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 pumpkin-picking festivals to devilish DJ sets, one-off film screenings to zombie band reunions, there’s something to get everyone’s bones shaking. Find out all about it in this round-up of bone-chilling fun!
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. Don’t miss out.
Send More Paramedics
It’s been 20 years since Leeds birthed the incredible zombie film-influenced thrash sounds of Send More Paramedics – and now they’re back after a 7-year hiatus. What better time to come back from the dead than on Halloween? They’re playing a trio of reunion shows at Temple of Boom to show off classic tunes and preview songs from their long-awaited fourth album, ‘The Final Feast’. Of course, zombie-themed fancy dress is encouraged.
Send More Paramedics play Temple of Boom on Thursday 28th, Friday 29th and Saturday 30th October 2021.
Ruckus 24 Halloween
If you want to party to a chilling mix of house and minimal techno this Halloween in Leeds, Ruckus 24 have got you sorted. They’re taking over the industrial setting of Freedom Mills for a proper warehouse rave and they’ve booked an incredible line-up to boot. Fast-rising Romanian producer Arapu is headlining, with other sets coming from the likes of Real Gang Soundsystem (Miller & Nicolau), Mitch & Ahmed and Josh Demello.
Ruckus 24 Halloween comes to Freedom Mills on Friday 29th October 2021.
0800 Disco Halloween
You can kick off your Halloween weekend in Leeds with a seriously groovy party at The Tetley. Two legendary club nights are teaming up for 0800 Disco Halloween, a multi-genre, multi-room event. Stretchy Dance Supply are taking over room one with breakbeat anthems, while room 2 sees DMan & Friends on the decks to spin classic tunes. In the Main Room, you get the best of both worlds with a hand-picked selection of disco bangers.
0800 Disco Halloween comes to The Tetley on Friday 29th October 2021.
Trouble in Wonderland Halloween Special
Trouble in Wonderland promises an all-out Halloween celebration at Beaver Works. Split across 9 areas, you can get down to an eclectic array of genres, from acid house to garage, grime and techno, with DJs including Zombie Disco Squad, Serial Killaz and Nasty Bros. But the music is just one part of this epic party – they’ve got walkabout performers, fairground rides and their very own Halloween-themed wonderland for you to get lost and dance the night away in.
Trouble in Wonderland Halloween Special comes to Beaver Works on Friday 29th October 2021.
Denis Sulta Halloween Show
2021 has been a massive year for Glasgow-based house music producer and DJ Denis Sulta. Tunes from his latest EP ‘This Moment of Silence’ have filled the airwaves and he’s performed at huge festivals across the world. Now he’s coming to Leeds for an intimate Halloween-themed club show. Your scariest fancy dress is encouraged as Sulta takes to the decks alongside a top support bill that includes Sarah Story, Aaron Rutherford and Cookbook Residents.
Denis Sulta Halloween Show takes over The Warehouse on Friday 29th October 2021.
Inzombifest is always one of the best Halloween events in Leeds. This annual club night-turned-horror-show will see you don your spooky fancy dress and party away to bassline, old skool and tech house tunes until the early hours. There’s no stone left unturned as they transform Beaver Works into a zombie-infested nightmare. Over 50 DJs will be spinning bangers across 6 different rooms on Function-One sound systems and you can even go on the Halloween horror fairground ride.
Inzombifest comes to Beaver Works on Saturday 30th October 2021.
Into Reality: Halloween
On Halloween eve, The Warehouse will be transformed into a haunted house that will send shivers down your spine for its Into Reality showcase. It’s all about the heavy, heavy dub beats with a killer line-up that includes East End Dubs, Joey Daniel and Charlie Banks. But it’s not just the DJs that will make this an incredible night – they’re putting the DJ booth in the centre of the dance floor for that Boiler Room feel and there’s a no phone, video or camera policy.
Into Reality: Halloween comes to The Warehouse on Saturday 30th October 2021.
Dark Daze III
Dark days are here again at Mabgate Bleach as the city’s annual post-punk and psychedelic rock festival returns on Halloween weekend. Get ready for bone-shaking riffs and soul-stirring basslines – this year’s line-up sees Brighton-based, trans-national, genre-blending rockers Genn headline alongside fellow South Coast punks Ditz. They’ll be joined by the likes of Mister Strange, Polevaulter, Belk and Bronzed for this epic all-day festival.
Dark Daze III comes to Mabgate Bleach on Saturday 30th October 2021.
System’s annual Halloween parties are now the stuff of legend in Leeds and 2021 will be no different. Costumes are welcome, but choose your look sensibly – Mint Warehouse will get hot and sweaty with this mega line-up of house and techno heavyweights. Zip, Traumer and Chris Stussy are the highlights at the top of the bill, which also sees the likes of Jaden Thompson, Laidlaw, Annie Errez, Bobby O’Donnell, The Droid and Roya Brehl hit the decks.
System. Halloween takes over Mint Warehouse on Saturday 30th October 2021.
Sela’s Spooky Halloween Disco
Ghosts and ghouls are taking over Sela Bar for their Spooky Halloween Disco this year. They’re promising the deadliest disco of all time, so it’s not for the faint-hearted, and blood-curdling costumes are more than encouraged for this evening full of shock horror. DJ Leon is on the decks playing a set of seriously frightening tunes and they’ve got a special trick or treat activity lined up, complete with amazing prizes and more than a few nasty surprises.
Sela’s Spooky Halloween Disco comes to Sela Bar on Saturday 30th October 2021.
You can party the night away at a Zombieland-themed O2 Academy for Projekt’s two-part Halloween extravaganza. Complete with insane pyrotechnics, huge CO2 canons and creepy performers, Myles Robinson and Danny James will blast out a killer blend of chart-toppers and dance hits in the main room or you can head to the basement for R&B. It’s one of the most popular Halloween events in Leeds and both dates sold out in 2019, so snap up tickets fast.
Projekt Halloween takes over O2 Academy Leeds on Saturday 30th and Sunday 31st October 2021.
FunkyLove Halloween Party
Halloween fever hits The Wardrobe as FunkyLove throws an epic party for the spookiest weekend of the year. Start planning your costumes now because this is going to be a ghoulish night to remember. They’ve booked one of the most legendary house producers of all time in Freemasons, but that’s not all. They’ve also got two incredible vocalists in Katherine Ellis and Amanda Wilson to perform their biggest hits, including ‘Rain Down Love’ and ‘Watchin’, live.
FunkyLove Halloween Party comes to The Wardrobe on Saturday 30th October 2021.
Angie’s Halloween Disco
Halloween means an all-day party at East 59th this year. Angie’s Halloween Disco runs from 3pm and starts with a brunch – tuck into Halloween twists on a beefburger, fish & chips and avocado & eggs on toast in a venue that will be given a proper Halloween makeover. As you dine and then party into the night, Angie’s Disco DJ crew will be spinning tunes with groove-worthy sets from the likes of James Senneck, Kirsten and Tom Langur, as well as Angie herself.
Angie’s Halloween Disco comes to East 59th on Sunday 31st October 2021.
Family Friendly Halloween Events
From spooky fireworks displays to eerie pumpkin-picking festivals, these ghoulish activities promise fun for the whole family.
Swithens Pumpkin Festival
Pumpkin picking season at Swithens Farm is more like a two-week Halloween festival in Leeds. Of course you can go out into the fields, find your perfect pumpkin and then turn it into an amazing jack o’lantern on-site, but that’s just the start of all the fun on offer. You can go on a spooky tractor ride, have a wander in the haunted woods and meet their resident witch. Don’t forget about the farmyard animals and the play barn either!
Swithens Pumpkin Festival takes over Swithens Farm on Saturday 16th, Sunday 17th, Saturday 23rd and Sunday 31st October 2021.
A Hunslet Halloween
If you’re looking for a fun-filled Halloween event for all the family in Leeds, get down to The Hunslet Club to kick off the weekend. They’ve got loads going on – you can meet and greet a huge array of creepy crawlies, show off your moves in the spooky disco and take part in their Halloween-themed bingo. That’s not to mention the raffles, food stalls and the all-important costume competitions – you’re guaranteed to get into the spooky spirit of the season.
A Hunslet Halloween comes to The Hunslet Club on Friday 29th October 2021.
Halloween Fireworks Spooktacular
You can enjoy two big celebrations for the price of one at The Myrtle Tavern with their massive Halloween Fireworks Spooktacular. Get your scariest fancy dress on and head to the Meanwood pub where they’ll have a bunch of Halloween-themed activities for all the family. You can also tuck into street food, visit the bar and watch fire breathers before you settle down near the fire pits as they set off a humongous fireworks display.
Halloween Fireworks Spooktacular comes to The Myrtle Tavern on Saturday 30th October 2021.
From true crime podcasts to last suppers, you can scare yourself silly at these interactive experiences. The only question is – are you feeling brave enough?
Quantum Sauce: Halloween II
Spooky science meets scary stand-up at The Constitutional this Halloween. Quantum Sauce sees three scientific comedians take to the stage to regale you with stories that will blow your mind and chill your soul. Dr Hazel Fermor will tell you all about making tissue come to life in regenerative medicine, Professor Caroline Orfila will talk about how to eliminate food waste in ‘Smashing Pumpkins’ and Dr Sarah Dodd will explain how to survive a Chinese ghost story.
Quantum Sauce: Halloween II: The Quantumming comes to The Constitutional on Wednesday 20th October 2021.
One of the best Halloween events in Leeds this year sees internationally renowned true crime podcast RedHanded come to City Varieties. Hosts Suruthi Bala and Hannah Maguire now run the most popular show of its type in the UK and they’ve got a whole new batch of real-life murders to tell you about on this tour. They’ll go deep into these dark crimes, all while taking into account the cultural, societal, political and psychological drivers of extreme behaviour.
RedHanded comes to City Varieties on Wednesday 27th October 2021.
My Last Supper
Halloween is the perfect time of year to consider what you’d have to eat if you could choose your final meal. That’s exactly what Jay Rayner is doing at Carriageworks at the end of October. It’s the question the esteemed food writer has been asked the most in his career, so now he’s going out on tour to investigate the idea of a last supper and reveal the stories behind his chosen dishes, before getting the audience to do the same.
My Last Supper comes to Carriageworks Theatre on Thursday 28th October 2021.
Paint the Scream for Halloween
Fancy getting arty on the spookiest weekend of the year? You can paint your own version of one of the most chilling artworks ever made this Halloween in Leeds. PopUp Painting are taking over Brasserie Blanc so you can enter the expressionist world and paint your own take on Edvard Munch’s iconic Scream. You’ll be given your art supplies on the night, complete with guidance from a practicing artist, a Halloween-themed soundtrack and a bar full of tipples.
Paint the Scream for Halloween comes to Brasserie Blanc on Saturday 30th October 2021.
Open House Halloween Special
The monthly arts and crafts market at Headrow House is back this Halloween weekend in Leeds, but with a spooky twist! Local artists, makers and crafters like Cobweb Coven, Dash of Curiosity and Festively Dead will be showing off their Halloween wares for you to buy, alongside interactive workshops run by Beccy Powell. In amongst all the eerie goings on, you can dive into Ox Club’s kebabs or small plates washed down with craft beer and 2 cocktails for £10.
Open House Halloween Special comes to Headrow House on Saturday 30th October 2021.
Films are a must on Halloween and in Leeds you can enjoy family-friendly flicks, revisit historic pictures or visit the drive-in for stone-cold horror classics.
Hyde & Seek Halloween Special
If you’re looking for a family-friendly Halloween film screening in Leeds, make a beeline for the Headingley Enterprise and Arts Centre. They’re teaming up with the Hyde Park Picture House for a Halloween Special. Join Miguel on an other-worldly adventure into the Land of the Dead to find his great-great-grandfather in Disney Pixar’s Coco. If you pop by HEART early, you can join in with a free workshop where you can make your own Day of the Dead masks.
Hyde & Seek Halloween Special comes to HEART on Sunday 24th October 2021.
Daisy Dukes’ Halloween Spectacular
Whether you want to get into the spirit of Halloween or not, Daisy Dukes’ Halloween Spectacular is full of drive-in cinematic brilliance. There are 12 films shown across three days – there’s The Greatest Showman, Grease and Harry Potter if you’re not a fan of nail biters, but if you are, you’ve got the dream Halloween line-up. From Beetlejuice to Ghostbusters, The Rocky Horror Picture Show to The Exorcist, Temple Newsam is home to all kinds of ghouls this year.
Daisy Dukes’ Halloween Spectacular comes to Temple Newsam from Friday 29th to Sunday 31st October 2021.
FILMusic: Nosferatu, A Symphony of Horror
You can enjoy a symphony of horror at Opera North’s special Halloween film screening. Head to Howard Assembly Room to see an early Dracula film, complete with live accompaniment from Leeds City organist Darius Battiwalla. Before fangs, Hammer Horror and Bela Lugosi, there was F.W. Murnau’s 1922 epic Nosferatu with sets designed by occultists. However, the original soundtrack was lost, so now, Battiwalla gives this deathless wonder a fitting score.
FILMusic: Nosferatu, A Symphony of Horror comes to Howard Assembly Room on Sunday 31st October 2021.