October Half Term Events in North Yorkshire

Wednesday 13th September, 2023 by Host & Stay

If you’re planning a fun-filled family trip to North Yorkshire for the October half term holidays, you’re in for a treat! There are plenty of activities and events in the area perfect for the whole family. Keep reading to find out more…

Whitby Abbey Illuminated | 21st – 31st Oct

Whitby is one of our favourite places to visit in North Yorkshire and even more so at Halloween! This historic town comes alive in October with events and activities for the whole family. Every year we look forward to Whitby Abbey Illuminated which sees the ruined gothic Whitby Abbey (which was Bram Stoker’s inspiration for Dracula!) lit up in the colours of the rainbow.

As well as the illuminations, you’ll also be able to explore the recently revamped museum, enjoy a show all about Dracula, and take in the incredible views over the coast. Book Whitby Abbey Illuminated online and you’ll save 10%!


Harrogate Indoor Funfair | 28th October – Friday 3rd November

When it comes to planning something for the whole family, you can’t beat a funfair! From 28th October, Harrogate is home to an impressive indoor funfair in the Yorkshire Event Centre which has rides and inflatables for all ages. Perfect for cold and rainy days, you can shelter from the elements and enjoy everything the funfair has to offer. You can pay on the door or book Harrogate Indoor Funfair online for a cheaper price.

Looking to fill your stay in Harrogate with more events? Read our favourite places to visit for fun days out and make the most of your trip by trying delicious restaurants and cafes.


Halloween at Monk Park Farm | 20th October – 5th November

The whole family will love Monk Park Farm! This year they’re holding a Halloween Spooktacular where the farm is transformed with decorations and activities. Little ones will enjoy pumpkin painting, a mini pumpkin trail, witches potion making and the giant pumpkin patch. There is also a best dressed competition so fancy dress is definitely encouraged! Older kids can take part in pumpkin carving, a spooky farm tour, pumpkin catapulting and pumpkin bowling. There is also a spider infested barn for them to explore! Book your tickets for the Spooktacular here.

For kids aged 12 and above, Monk Park Farm are also hosting a Fright Night on 27th and 28th October which is bound to scare! If you’re feeling brave, you can buy your tickets online here.

Looking for a place to stay? Stay in Thirsk or explore our beautiful holiday homes nearby.

Light Spectacular | 27th October – 5th November

Each year the North Yorkshire Moors Railway hold an incredible Light Spectacular event which really is a sight to behold! Departing from Pickering Station and journeying through North Yorkshire before ending at Levisham Station, the hour long journey is perfect for the whole family.

Both stations will make you feel like you’ve stepped back in time as they’re themed to the early 1900s but the trains are decorated with thousands of lights as part of the event. There is a DJ-mix of music playing throughout the journey and you’ll be given your own interactive LED wristband which is synchronised to the music so you’ll become part of the show. Tickets for Light Spectacular can be purchased online here.

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Scream Factory | 28th – 31st October

Each year in the coastal town of Redcar, there is an award-winning event known as Scream Factory. An incredible spectacle, the grounds of Kirkleatham Museum are transformed. The event holders recommend that it is suitable for ages 14+ so if you have older children who are looking for a fright this Halloween, they won’t be disappointed!

As well as the main tour, Scream Factory also runs a children’s twilight tour which is so fun for littler ones. With spooky surprises, trick-or-treat bags and lots of fancy dress, ​the tour takes children on a thrilling adventure where delicious sweets are collected along the way. Tickets can be booked online here.


York Open Air Cinema at Castle Howard | 27th – 31st October

From 27th October Castle Howard is home to Yorkshire Open Air Cinema showcasing spooky films perfect for Halloween. Held in one of the finest stately homes of England, Castle Howard has been featured in TV shows like Victoria and Bridgerton so it’s a magical backdrop for the open air cinema.

The ideal afternoon for the whole family, kids will love The Nightmare Before Christmas, Hocus Pocus, Monsters Inc, Room on the Broom and the Gruffalo. There is onsite hot food and snack stands plus a bar (for the adults!) but you’re always welcome to bring your own picnic. Just remember to bring along a few chairs or a blanket and wrap up nice and warm! Tickets can be purchased online here.

Find a place to rest your head during your stay. View our collection of holiday homes and apartments in York here.

More Events in North Yorkshire

 Halloween Adventure at Stockeld Park.  Halloween Half Term at Scarborough Castle. Stargazing in Dalby Forest.

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