Column - Halloween events with Nikki Turner-Chaplin

Piglets Adventure Park is running its popular Pumpkin Festival.
Piglets Adventure Park is running its popular Pumpkin Festival.

The summer holidays are behind us, Christmas is still a little way off, so what’s the next big family event on the horizon? Halloween of course!

I love Halloween, with its opportunity for the kids to dress up in spooky costumes, collect heaps of sweets and carve pumpkins.

Watch out for the Treasure Hunt and Hallowscream at York Maze.

Watch out for the Treasure Hunt and Hallowscream at York Maze.

It was turnips when I was little. I can still recall the burning turnip smell as the candle flame licked the turnip lid!

So the question is, where is the best Halloween extravaganzas not too far from Pocklington, and how many can you fit into half-term?

Piglets Adventure Park – 22nd to the 31st October.

Piglets is running its popular Pumpkin Festival again this year, always a big favourite with my two.

Halloween activities at Flamingo Land run throughout the half term.

Halloween activities at Flamingo Land run throughout the half term.

It has all the usual activities such as a bouncy pillow and adventure playground, but also pumpkin carving and spooky storytelling (I love the storytelling).

Don’t miss the Creepy Cottage or the corn cannon either! All the children get a free pumpkin.

York Maze - 22nd to the 30th October.

There’s lots going on at York Maze over half term. For its ‘Halloween by Day’ the venue has plenty of spooky activities as well as more pumpkin carving. In fact on Sunday the 23rd there is a competition for the best carved pumpkin.

Burton Agnes Hall will host a spooky woodland trail.

Burton Agnes Hall will host a spooky woodland trail.

The giant maze has been cut down, but it keeps a smaller maze for a Haunted Maze Treasure Hunt. It also runs the very popular Hallowscream event. More for the bigger kids, that one!

Stockeld Park - 19th to the 31st of October.

As well as an illuminated maze, enchanted forest and Nordic skiing, you’ll find a real ice rink open at Stockeld Park over half term.

The park also promises creepy creatures and a magic show as part of their spooky adventure.

Lightwater Valley will turn into Frightwater Valley this Halloween.

Lightwater Valley will turn into Frightwater Valley this Halloween.

For the more brave (foolhardy?) amongst us (definitely not me!) they have three ‘fright nights’ on the 29th/30th and 31st.

Burton Agnes Hall – 22nd to the 31st October.

There is a spooky woodland trail at Burton Agnes this year.

You will need to track down clues amidst spooky Halloween scenes of witches, spiders and ghostly figures. It runs all of half term from 11am to 4pm.

Lightwater Valley – 27th to the 30th of October.

Lightwater Valley turns into Frightwater Valley at the end of half term with its ‘Halloween Spooktacular’.

Organisers say that ‘All manner of creepy ghouls and beasties lurk within the Valley’ – so beware!

If that sounds a bit too scary, it might be a better idea to visit on the 22nd and 23rd as there will be a fireworks display when it gets dark.

Flamingo Land – 22nd to the 31st October.

The Halloween event at Flamingo Land runs every day during the half term.

Also, if you visit on Wednesday 26th or Saturday 29th you’ll get the bonus of a fireworks display.

Forbidden Corner – open until the 31st of October then Sunday until Christmas

Although the Forbidden Corner is not running a Halloween themed event, it would make for a great quirky and occasionally spooky day out over half term.

It’s the further away in the list, but a fabulous and magical day out.