Don your creepiest costumes and get ready for the best Halloween events in Leeds.
Full of thrills, chills and things going bump in the night, Halloween is the spookiest time of the year and there are loads of events in Leeds to help you celebrate it. From spooky scarecrow trails to devilish DJ sets, exclusive horror film screenings to zombie apocalypses, there’s something to get everyone’s bones shaking and you can find out all about it in this helpful roundup.
Halloween Nights Out
With immersive decor, live actors and state-of-the-art sound systems, clubs in Leeds are going all out for Halloween this year so don’t miss out.
Heels of Hell Ultimate Halloween Tour
Torn between embracing your inner diva or your inner demon this Halloween? Do both at Heels of Hell, a spooky-themed drag night featuring stars from RuPaul’s Drag Race. Fan favourites like Sharon Needles, Alaska and Miz Cracker will all take to the stage. You’ll be treated to a fierce show full of lip syncs, energetic dance routines and incredible live singing. You can even get a meet and greet pass to snap a selfie with the queens.
The Heels of Hell comes to O2 Academy Leeds on Tuesday 22nd October 2019.
You can party the night away in a ghoulish underworld complete with insane pyrotechnics, huge CO2 canons and creepy live entertainers at Projekt’s two-part Halloween extravaganza. The main room’s DJ will blast out a killer blend of remixed chart-toppers and dance hits or you can venture down into the basement for R&B tunes. It’s one of the most popular Halloween events in Leeds and both dates sold out last year, so snap up tickets fast.
Projekt Halloween Pt. 1 takes over O2 Academy Leeds on Saturday 26th October 2019 and Pt. 2 is on Thursday 31st October 2019
INZOMBIFEST is the ultimate Halloween party. Beaver Works will be transformed into an immersive haunted warehouse with blood-curdling decor and zombies on the loose. Enter if you dare and you can see over 50 bone-shaking bass, house and techno acts across 5 different rooms with big names like Tom Zanetti and K.O Kane keeping the party going until 6am.
INZOMBIFEST comes to Beaver Works on Saturday 26th October 2019.
Mischief Haunted Warehouse
Ghosts and ghouls are taking over the usual mid-week Mischief party. The Warehouse will be transformed into a haunted mansion complete with spooky decor and lighting. Fancy dress is highly encouraged, so don your creepiest costumes then head to the dance floor for a monster mash-up of house, hip-hop and club classics. There’s exclusive drinks deals too, with double vodka mixers for £2.50 and shots for just £1.50.
Mischief Haunted Warehouse takes over The Warehouse on Wednesday 30th October 2019.
Halloween Bongo’s Bingo
Bongo’s Bingo is back in Leeds with a special Halloween event. As always, you’ll be playing a wacky game of bingo with dance-offs and UV rave rounds along the way, but there’ll also be a few extra hair-raising twists thrown in. There are Halloween-themed prizes up for grabs, so ditch the trick or treating because you could be going home with a life-sized cardboard cut out, gigantic cuddly toy or thick wad of cash.
Halloween Bongo’s Bingo comes to O2 Academy Leeds on Wednesday 30th October 2019.
Living Dead Halloween Festival
You can expect terrifying live actors, five frightening arenas and spooky soundtracks at the Living Dead Festival. The Fruity and Mischief resident DJs will be teaming up to bring you an epic mix of classic Halloween bangers and hands-in-the-air hits. Or you can groove to R&B, disco and house across three other rooms of music. Need a break from the dance floor? Kick back and watch classic horror flicks in the Abandoned Theatre.
The Living Dead Halloween Festival comes to Leeds University Union on Thursday 31st October 2019.
Mac & Jheez Halloween: Murder on the Dance Floor
Mac & Jheez are back in Leeds for a night of frightfully funky tunes this Halloween. The resident DJs and top-secret special guests will be spinning all your favourite disco, house and garage hits to keep you cutting killer shapes until the early hours. Costumes are welcome – the more creative the better. There’s even a his and hers prize for the best dressed.
Mac & Jheez Halloween: Murder on the Dance Floor takes over Sheaf St on Thursday 31st October 2019.
MiNT Green Velvet All Night Long Halloween Special
MiNT is hosting a 9-hour long blow-out for Halloween this year. Internationally renowned DJ Green Velvet will be spinning hits from his apocalypse-themed house album, so it’s one of the hottest tickets in town. You can also groove to experimental mixes from DJ Tobias and others. With cobwebs dangling from the rafters, cutting edge lighting rigs and CO2 blasters, it makes for one hell of a party.
Mint Green Velvet All Night Long Halloween Special comes to Mint Warehouse on 31st October 2019.
A maze of dark tunnels and rooms set beneath four abandoned railway arches, Element at Club Mission is a suitably spooky place to party on Halloween. You can expect huge spiders and skeletons dangling from the ceiling, crazy pyrotechnics and a state-of-the-art sound system blasting out the latest in house and bass. Drinks are cheap and there’s even an outside tequila bar where you can get 3 shots for £6.
Element Halloween comes to Club Mission on Thursday 31st October 2019.
Rendezvous Halloween: A Nightmare on Call Lane
You can boogie until the witching hour at Rendezvous Halloween. It’ll be a spine-tingling night of fun with the DJ playing a feel-good soundtrack of hip-hop and R&B mixed with spooky hits. Their famous ball pit will be there too, so dive in and unleash your inner big kid – it’s Halloween, after all. At the bar you can sink some wickedly cheap drinks with £2.50 tequilas and bottles of wine for just £12.50.
Rendezvous Halloween: A Nightmare on Halloween takes over The Backroom on Thursday 31st October 2019.
Go Nuts at Donuts Halloween Special
With terrifying decor, a killer soundtrack and a no holds barred fancy-dress policy, Go Nuts at Donuts has everything you need for a fantastic Halloween night out. They’re renowned for their eclectic music mixes and this event will be no different. You’ll be grooving to Daft Punk one moment, belting out MJ the next and doing the Monster Mash after that. Need a snack to fuel you through? You can sink your teeth into free goo-filled donuts all night long.
Go Nuts at Donuts Halloween Special takes over The Wardrobe on Thursday 31st October 2019.
Trapped in Wonderland
You can take a trip down the rabbit hole at Trapped in Wonderland, one of the coolest Halloween events in Leeds this year. Pryzm will be transformed into a twisted tea party with fully immersive Alice in Wonderland decor. There are multiple rooms of music, so you can dance the night away to club classics, R&B jams and chart-topping hits. Make the most of the £2 tipples at the bar or indulge in their Halloween cocktail creations.
Trapped in Wonderland takes over Pryzm on Thursday 31st October 2019.
You can mix up your Halloween and swap spooks and chills for a night of ABBA. Mint Warehouse is hosting a halloween-themed tribute night to the 70s legends, so get ready to dance the night away to classics like Dancing Queen, Waterloo and Chiquitita with Halloween hits thrown into the mix too. The venue will be kitted out with disco-themed decor and fancy dress is encouraged, so why not get four friends and dress up as the awesome foursome yourselves?
ABBAween comes to Mint Warehouse on Friday 1st November 2019.
From mad scientist shows to eerie scarecrow trails, there are loads of spooky activities across the city that the whole family will love.
At the Spooky Spooktacular you can take a chilling tour of Temple Newsam House’s rooms after dark. Beware, Tudor ghosts haunt the house at night and as you creep through the rooms, you can hear their spine-tingling stories. But that’s not all – throughout October half term you can learn about the horrible creepy crawlies that hide under the beds and live in the walls of the house. As a reward for surviving it all, there are tasty treats to take home.
Beastly Creepy Crawlies comes to Temple Newsam House from Saturday 26th October to Sunday 3rd November 2019 and the Spooky Spooktacular takes over the house on Thursday 31st October 2019.
Halloween at Home Farm
It’s not just Temple Newsam House that’s getting into the Halloween spirit, the farm is too. The historic cobbled courtyards will be decked out with creepy cobwebs, spiders, skeletons and more. You can meet rare beasts roaming the yard (don’t worry, they’re friendly) and you can see everything from ducks to donkeys in the paddocks. Head to the Joiners Shop for Halloween-themed crafts the whole family can get stuck into.
Halloween takes over Home Farm Temple Newsam from Saturday 26th October to Saturday 2nd November 2019.
Spooky Scarecrow Trail
You can spend the day hunting down the spooky scarecrows that have invaded Lotherton Hall. The trail will take you through a haunted woodland and you’ll need to be brave because it’s also home to witches, ghouls and spiders. After you’ve spotted the scarecrows, you can pay a visit to the undead cowboys of the Wild West in Skeletown and get involved with creepy crafts. They want to see everyone in costume, so why not coordinate with the kids?
The Spooky Scarecrow Trail comes to Lotherton Hall from Saturday 26th October to Sunday 3rd November 2019.
Tropical World is home to lots of freaky critters and you can get up close and personal with them this Halloween. Book your family into the Creepiest Creatures workshop and you’ll get to enter the top-secret Keepers Lair, where you can learn all about the strange beasts. The bravest among you can even handle spiders, roaches and millipedes. There’s a fun quiz for the kids to complete during the workshop too.
Creepiest Creatures comes to Tropical World from Saturday 26th October to Sunday 3rd November 2019.
Stockeld Park is going all-out for Halloween this year. There’s a whole host of activities with traditional pumpkin picking, a witches forest and monster-mash pantomimes for the little ones, as well as spooky mazes and haunted houses for older kids. With so much variety, families of all ages can enjoy a spooky day out, and if you stay until nightfall, you’ll get to see the park lit up with spectacular illuminations.
The Halloween Adventure comes to Stockeld Park from Saturday 26th October to Sunday 3rd November 2019.
For an action-packed day of Halloween-themed madness the kids will love, head to The Rainbow Factory’s Monster Mash. Your little beasties can don their creepiest costumes and get stuck into everything from cupcake decorating to obstacle courses, mask making and party games. But they’ve saved the best until last – the day ends with a Monster Ball Disco, a frightfully fun party with disco lights and Halloween tunes.
The Monster Mash takes over The Rainbow Factory on Monday 28th and Tuesday 29th October 2019.
If you’re looking for interactive Halloween events for young families in Leeds, head to Armley Mills Industrial Museum’s spook-filled craft sessions. Real-life witches from the Pagan Circle will teach you about the freaky truth behind Halloween traditions. Then young witches and warlocks can make their own magical willow wands to complete their costumes. There’s also traditional pumpkin carving and make-your-own bath bombs with the witches’ herbs too.
Halloween Crafts takes over Leeds Industrial Museum from Tuesday 29th to Thursday 31st October 2019.
Abbey House Museum and Spooky Silly Science
Abbey House Museum has loads of Halloween activities going on this year from tours down their ghostly Victorian streets to making monsters in craft workshops, but one of their most exciting events is Spooky Silly Science. It’s a day full of bugs, goo and gore for the kids. They’ll get to play with all kinds of crazy potions like bubble snakes and witches’ brews. It’s all based on real science too, so it makes for a fun and educational family trip.
Halloween takes over Abbey House Museum from Tuesday 29th October to Friday 1st November 2019 and Spooky Silly Science comes to the museum on Wednesday 30th October 2019.
Spooktacular Science: Kids Halloween Special
Your little boys and ghouls will have a frightfully good time at the Spooktacular Science special. It’s an interactive show jam-packed with bubbling potions, melting witches and freaky fog. As the Mad Science team conjure up all these tricks you’ll learn about the wonders of science. The fun doesn’t stop there as there’s also spooky arts and crafts after the show. With all of this, it’s definitely one of the best Halloween events for kids in Leeds.
Spooktacular Science: Kids Halloween Special takes over Thackray Medical Museum on Thursday 31st October 2019.
Jeepers, Creepers! is a Halloween-themed kids club for 7 to 12 year olds at Harewood House. There’ll be lots of adventures to get stuck into, including a trail through the spookiest parts of the 18th-century house, jack ‘o’ lantern making and craft workshops where the kids can make terrifying decorations to take home. It’s an action-packed way to spend the day before it’s time to head out for trick or treating in the evening.
Jeepers, Creepers! comes to Harewood House on Thursday 31st October 2019.
Robot Pumpkin Building
Forget carving pumpkins, at Junglecatz the kids can build their own robot pumpkins this Halloween. Budding tech wizards will be shown how to build, code and programme their own moving and talking jack-o-lanterns. The robotics experts from IzWiz will take the kids through the process step-by-step using LEGO and kid-friendly iPad software, so any youngsters over the age of 5 can get stuck into the 90-minute session.
Make Talking Pumpkins takes over Junglecatz on Thursday 31st October 2019.
From gruesome dissections to haunted houses, you can scare yourself silly at these interactive experiences. The only question is – are you feeling brave enough?
Jack the Ripper Anatomy Lab Live
Anatomy Lab Live will be using real specimens to dissect the mystery of Jack the Ripper and you can get a front row seat. First you’ll be treated to dinner in an eerie Victorian street and then the show will begin. Throughout the dissection you’ll explore how the Ripper victims were killed and attempt to answer the ultimate mystery – who was Jack the Ripper? It’ll be one of the goriest events in Leeds this Halloween, so if you love blood and guts it’s a must-see.
Jack the Ripper Anatomy Lab Live comes to Village Hotel Leeds North on Saturday 19th October 2019.
Frights, Camera, Action 2: The Reawakening
Ghosts, ghouls and spirits will descend on Emmerdale Village as the studios are transformed into a fully immersive haunted house. If you dare to enter you’ll be sent on a quest in murky darkness to find the evil that’s making things go bump in the night. Along the way you’ll encounter terrifying live actors, face intense strobe lighting and hear spine-chilling sounds. It’s a truly blood-curdling experience.
Frights, Camera, Action 2: The Reawakening takes over The Emmerdale Studio Experience on Saturday 26th October 2019.
FrightFest in The Library
If you’re a fan of gothic and horror literature, make a beeline for FrightFest in The Leeds Library. It’s an afternoon of writing and reading spooky stories in Leeds’ oldest and most haunted library, so there’ll be plenty of inspiration for the creative writing workshop led by author SJ Bradley. After you’ve written your pieces, you’ll be treated to spine-chilling readings of Alison Littlewood and Lucie McKnight Hardy’s award-winning horror stories.
FrightFest takes over The Leeds Library on Saturday 26th October 2019.
Black Death Zombie Experience
Ever wondered if you’d survive a zombie apocalypse? Well, you can find out at the Black Death Zombie Experience. After dark, a pack of undead monsters will be let loose in the Merrion Centre and you’ll have to sprint, hide and solve puzzles as a team to escape. There’ll be state-of-the-art special effects and you’ll be immersed in the terrifyingly realistic experience for a full hour, so you’ll need nerves of steel to make it through.
The Black Death Zombie Experience takes over the Merrion Centre from Saturday 28th September to Thursday 31st October 2019.
Northern Ballet’s Dracula
Northern Ballet’s chilling performance of Dracula is coming back to Leeds Playhouse for a limited run over Halloween. The company will re-tell Bram Stoker’s famous tale of the blood-thirsty Count through elegant dance, eerie gothic sets and elaborate period costumes. It’s a dramatic night filled with passion and a more refined way to spend Halloween while still getting a good dose of the heebie jeebies.
Northern Ballet’s Dracula comes to Leeds Playhouse from Tuesday 29th October to Saturday 2nd November 2019.
Mortal to Mortem: Adults Halloween Late
For a frightful evening of real-life blood, guts and gore, head to the Mortal to Mortem event at Thackray Medical Museum. One of their experts will talk you through the museum’s most gruesome medical tools like brain scoops and mallets that were designed for cracking open skulls. Then it’s your turn to get stuck into the bloody business. You’ll get to take part in a heart dissection, exploring all the organ’s important chambers and arteries.
Mortal to Mortem: Adults Halloween Late comes to Thackray Medical Museum on Thursday 31st October 2019.
Films are a must on Halloween and in Leeds you can see Sneaky Experience’s incredible screenings of the classics as well as exclusive previews of the latest horrors.
The FilmFear Preview of The Lighthouse
Calling all horror film fanatics – you can be one of the first people to see Robert Eggers’ latest eerie flick The Lighthouse at this special preview event. It stars Robert Pattinson and Willem Dafoe as two disturbed lighthouse keepers caught in a battle with extreme elements, inner demons and mythical forces. The whole film’s shot in black and white too, which gives it an extra sinister feel.
The FilmFear Preview of The Lighthouse comes to The Hyde Park Picture House on Wednesday 30th October 2019.
Sneaky Experience Presents Hocus Pocus
Sneaky Experience’s screening of Hocus Pocus is one of the Halloween events in Leeds that the whole family will love. You’ll get to see the classic film like never before in the spectacularly spooky grounds of Kirkstall Abbey. Winnie and the rest of the gang will be wreaking havoc before it starts and you can get involved with a supernatural quiz and a contest for the best witches’ cackle. Make sure you look the part too by dressing up in your most ghoulish outfits.
Sneaky Experience’s Screening of Hocus Pocus takes over Kirkstall Abbey on Friday 1st and Saturday 2nd November 2019.
Sneaky Experience Ghostbusters Screening
You’re being treated to not just one, but two Sneaky Experience screenings this Halloween. Ghostbusters will be coming to Kirkstall Abbey too. Before the film starts you’ll be kept entertained by the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man himself or you can sink special ectoplasm shots at the bar. Then kick back and enjoy watching Peter, Ray and Egon hunt down everything that goes bump in the night.
Sneaky Experience’s Screening of Ghostbusters takes over Kirkstall Abbey on Friday 1st November 2019.