Lincolnshire

Frightfully good Lincolnshire Halloween events for 2018

Get ready for spooky fun and entertainment across Lincolnshire this month with an array of events to send all the family batty with excitement.

Venues across the county will ghost frightfully good events including pumpkin carving, trails, spooky stories, creepy crafts and more and Lincolnshire Reporter has compiled a guide of things to do across the county during Halloween.


Ghostly Halloween Hall

Halloween fun at a ‘haunted Halloween hall’. Photo: Gunby Hall

Where: Gunby Hall, Spilsby
When: Saturday, October 27 (11am-5pm, last admission 4pm)
Price: Normal admission charges apply including adults from £8.10 (free for National Trust members).

Experience Gunby Hall as you never have before with cobwebs, darkened rooms and lots of ghostly guides. Bring the family along for a chilling visit, but it might be too scary for very little ones.


Halloween at Belvoir Castle

Have a fright night to remember at Belvoir Castle. Photo: Belvoir Castle

Where: Belvoir Castle, Grantham
When: Wednesday, October 31 (3.30pm-6.30pm)
Price: Children tickets are £10 and adults go free (only one adult per child)

Walks the Dooms on spooky All Hallows Eve and see the Castle in another light. Children can enjoy pumpkin carving in the chilling and seasonally decorated Old Kitchen and listen to eerie stories about the Witches of Belvoir and make creepy crafts. End the evening with the children choosing a trick or treat.


The Burghley Halloween Trail

Check out the Halloween trail at a Lincolnshire country house. Photo: Burghley House

Where: Burghley House, Stamford
When: Saturday, October 20 to Sunday, October 28
Price: Admittance is free of charge with a House and Gardens or Gardens only ticket, Friends of Burghley or Annual Pass

Tread through the crispy Autumn leaves and find the hidden spooks to receive a treat then warm up afterwards in the Garden Cafe with a hot chocolate or cup of steaming soup.


Make your own ghost ectoplasm

The Museum of Lincolnshire Life on Burton Road. Photo: The Lincolnite

Where: Museum of Lincolnshire Life, Burton Road
When: Thursday, October 25 (11am/12.30pm/1.30pm)
Price: £3 per workshop

Make your own ghostly ectoplasm (slime) and scary ghost volcanoes in the craft workshop. Place are limited so sign up at the Museum’s reception.

There are also ghostly storytelling sessions at 10.15am and 2.30pm, which are free and suitable for all ages.


Halloween maze & owl handling

Halloween fun including a spooky maze. Photo: Uncle Henry’s

Where: Grayingham Grange Farm, Grayingham, Gainsborough
When: Open daily from Saturday, October 20 until October 31 (9.30am-4pm Monday to Saturday and 10am-3pm on Sundays)
Price: Maze entry is £6 per person or a family ticket admitting four people is priced at £20. Under 2s can enter for free. Maze entry with a pumpkin is £7.50. Pumpkin picking can be done separately priced at £3 per pumpkin.

Uncle Henry’s farm shop is celebrating all things spooky with their giant five acre Halloween Maize Maze and Pumpkin Picking Patch with a free carving station to design a pumpkin.

On Saturday, October 27 there is an Owl Wizardry Workshop event run by Derek Tindall Birds of Prey, where people can handle an owl under the watchful eyes of the Professors. Lessons take place in the woods and children completing training will receive a certificate scroll.

The workshop is 10am until 3.30pm (30 minutes per session) and is priced at £5 per child. Fancy dress is encouraged at all of the events.


Zombie Walk and Pumpkin Party

The Sessions House – Spilsby Theatre
Thursday 18th October 2018
Zombie Walk and Pumpkin Party. Photo: Spilsby Theatre

Where: The Sessions House – Spilsby Theatre
When: Wednesday, October 31 (walk leaves theatre at 7pm)
Price: Minimum £3 donation entry

Spilsby Theatre is teaming up with Spilsby and Hundleby Walkers for a fun, spooky night in the Lincolnshire market town.

A short circular ‘Zombie Walk’ around the town will be followed by a pumpkin party with music, entertainment and a mummy wrap competition with prizes.

The bar will be open and entertainment will take place under the theatre’s columned portico.

There will also be a pumpkin carving day at the theatre from 10am on Sunday, October 28.


Halloween Pumpkin Festival

Halloween Pumpkin Festival. Photo: Pink Pig Farm

Where: Pink Pig Farm, Holme Hall, Holme, Scunthorpe,
When: October 20-31
Price: Tickets can be purchased online or on the day, including chid (including pumpkin) priced at £10.50, but pre-booking is advised.

Loads of themed activities including. maggot racing, meet Windle the witch in her coven, potion making, pumpkin picking and carving, specially themed food and drink, a creepy walk through the woodland and all the usual fun on the farm.


Lincolnshire Wolds Railway at Halloween

There will be spooky entertainment on board the train. Photo: Lincolnshire Wolds Railway

Where: Ludborough Railway Station
When: Sunday, October 29 (hourly from 2.45pm to 5.45pm)
Price: Adults £7, seniors £5, children £4 and a family ticket (two adults with up to four children) £18. Passengers can travel up and down on the train as many times as they like during the day

Children are being asked to come dressed as ghosts and goblins, witches and wizards and even creepy clowns for its special Halloween event. There will be spooky entertainment on board the special steam-hauled ghost train.


Gainsborough Old Hall Halloween Trail

Photo: Gainsborough Old Hall

Where: Gainsborough Old Hall
When: October 20-28
Price: Free entry for every child in costume when accompanied by a paying adult (normally adult ticket price is £9.50)

A spooky trail with a prize awaiting at the end.

There are also ghostly storytelling sessions on Friday, October 26 at 11am, 1pm and 2.30pm which are free and suitable for all ages. There are also a range of ghostly craft activities at £2 per craft.


Halloween at Cogglesford

Halloween at Cogglesford. Photo: Visit Lincoln

Where: Cogglesford Watermill in Sleaford
When: Wednesday, October 31 (6pm-7.30pm)
Price: Free entry

Ghostly fun and activities at the 18th century Cogglesford Watermill in Sleaford. Exploring the mill and following terrifying trails before settling down with some spooky stories. Fancy dress is welcome and it’s suitable for all ages.


Bransby Horses Halloween fun

Halloween trail, pumpkin painting and more at Bransby Horses. Photo: Visit Lincoln

Where: Bransby Horses, Bransby
When: Monday, October 22 to Friday, October 26 (11am-4pm)
Price: Free admission, donations welcome (crafts and trails at an additional cost)

A Halloween trail meeting ghosts and ghouls along the way, potion making and pumpkin painting, and there will also be pony grooming and face painting running at times throughout the week.


Friday Night Spooky Walk 2018

Fright Night Spooky Walk. Photo: Tattershall Farm Park

Where: Tattershall Farm Park
When: Friday, October 26 and Saturday, October 27 (5pm-7.30pm)
Price: The event is ticket only – Fright Night including food £7, Daytime Farm Park + Fright Night £11

Dress up and join in with spooky games, with prizes up for grabs for best fancy dress. Bring along a carved pumpkin to enter in a competition. The soft play barn, giant sand pit room, toddler room and swing barn will be open for visitors. There will be disco lights and a spooky soundtrack in the Play Barn.

There is also a Halloween interactive story time on October 22 and October 26 at 10.30am.


Halloween at three Lincoln parks

Hartsholme Park in Lincoln. Photo: Richard Croft

Where: Hartsholme Country Park, Boultham Park and The Arboretum
When: An array of events from October 19-29
Price: Prices vary so look at the individual events here

Three parks in Lincoln are hosting an array of Halloween events including pumpkin carving, a Halloween trail and mask making.


Strange Apparition’s Halloween Comicfest

Free comic books will be given away as a store in Pinchbeck, Spalding celebrates Halloween. Photo: Stock photo

Where: Strange Apparitions at the Spalding Lifestyle Centre, Spalding Road, Pinchbeck, Spalding
When: Saturday, October 27 from 10am-5pm
Price: Free

The comic book shop opened in May 2018 and this is its first big event, which celebrates the second largest event in the comic book industry. Each year thousands of participating shops celebrate Halloween by giving away free comic books to millions of fans and intruding them to the wonders of comics.

There will also be specially selected collectible vintage horror themed figures available for sale on the day, as well as new toys and merchandise releases exclusive to HCF.


Ghost walks

Karen Crow, the Lincoln ghost lady. Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite

Where: Starting at the Tourist Information Centre at Castle Square, Lincoln
When: All year around, every Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and bank holidays from 7pm
Price: Adults £5, children (under 12) £3 – no need to book, just turn up 10 minutes before the start

The Original Lincoln Ghost Walk with traditional stories. On Halloween (October 31) there is also walks beginning at approximately 6.30pm, 6.45pm, 7pm and 7.30pm, lasting around 60 minutes.


Ghost Bus Tours

The Lincoln ghost bus

Where: The tour leaves from Lincoln Cathedral
When: Saturday, October 27 (5pm and 6pm) and Sunday, October 28 (5pm)
Price: £6 per person (seats will be allocated to ticket-holders on a first come, first serve basis

Be spooked on Halloween weekend by exploring haunted Lincoln by open-top bus with a local ghost expert, who will tell spooky tales and stories of the city’s haunted past.


Prison of smells, spooks and stories

Prison of smells, spooks and stories event. Photo: Lincoln Castle

Where: Lincoln Castle
When: Saturday, October 20 to Sunday, October 28 (Event 10.30am-3.45pm, Castle Attractions 10am-5pm, closing at 4pm on the final day)
Price: Castle Day Ticket/Castle Annual Pass, adult day ticket £13.50 – to purchase tickets click here.

Step inside the Victorian Prison during half-term and meet some unsavoury characters from Victorian England and find more about them as they tell their stories. There’s even opportunity to dress up as a prisoner or member of prison staff, perhaps the Governor or the Matron.


Ghost Hunter evenings at Doddington Hall

Get ready to pick pumpkins at Doddington Hall. Photo: Doddington Hall

Where: Doddington Hall
When: Wednesday, October 24 to Saturday, October 27 (7.30pm & 9pm)
Price: Adult £14, child £7 – book here early to avoid disappointment as one show has already sold out.

Would-be ghost hunters will have the chance to seek out spooky echoes of the past at Doddington Hall this Halloween as the stately home welcomes Dr VanBurger’s Ghost Hunter, which is a scary but light-hearted theatrical experience for all ages. Afterwards there will be hot food and drinks available for sale in the walled kitchen garden.

During the weekend of October 13-14 the Hall’s pumpkin patch opened and families can now pick pumpkins to take away. Entry to the patch is free and pumpkins cost from just £2. The patch will also be open daily between Saturday, October 20 and Wednesday, October 31 while stocks last.

Young visitors are encouraged to dress in spooky costumes and look out for three golden bottomed pumpkins hidden in the pitch to win a pumpkin and a family ticket to visit the house at Christmas.