Host of spooky events across Harrogate district to mark Hallowe’en

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Hallowe’en celebrations are to be held across the Harrogate district in coming days as young trick or treaters prepare for next Thursday’s festive fun.

One of the biggest events will be the Henshaws Hallowe’en Walk, an evening of fancy dress entertainment on Mischief Night in Harrogate’s Valley Gardens.

Here, the cast of Harrogate Youth Theatre are to add a sense of occasion to a spooky park walk, illustrating stories and performing eerie poetry.

“The evening will be a great alternative to trick or treating,” said Lisa Sherratt, Henshaws fundraiser. “Children and adults alike will find these poems enthralling and just the right amount of scary to get your imagination going.”

The Valley Gardens will be decorated with pumpkins carved by the staff at Henshaws and scary print work by college students, as well as special custom sets from Harrogate Youth Theatre.

In Ripon, a Hallowe’en ghost hunt is to be held this Friday, October 25, at Ripon’s Workhouse Museum with seances, Ouija board and table tipping experiments.

Organisers Simply Ghost Nights and Chris Conway will use the latest electrical ghost hunting equipment as they delve into the building’s past.

And in Knaresborough, final preparations are underway for the town’s Fright Night celebrations.

This hugely popular event, a community and family celebration, will be held from 3pm on Saturday, October 26.

There will be storytelling, pumpkin decorating, face painting, ghost walks, fancy dress as well as other themed events in the Market Place and Castle Yard. A zombie parade at 6.15pm will hail the start of the second stage - a ‘not for the faint hearted’ quest for adults and teenagers over 14 to find the ‘lost scrolls of Mother Shipton and banish the zombies whence they came’.

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October 24

Hookstone Chase Community Primary School Halloween Firework Party. Guests invited to wear fancy dress from 6pm, for a barbecue, DJ, apple bobbing, pumpkin carving competition and firework display by Ferrensby Fireworks.

October 26

Charity Hallowe’en ball held at the Cedar Court, Harrogate on Saturday 26 October in aid of the Childrens Heart Surgery Fund, organised by young Isabella Cook, 15 and her mum Patti.

Hallowe’en adventure at Knaresborough’s Mother Shipton’s Cave, with a kids fancy dress spooky quiz trail, open until October 31.

Psychic nights on Saturday and Sunday, around the campfire in Dishforth Shooting Club’s woodland, with medium John Colenutt.

Scarefest ll, with live music, food and fancy dress, is to be held at Harefield Hall in Pateley Bridge.

Riverford pumpkin day, on Home Farm, Newby Wiske. Activities include apple pressing, pumpkin carving, face painting , games, live music, and food tasting.

October 27

Grewelthorpe School Hallowe’en Party, from 3 to 4pm. Pumpkin hunt for under5s, a fancy dress competition and games for all ages, and pumpkin competition.

October 28

Spooktacular Week at Ripley Castle, until Nov 1. Castle tours with ghost stories, spooky garden trail, Hallowe’en crafts, garden room Hallowe’en party fun and treats for children in costume.

October 31

Spooky cupcake workshops are to be held at Darley Christ Church Community Centre, for information call 01423 780056.

Family Hallowe’en party at the mechanics’ institute, Kirkby Malzeard from 7pm to 9pm.

Spooky tales of murder and mystery are to be told as part of a special ghost walk through Knaresborough town centre.

Local historian and ghost guide Brian Forshaw is to lead the walks through the town’s cobbled streets.

Families are invited to join him outside the library from 7pm on Wednesday, October 30.

Organised by North Yorkshire County Council, the event is open to adults and children aged over 10, and walkers are advised to wrap up warm and take a torch.

Places should be booked in advance at Knaresborough Library and Information Centre, telephone 0845 3005112, email Tickets are £3 per adult and £2 per child.