There is certainly a lot less on in 2020 than previous years for Halloween in the East Midlands. That’s not to say that there’s nothing on though. I’ve found events in all four counties and there are plenty of ideas to keep you busy during October half-term.
Things to do October Half Term – Halloween – Lincolnshire, Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire, Leicestershire – East Midlands
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Bells Gardening Outlet, near Boston, Lincolnshire
Bell’s Pumpkin patch – Tickets must be booked online this year, and we have allocated 3 time slots in each day. Once you have your ticket, all activities are included as listed below:
*All Photo Opportunity DisplaysBell’s Gardening Outlet
*P.Y.O Pumpkin (starting from £1.00)
Address: Low Field road, Benington, Boston, Lincolnshire, PE22 0EE
When? 17th, 18th Oct, 24th Oct – 1st Nov
How much/do you need to prebook? – Pumpkin patch ticket is £4. Family ticket £15. You must prebook.
Belvoir Castle, Leicestershire
Vampires of the Vale – Climb the haunted hill to the Castle. Be careful not to disturb the undead as you enter the Castle dooms, meet frightful guides in disguise, solve spooktacular mysteries and carve pumpkins in the old kitchens. You can also take part in our trick or treat trail at the Engine Yard.Belvoir Castle
Address: Grantham NG32 1PE
When? 18th to 31st October. Tour Time Slots: 11am – 1pm, 1pm – 3pm, 3pm – 5pm
How much/pre booking? – Adult £18, children £10. You must prebook a date and a time slot. You are allowed to also visit the castle grounds.
Bluebell Dairy, Derbyshire
Pumpkin Festival – Get ready to go on a spooktacular farm adventure! It’s set to be our best Halloween Event yet, jam-packed with so many spooky activities and full day entry to the Farm, all included in your ticket! Head across to our Pumpkin Patch where thousands of pumpkins are ready for you to pick and take home!
Choose from 2 trails this year!! Go in search of monsters and beasts and join in our interactive selfie spot scenes! …and moreBluebell Dairy
Address: Locko Rd, Derby DE21 7AR
When? 24th October to 1st November
How much? Tickets are selling out fast. An adult ticket is £7.95, child 2-16 £8.75. Members can purchase discounted tickets. Other pricing options are available. Tickets must be prebooked online.
Bolsover Castle, Derbyshire
Spooky castle – 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.English Heritage
Address: Castle St, Bolsover, Chesterfield S44 6PR
When? Sat 24th October until Sunday 1st November. 11 am until 4 pm.
How much/pre booking? – Free for English Heritage members but everyone must book a slot. Standard admission is £12.60 for an adult and £7.60 for a child aged 5-16. Under 5’s are free but do require a ticket. Other pricing options are available.
Burghley House, Stamford, Lincolnshire
Burghley Halloween Trail – During October why not come and join us for the Burghley Halloween Trail around the Sculpture Garden. Tread through the crispy Autumn leaves and find the hidden spooks to receive a treat. Admission is included with a House and Gardens or Gardens only ticket. Annual Pass holders and Friends of Burghley also get free admission.Burghley House
Address: Peterborough, Stamford PE9 3JY
When? 19th – 31st October. 11 am until 5 pm.
How much/pre booking? – Prebooking is essential. An adult house and gardens ticket is £17 for an adult and £9 for a child. This can be exchanged for an annual pass for no extra.
Garden King Woodland Walk, Swadlincote, Derbyshire
If you go down to the woods tomorrow your in for a big surprise who’s planning on visiting us this autumn?Garden King
There isn’t much info as yet but this is a pumpkin/spooky themed woodland walk at the back of their garden centre where you can purchase lots of Halloween themed goodies.
When? Open every day until the 31st October. 9am until 5pm.
Address? Park Rd, Newhall, Swadlincote DE11 0TX
How much? The walk is free. You can purchase pumpkins at the end. Prebooking not necessary
Gulliver’s Kingdom, Matlock Bath, Derbyshire
Scare Safari – 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. We’ve got your Halloween adventure covered with shows, tricks and plenty of treats.Gullivers
When? 24th to 31st October. 2:30 pm until 7:30 pm.
Address: Temple Walk, Matlock Bath DE4 3PG
How much/prebooking? Tickets are £13.00 for an adult or a child. Booking is essential.
Hall Farm Park, Lincolnshire
Here on the farm, we are going pumpkin mad again during the October half term holiday in our pumpkin patch…explore the patch and have fun picking your own pumpkin. Whilst at the park you can also try to find the 9 mischievous black cats which are hiding around the park with a prize for everyone who can find them.
Take a tractor ride on our Halloween themed trailer to feed the cattle plus all of our other usual indoor and outdoor activities. After all that fun tuck into some tasty Halloween treats in our tearoom. Please note small additional charges apply for pick your own pumpkin and tractor rides.Hall Farm Park
When? Caistor Rd, South Kelsey, Market Rasen LN7 6PR
Address: 24th October to 1st November
How much/prebooking? Online booking is advisable. Anyone age 2 and over is £6.50. Under 2’s are free. Seniors £5.50.
Heights of Abraham, Derbyshire
Young visitors will be able to search the 60-acre estate for our Pumpkin Pebble People, who will be hiding in the gardens, woodlands and buildings on site. Can you spot all of the pesky pumpkin pebbles?
If you have a smart phone with you, access our free wifi and set out on your own ghost hunt with our Frights of Abraham Self Guided Audio Tour to five locations that have spooky stories to tell! Suitable for all the family, hear the tale of the white lady of Bath who appears at the window of the Prospect Tower during full moon, and Rumbling Rupe, the feisty spirit who hides in the caverns and makes rumbling noises to frighten the miners away.Heights of Abraham
When? 24th October to 1st November
Address: Dale Rd, Matlock Bath, DE4 3NT
How much/pre booking? Adult ticket is £16, child age 5-15 £13. This is the normal entrance fee for all atttractions. Prebooking is essential.
Matlock Farm Park, Derbyshire
This half term will see an abundance of totally NEW FANG-TASTIC FUN in the glorious outdoors of Matlock Farm Park! Every day (weather permitting), there will be a SPOOKY TRAIL for you to follow in our ENCHANTED FOREST, where you will come across some spookily fun character sets – hmmmn, who will you find?
This year we will have a PUMPKIN PATCH, where you and your little one can select your own pumpkin and take it to our carving station (additional small charge for pumpkins). Children will also be able to make their own fabulous potions and spells with WITCH WENDOLYN in her magic garden.Matlock Farm Park
When? 24th October to 1st November
Address: Jaggers Ln, Matlock DE4 5LH
How much/pre booking? Normal entry prices apply and there is no need to prebook. £9.50 for an adult and £8.40 for a child aged 4-14. Other pricing options are available.
Mini Meadows Farm, Spooky Farm Week, Northamptonshire
Join us at Mini Meadows Farm for some spooky fun. Find your perfect pumpkin from our pumpkin patch and use our mini wheelbarrows to get it back to the carving station. Have fun scooping out the seeds and then let your imagination run wild. What will you turn yours into?
After carving your fangtastic pumpkin, explore our spooktacular ‘trick or treat’ trail, which is undercover so no need to worry about the weather, just watch out for the skeletons! The trail is designed with little ones in mind, so a little bit of spook without anything too scary.Mini Meadows Farm
When? 24th to 31st October
Address: Naseby Road, Northampton NN6 6HZ
How much/prebooking? Normal farm entry plus £7.50 per booking which includes 1x pumpkin to choose and carve in our pumpkin patch, and entry to the ‘trick or treat’ trail for the group. Additional pumpkins £3 each. Tickets must be prebooked online.
Northampton and Lamport Railway – Halloween Specials – Northamptonshire
Travel our spooky ghost train and view the 40 hand-carved pumpkin displays or travel our night time specials.
Spooky Fancy Dress is encouraged.NLR railway
When? Pitsford Rd, Chapel Brampton, Northampton NN6 8BA
Address: 31st October to 1st November
How much/prebooking? Save by prebooking online – Adult ticket £5, child £4, other pricing options are available.
Pink Pig Farm, Scunthorpe, Lincolnshire
Pumpkin Festival – Come on down to the farm and pick your own pumpkin from our ‘pumpkin patch’. Find a Golden pumpkin in the pumpkin patch for a special prize. Windle has lost her washing in the woods. Can you help her find it? There is a prize for this. Look out for our pumpkin patch scarecrow and take a picture with him.
When? Saturday October 24th to Sunday November 1st
Address: Holme Hall, Holme Ln, Scunthorpe DN16 3RE
How much/prebooking? An adult ticket is £8 and £10 for a child. Pumpkin picking only is £3.50 and other pricing options are available. Tickets must be booked online in advance.
Rand Farm, near Market Rasen, Lincolnshire
Halloween Pumpkin Festival – This year we will be hosting a pumpkin festival with lots of pumpkin themed activities including a brand new “Enchanted pumpkin show”. With “Mona and Maud” our resident witches and of course a FREE pumpkin for every child.
When? 23rd October until 1st November.
Address: Rand, Market Rasen LN8 5NJ
How much/prebooking? Adult or child over 2 tickets at £11.95 each. Family tickets and other pricing options are available. They are encouraging visitors to buy online to avoid disappointment.
Rockingham Castle, Leicestershire
Halloween fun – This Autumn half term. Rockingham Castle opens for spooktacular Halloween activities. A fun day out for all the family.Rockingham Castle
When? 27th to 30th October
Address: Rockingham Castle Estate, Rockingham, Market Harborough LE16 8TH
How much/prebooking? £12.00 for an adult and £9.00 for a child aged 4-16. Under 4’s are free. Prebooking is essential and tickets will be available soon.
Rufford Abbey, Nottinghamshire
Halloween Monster Hunt – Funny goings on have been reported to the Rufford Park Rangers and we need your help to hunt down the creatures, ghouls and ghosts and restore harmony for all. Join the Rufford Monster Hunt team and follow the map into the haunted hideaways and creepy woods and find out what’s the cause of Rufford’s strange happenings.Parkwood outdoors
When? 17th October until the 15th November. 10:30 am until 4 pm.
Address: Rufford Abbey Country Park, Ollerton NG22 9DF
How much/prebooking? £1.50 per monster map (please note that they are unable to provide prizes this year due to the covid-19 outbreak). At this time you still have to. You also need to prebook your parking space for £4.00.
Springfields Adventureland, Lincolnshire
Book online now for a family friendly fun day out at Adventure Land this Halloween. Limited tickets so get on board the Ghost Train fast! Prizes for Best Children’s Costumes, Spooky Bingo, Haunted House, Day of the Dead Search plus a Halloween painting/drawing competitionSpringfields Outlet
When? Saturday 31st October
Address: Springfields Outlet Shopping & Leisure, Camel Gate, Spalding, Lincoln PE12 6EU
How much/prebooking? Adults £3, children 3-15 £7.95. Other pricing options are available. You must prebook.
Tattershall Farm Park, Lincolnshire
Pumpkin Pass Option – It’s Back!!! Last year everyone LOVED our Pumpkin Pass, so we’re doing it again…. but this time for the WHOLE of OctoberIts optional, so if you don’t want to do it, you can visit our farm park for the usual (as you guys tell us all the time – amazing value) £6.95. If your child wants to visit the patch, pick their own pumpkin and get all the other goodies like craft, pumpkin carving, Halloween cup cake and spooky glitter tattoo, then its an extra £5 per child.Tattershall Farm
When? Throughout October
Address: Marsh Ln, Tattershall, Lincoln LN4 4JR
How much/prebooking? £6.95 entry to the farm plus £5 per child Pumpkin Pass
Tickets are now available to purchase for October and the Spooktastic family Scream Park!
Twinlakes award-winning UK’s No.1 Halloween day out for the whole family. Family Scream Park, a family-friendly fangtastic blend of Halloween fun! Children’s fancy-dress is optional but we love it when they do! Find the ghouls and ghosts in the mummy family Halloween hunt. Halloween Fun Awaits at Family Scream in Twinlakes Park with these monstrously magical going on’s…Meet Marty the Monster! Marty the Monster and friends will be out and about throughout Family Scream Park.Twinlakes
When? Saturday 17th October until Sunday 1st November
Address: Melton Spinney Rd, Melton Mowbray LE14 4FF
How much/prebooking? An ticket for anyone over 108cm is £18.95. Other pricing options are available. Prebooking in advance is essential.
Twycross Zoo, Leicestershire
Boo at the zoo – Boo at the Zoo is back with even more frightful fun for the whole family this October Half Term. Escape the Ghosts of Madagascar, meet our Wondrous Witch and don’t get left behind in the Trick or Treat Trail.Twycross Zoo
When? 24th October to the 1st November.
Address: East Midland Zoological Society, Burton Rd, Atherstone CV9 3PX
How much/prebooking? Adult standard ticket £17.96 and £13.86 for a child. Under 2’s are free. You must prebook a date and time slot online in advance.
Wheelgate Park – Nottinghamshire
Lil park of horrors – A family-friendly fangtastic blend at Halloween with unique family not so scary attractions, Farmer Phil at our sister park Twinlakes has grown over 20,000 pumpkins. Win magnificent prizes plus wicked workshops including magical wand making and broomstick flying masterclass, meet and greet Millie our friendly Monster and Grizelda our naughty Witch, creepy competitions, craft workshops and trick & treat boxes, children’s fancy-dress is optional but we love it when they do!Wheelgate
When? Saturday 17th October until Sunday 1st November
Address: Mansfield Rd, Farnsfield, Newark NG22 8HX
How much/pre booking? TBC. Tickets for this event will be released soon. Prebooking is essential.
If you’re looking for Yorkshire based Halloween events please check out my Yorkshire website. Or East Midland based Christmas events – Best Christmas Events East Midlands 2020 – Meet Santa and More
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Events not yet announced or may not be happening in 2020: Chatsworth, Conkers, Crich, Easton Walled Gardens, Ecclesbourne valley railway, Great central railway, Lincoln Castle, Lincolnshire wolds railway, Lincs Wildlife Park, Manor farm park, Midland railway Butterley, National space centre, Normanby Hall, Sundown, Tattershall castle, White post farm, Willow tree farm.