It seems hard to believe, but yes, it really is that time of year again. The nights are drawing in, the weather is turning cooler and the 12 week run up to Christmas is well on the way and it all starts with the first celebration of the Autumn season, Halloween!
Here at Space Homes we just love Halloween. It offers something for everyone whether you’re seven, seventeen or seventy and of course, it gives us the chance to really embrace fall decor (who doesn’t love a pumpkin table centrepiece?!). With all that in mind, we thought we’d spend some time sharing all the best ways you can celebrate halloween this year, in the popular market town of Skipton. Why Skipton? Well for one thing, it’s got no shortage of Halloween events on offer this year, but for another thing, it’s where our flagship development, Ellerwood, is currently underway so we’ve been spending lots of time in the local area.
So without further ado, if you’re looking for some Halloween fun in Skipton this year, then here are our top picks…
Halloween on your doorstep in Skipton
Thornton Hall Spooks and Pumpkin Picking
Going pumpkin picking is a staple Halloween tradition and for good reason. It keeps the little ones entertained, it’s a chance for some fresh air and a little stretch of the legs and of course, it sets you up for pumpkin carving and creating some festive pumpkin dishes like soup and pie. This year, Thornton Hall in Craven near Skipton is hosting their Spooks and Pumpkin Picking event which takes the humble pumpkin picking trip to the next level. It’s a “spooktacular” family day out including a live stage show, broomstick training, a skeleton scavenger hunt, a trick or treat street, pumpkin picking of course and absolutely loads more. If this sounds like how you;d like to spend your Halloween, visit their website today and get your tickets booked.
Skipton Town Hall’s Halloween Silent Disco
Something a bit different now from Skipton’s very own Town Hall: the Halloween Silent Disco, and the best bit… there’s a family friendly version AND an over 18s version too. It all takes place the weekend just before Halloween itself and it’s all about getting your best Halloween costume on and dancing the day or the night away. Head over to the Skipton Town Hall website to book your event tickets today.
Craven Museum’s Halloween Make & Take
If getting crafty and creative at Halloween is more your thing, then head over to the Craven Museum for their Halloween Make and Take on Wednesday 26th October. It’s a free event, but you do need to book a place here and they’ll do the rest. They provide all the craft materials you need and it’s suitable for children of all ages.
Halloween a little further afield
Bolton Castle by Lantern Light & a Spot of Ghost Hunting
Bolton Castle knows how to do Halloween and this year they have a few spooky events going on. First up is the chance to visit the castle by lantern light. On Monday 24th October from 6pm, you can explore the medieval castle by candlelight and learn more about the location’s more mysterious goings on. But, if you like a more hands on approach to Halloween, then their Ghost Hunt is a must visit event! Once dusk falls you’ll be invited to experience a night of ghost hunting in the formidable castle. Ghost hunting equipment is provided and you can expect table tipping and ouija board experiments as well as seances and vigils. It’s not to be missed so make sure you book your place today.
Whitby Abbey Illuminated
Last but not least, we couldn’t write a list of Halloween events in Skipton and the surrounding area without including the infamous Whitby Abbey, home to Bram Stoker’s Count Dracular. This is a little bit further afield but in our opinion well worth the trip. Have your camera ready so you can take plenty of pictures of this gothic ruin lit up in the colours of the rainbow. It’s a popular event, especially at Halloween so don’t forget to book your tickets here.