School Holidays Calderdale

October Half Term

There’s so much happening in Halifax and Calderdale over October half term! This year things are a little different, so always book ahead and check events are still on.

You’ll find most events listed below, and you can find even more information here, including Halloween parties and events, pumpkin picking and carving and autumnal crafting.

Have a great holiday!

Spooky outdoor Halloween fun includes apple bobbin, Halloween crafts and potion making! Children will listen to a story, make crafts, learn about nature and enjoy hot chocolate and marshmallows around a campfire. Explore the woods, make dens, climb trees, relax in the hammocks, feed the chickens and have fun! Suitable for children aged 0-10 years. Tickets.

There will be lots of hand washing stations, sanitising areas and plenty of space to socially distance.
  • Saturday, October 31, 2020. 10-11.45am. Forgotten Forest, Brighouse.

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Birchfield Pumpkin Festival, Harrogate

October 3 onwards, 2020

Head down to the farm and find your perfect pumpkin. Get creative at the carving shed (and leave the slimy pumpkin insides for the pigs), meet the animals then check out the other activities, such as barrel rides, corn maize and the corn blaster. 10am-5pm. More details to follow on 2020 plans.

  • Birchfield Family Dairies, Oakmount House, Summerbridge, Harrogate, HG3 4JS.

Bolton Abbey Welly Walk

Until November 1, 2020

Woodland adventure with lots of fun and mud, leading from the stepping stones to the Cavendish Pavilion.

This year, the trail is one way from Priory Church to the Cavendish Pavilion. Each piece of equipment on the Welly Walk can only be used by one family at a time, please wait until the equipment is empty before using.

Let your little ones put their balance skills to the test, scramble up nets, navigate the pole-to-pole and try their hardest to keep clean as they come down the slides! With many more obstacles in-between – it’s fun from start to finish!

Not suitable for pushchairs.

  • Bolton Abbey, Skipton. BD23 6EX.

Farmer Copleys Pumpkin Festival

October 3, 4, 10, 11 & 17-31 2020

Pick your pumpkin (they’ve got red, green, white, blue, black and yellow as well as orange!), see The ‘Green Witch’ and other fun characters.

If all that pumpkin picking makes you hungry, refuel with toffee apples, cinnamon doughnuts, gelato, crepes or other yummy treats.

Prices: Off-peak £2, peak £4, plus price of pumpkin. Under 3’s go free.

Ravensknowle Farm, Pontefract Road, Pontefract, WF7 5AF

Halloween at Brimham Rocks Adventure Farm

17, 18 & 24 October- 1st November 2020

Pick your own pumpkin from the forbidden garden and carve it! See if you’re brave enough to enter the haunted house. Play on the indoor and outdoor play areas and visit the friendly animals.

Booking required.

  • Fiddlers Green, Harrogate.  HG3 3HB. Tel:  01423 779759

Halloween at Flamingo Land

October 10 – November 1, 2020

Spooktaclar events, rides and attractions, including the Trick or Treat Trail (£3) with sweets and stickers at five locations around the park and Peter Rabbit’s Pumpkin Trail. Spooktacular Fireworks Displays October 14, 17, 24 & 31.

  • Flamingo Land, Kirby Misperton, Malton. YO17 6UX.


Halloween at Hesketh Park Farm

24th October – 1st November 2020

Head to Hesketh Fram Park this October for pumpkin carving (included in your ticket), a spooky quiz and the usual farmyard adventures. The staff will be dressing up each day, so why not come in your own fancy dress costume?

Cafe open daily, with picnic tables inside and outside.

Online ticket reservation system in place, pay on arrival

  • Hesketh Farm Park, Bolton Abbey

Halloween at Ponderosa Zoo

24th October- 1st November, 2020

Head to Ponderosa this haunted half term and experience our Spook-tacular Halloween event!

Includes insect encounters, animal talks, a spooky broomstick trail, fancy dress competition and more! For more information and to pre-book your visit head to our website.

*Due to Covid-19 restrictions we ask that you bring your own pencil to take part in the spooky broomstick trail (or purchase one at our gift shop!).

  • Ponderosa Zoo, Heckmondwike, WF16 0PN

Halloween at Windle House Farm

October 24 & 25 2020, 11am-4pm

Come to the petting farm in fancy dress (but wear warm clothes underneath!) and enjoy seeing the animals and staff in fancy dress too!

Each paying child will take home a complimentary pumpkin.

£4 per person, under 12 months free (no pumpkin). There will be no pumpkin carving onsite. Prebooking essential.

  • Windle House Farm, Lee Lane, Oxenhope, BD22 9RB. 07854 505471

Halloween Family Films at The Piece Hall

October 30 – November 1, 2020. 10am-5pm

More details coming soon!


Halloween & Pumpkin Picking at Thornton Hall Country Park

October 10-November 1, 2020

There is so much to do at Thornton Hall Country Park this October!

Join the Spooky Drive Thru  (launches on October 10, 2020) and see what’s escaped from the farm as you drive through acres of countryside wondering what’s behind every corner!

Pumpkin picking (October 10-31) in the enchanted pumpkin patch.

Half Term Haunt (October 23 – November 1, 2020) – more details coming soon!

The Terrifying Toddler special (October 19-22, 2020) will be hosted by a friendly Scare Crew, with ghostly goblins, petrifying pumpkins, wicked witches and scary snakes. You can meet all the animals and take part in egg collecting.

  • Thornton Hall Country Park, Thornton-in-Craven, BD23 3TS




Halloween & Pumpkins at Stockeld Park

October 24-November 1, 2020

Enter the Spooky Maze, find the witches in the Enchanted Forest and make your own lantern with one of the thousands of pumpkins available at Stockeld. Each child will get a pumpkin free with their Halloween Forest and Maze tickets (then it’s £2.50 for extras)

  • Stockeld Park, Wetherby, LS22 4AN

Halloween Rollerskating Party @ Halifax YMCA

Awaiting details for 2020!

Rock Halloween on wheels at Halifax YMCA’s Spooktacular Halloween Party. There are two parties to choose from; Friday, October 25, or Saturday, October 26, 2019. Both 6-8pm. Tickets cost £5 and include pizza or a hotdog, a spooky bun and a drink. Fancy dress optional, prizes for the best costumes.

  • Halifax YMCA, Friday, October 25 & Saturday, October 26, 2019. 6-8pm. Tickets, YMCA office or any family skate session.

Halloween at Eureka!

October 21 – November 1, 2020

Open every day during half term. Prebooking essential!

Activities included in the price of admission and free to annual pass holders.

  • Eureka, Discovery Road, Halifax.

Light Water Valley – Spooky Half Term!

October 24-31, 2020

Rides, attractions and spooktacular activities, this event is perfect for families with under 10 years. Trick or treat, a spooky walk through the Abandoned Theatre, a Ghost Spotter Trail, daily Fancy Dress competitions, ride on the Freaky Fairground and meet and greet some creepy characters.

  • Water Lane, North Stainley, Ripon. HG4 3HT

October Half Term at Fountains Abbey

Soak up the autumn light on a stroll from Fountains Abbey to Studley Royal Water Garden. The dramatic abbey ruins at Fountains are the largest monastic ruins in the country.

Autumn is a colourful time of year in Studley Royal water garden. Follow the gentle banks of the river skell down from the abbey to the garden, which has been channelled into canals, cascades and tranquil moon ponds. There is a real sense of peace on this walk.

Important Notice: The abbey, garden, play area, visitor centre shop and restaurant have reopened. You will need to book in advance.

  • Fountains, Ripon HG4 3DY

October Half Term at Leeds City Museum

October Half Term, 2020

Explore Leeds City Museum and follow a simple scavenger hunt to spot the joy in the teeny, tiny and tiddly things in the museum. You can print or write out the Scavenger hunt or pick up a sheet at the museum shop. Bring your own pencil!

Takeaway Tiny Craft Activity

Pick up a bag from the museum shop to do a free, teeny museum craft at home. We’ll do everything we can to minimise the risk with this, packing bags ahead of time, and making hand sanitiser available near the pick-up point.

Online Teeny Activity Idea

Tune in to our facebook page on 27 October to get create an outfit for your teddy. You’ll just need old clothes or fabric that can be cut up, and some string. You could make them a cape, a skirt or even a little bowtie!

  • Leeds City Museum, Millenium Square, Leeds. LS2 8BH


Pumpkin Festival at Piglets

Every weekend in October, then daily during October 24-November 1, 2020

Walk to the pumpkin patch to find your perfect pumpkin (free pumpkin for each paying child) then take it to the carving tent. There’s a Mysterious Maze, Bouncing Pillows, Crazy Golf, Farmyard Trail and visit The Beach to build a spooky sandcastle!

  • Piglets Adventure Farm, Towthorpe Moor Lane, York. YO32 9ST.

Pumpkin Picking at Cannon Hall Farm

17- 31 October 2020. 10am – 6pm
Pick a pumpkin and enjoy the animal foot safari to get close to the farm’s famous animals and field of fame (former sheep racing arena). You can play in the outdoor playground too. Tickets MUST be booked in advance online.
  • Bark House Lane, Cawthorne, Barnsley, S75 4AT

Pumpkin Picking at Horsforth Pick Your Own

October 16-31, 2020

Choose your own pumpkin and carve onsite or take it home with you (carving kids available to buy)

Timed entry tickets (must be booked online in advance) and a one way system will be operating. There will be hand sanitiser, screens etc and we ask you respect the 2m rule at all times. Masks may be required for certain activities.

Price: Adults, £2. Children, £1. Children under 3 go free. Pumpkins priced between £1.50-£7.50

  • Horsforth Pick Your Own. W End Lane, Horsforth, Leeds. LS18 5ES.

Pumpkin Trail at Bolton Abbey

October 24-November 1, 2020, 10am-4pm

Brave the giant spooky gates at the start of Strid Wood and follow the trail of over-sized pumpkins  to discover mystery doors hidden among the trees.

Behind each door you’ll find a clue to help you unravel the witch’s magical spell and find a fun surprise at the end!

Park in the Riverside Car Park.

  • Bolton Abbey, Skipton. BD23 6EX.


Spooky Skeletons Trail at Lotherton

October 24 – November 1, 2020

Follow the spooky skeletons trail around the estate and into the haunted house, while dressed up in your best Halloween costume.

You can download the trail or pick it up when you visit, along with downloadable Halloween craft activities to do at home and share on social media.

Our new visitor route through the servants quarters and historic rooms will be dressed to impress for Halloween.

  • Lotherton, Aberford, Leeds. LS25 3EB.

The Wizard Express, KLR

October 26, 27 & 28, 2020

Junior witches & wizards-in-the-making are invited to step aboard our spectacular steam train express!

Magical guests will help all the wannabe witches/wizards learn everything they need to know for a life of broomstick-riding, wand-waving & potion-making.

Numbers are strictly limited so booking is essential and available ONLINE ONLY this year.

Fancy dress is encouraged!

  • Kirklees Light Railway, Clayton West. HD8 9XJ.

Trick or Treat Trail – The Piece Hall

October 30 & 31, 2020

Don your spookiest Halloween costume and trick or treat around The Piece Hall shops! Children will  be given Halloween bags and trail maps, and receive sweet treats from the shops. £2.50 per trail.

The best Halloween costume will win £20 worth of ice-cream from Blondins (enter by sharing a fancy dress picture on social media with the hashtag #HalloweenHall and tag The Piece Hall).

Please book the trail in advance.

  • The Piece Hall, Halifax

Where’s Wally? Spooky Museum Search at Oakwell Hall

October 10-11, 17-18, 24-25 & half term dates (October 27-29, 31 and November 1) 2020

Find Wally at Oakwell Hall this October and join in the national Where’s Wally? Spooky Museum Search.

  • Oakwell Hall, Nutter Lane, Birstall. WF17 9LF.