October half-term in York 2021 – The Little Vikings Guide to the best things to do with kids

Pumpkin picking The Balloon Tree

‘Tis the season to pick pumpkins, seek out spooky events and huddle around the bonfire (not too close, mind). October is a brilliant time to visit York with kids, with a wide variety of activities going on, from pumpkin festivals to pumpkin picking and even the odd event NOT involving large orange root vegetables! Here’s our pick of the best things coming up in and around York this October half term – do keep an eye on this guide as we’re updating it all the time. And make sure you subscribe to our newsletter, too, so you never miss a thing.


Pumpkin picking at The Balloon Tree

Move over strawberries, it’s the pumpkins’ turn! The Balloon Tree has a huge selection of pumpkins that you can pick straight from the field. Not in the mood to pick your own? Let them do the work and buy one from the well-stocked farm shop instead! Why not combine it with a trip to the cafe and a play in the play area?

Visit theballoontree.co.uk for more details

The Web Adventure Park Halloween

Web’oween at The Web Adventure Park

Enjoy good wholesome Halloween fun and a good family day out at The Web Adventure Park in York. There’s a giant pumpkin patch (£3 if you’d like to pick one), Halloween entertainment, unlimited rides and lots of indoor fun too, so a good option for all weathers.

23rd to 31st October 2021 – Visit The Web Adventure Park website

Piglets Adventure Farm Pumpkin Festival 2019

Piglets Pumpkin Festival 2021

Head down to the farm for the ever-popular pumpkin festival where you can pick your own pumpkin from the patch (one per child with every full paying adult) which you can carve on site. There’ll also be a mysterious maze to explore and The Magic Hatter will be performing some spooktacular fun. Whizz down the new piggy plunge zip wire and meet the animals while you’re there too.

Pre-booking required. Every weekend in October and every day from 23rd to 31st October 2021 – Visit the Piglets website

Bedern Hall York 2

Pumpkin carving at Bedern Hall

Enjoy a family pumpkin carving workshop in the suitably spooky surrounds of Bedern Hall in York this October half term. Specially lit for the event, the hall is an atmospheric space for the workshop led by Kathrine Armstrong Bisson of Fleuradamo. There’ll be soup and hot dogs and parkin for all, mulled cider for grown-ups and local apple juice for the kids (included in the price). As dusks gathers, light your lantern and head out through the candlelit courtyard.

Bedern Hall, York – Thursday October 28th 2021, 3pm to 6pm – £15 1 adult +1 child, £6 extra child, £8 extra adultVisit the Bedern Hall website for info

Little York Ghost Hunt

The Little York Ghost Hunt

Enjoy a family pumpkin carving workshop in the Little York Ghost Hunt is back for 2021! Once again, 100 numbered little ghosts from York Ghost Merchants will be hidden on ledges and in crevices along certain streets in York city centre between 6pm and 8pm from Monday 25th to Thursday 28th October 2021. If you’re lucky enough to find one, you can take it home.

Follow York Ghost Merchants on Facebook for more information

Yorkshire Lavender Halloween

Pumpkin Patch at Yorkshire Lavender

If you’re looking for a pretty place to pick a pumpkin around York this autumn, why not head to Yorkshire Lavender? As well as the pumpkin patch where you can pick your own small pumpkin, there’s a children’s play area, craft table, face painting and access to the gardens. Parking is free and there’ll be food and drink available to buy on site.

23rd to 30th October 2021, 10am to 5pm – Yorkshire Lavender, Terrington, York YO60 6PB – £4 per person, under 2s freeVisit the Yorkshire Lavender website

Indie York Medieval Magical Treasure Hunt

Indie York Magical Trail

After the success of last year’s trail, the Indie York Magical Trail is back for 2021! Pick up a trail map and see how many clues you can solve while exploring York’s many independent businesses at the same time.

Runs across York throughout October half term 2021 – Keep an eye on the Indie York Facebook page for details

Northwood Fairy Sanctuary

Halloween lantern walk and storytelling at Northwood Trail

Northwood Trail is hosting guided lantern walks with strange tales through the twilight fairy woods at dusk. Bring a torch or lantern, mbrace the change of seasons and soak up the atmosphere on this lovely autumnal walk with a difference.

23rd to 31st October 2021 – Northwood Trail, York YO41 1AP – Visit the Northwood Trail website

Yorks Chocolate Story halloween

York’s Chocolate Story Trick or Treat Trek

Embark on York’s Chocolate Story’s Trick or Treat Trek to discover the spooky streets of York, uncover terrifying tales but, mercifully, enjoy a treat or two too. Dressing up is positively encouraged.

Selected dates from 23rd to 31st October 2021 – Visit the York’s Chocolate Story website

Stockeld Park Halloween

The Halloween Adventure at Stockeld Park

Head across to Stockeld Park to experience surprises in the Enchanted Forest, meet some witches and pick your own pumpkin from the patch. 

23rd to 31st October 2021 – Visit the Stockeld Park website for more details and to pre-book

Mother Shipton's October half term 2021

The Witching Hour at Mother Shipton’s

It’s the Witching Hour, and deep in the spooky forest where a world-famous Prophetess was said to have been born during a terrifying thunderstorm, the spirits are flying high. You may hear the cackle of old souls wandering the ancient woodland or feel a shiver down your spine as you step into the Haunted Halloween Village. Suitable for all ages, watch out for witches, ghosts, and creepy skeletons around every corner! There’s frightful fun to be had with photo opportunities and fancy dress competitions.

24th to 31st October 2021 – Visit mothershiptons.co.uk

Harlow Carr October half term

Autumn carnival at Harlow Carr

This beautiful RHS garden just outside Harrogate is a lovely place to see the seasons change. Head along at October half term to enjoy colourful activities with an autumn carnival theme, from learning about the science of autumn to going on an adventure with the Garden Detectives to family-friendly yoga and mindfulness sessions. 23rd to 31st October 2021 – rhs.org.uk

Very Magical Adventure Halloween Wizard

Halloween Wizard School Adventure

Join A Very Magical Adventure at York’s School of Magic. Dark forces are at work and you’re needed to save the day! Journey around York’s winding streets, meet the magical professor, encounter ghostly characters, learn spells and hunt magical creatures. Dressing up encouraged! Run by professional actors, it’s bound to be spell-binding.

24th to 31st October 2021 – Visit averymagicaladventure.co.uk

Bolton Abbey Pumpkin Trail

Bolton Abbey Pumpkin Trail

The Bolton Abbey Pumpkin Trail is returning for 2021! Keep an eye out for more details, coming soon.

23rd to 31st October 2021 – Visit the Bolton Abbey website for more info

Dalby Forest

Go for an autumnal family walk

It’s a beautiful time of year for a family walk around York. Read our guide for the pick of the best, from a walk around York’s city walls to the Little Vikings I Spy Trail and woodland walks.

Read our guide to the best family walks in and around York

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