Halloween fun at Leeds attractions

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Historic attractions across Leeds are hosting a programme of spooky Halloween activities for young visitors.

October half-term sessions include crafts and games at Lotherton Hall, Temple Newsam, Abbey House, Kirkstall Abbey and Leeds Industrial Museum at Armley Mills.

Visit the Lotherton estate from October 22-31 to try out the spooky scarecrow trail every day from 11am-4pm. Follow clues around the grounds and pop into the Witches’ Cottage for creepy craft workshops.

On the Halloween weekend itself, bring your children along in their best costumes for the chance to win fancy dress prizes and take part in face painting.

Temple Newsam has become Gruesome Newsam for a series of special tours at 11am every day this week. Explore the underground cellars and spooky corners of the great house (children aged over seven only).

The estate’s famous Halloween Spooktacular takes place on October 31 from 5-8pm - try trick or treating through the dark house and listen to spook stories at Home Farm. Tickets and more details are available from the courtyard shop or by calling 0113 3367461.

Kirkstall’s Abbey House Museum will be decorating its authentic Victorian streets for the half-term holiday, with Halloween activities taking place from October 25–28 at 10am–12pm and 2–4pm. Visitors can whip up some magic potions in Silly Science, or turn detective and solve a murder mystery.

Nearby Kirkstall Abbey will have a scarecrow trail, with scarecrows dotted all over the ruins for youngsters to find.

And Leeds Industrial Museum will be holding a Halloween family fun day on October 30 from 1–4pm. The day will include crafts, face painting and story-telling.

Daytime activities are not subject to extra charges other than admission fees to attractions.

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