There’s plenty of spooky Halloween events in the Peak District and Derbyshire to enjoy, despite the pandemic. We’ve picked out some of the best Halloween fun for all the family!
The following attractions and events all have their own covid secure measures in place so rest assured you can go along and enjoy yourself safely; please observe measures such as wearing a face covering where and keeping 2m apart where required. Most of all though, enjoy yourself, we all need that right now…
1. Halloween at Conkers
Enjoy Halloween fun until Sunday 1st November when there are daily halloween craft activities, a Halloween scavenger hunt and the cinema will be showing a Halloween themed film. Of course don’t miss the 90 acres of woodland and lakes at the Discovery site where you can explore the Barefoot Walk, the Adventure Trail, the Fairy Labyrinth, the Viewing Tower, the Aeromaze, the Sensory Walk and Twisty Towers – as well as much more.
Entry / Cost: Adult £8, Child £7, Family ticket £28. Prices are for tickets booked online.
2. Ghost Tours at Bolsover Castle
One for the grown ups, join the castle’s storytellers as they guide you on a bone-chilling journey through the past. With tales of ghosts, supernatural sightings and horrors from history, this is not a night for the faint-hearted. Suitable for age 16+.
Built on an ancient burial ground and overlooking a town once described as “the Satanic capital of Britain” Bolsover Castle is one of the country’s most haunted sites. In fact, there are so many reports of paranormal activity that staff keep a special ‘ghost book’ for visitors to record their experiences.
Entry / Cost: £10 per person – book online. From Wed 28th – Sat 31st October 2020, tours every half an hour from 5.30pm – 9pm.
3. Frights of Abraham at Heights of Abraham
From 24th October and Sunday 1st November young visitors will be able to search the 60-acre estate for their Pumpkin Pebble People, who will be hiding in the gardens, woodlands and buildings on site. Can you spot all of the pesky pumpkin pebbles?
You’ll also find seasonal treats in the Terrace café and the Vista Restaurant, Halloween souvenirs in the shop and decorations in the Visitor Centre buildings.
4. Fang-tastic Halloween Fun at Matlock Farm Park
On all week until Sunday 1st November, every day (weather permitting), there will be a spooky trail for visitors to follow in their enchanted forest, where you will come across some spookily fun character sets! This year there’s a pumpkin patch, where you and your little one can select your own pumpkin and take it to their carving station (additional small charge for pumpkins). Children will also be able to make their own potions and spells with Witch Wendolyn in her magic garden!
Entry / Cost: Adults £9.50 / Children £8.50, Concessions £8.50. No pre-booking is required. Open every day 10am – 5pm.
5. Spooky Bolsover Castle
Located high on a spectacular hilltop, Bolsover Castle has long had a reputation for ghostly happenings. Said to be one of the countries most haunted castles you’ll definitely be spooked by some eerie fun this week! Follow the trail to solve creepy clues and gather round to listen to spooky stories. There’s a frighteningly fun fancy dress competition every day – just come in your scariest outfits to be in with a chance of winning. Entry to the event is included in the standard admission ticket price. On all week until Sunday 1st November.
Entry / Cost: Adults £13.90, Child £8.40, Concessions £12.50, Family ticket £36.50
6. Scarefest at Alton Towers
On until Sunday 1st November, this unmissable experience means transforms Alton Towers to Halloween! Open until late so you can enjoy your favourite rides in the dark.
Entry / Cost: Day Passes from £38 per person. Suitable for families & thrillseekers.
7. Spooky halloween Trail at Derby Museum
Enjoy a spooky Halloween trail suitable for all the family. There are spooky goings-on at the Museum & Art Gallery this half term.
Entry / Cost: Free entry
8. Autumn Half Term Trail at Hardwick Hall
Not technically a Halloween event but October half term you can enjoy autumn at Hardwick Hall and explore their autumn trail, wildlife across the park and enjoy their ’50 things to do before you’re 11 3/4′. The Autumn trail – follow Lady Spencer’s walk in the woods and discover the beautiful display of autumnal colours around you while splashing about in the mud in your wellies. Spot giant leaves along the trail and use your senses to complete the autumn family challenges.
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9. Halloween trail at Renishaw Gardens
Explore the lovely gardens at one Derbyshire’s finest historic houses whilst following the Halloween trail. Receive a map, pencil and sweets at the entrance! Then follow the clues round the garden to complete the trail.
Entry / Cost: Adults £4.50, Child £3.50, Under 3s FREE
10. Scare Safari and Spooky Sleepovers at Gulliver’s Kingdom
Spooky sleep overs – available until 31st October as well as Scare Safari also on until 31st October. At the Scare Safari, also on until 31st October – monsters are taking over Gulliver’s for a spooky season of Halloween fun! Look out for some seriously spooktacular surprises, brave the Devil’s Dozen rides and amazing attractions. They’ve got your Halloween adventure covered with shows, tricks and plenty of treats!