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From terrifying tours to spine-tingling tales, pumpkin picking and ghostly crafts, there are so many great Halloween events in Derbyshire and the Peak District, you'll be spoilt for choice! To help make sure that your October is full of treats rather than tricks, we have put together this spooky guide of 10 of the best Halloween events in Derbyshire and the Peak District for 2018...

Bolsover Castle Fright Nights

26th-31st October 2018

Have you got what it takes to brave the castle after dark? Set in 1666, when England is in the grips of the Great Plague, Bolsover Castle’s Fright Nights are an experience to remember. Take a walk through the castle by torchlight and experience the gruesome life and times of the Bubonic plague, meet the plague doctor (if you dare) and immerse yourself in the sights and sounds of 1666. The Castle was built on the site of an ancient burial ground and has been named as one of the most terrifying places in the UK! Fright Nights not recommended for children under 12.

Bolsover Castle Fright Nights

Bolsover Castle Tricks and Tonics 

27th October-2nd November

Thrilling tricks and tasty treats await at visitors at Bolsover Castle's Tricks and Tonics event during half term! Join the potion master and weave your magic as you make your very own potion to take home, discover amazing - and simple - tricks that will amaze your family and friends, and show off your spooktacular costumes in the fancy dress competition.

Bolsover Castle Tricks and Tonics

Chatsworth Halloween Hoot

27th October-4th November 2018

Halloween is a frighteningly fun affair at Chatsworth's Half-term Halloween Hoot. Visitors can follow the spooky trail in the house before hunting for hidden pumpkins, entering the abandoned tunnel and listening to spine-tingling storytelling in the garden. In the farmyard, you can meet the witching web weaver and join in with creepy crafts - and if you're feeling really brave, dare to ride the Fright Flight into Warlock Wood to meet a dastardly array of characters!

Halloween at Chatsworth

Matlock Farm Park Spooktacular

29th-31st October

There’s a whole host of ghoulish events at Matlock Farm Park's Halloween Spooktacular. From 29th-31st Oct, visitors will have the chance to handle creepy critters such as lizards and snakes. Learn how to be a real witch by putting together a magic spell, create your own wand or make a wishing jar at Wendolyn Witch’s Workshop on 31st October. At the amazing Halloween Party on 31st October (4.30pm-6.30pm, ticketed event), there’ll be a fancy dress competition, Uncle Fester’s Disco, a spooky buffet, party games and a scary tour too.

Matlock Farm Park at Halloween

Halloween at The Heights

27th October-4th November 

Halloween at The Heights of Abraham promises plenty of family-friendly fun. Follow the Trail and search for hidden ghosts, take a tour down two famous show caverns, make something to take home with Halloween children’s crafts and finish your day with Halloween themed treats in the cafe.

Heights of Abraham at Halloween

Denby Pottery Village - School of Witches and Wizards

29th October-2nd November 2018

Budding spell-casters, listen up! Young ones will love to dress up and attend the Denby School of Witches and Wizards this Halloween. Learn spells and wand skills, see the Professor of Pottery making his magical pots and have-a-go at making your own, collect your diploma of magic and then paint your own piece of Denby (costs apply).

Denby at Halloween

Crich Tramway Village Starlight Spectacular

29th October-3rd November 2018

As the nights get darker, Crich Tramway Village’s annual Starlight Spectacular event will be lighting up the sky. The home of the National Tramway Museum is illuminated in lights and trams run into the early evening for a truly unique experience. Then on 31st October, Halloween descends on the Village in style and visitors can join Jack Skellington and Maleficent look-a-likes for Halloween Themed shows from 2pm-6.30pm.

Starlight Spectacular at Crich Tramway Village

Alton Towers Scarefest

6th-7th, 13th-14th, 19th October until 2nd November 2018

With spooks, frights and thrills for everyone, Alton Towers Scarefest sees the region's most popular theme park remain open until late so visitors can enjoy world-class rides in the dark. For youngsters, there’ll be live shows and the chance to meet freaky characters, whilst older visitors will find laughs and frights aplenty in the terrifying, award-winning scare mazes.

Alton Towers Scarefest

Creepy Creswell Crags

27th-31st October 2018

If you’re prepared to be scared, a visit to Creswell Crags at Halloween won’t disappoint. For the first time, the historic site is opening Robin Hood Cave after dark. Who knows what dwells in the gorge and lake after the sun sets? Take a torch-lit trek through the woodland, before braving the depths of the cave once the sun goes down!

Creswell Crags at Halloween

Tropical Butterfly House Exotic Encounters

Weekends in October and daily from 27th October-4th November 2018

Encounter the exotic and the downright scary at the Tropical Butterfly House's biggest and best event of the year. Visit the witch’s cottage and haunted house, brave the ghoulish tractor-trailer ride through the Freaky Forest, watch bird and animal displays hosted by witches, carve your own pumpkin, join in spooky crafts and activities and take part in the children’s fancy dress competition.

Tropical Butterfly House

For more Halloween events, check out our great Halloween events listing. Feeling inspired? Book your Halloween break in the Peak District and Derbyshire now and find the perfect place to stay.




  1. Paul
    Such a shame all these activities are the week after the half term holiday for most of the country!

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