Autumn is here and with it comes a whole host of fun festivities, including Halloween, Bonfire Night and Christmas. This year Leeds is going all out for Halloween and so we wanted to share with you some of the exciting activities that will be happening around the city at the end of this month. Whether you want to be petrified or just a little bit spooked, you’re wanting a big night out or a family experience, there is something for everyone and all ages.
Fearsome family fun
If you want some light-hearted Halloween entertainment for all the family, you’ll be spoilt for choice this year! Below is a selection of the best events on offer around Leeds.
Pus and Pimples SFX Workshop. Thackray Medical Museum, workshops running from Saturday 20th October to Sunday 4th November, various times. Cost = entry to museum plus £3 per wound created.
Halloween Spooktacular. Fancy dress, crafts, ghost stories and much more. Temple Newsam, Wednesday 31st October, 5pm-8pm. Tickets are £10 per adult and £5 per child.
Gruesome Newsam. A spooky tour of the house and gardens. Temple Newsam, from Saturday 27th October to Sunday 4th November, various times. Tour is free with paid entry to the house. Suitable for ages 7+.
Pick & Pimp Your Pumpkin Festival. Select a pumpkin, pimp it up using craft materials, then take it home to carve. Kirkstall Abbey, Saturday 27th October, 10:30am-12 noon. Tickets from £5.95.
Ghost Hunter Tours. The Royal Armouries, Friday 26th October, 5:30pm-8pm. Tickets are £5.
Spooky Scarecrow Trail. Lotherton Hall, from Saturday 27th October to Sunday 4th November, 11am-3pm. Free with normal Hall admission.
Hocus Pocus — outdoor film screening with fancy dress. Kirkstall Abbey, Friday 26th and Saturday 27th October, various times. Tickets are £15 per adult and £12 per child.
Creepy club nights
If you fancy celebrating Halloween by getting dressed up and dancing the night away in Leeds, then you have many club nights and bars to choose from.
These special events for adults aren’t for the faint-hearted as they’re immersive and interactive, meaning you’ll find yourself in the centre of the scary action!
Halloween at the Leeds Library. This includes a séance with ghosthunters and a trip down into the cellars of the UK’s oldest subscription library. Wednesday 31st October, 8pm-midnight. Tickets are £39.
Outbreak: Cocktail Mystery Experience. An escape room and cocktail-making experience combined — cure the zombie virus by building the antidote from special cocktails. The Great Escape Game, throughout October. Prices from £16pp (depending on the number of players per game).
>H.E.I.I (Haigh End Incarceration Institute). In this escape game you will be sent to prison with a new identity. Your goal is to work out who or what has taken over the place. Haigh Woodland Park, Friday 26th & Saturday 27th October, various times. Tickets are £15.
Do you know of any other Halloween events happening in Leeds this month? Share them in the comments below.