after until 12 .

Horsforth Central Methodist Church, Town Street

Tickets £7 contact Helen on 07764 963312 to book your place

Fall & Halloween Festival at Billy Bob’s Ice Cream Parlour

20th October – 4th November 2018

There will be a whole (g)host of spooky fun to be had during Half Term at Billy Bob’s! There’ll be delicious ice cream specials, a Haunted Halloween Trail, and Hilda the friendly witch will be in residence between the 20th and 31st October, giving out an awesome and exclusive prize to all children under 10 who visit in full fancy dress!

* Due to capacity, the play barns will be open to diners from 20th October to 5th November. The outside play area (free), and the Haunted Trail (£3 per child) will be open to everyone.

Calm Slate Farm, Skipton. Tel: 01756 711826

Family Forestcraft at Oakwell Country Park

29th October 2018, 10.30am – 12pm

Outdoor family activity days. Children must be 5 and over and accompanied by an adult.
£8 per child & £2 per adult.

Booking essential.

Oakwell Hall Country Park, Nutter Lane, Birstall, WF17 9LG.  Tel: 01924 324761.

Family Ghost Hunter Tours at The Royal Armouries Museum

26th October 2018, 5.30pm-8.30pm

A special Museums at Night family event.

The agents of F.A.R.T. need your help to stop Leeds being sucked into a cosmic worm-hole. Will you join the search party and save our city?

You must be between the ages of 5 and 12, and accompanied by an adult.

There are 2 interactive tours, starting at 5.30pm & 7pm. Tours last 60 minutes

Pre-booking required.

Royal Armouries, Armouries Drive, Leeds, LS10 1LT. Tel:0113 220 1999

Family Set Design and Making Workshop at Leeds Central Library

2nd November 2018, 10.30m-11.30am

Join family-favourite theatre company Wrongsemble for a fun hands-on set design and making workshop. Try your hand at designing and creating props, sets and costumes which may even feature in our professional festive production at Leeds Central Library! Bring your imaginations and prepare to get a little bit messy!

Suitable for ages 3+, all children must be accompanied by an adult.

Leeds Central Library

Farmer Copleys Pumpkin Festival

6th, 7th, 13th, 14th & Daily from 20th – 31st October 2018, 10am-4pm

There will be a rainbow of pumpkins to pick, carve and eat!

The ‘Not So Wicked Witch’ is back and storytelling throughout the day with her fellow witches, and this year the Pumpkin Princess will be waiting to meet children. Other activities include The Tractor Barrel ride, Corn Cannon and Tea Cups!

The fancy dress parade will be taking place daily at 2:30pm.

Free entry but charge for activities.

Ravensknowle Farm, Pontefract Road, Pontefract, WF7 5AF. Tel: 01977 600 200

Flamingo Land Halloween

13th October  – 4th November 2018 

Enjoy the spooktacular Halloween Half-Term event starting on 13th October – 4th November. ‘The Greatest Show’ will be live in concert, alongside Peter Rabbit’s Pumpkin Trail, fancy dress competitions, firework displays on selected days and lots more!

Flamingo Land, Kirby Misperton, Malton, North Yorkshire, YO17 6UX.  Tel: 0871 9118000

Fright Week at Oxygen Freejumping Leeds

29th October – 2nd November 2018

Halloween decorations, games and fancy dress all week.

2nd November 2018

It’s going to be a spook-fest at Oxygen this Halloween and you’re invited! We’re hosting our annual Halloween Disco on November 2nd and it’s a Halloween experience like no other! 

There’ll be frights and Freejumping, apple bobbing and pumpkin carving. But that’s not all, there’s ghoulish prizes to be won in our spooky competitions along with tricks and treats. 

Cardigan Fields Leisure Park, Kirkstall Rd, Leeds LS4 2DG.

Frightwater Valley

27th – 31st October 2018

Join us for our annual Halloween spooktacular as all manner of ghastly ghosts and gruesome ghouls lurk within the shadows of the theme park. During the day friendly frights are suitable for the whole family but BE WARNED…. as dusk falls you will need to tread very scarefully as….the darker the night the scarier the fright!

Water Lane, North Stainley, Ripon HG4 3HT. Tel: 01765 635321

Goose Harrogate Slime and Potion Workshops

28th, 30th, 31st October 2018

Sessions last 40 minutes and are charged at £12 per child. Entry to Goose, juice and a spooky snacks are included and of course….potions and slime to be taken home.

Booking required.

The Lenz, Hornbeam Park, Harrogate. Tel: 01423 815444

Half Term at Nostell Priory

29th October – 2nd November 2018

Bring the kids and grandkids for autumn adventures including campfire cooking, wild play and Dovetail, Biscuit, Splat workshops. Join us for Hallowe’en family fun on Wednesday 31 October at Nocturnal Nostell with crafts, trail and storytelling.

Doncaster Road, Nostell, Wakefield WF4 1QE. Tel: 01924 863892

Crafty Creatures at Leeds City Museum

31st October – 2nd November 2018, Sessions 10am- 12pm and 1pm-3pm

Be a crafty creature this school holiday with making and constructing activities. Build like a beaver, nest like a bird or construct like a termite. B.Y.O animal toys if they want to join in!

Free event.

Leeds City Museum.

Half Term Horrors at Kirklees Light Railway

27th October – 4th November 2018

Join the Kirklees Light Railway this October half term for spooky shenanigans, slimy story-telling & creepy crafts! These activities will be based at Shelley Station and are FREE to those holding valid day tickets for the railway.

Make sure the kids visit in their most frightful fancy dress costumes and they’ll travel for HALF PRICE – that’s just £2.75 per child between 27th October -4th November.

Pre-booking advised.

Park Mill Way, Clayton West, Clayton West HD8 9XJ. Tel: 01484 865727

Halloween Adventure at Stockeld Park

25th – 31st October 2018, 10.30am – 8.30pm

Journey by Nordic Ski on the woodland trail, take a magical trip around the illuminated Enchanted Forest, travel through the Maze or enjoy the real Ice Rink.
Plus don’t miss the Special Spooky Events,  New Terrifying Fright Nights and dress up in your Halloween costumes and join in a creepy Catwalk Show on 27th and 28th October.

The Adventure Park, Stockeld Park, Wetherby, LS22 4AN. Tel: 01937 586333

Halloween and Firework Messy Moo Music Special

2nd November 2018, 9.45am – 11am

Enjoy your favourite Moo Music and a variety of Gooey firework and Halloween themes stations to get messy with.

This session is suitable for sitting to 5years.

Booking required.

Adel Sports and Social Club. Tel: 07932 501904

Halloween and Half Term at Thornton Hall Country Park

13th October – 31st October 2018, 10am -4.30pm

NEW for 2018 – Pumpkin Picking in the pumpkin patch

Join the school of Wizards & Witches! Complete the activities (included in admission) to pass your ‘Witch & Wizard’ exams!

Scary mazes, pumpkin picking*, fearsome face painting *, bloody lamb & calf feeding,  freaky animal petting, eerie egg collecting & much more!

Normal admission applies * Additional charge for pumpkin picking and face painting.

Thornton Hall Country Park, Thornton-in-Craven, BD23 3TS. Tel: 01282 841148

Halloween at Brimham Rocks Adventure Farm

27th October – 4th November 2018

Bring back your pumpkin from the Sow ‘n’ Grow event or pick one from the patch and carve with the team. Other activities include witch and wizard school, crazy scientist slime making and spooky crafts! There will also be a Hog roast on both Halloween weekends (27th+28th Oct) (3rd+4th Nov).

Fiddlers Green, Harrogate. Tel: 01423 779759

Halloween at Crossgates Shopping Centre

29th October 2018: Ghosts of Crossgates.

Can you help capture the ghost’s of Crossgates? Set off on a ghost hunt around the centre with the help of the Ghost Busters! Visit the ghost-slime station and have a go at making your own sticky stuff to take home.  Freakish face-painting available as well.

30th October 2018: Petrifying Pirates Party

Join the team for a day of petrifying pirate fun, hosted by Crossgates very own pirates, where there will be lots of games, treasure hunts, balloon modelling, glitter and more!

Crossgates Shopping Centre, Station Road, LS15 8ET

Halloween at Eureka

20th October – 4th November 2018

Enrol at Ghoul School this Halloween! Our terrifying teaching staff includes Dr Frankenstein and assistant Igor, a truly magical Witch, and our resident Werewolf!

Take part in a science class with a difference in Dr Frankenstein’s Science Lab, Cast spells and mix potions with a bewitching teacher, Join our resident werewolf for some key survival skills, Get your grisly groove on in some spectacularly spooky dance classes.

Discovery Road, HX1 2NE Halifax. Tel: 01422 330069

Halloween at The Balloon Tree, York

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.

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.

Stamford Bridge Road, York YO41 1NB. Tel: 01759 373023

Halloween Disco Party, Wacky Warehouse

29th October and 2nd November 2018, 5-7pm

Halloween disco  party with lots of fun and games.

Wacky Warehouse Lawnswood Arms, Otley Road, LS16 7PH. Tel: 0113 267 1823

Halloween Experience at The National Coal Mining Museum

30th & 31st October 2018, 5pm

Are you brave enough to take the Spooky Halloween Tour? Your adventure will start with a trip down the coal mine at Caphouse followed by a guided tour around the old pit buildings, where there are some spooky stories to be told along the way!  There will also be Halloween themed crafts and frightfully good treats in the cafe!

Tours start at 5pm and go every half hour.

Suitable for ages 6+.  Dressing up encouraged.

Booking required.

Caphouse Colliery, New Road, Overton, Wakefield, WF4 4RH. Tel:  01924 848 806


Halloween Family Fun at Myrtle Tavern

27th October 2018, 12-2pm

Join the Myrtle Tavern team for a ‘Family Halloween Party’ as well as activities to enjoy you can view the Halloween decorations around the pub which is always impressive!

There will be an inflatable funhouse, a popcorn machine, colouring station, face painter and hot dogs.

Drop in event but will only run until 2pm.

Parkside Road, Meanwood, LS64NE 


Halloween Family Fun at York Museum of Farming

29th – 31st October 2018

Come visit us at Murton Park and have great fun carving your very own FREE pumpkin to take home with you. 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.

Yorkshire Museum of Farming, Murton Park, York, YO19 5UF.  Tel: 01904489966

Halloween Ghost Trains – Kirklees Light Railway

26th-28th October 2018

Not suitable for children under 3 years.

Are you brave enough to board the Halloween Ghost Trains?! Fancy dress is encouraged.

Booking required.

Park Mill Way, Clayton West, Huddersfield HD8 9XJ. Tel: 01484 865 727

Halloween Half Term at Grass Hoppers, Tong Garden Centre

24th October – 31st October 2018

During the October half term, we have some spook-tactular fun for your little monsters including daring donkey rides, frightful face painting and our trick or treat treasure hunt!

Join the treasure hunt for your chance to win a fang-tastic hamper full of spooky sweets!

– Treasure Hunt – Mon – Sat – 9am – 5pm Sun – 9.30am – 3.30pm
– Donkey Rides – Weekends only
– Face Painting – TBC
* All Activities are weather permitting

Tong Lane, Bradford, BD4 0RY . Tel: 0113 285 3506

Halloween Party at Kids Clubhouse Horsforth

31st October 2018, 4.30pm-6pm

Join the Kids Clubhouse for a spooky evening of all sorts of fun and games.  Spooky Soft Play, meal, Halloween games & crafts, fancy dress competition, free return play pass and party bag.

Kids Clubhouse, 75 New Rd Side, Horsforth, Leeds LS18 4QD. Tel: 0113 393340

Halloween Party at Eddie Catz Softplay

29th October 2018

BABY PARTY: 3pm-4pm, for children 0-18 months.  Time to play, visit from Eddie Catz and a Halloween themed sensory session from My Banc can Dance Leeds.

TODDLER PARTY: 4.30pm-6pm, for children 18 months to 7yrs. Time to play, glitter tattoo, entertainment from Dancing Tots (Halloween themed)

Prizes for the best fancy dress.

Booking required.

Crown Point Retail Park, Junction St, Leeds LS10 1EW. Tel: 0113 244 0555

Halloween Pumpkin Party at The Milk Churn by Moo Music

31st October 2018, 10.45am

An extra special Spooky Halloween Moo Music themed session with singing, dancing and props. Halloween themed craft activity, spooktacular take home gift  and use of the outside play area

Fancy dress optional.  Suitable from sitting to 5 years

Milk Churn, Scarcorft. Tel: 07932 501904

Halloween Tea Party at Grasshoppers, Tong Garden Centre

29th & 30th October 2018, 3pm-5pm

You’ll enjoy a devilish buffet, ghoulish games, we’ll have a fancy dress competition plus plenty of fang-tastic Halloween fun!

Pre-booking required.

Tong Lane, BD4 0RY . Tel: 0113 285 3506

Halloween Trail at Oakwell Country Park

27th October – 4th November 2018, 10am-4pm

Pick up your activity pack from the Visitor Centre shop and take a spooky walk around the park this half term. £1.50 per pack.

Oakwell Hall Country Park, Nutter Lane, Birstall, WF17 9LG

Halloween Trail at Thorp Perrow

13th October – 4th November 2018, 10am-5pm

Scary spooks and witches, ghosts and goblins in the ditches! Do you dare complete the spook-tacular Halloween Trail?
£2 per child (standard entry charges apply)

Bedale, North Yorkshire, DL8 2PS. Tel: 01677 425323

Halloween Trail, Facepainting and Crafts at Kirkgate Market

27th October 2018,  11:00am-5pm

Head to Leeds Kirkgate Market for a  Halloween Trail and a spooky story about the witches cauldron. Meet the characters, play games and fill in the puzzles to win a prize.
Fancy dress encouraged.

There will also be face painting and arts and crafts running 11-4pm.

Trails run from 11-12, 1-2 and 3-4pm starting in the event space at Leeds Kirkgate Market.

Suitable for all ages.

Leeds Kirkgate Market, LS2 7HY

Halloween Treetop Nets by Night

27th October 2018 

Fearless adventurers can enjoy our first ever ‘Nets by Night’ – a special after-dark party where you can bounce in the illuminated treetops with a few petree-fying spooks hiding in the trees!

Booking required, limited places by phone only. 

Lightwater Valley, Water Lane, Ripon HG4 3HT. Tel: 015394 47186.

Happy Halloween Half Term at Abbey House Museum

30th October -2nd November 2018: 10am to 12pm and 2pm to 4pm

If you’re looking for a spine-tingling fun this Halloween, head to the Victorian street, which has undergone a spooky makeover! Go along for FREE themed family fun all week. Make your own monster, witch or vampire or create the creepiest crawly! Join in magic potion making silly science or solve a murder mystery!

No booking required.

 Abbey House Museum, Abbey Walk, Kirkstall ,  LS5 3EH. Tel: 0113 230 5492

Holt Park Active Half Term Activity Timetable

Holt Park Active Leisure Centre, Holtdale Approach, Leeds LS16 7RX

Call 01133781301 to book you spaces or pop to reception.

Hope Pastures Pony Days and 1-2-1s

Pony Day: 1st November 2018, 10am -3pm

On a Pony Day children learn how to care for ponies under expert supervision. The emphasis is on fun and on building confidence and skills. The day includes activities such as leading and grooming the ponies, feeding and mucking out, as well as quizzes, games and pony puzzles.

10am – 3pm. £28 donation per child.

Pony 1 -2 1s Family Fun: 31st October 2018, 10am -12pm

Meet the ponies and spend time grooming them. The visitor centre is open for refreshments and we also run tours and fun activities for the family.

10am-12noon. £3 donation per person/child if you wish to brush a pony

Pre-booking advised.

Hope Pastures, Weetwood Lane, Leeds LS16 5PH. Tel: 0113 261 4344

Horrible Histories: Terrible Tudors at Grand Opera House York

30th October – 3rd November 2018

Prepare yourselves for two amazing shows with Horrible Histories live on stage! 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!

Grand Opera House, Cumberland Street, York. Tel: 0844 871 3024

Horsforth Cricket Club Family Halloween Party

Friday 26th October 2018, 6pm – 12am

Kids and Adults Halloween Party with plenty of kids games and prizes to be won!  Adults fancy dress competition too with adult prizes.  A good night for all the family!

£5.00 for a family ticket which includes lots of goodies for the kids. Pre book tickets or pay on the door.

Horsforth Cricket Club, King George’s Playing Field, Brownberrie Ln, Horsforth, Leeds LS18 5SB.  Tel: 0113 258 1246

Inkwell Arts Spooktacular Halloween Party

31st October 2018, 5-7pm

Join Inkwell Arts for their fantastic annual Halloween Bash! A safe and fun filled child friendly party to visit on Halloween night with lots of spooktacular activities and ghoulish treats to enjoy!

On the evening there will be: Homemade Food, Arts and Crafts, Fancy Dress Competition, Spooky Photo Booth, Cake decorating, Games and lots more!

All ages are welcome with their adults.

Child ticket £3 ( accompanying adults FREE)
Adults £3

Tickets may be available on the night but this event has limited spaces so best to buy in advance

31 Potternewton Lane, Chapel Allerton, LS7 3LW.  Tel: 0113 3070108

Junior Kitchen Halloween Weekends

7th, 14th, 21st and 28th Oct – 1st Nov 2018, 9.00am – 3.00pm

Daily baking activities that’ll keep your children busy & happy.  Gingercakes, cakes, cupcakes, biscuits, lunch and more!  Our fully DBS checked team are here to teach and entertain.

Suitable for ages 2+.  

Booking required.

Junior Kitchen, 1D Albion Street, Morley, LS27 8DT. Tel  0113 2537161.

Kids about Tarn Halloween Party

31st October 2018, 3.30-6.30pm

2.5 hours packed full of fun and games, arts and crafts, disco, fancy dress competition and spooky party food.

Booking required.

Tel: 07530 933123

Hocus Pocus – Halloween Outdoor Cinema at Kirkstall Abbey

26th and 27th October 2018

Fun filled Halloween event suitable for all the family (classified PG).

Showing the classic 90’s film Hocus Pocus – featuring talking cats, big teeth and Thackery Binx.

Join in the fun and dress up spooky – witches, wizards, ghouls and ghosties are all welcome.
Join the trio of witches in a sing a long and take part in the witchy quiz!

There is a pop up bar and plenty of food stalls will be open on site serving themed drinks.

Pre-booking required.

Kirkstall Abbey, Tickets via Sneak Experience



Kirkstall Leisure Centre – October Half Term Programme

TBC 2018

Tel: 0113 378 2086 to book

Leeds City Museum Half Term Activities

30th October – 2nd November 2018, 10am-12pm & 1pm – 3pm

The gang are taking inspiration from the Beavers to Weavers exhibition with crafty creatures activities running during Half Term.

Free event, no booking required.

Leeds City Museum. Tel: 0113 378 5001

Leeds Play Network – Spooky Glow in the Dark Slime Workshop

30th October 2018

Enjoy some spooky, slimy fun at St Johns Centre this October half term. Leeds Play Network will take you through the steps to making the perfect glow in the dark slime and you’ll be able to add a variety of extra special Halloween themed bits and pieces to your slime- just like your very own witches potion!

There will be sessions running throughout the day.

Minimum age 4 years.

Booking required via Eventbrite

St Johns Centre, Merrion Street, LS2 8LQ

Lidgett Lane Community Centre Kids Halloween Party

3rd November 2018, 4-6pm

Kids Halloween Party with traditional games and spooky disco.

FANCY DRESS essential for kids, and encouraged for accompanying adults. Prize for best costume.

£1 ENTRY per child
Includes free hot dog or pizza slice
Other refreshments at very reasonable prices

Tickets required.

Lidgett Lane Community Centre. Tel:  0113 237 0506

Lotherton Hall Spooky Scarecrow Trail

27th October – 4th November 2018, 10am-4pm

Beware we aim to scare! Lotherton’s Spooky Scarecrow Trail is back! Can you follow the clues around the house and estate, to find all of the super spooky scarecrows?  Pay a visit to the new Skeletown, where you can see the scary side of the Wild West.

There will also be creepy crafts on offer in the Servants’ Rooms.

No booking required.  Normal estate admission applies.

Off Collier Lane, Aberford, Leeds LS25 3EB. Tel: 0113 378 2959

Mini First Aid Kids Sessions

25th October and 1st November 2018, 10-11am

1 hour First Aid session covering CPR, choking, burns, broken bones, head bangs and bleeding. Following class, children can access the playgym for £1.

Suitable for ages 7 upwards.

Kids Clubhouse Horsforth. Tel: 07796 718860

Movies at The Core Shopping Centre

FREE Half term Movies at The Core. Relax on a deckchair in the special ‘Movie Lounge’ on the ground floor near the food court and enjoy some of the kids favourite films this half term.

Films start at 3pm.

Saturday 27 October – Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory – U

Sunday 28 October – COCO – PG

Monday 29 October – Despicable Me – U

Tuesday 30 October – Hotel Transylvania – U

Wednesday 31 October – Ghostbusters – 12A

Thursday 1 November – Toy Story – PG

Friday 2 November – Paddington 2 – PG

Saturday 3 November -Mary Poppins – U

Sunday 4 November – The Lion King – U

Pre-booking via Eventbrite

King Charles Street, Leeds LS1 6LT

National Railway Museum: Future Engineers

27th October – 4th November 2018

The 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.

Free Entry.

Leeman Rd, York YO26 4XJ. Tel: 0333 016 1010

North Yorkshire Moors Railway – Halloween

27th October to 31st October 2018 from 6:45pm

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 including packed lunch. Advance booking required. Recommended for children aged 5 to 12 years old.

Booking required.

Pickering Station Park Street Pickering YO18 7AJ Tel: 01751 472508.

World War Week at The Royal Armouries

27th October – 4th November 2018, 10am-5pm

Meet characters from both World Wars as they recount their experiences through dramatic performances, storytelling and combat demonstrations.

Outside on the square there’ll be a full-size Spitfire, the most famous plane of the Second World War, to commemorate the centenary of the formation of the RAF.  Warlord Games will also be playing some quick games of Bolt Action and Blood Red Skies.

Free event, no booking required

Royal Armouries, Armouries Drive, Leeds, LS10 1LT. Tel:0113 220 1999


October Half Term at The Arium

29th October – 2nd November 2018

The craft corner at The Arium will have a Halloween theme this half term! Crafts will include pumpkins to colour and decorate, making spooky spiders and finger puppets!

Thorner Lane, Leeds

October Half Term Events at The Little Bookshop, Chapel Allerton

29th October – 2nd November, Daily at 10am,  Halloween Slime Workshop. Join us for this workshop to create two types of gruesome slime to take home. Age 6+. Booking required.

29th October – 2nd November, Daily at 11am, Halloween Story Time and Halloween Craft.  Join us everyday in half term for free story time and craft. All ages.  No booking necessary.

29th & 30th October, 3pm, Pumpkin Decorating Workshop. Join us for this workshop to create a unique pumpkin to proudly display on your doorstep. Cost includes all materials and your take-home pumpkin. Age 6+.  Booking required.

31st October, 3-5pm, Halloween Party.  Join us for our annual Halloween party including crafts, Halloween treasure hunt,  games and much more!  Fancy dress encouraged! Free entry, all ages welcome.

47 Harrogate Rd, Leeds LS7 3PD. Book via The Little Bookshop website.

Puss in Boots at Stanley and Audrey Burton Theatre

27th October – 3rd November 2018

Puss in Boots is no ordinary cat. Clever and charming, he takes life in his stride and befriends everyone he meets. The only thing is, he always seems to bring his master, Jack, bad luck. Join Puss and Jack on their adventure as they meet a flurry of lovable characters, and even come face to face with royalty!

This child friendly performance lasts approximately 40 minutes.

Booking required.

Northern Ballet, Quarry Hill, Leeds LS2 7PA. Tel: 0113 220 8000

Pick n’ Pimp Your Pumpkin Festival by Sneaky Experience

27th October 2018

The Sneaky Experience spooky characters will be on hand to help you choose your own pumpkin at Kirkstall Abbey. Once you’ve picked your precious pumpkin, take it off to the pimping station ready to paint, prettify and make perfect with all the marvellous crafty bits n bobs at your disposal.

Fancy dress encouraged. Suitable for up to age 10.

Sessions 9.00-10.30am and 10.30am-12pm.

Pre-booking required.

Kirkstall Abbey, book via Sneaky Experience website

Pimp Your Pumpkin at The Cafe Bar at Meanwood Park

25th October 2018, 3pm-5.30pm

The Cafe Bar at Meanwood Park will be running a ‘Pimp Your Pumpkin’ stall, there will be staff on hand to assist you and your children in decorating your pumpkins, whilst you enjoy a coffee, a cake or a mulled wine!

These activities will take place on the benches outside, so wrap up warm.

Three Cottages, Meanwood ,LS6 4LE

Pirates, Pants and Wellyphants: The Illustrated World of Nick Sharatt

Running until 25th November 2018

Visit Leeds Central Library to immerse yourselves in Nick’s world! In this Arts council funded exhibition you can find out about his childhood and what inspired him to become an illustrator, and meet a host of characters that he has created throughout his career.

There are plenty of fun things to see and do in the exhibition, including a reading room where visitors can sit and enjoy a wealth of books that Nick has written and illustrated.

Free to attend.

Leeds Central Library.

Pumpkin Picking at the Horsforth Pick Your Own

19th  – 31st October 2018, 10 am – 5pm (last entry 4.30pm)

Thousands of pumpkins to choose from!  No entry charge, you pay for all the pumpkins you pick.  From a Standard £2.50 up to a Jumbo £7.50

Face painters will be there from 20th – 31st Oct, pumpkin carving with stencil and sticker kits will be available in the carving tent and there will be tractor and trailer rides at weekends. (Keep an eye on the Facebook for other dates when the tractor drivers are available). Other activities will also be highlighted separately on Facebook.   

Free car parking on site.  Hot and cold drinks are available along with ice creams and snacksWellies are a good idea as you will be walking on soil to pick your pumpkins, plus warm outer clothing you don’t mind getting a little dirty.

Horsforth Pick Your Own, West End Lane, Horsforth, LS18 5ES


Putting the Happy in Halloween, Leeds Industrial Museum at Armley Mills

30th October – 1st November 2018, 12.30pm-3pm

Discover the real stories behind Halloween with 21st-century witches from the Leodis Pagan Circle. Family craft sessions will include jack-o’-lantern and willow wand making. There’s also the chance to make your own luxury oat milk bath bombs, using herbs from the autumn harvest.

Leeds Industrial Museum at Armley Mills, Canal Rd, Armley, LS12 2QF. Tel: 0113 263 7861

Rainbow Factory

29th October – 2nd November 2018

Two special events over the course of Half Term. Step into Hotel Transylvania (29th- 31st October) and celebrate Halloween with your favourite monsters OR head down to Hogwarts (1st -2nd Nov) to solve the haunting mystery.

Pre-booking required.

Springfield Mills, Bagley Lane, Farsley, Leeds LS28 5LY. Tel: 0113 257 5750

Red Lion at Shadwell – Children’s Halloween Party

27th October 2018, 2-4pm

The annual Halloween party returns, celebrate all the spooky goings-on of Halloween, Fun and games from 2-4pm. Prizes for the best fancy dress.

60 Main St, Shadwell, Leeds LS17 8HH. Tel:  0113 273 7463

Sensory Room for Families with Additional Needs – Leeds City Museum

1st November 2018 , 10.30am

Pop-up sensory room with bubble tube, dark tents and tactile toys, for a calmer moment on your museum trip in the holidays.

Free but places must be booked on Eventbrite

Leeds City Museum, Cookridge Street, Millennium Square, LS2 8BH. Tel 0113 3785001

Shadwell Tennis Club Monster Smash Party

28th October 2018, 9.30am-11.30am

Shadwell Tennis Club is inviting juniors between 4-16 of all abilities to don their favourite scariest costumes plus trainers and join in The Monster Smash party!

Entry £6 per player.  Spare rackets available

Refreshments provided.

Shadwell Tennis Club. Tel: 07966 987744

Shake Rattle and Boogie Halloween Specials

Shake Rattle & Boogie are running Halloween Specials throughout the Half Term week.  A dance and music class for babies, toddlers and pre-schoolers with a spooky twist! Watch the story of ‘Room on a Broom’ come to life through singing, dancing, music & laughter! This fun and interactive workshop is £5 per child and siblings are welcome to join in this half term haunted adventure!

29th October – Calverley

30th October – Adel

31st October – Horsforth and Kids Academy Holt Park

2nd November – Horsforth

Booking Required.

Tel: 07984 158281

Spooky Play Sessions with Leeds Play Network at St Johns Centre Leeds

29th and 31st October. Sessions 11am-12.30pm & 1.30pm-3pm

Leeds Play Network will be running play sessions with a Halloween theme this half term.  There will be lots of arts and crafts featuring spiders, bats, pumpkins and witches or you can make any spooky stuff your imagination can conjure up!

If arts and crafts aren’t your thing you can come and build a den, jump in the foam pit or play with our toys. There is something for all ages so great for the whole family.

Pre-booked ticket is required via Eventbrite for each child attending the session as places are limited.

St Johns Centre, Merrion Street, LS2 8LQ

Spooky Scarecrow Trail Kirkstall Abbey

30th October – 4th November 2018, 10am-3pm

Kirkstall Abbey will hosting a ‘not so scary’ scarecrow trail around the abbey ruins during October Half Term.  The ruins are also a great place to play a game of spooky hide and seek with the little ones.

Pick up a trail sheet in the visitor centre then explore the abbey looking for spooky scarecrows!

This is a free family event.

Kirkstall Abbey, Abbey Road. LS5 3EH Tel: 0113 3784079

Spooky Stories at RSPB Fairburn Ings

31st October 2018, 12.30pm-5.00pm

Join us this half term for a spooky story and craft session with the Grim Reaper at Fairburn Ings. Wrap up warm and prepare to hear some horrible history, discover some grisly creatures, and find out what goes bump in the night. After the story session we’ll get to work crafting magic wands to take home. Fancy dress is encouraged!  You can also take on our Halloween half-term quiz around the Discovery Trail for free.

Suitable for all ages.  Booking required. Children must be accompanied.

Fairburn Ings, WF10 2BH Castleford

Leeds Discovery Centre Spooky Tour and Beastly Beasts

31st October 2018, 10am-12pm

Free fun family workshop.

Bring your battery-powered candles for our pre-Halloween spook-fest. Investigate the weird world of museum monsters. Spot creepy critters by torchlight and tour our amazing stores!

Dressing-up optional.

Booking required

Leeds Discovery Centre, Carlisle Road, LS10 1LB. Tel 0113 378 2100

Stockeld Park Freight Nights

26th October – 31st October 2018 6pm – 10.30pm

Fright night returns to Stockeld Park this October with A bang!

Be prepared to be scared’

Two never seen before attractions and a new production team have given this already special event a serious dark makeover. Not for the faint hearted.

Suitable for age 12+

Booking required.

Tel: 01937 586101

Temple Newsam

31st October, 1pm – 3pm – Pumpkin carving. Join the Temple Newsam team at the Walled Garden to carve the pumpkin you sowed in the spring. You can also bring your own to carve (please hollow out first). Free event.

Temple Newsam, LS15 0AE

Temple Newsam Spooktacular

 31st October 2018 – 5pm-8pm

Come and scare yourselves silly with a visit to the darkened House and ghoul inhabited Farm. Prepare to be scared but have a go at spooky crafts and listen to stories as well as collect some treats on your way. Wear your most frightful outfits to fend off our ghostly surprises.

Advance tickets required.

Temple Newsam Estate, Tel 0113 3367460


Thackray Museum – Pus and Pimples SFX workshop

20th October – 4th November 2018

Use make-up techniques from stage and film to create the ravages of Smallpox, bursting Black Death buboes or the horror of gangrenous wounds.

There is a small charge of £3 per wound in addition to usual museum admission charges.

Workshops take place at 11am, 12pm, 1pm, 2pm and 3pm.

141 Beckett Street, Leeds, LS9 7LN. Tel: 0113 244 4343

The Dengineers, National Science Media Museum

20th October – 4th November 2018, 10am- 4pm

Plan it, design it, build it! This October half term, we’re bringing you lots of inventive activities and events inspired by CBBC’s The Dengineers.

Find out if you’ve got the problem-solving, big-thinking, team-working skills to be a Dengineer. Investigate construction materials, pick up top tips, and get stuck into one of our family challenges!

Free event.

Little Horton Ln, Bradford BD1 1NQ. Tel:  0844 856 3797

The Not So Spooky Halloween Show, The Engine Shed Wetherby

2nd November 2018, 2pm

A magical panto-style show full of messy ghostly fun for the whole family. Help Magic Mike and Count Chuckular keep an eye on the spookometer just in case anything un-toward should happen.

Fancy dress welcomed!

The Engine Shed,York Rd,Wetherby, LS22 7SU. Tel: 01723 371603

The Spooky 5 at The Rainbow Factory

5th, 11th, 12th, 19th, 25th & 26th Oct 2018, 10.00am-2.00pm
We are exploring 5 of our favourite spooky books at the Rainbow Factory throughout October in preparation for Halloween! Through crafts, singing, messy play, dancing, games and interactive theatre we will bring the stories to life in a way you haven’t seen before.
Events will be split into two groups – 10:00am – 11:30am for over 18 months and 1:00pm – 2:00pm for under 18 months
Suitable for babies and toddlers. Booking advised.
Rainbow Factory, Springfield Commercial Centre Bagley Lane, Farsley , LS28 5LY. Tel:  0113 257 5750

Wacky World

29th & 30th October 2018

Want to keep the kids entertained, active & having fun or fancy some fun for all ages of the family?Wacky World is a one of a kind inflatable pop up play! Expect Total Wipeout, Extreme Hungry Hippo’s, Assault Courses, Gladiator Duels + much much more.

There are sessions for kids, battle as a family and adult only sessions!

Pre-booking advised.

New Dock Hall, Armouries Dr, Leeds LS10 1LT. Tel: 01772 923 990

Wetherby Leisure Centre Half Term Activity Timetable

 Lodge Lane, Leeds LS22 5FN. Tel:  0113 378 1265

Which Witch is Which; Halloween Family Friendly Live Board Game

27th October 2018 – 1.30-6pm

You and your team are the board pieces and depending on the number on the dice you throw determines which spooky characters you meet along the way and the challenges they may present to you!

Suitable for all ages.

A licensed bar and food stalls will be available throughout the experience.

Pre-booking required.

Kirkstall Abbey, book via Sneaky Experience website

York Maze Halloween

27th October – 4th November 2018

Spooky family fun awaits at York Maze this Halloween. We open for a week over October half term as Yorkshire’s award-winning family Halloween event.

The giant maize maze has been harvested but we keep a small section for our Haunted Maze Treasure Hunt, just one of over 20 Halloween attractions rides and shows, plus every child gets a FREE pumpkin!

Dunnington Lodge, Elvington Lane, York, YO19 5LT. Tel: 01904 607 341

Yorkshire Sculpture Park -Walk & Play

31st October 2018, 11am -3pm

Artists Idit Nathan and Helen Stratford have invented some playful walking activities for your family to try. Borrow a free set of Walk & Play YSP cards to explore the park in fresh, imaginative and maybe even mischievous ways.

Suitable for all ages

West Bretton, Wakefield WF4 4JX. Tel: 01924 832631

ZigZag Autism Support Group Soft Play Session at Kids Clubhouse

29th October 2018, 4.30pm – 6pm

Great fun session for the kids and parents and carers get the chance to meet up with others within the group

£2.00 per child

Free juice and biscuits and hot refreshments for parents and carers

Kids Clubhouse Horsforth