The October half term is a fabulous time to seek out ghouls, goblins and ghosts while the kids are away from school. There are all sorts of wonderful and wacky Halloween events taking place across the Lake District and Cumbria, so you can be sure that both children and adults will be entertained, with frights and jumps to be found around every corner! Get ready to join in… if you dare!
Here’s just a taste of things to do this October half term in the Lake District!
Halloween Week at Muncaster Castle, Ravenglass
Dates: 23rd – 31st October 2021
As one of the most haunted castles in the UK, you can be sure of a frightfully good time at Muncaster Castle! Throughout half term week, there will be a whole host of family-friendly events taking place. The hourly “Emporium of Stolen Souls” castle show will take your around the grand halls and corridors of Muncaster, where both ethereal and gory surprises lie in store! Or, for something a little less spooky, enjoy a spectacular Twilight Owl show.
There are also Halloween-themed crafting activities, a Scary Maze, fire juggling, an evening parade, and more! Book in advance for the Emporium of Stolen Souls and Twilight Owl shows. Find out more.
Stay nearby at one of our Ravenglass holiday cottages.
The Brockhole Halloween Experience, Windermere
Dates: 20th – 21st October 2021
Brockhole – the Lake District Visitor Centre – is well known for its spook-tacular Halloween week, where the grounds become alive (or dead) with all sorts of bloodcurdling activities.
The Pumpkin Passport gives you access to all activities taking place in its grounds on the shores of Windermere. These include a zombie maze, The Haunted Forest, Professor Pumpernickel’s Superdooper Mad Science Show, and ghost storytelling. Passports will even turn into a real pumpkin at the end of the day – kids get a free pumpkin to take home with them when they’re all Halloween-ed out!
The Brockhole Halloween Experience regularly sells out, so get your Pumpkin Passport and find out more now. Tickets are £26 for children and £16 for adults.
Take a look at our cottages around Windermere.
Halloween Fun at the Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway Museum
Dates: 27th October – 3rd November 2021
Free to enter, the popular Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway Museum is opening its doors this Halloween with a spooky trail around the building! There’s also an Activity Station for creative fun so children will have plenty to entertain them. Why not couple a visit to the museum with a ride on the wonderful miniature steam railway into Eskdale? It’ll be a treat that the whole family will remember!
Halloween Spectacular at The Woolly Farm, Santon Bridge
Dates: 23rd – 31st October 2021
How’s this for something a little bit different? The Woolly Farm runs llama and alpaca treks from their base in Santon Bridge and they invite you to join them this Halloween for some nightmarish fun! Meet the animals in the seasonally decorated barn, pick and carve your own pumpkins, and seek the spooky scarecrows in a sensational scavenger hunt! There’s even a maize maze and – for limited nights only – a Terror Maze. Don’t forget your torch!
Find out more and book your tickets.
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Twilight Tales in Dove Cottage, Grasmere
Dates: 27th October 2021
Cosy down with hot chocolate and gingerbread at William Wordsworth’s former home. Starting with Halloween crafts in the Learning Space, kids can enjoy dressing up in Georgian costumes and learning a little about Wordsworth and his family. Then you’ll head into Dove Cottage itself for some spooky local stories.
Browse our cosy Grasmere cottages.
Holker Halloween Fun, Cark-in-Cartmel
Dates: 30th – 31st October 2021
At Holker Hall & Gardens you can really get involved with the storytelling thanks to their interactive family performance of The Sorcerer’s Apprentice. Kids can live the dream and become a wizard for a day, helping the Sorcerers solve some mystifying magical problems! There will also be a pumpkin trail and fancy dress is actively encouraged!
Tickets for The Sorcerer’s Apprentice are £15 per child, with one adult joining for free. Additional adult tickets are £5 per person. Book now.
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Pumpkin Picking at Walby Farm Park, Carlisle
Dates: 23rd – 31st October 2021
Pick your very own pumpkin to carve at Walby Farm Park’s Halloween event! Each child gets a free pumpkin with their entry ticket, which they can fashion into a spooky shape during their visit. They’ll love everything else in sore too, with a corn cannon, indoor and outdoor play areas, Roman ruins, and lots of animals to meet!
Booking ahead is highly recommended. Adults £11.95, children £14.45, seniors £9.45. Find out more.
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Evening Bat Walks at Sticklebarn, Langdale
Dates: 26th October 2021
Learn all about these fascinating denizens of the night on a guided walk in the amazing Langdale Valley. Led by National Trust rangers, you’ll get the chance to spot bats flitting through the dark skies with the use of special bat detectors. Will you discover that these airborne creatures aren’t so scary after all?
The guided walk will be followed by campfire food and optional family outdoor adventure films. Booking is essential: adults £10, kids go free. Learn more.
Browse holiday cottages in Langdale.
Ghost Tours at Carlisle Castle, Carlisle
Dates: 28th – 31st October 2021
One for adults only: do you dare explore the dark and bloody history of Carlisle Castle this Halloween? From skeletons behind bricked-up walls to supernatural sightings, this ghost tour is bound to send a chill down your spine! Suitable for ages 16 and up. Remember to bring a torch to keep the spooks at bay!
Tickets are £17.50 (£12.50 for English Heritage members). Book now.
Halloween Pumpkin Carving at Allan Bank, Grasmere
Dates: 27th – 28th October 2021
Drop into Allan Bank in Grasmere for an enjoyable hour carving a spooky pumpkin. Don’t worry about bringing anything with you – just pop by and find all the tools, plus pumpkins, waiting for you! While you’re there, why not explore this grand house and the stunning landscape that surrounds it?
Ghost Walks with Lakeland Hauntings, Keswick and Cockermouth
In the dark, the pretty market towns of Keswick and Cockermouth become unnerving, with the macabre and morbid lurking in every shadow. You can see just how spooky on a ghost walk led by “The Lady”, a mysterious character in full Victorian mourning. Hear ghostly stories - all based on local legend, folklore, and eyewitness accounts - in the very locations they happened.
The ghost walks are designed with adults in mind, but are described as 'broadly accessible' to children aged 10 and above. Advanced booking is required. Tickets £10 per person (£8 concessions). Find out more.