It’s time for the scariest night of the year, and our round-up of the best Halloween events in Leeds should help you get your plans sorted.
This year, Halloween falls on a Wednesday but the days leading up to the big night are packed full of creepy, unnerving and downright gruesome events in Leeds. So whether you’re looking for horror-themed clubnights, gory fun for all the family, or the finest scary flicks around, you’ll be absolutely spoilt for choice.
Halloween Nights Out
From spooky nights in old museums to dressing up for some of the biggest clubnights of the year, these Halloween nights out aren’t to be missed.
Outbreak: Cocktail Experience
One of the best Halloween events in Leeds takes place at The Great Escape Game and you can do it throughout October. They’re bringing together an escape game and a themed bar experience. Your job is to find a cure for a zombie virus, and the only way to do it is by making special cocktails to build the antidote, which you get to try for yourself.
Outbreak: Cocktail Experience takes place at The Great Escape Game throughout October 2018.
Halloween at the Haunted Mill
The final Halloween at Canal Mills is going to start with an incredible night of house and techno anthems. They’ve lined up the biggest DJs around for a spooky Halloween at the Haunted Mill special, where fancy dress is more than encouraged. Get your groove on to the likes of Krystal Klear, Baby Stiltz and William Djoko, before Todd Terje closes out the night.
Halloween at the Haunted Mill takes over Canal Mills on Saturday 27th October 2018.
Face Your Worst Fears – Horror Interactive Board Game
How scary can a board game be? Find out for yourself at Kirkstall Abbey this Halloween as Sneaky Experience bring their interactive Face Your Worst Fears board game to Leeds. You’re one of the board pieces, and when you roll the dice you have to move. Along the way, you’ll meet horror characters and take on creepy challenges which determine if you go forwards or backwards, all in a world where nothing is as it seems.
Face Your Worst Fears – Horror Interactive Board Game comes to Kirkstall Abbey on Saturday 27th October 2018.
FEHM’s Halloween Special
Get down to Wharf Chambers for a chilling night of post-punk brilliance from some of the UK’s top up and coming bands. It’s a Halloween Special from FEHM, a wonderful Leeds group who’ve got an arsenal of dark, brooding hits, and they want everyone in fancy dress. They’ll be joined by bands like Lumer, L.D. Moses and La Rissa, followed by a goth disco featuring tunes by The Cure, Joy Division and Depeche Mode.
FEHM’s Halloween Special comes to Wharf Chambers on Saturday 27th October 2018.
Prism’s Halloween extravaganzas have sold out the past two years, so don’t hang around for their third instalment. They’re completely transforming the soon-to-close Mint Club into a Halloween playground, with plenty of spooky twists thrown in, alongside a line-up of house and tech house DJs which will be revealed the week before the event.
Prism Halloween takeover at Mint Club on Saturday 27th October 2018.
It’s time to enter H.E.I.I. It stands for Haigh End Incarceration Institute, which is a venue for a special escape game from Sneaky Experience. You’ll be sent to prison with a new identity, uniform and code words to try and seek out the unknown force that has taken over the place. You’ll hear screaming in the empty cells, see shadows in dark corners and witness people disappear into the dead of night. The only rule you have to follow is do not confess. Reckon you’ve got the guts?
H.E.I.I. comes to Haigh Park on Saturday 27th October 2018.
Projekt are going all out for Halloween, with not one, but two events in Leeds. The first is on Saturday night, for the weekend crowd, while the second is on Halloween itself, for all those lucky enough to have Thursday off. Gruesome outfits are encouraged, and they’ll be pulling out all the stops with guest DJs coming to O2 Academy Leeds alongside resident tune spinners PBH and Harley Sanders. Expect pyrotechnics and confetti cannons at this all out party.
Projekt Halloween comes to O2 Academy Leeds on Saturday 27th and Wednesday 31st October 2018.
Prehistoric Rumble! Halloween Party with Wolfcops and More!
Subterranean favourite Sela Bar is going all spooky ahead of Halloween with a dino-themed party until the early hours. Get dressed up in prehistoric fancy dress and head downstairs for a chilling live set from instrumental surf, blues and rockabilly group Wolfcops, as DJs Mark Crossley and Emily Cullen spin scary tunes and party anthems while the Go-Go Cave Girls dance the night away.
Prehistoric Rumble! Halloween Party with Wolfcops and More! takes place at Sela Bar on Wednesday 31st October 2018.
Mischief Haunted Warehouse
Halloween is the perfect time of year to get into Mischief, so join them for their Haunted Warehouse party in Leeds. The Warehouse is being completely transformed for a special mid-week booze up that will feature some of their finest resident DJs spinning a mash-up of house, hip-hop and all out classics until the early hours.
Mischief Haunted Warehouse takes over The Warehouse on Wednesday 31st October 2018.
Bongo’s Bingo & Sticky Feet Halloween
The last Halloween night at Canal Mills kicks off with a special spooky edition of Bongo’s Bingo, so don your fancy dress and get your dabbers out to win some weird and wonderful prizes at a bingo like no other. That’s followed straight after by Sticky Feet’s Halloween Special, which brings together incredible house anthems with dramatic decor, nerve-wracking theatrics and DJs like Dan Hills, Livsey, Danny James and a very special guest.
Bongo’s Bingo Sticky Feet Halloween comes to Canal Mills on Wednesday 31st October 2018.
Halloween at the Leeds Library
It’s time to test your resolve and go on a ghost hunt. Join UK Ghost Nights as they enter the historic Leeds Library on Commercial Street for a special event to mark its 250th anniversary. You’ll be led on a tour by the Lady in Black, perform a traditional Victorian seance and try to communicate with the dead. Perhaps you’ll encounter the spirit of Thomas Steinberg, the former Chief Librarian, who’s said to still roam the halls.
Halloween at the Leeds Library takes place on Wednesday 31st October 2018.
Family Halloween Events
There’s loads for the family to enjoy this Halloween in Leeds, whether it’s ghost tours around Royal Armouries or a day tracking down scarecrows at Lotherton Hall.
Pus and Pimples SFX Workshop
Thackray Medical Museum comes alive during Halloween. Their Pus and Pimples SFX Workshop will see you help their team of experts recreate the savage wounds you’d normally see on the TV. You’ll learn how to make your Halloween outfit stand out from the crowd, as you use make up to create everything from fake Smallpox symptoms to Black Death buboes and gangrenous wounds.
Pus and Pimples SFX Workshop takes over Thackray Medical Museum from Monday 22nd October to Friday 2nd November 2018.
Ghost Hunter Tours
Get into the Halloween fever early on the Ghost Hunter Tours at the Royal Armouries. You’ll be enlisted by The Agents of Fantasm and Apparition Research Team, or F.A.R.T. for short. They need your help – Leeds is being sucked into a cosmic worm-hole by ghouls, ghosts and witches and it’s your job to stop them and their gruesome deeds.
Ghost Hunter Tours takes over the Royal Armouries on Friday 26th October 2018.
Pick n’ Pimp Your Pumpkin
Join Sneaky Experience at Kirkstall Abbey this Halloween for their Pick n’ Pimp Your Pumpkin day. Turn up in your best fancy dress and meet a host of spooky characters, from Casper to Maleficent, who will help you first choose your pumpkin, then head over to the pimping station where you can customise with loads of different paints and materials.
Pick n’ Pimp Your Pumpkin takes place at Kirkstall Abbey on Saturday 27th October 2018.
Halloween Family Workshop
Gather up the whole gang and make a beeline for Swarthmore Education Centre as they host their Halloween Family Workshop, with all manner of cool, spook-related activities. Your job is to decorate the building to get it ready for the scariest night of the year – create the most chill-inducing decorations you can think of and they’ll put them up.
Halloween Family Workshop comes to Swarthmore Educational Centre on Saturday 27th October 2018.
Gruesome Newsam is one of the best Halloween events for families in Leeds. This is your chance to learn about all the haunted happenings that have taken place on the Temple Newsam estate over the years. You can go on a tour of the house and gardens, as well as the derelict cellars, and discover the ghoulish secrets that lie within.
Gruesome Newsam takes over Temple Newsam from Saturday 27th to Sunday 4th November 2018. Children must be 7+.
Spooky Scarecrow Trail
Lotherton Hall is bringing back its Spooky Scarecrow Trail this Halloween. You’ll go on a huge adventure around the house and gardens – you’ll have to become a detective to find all the different scarecrows that have escaped. When you’re done, make your way to the Servants’ Rooms for more creepy crafts.
Spooky Scarecrow Trail comes to Lotherton Hall from Saturday 27th October to Sunday 4th November 2018.
Pumpkin Stew and Witches’ Brew!
Go on an interactive trail around Skelton Grange this Halloween as Pumpkin Stew and Witches’ Brew! returns. You’ll follow a trail through the woods to a series of activities, like apple bobbing and crafts, before you finally reach the campfire where you get to try their pumpkin stew and witches’ brew.
Pumpkin Stew and Witches’ Brew! comes to Skelton Grange on Sunday 28th October 2018.
Pumpkintastic Halloween Crafts!
Go pumpkin crazy at Leeds City Museum this Halloween. This special craft day begins with their Pick-Up-A-Pumpkin trail around the museum and it’s your job to find all the pumpkins that have been scattered around the museum. When you’re done, you can join their Halloween-themed craft workshops. From witches and wizards to goblins and ghosts, fancy dress is positively encouraged.
Pumpkintastic Halloween Crafts! takes over Leeds City Museum on Sunday 28th October 2018.
Hollybush Halloween Trails
Spend Halloween following one of the trails that will be weaving their way around the Hollybush Conservation Centre. There are two to choose from – the Daytime Garden Trail will see you hunt around the garden looking for glowing toadstools and fungi lanterns, while the Dark Garden Halloween Trail sees you go in after dark for a halloween-themed adventure that includes apple bobbing, potion testing and more.
Hollybush Halloween Trails comes to Hollybush Conservation Centre from Sunday 28th October to Friday 2nd November 2018.
Halloween at Abbey House Museum
Abbey House Museum has loads of events going on for Halloween in Leeds. You can go throughout the week and try everything from Spooky Science experiments with goo and ghosts to the Murkey Murder Mystery where you have to solve someone’s suspicious death. But if you fancy something a bit lighter, pop in for one of their craft workshops.
Halloween takes over Abbey House Museum from Monday 29th October to Friday 2nd November 2018.
Temple Newsam is a scary place to be on Halloween and their annual Spooktacular will prove it. You’ll enter the house for an evening full of fun – prepare to make spooky crafts, hear scary ghost stories and collect a bunch of treats on your way around. If you want to scare away the hidden beasts, make sure you come dressed up in your most frightening gear.
Halloween Spooktacular comes to Temple Newsam on Wednesday 31st October 2018.
Anything Could Happen – Halloween Special!
The Halloween Special of Anything Could Happen will make your hair stand on end. This is an improvised storytelling session that gets the kids involved. You’ll join a group of young storytellers who’ll take hints and tips from their compelled audience to put together a unique Halloween-themed epic. Once it’s over, try the hour-long kids comedy workshop.
Anything Could Happen – Halloween Special! takes over HEART on Wednesday 31st October 2018.
The History of Halloween
Want to know more about Halloween? This is one of the best family events in Leeds – Temple Newsam curator Leila Prescott will take you on an afternoon tour of the estate the day after Halloween to tell you everything from how trick-or-treating began to why we celebrate it on 31st October.
The History of Halloween takes over Temple Newsam on Thursday 1st November 2018.
Halloween and the cinema go hand in hand, so look out for Sneaky Experience’s frightening events at Kirkstall Abbey, cult screenings at Hyde Park Picture House and more…
A proper family classic, don’t miss your chance to see Hocus Pocus in Leeds this Halloween. Three witches from the Salem Witch Trials are mistakenly resurrected and want to continue sucking the souls out of the town’s children. Will they succeed? You’ll have to wait and see as Sneaky Experience put on a screening to remember. Dress up as witches, wizards, ghouls and ghosts with mayhem conjured up by Winnie herself.
Hocus Pocus comes to Kirkstall Abbey on Friday 26th and Saturday 27th October 2018.
The other Halloween film at Kirkstall Abbey is solely for adults because It is one of the scariest films of 2017. They’re showing the new adaptation of Stephen King’s novel, which follows a group of youngsters who realise an evil force is killing the town’s children. The adults can’t see Pennywise or his terrifying acts, so it’s up to them to kill him.
It comes to Kirkstall Abbey on Saturday 27th October 2018.
The Evil Dead Halloween Special
The Creatures of the Night Halloween Special for 2018 is a classic of the horror-meets-comedy genre. Get down to Hyde Park Picture House to see 80s cult classic The Evil Dead. It’s grimy, gory and downright hilarious as you join a group of five students on vacation in an isolated cabin in the woods – that never goes well does it? They unleash a horde of evil spirits and this Sam Raimi classic is a must-see.
The Evil Dead will be shown at Hyde Park Picture House on Saturday 27th October 2018.