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Halloween is just around the corner, and guests at High Oaks Grange are in a prime location to explore everything the North York Moors and beyond has to offer at this time of year.

We've shortlisted some frightfully fun Halloween events happening near our estate, so read on if you dare…

Pumpkin Picking – Whole Hogg Farm Shop

Image: The Whole Hogg Farm Shop Facebook

You can’t have Halloween without pumpkins, and we’ve found a smashing local place where you can pick your own! The Whole Hogg is a charming farm shop set on a working farm in Malton, which is just 10 minutes away from High Oaks Grange.

This year, the pumpkin patch is open from Saturday 10th of October, allowing visitors to select and take home their very own spooky squash! So if you’re looking for pumpkin picking near the North York Moors, Whole Hogg is the place to go! We also recommend stopping for a bite to eat in their cosy tearoom.


Halloween Trail – SEA LIFE Scarborough

Image: SEA LIFE Scarborough Facebook

Dive into the creepy deep this Halloween with the return of the ‘Ascarium’ trail and experience at SEA LIFE Scarborough.

Follow the immersive trail through the aquarium to find missing potion ingredients hidden throughout displays of the creepiest creatures of the deep, as well as a few of the more charming ocean dwellers, such as seahorses, rays and clownfish. Once you’ve spotted all of the missing items, see if you can solve the riddle at the end of the trail to complete the spell for the SEA LIFE sea witch - and to claim a tasty reward for your Halloween bravery!


Whitby Abbey – Spooky Spectacles

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Where better to visit this Halloween than the inspiration behind Bram Stoker's ‘Dracula’? From Saturday 24th October to Sunday 1st November, Whitby Abbey are running some family-friendly Halloween activities, including spooky stories and fancy dress competitions.

For the braver at heart, why not embark on a ghost tour at Whitby Abbey? From Wednesday 28th to Saturday 31st October, you can experience 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! You can book tickets on the English Heritage website.


North Yorkshire Moors Railway – Steam Spooktacular!

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If your little monsters are excited to visit Whitby, why not go via steam train?

From Saturday 24th October to Sunday 1st Nov, enjoy an atmospheric steam-hauled trip on the NYMR’s Optimist service (runs twice daily between Pickering and Whitby) dressed in your best fancy dress. Hop off in Whitby and head to the Abbey for a few hours of Halloween fun, then jump back on the train to Pickering to round off the trip.

Any guests that visit the Railway and the Abbey in fancy dress, and share a #spookyselfie and tag in both the NYMR and Whitby Abbey on social media, could be in with the chance to win two family days out in 2021. 

The attractions will pick their favourite spooky selfie and the winner will receive a free family pass to revisit both destinations next year. 


Castle Howard - Halloween at Skelf Island

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Skelf Island is a fantastic treetop playground at Castle Howard, connected by rope bridges, slides, nets and climbing equipment.

This Halloween, it will be transformed with atmospheric lighting and spooky effects. From Friday 16th October to Sunday 1st November, Skelf characters will lead daily activities across the island, including pumpkin decoration and zip lining. Buy tickets on the Castle Howard website.

If you're looking for more things to see and do this month, have a read of our October In The North York Moors blog post.

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