5 of the Best – Haunted Yorkshire

Blog written and researched by @tom_ashurst and @richiewear13

York Dungeon

To confirm its position as the Home of Halloween, the York Dungeon has launched a brand new spine-chilling show, Body Snatchers.

This new hair-raising show will see one of the most intimidating, ghoulish, characters ever introduced. Equipped with his prize possession, his shovel, John will be looking for those that can fall victim to his deadly digging ways!

If the Body Snatchers aren’t enough to get visitors looking over their shoulders they can also enjoy a 75 minute journey through 2,000 years of York’s dark history. Guided by a full cast of actors, visitors will walk through The Dungeon, moving from show to show. Shows are based on York’s real history where you can get up close and personal with other local legends including Eric Bloodaxe and Dick Turpin.

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Yorkshire Scaregrounds

Yorkshire Scare Grounds Scream Park is the most extreme Halloween Entertainment Park and Scare Attraction Experience in Yorkshire. Bigger, Better & Scarier for Halloween 2015, the attraction combines special effects and live actors to immerse the audience in a most terrifying encounter that will leave them screaming for more!

With the Voodoo Queen, Killer Clowns and Hell Lane Penitentiary – this is one scary place and is certainly one hell of an experience.

This attraction is intended for older families, teenagers and adults. Minors under the age of 16 will only be admitted if accompanied by a responsible adult over 18 years of age. It’s not recommended for children under 12 years of age.

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Illuminated Abbey

Cast light on a dark history at Illuminated Abbey. See Bram Stoker’s inspiration in a new light as Whitby Abbey is bathed in dramatic illuminations. As you explore its gothic splendour, our costumed characters will introduce the darker side of the past with tales of grave robbing and witch trials.

New for this year, you can also experience a live performance of Dracula to complete your visit. Wrap up warm, pack your camera and take a wander around the glowing ruins from 6pm – 8.30pm, with costumed performances throughout, and their much-loved Dracula performance at 8.30pm. Gothic fancy dress is encouraged here too!

Don’t forget also to share your photos on Twitter, Instagram or Facebook using #IlluminatedAbbey – through doing so you are then entered into a competition and might be in with a chance of winning annual membership for two. What’s not to like!

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Lightwater Valley

All manner of creepy ghouls and beasties lurk within the Valley, so make sure you tread scarefully! You can choose from and experience a whole host of Mini, Mega and Ultimate scares but remember… the darker the night, the scarier the fright!

Knock on the trick or treat doors, or ride the scare train. Visit the cabin in the woods or watch the monster puppet show. These are just a selection of things to do and it is all capped off by the blood curdling Lakeside Frightwater Finale.

Lightwater Valley’s normal rides are all open too, if you’re not already scared enough…

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Tropical Butterfly House

Don’t miss the Tropical Butterfly House’s biggest and best event of the year every weekend in October and during the October half term!

You could take a haunted hayride through the Freaky Forest and come face to face with ghosts, ghouls and monsters, or visit the Creepy Cottage and play trick or treat on the witch, and brave the Haunted House…

After that you might like to take a seat for the pantomime-style free-flying bird shows, featuring amazing birds of prey and parrots; hosted by scary witches! Pumpkin carving and spooky crafts and activities suitable for children of all ages are on offer too!

A daily kids’ fancy dress competition is run and unforgettable animal encounters with Lemurs, Meerkats, Owls, Snakes and creepy-crawlies throughout the day.

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