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Dog Friendly Halloween and Half Term Things to Do in South Yorkshire and beyond...

Updated: Oct 17, 2021

It's that time of the year again, Autumns is slowly descending on us and as parents, we're already planning, booking and scheduling the next half term holiday and activities in...

Here are some popular dog friendly Halloween days outs, walks, trails that I've found to be happening this October in South Yorkshire and beyond:



Halloween event at Mother Shiptons Cave

23-31st October

Tickets required in advance

Find the witch hunt at Rufford Abbey Country park

16-31st October

If you spot her on your walk round the park this Halloween, head to the ‘eerie orangery’ The Orangery Plant Centre and tell the ghosts where you saw her to pick up your chocolate treat.

Then finally, nip to the Gruesome Gift Shop in the Courtyard to break the spell over the Abbey and collect your Adventure Pack on your way out when telling the haunted hostess.

(un)natural trail at Shipley country park

Sunday 24 - Sunday 31 October

10.30am - 3.30pm (Turn up any time - self-led activity. Booking NOT required)

Come along and follow the Halloween trail to track down the clue cards to help you complete the activity sheet all about weird nature and receive a sweet treat!

Start: Visitor Centre (DE75 7GX)

Length: 1 mile approx.

Cost: £2 per child

Further information: Parking charges apply. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Fancy dress welcome! Contact: 01629 533991.

Golden acre country park - family pumpkin trail

30-31st October

Over 200 pumpkins and trail sheet

Ecclesall Woods - pumpkin trail

30th October 10-3pm

collect a map from the woodland discovery centre and see how many pumpkins you can find hidden around the woods

Outdoor spooky spells trail

9 - 31st October

£2 trail sheet

25-31st October

Halloween hunt, face painting, fancy dress completions. garden tickets required.

Elvaston Castle & Country park

31st October

The trail runs 10.30am-3pm and Elvaston-grown pumpkins are available for carving while stocks last 🎃 £2 per trail sheet (cash only please!), pumpkin prices will vary. Dogs on leads welcome.

Wentworth Garden Centre

Historic gardens Halloween trail

25th - 31st October

22nd - 31st October

Pick a trail sheet from selected outlets and find the clues around the town centre

Carsington Water Halloween Trail

23rd - 31st October Follow the pumpkin trail to see how many facts you can find. Fancy dress is highly encouraged 😊 No booking required, just come to site and you can buy your trail map for £3 each from the reception in the visitor centre.

Once you’ve completed the trail you will receive a bag of trick or treat sweets.

29-31st October 2021

tickets on sale soon, booking essential


23rd - 31st October 2021

Purchase an activity sheet from the Visitor centre and head on the woodland trail and see how many scraecrows you can spot. Figure out the secret code to win your treat.

Leicestershire, LE67 2TD

Approx 1 hour from Sheffield

1st - 31st October 2021

Lots of attractions including the UK’s best Pick Your Own Pumpkins Experience with over 200,000 Pumpkins of all colours, shapes & sizes!

Hebden Bridge,

23-24th October 2021

More details to follow

31st October 11-4pm

Doncaster, DN10 6RG

Follow the clues through the nature reserve to claim your treat


16th October - 31st October 2021

Search the maize for hidden pumpkins, tricks, treats and crafts. Farmyard and tea room open. Pre-book tickets online.

1 - 31st October 2021

Approx 1 hour from Sheffield.

Pick your own pumpkins from the decorated woodland walk and enjoy fun for the whole family. There'll be plenty of pumpkins to choose from, photo areas, quizzes and more! Gift shop and cafe.

25th Oct - 31st October 2021

Approx 1.5hrs from Sheffield.

Full line up to be announced bu includes a 'terrifying trail', ghost stories and creepy crafts. More to be revealed.


23rd October - 31st October 2021

Suitable for all ages, explore the spooky forest and Halloween Haunted Village, but watch out for witches, ghosts and creepy skeletons around every corner! There’s lots of ghoulish fun to be had with photo opportunities and fancy dress competitions. Online booking is essential.

2-3rd, 9-10th, 16-31st October 2021


Although dogs are not allowed on the patch itself, they are welcome to enter the festival.


Pumpkin picking and carving, slime making, haunted house, haunted maze and more. Limited dog access, check website before visiting. Book via website.


23rd - 31st October 2021

Have a go at carving your own pumpkin (the take it home so you can show it off to your friends!), make some spooky crafts, take part in our spooky Halloween treasure trail and be spellbound by our storyteller in this fabulous half term event.


From 1st October

Pumpkin patch and Scarecrow trail

More details tbc.

31st October 5.30-8.00pm

Calver Village, Derbyshire

A spooky trail around the village checking out displays with a goody bag at the end. Must register childs name in advance to receive one.


23rd October - 31st October 2021

Over October half term, join us in a hunt around the peaceful yet eerily atmospheric woodland, finding a frightfully fun series of handcrafted scenes. Each dramatic scene asks a single question and bears a freaky fact. Decipher the full trail of spooky clues and enjoy your eerie treat! Dogs welcome on leads.



Tickhill, Doncaster

Dogs allowed but must remain on edge of field


Dogs allowed but must remain on edge of field


Dogs on leads welcome but not allowed on the actual patch



1. Conisbrough Castle , Doncaster

2. Roche Abbey, Rotherham

3. Bolsover Castle, Bolsover

4. Peveril Castle, Castleton

5. Skipton Castle, Skipton

6. Scarborough Castle, Scarborough

7. Sheffield Manor Lodge, Sheffield

8. Cliffe Castle, Keighley

9. Helmsley Castle, Helmsley

10. Richmond Castle, Richmond, N Yorks

11. Knaresborough Castle, Knaresborough

12. Castle Howard, York

13. Pickering Castle, Pickering

14. Pontefract Castle, Pontefract

15. Sandal Castle, Wakefield

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Please check all destination information prior to travelling and for booking details. As some events may need tickets or may even be sold out.

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