As always, there are lots of events on and things to do at Halloween in the Lake District. It’s not all for children either! Here is our guide to some of the highlights:
Brockhole visitor centre holds its annual pumpkin carving competition between Saturday 26th October and Sunday 3rd November. There are three categories: under 12s, 12 - 15 years, 15 - 18 years & over 18s. Costs £5 to enter, or free if you bring your own pumpkin and carving tools.
On a visit to Whinlatter Forest kids can learn how to make their own broom or wand, a bat box for their garden, or go for a walk through the forest to collect ingredients for a witches potion!
In Kendal ghost walks take place from 7pm with an option to include a meal with your tour ticket. Expect to hear some ghostly groans as the tour takes in the dark ginnels and yards of Kendal, the ‘auld grey town’. Not suitable for children! Starts from Kendal’s Riverside Hotel on 25th October.
Holker Hall at Cark-in-Cartmel has a great programme of Halloween events including Wicked Walks, Loathsome Lantern Pumpkin Parades and Creepy Craft Activities with Holker Frightful Food in the Courtyard Café!
Tullie House is a museum and art gallery in Carlisle. Ghost hunter tours are running at 6, 7 and 8pm on Monday 28th October. The tours take place after dark in the dark panelled rooms, underground passages and secret staircases. Tickets are £6 and there is plenty else to do in Carlisle from shopping and eating to touring the magnificent castle.
Wordsworth House in Cockermouth is offering the opportunity to experience a Georgian style Halloween. Cosy up by the fire and listen to the traditional Cumbrian ghost stories that William and his sister Dorothy might have enjoyed.
Muncaster does Halloween exceptionally well, which is not surprising given its gothic appearance and creepy history. There is a ghost tour of the castle, a ghastly grotto and the famous Darkest Muncaster Illuminations. Kids are welcome to come in fancy dress all throughout half term.