Leeds museums to host masses of Halloween fun

Youngsters enjoying the spooky scarecrow trail at Lotherton Hall, in Aberford, for Halloween last year.

Youngsters enjoying the spooky scarecrow trail at Lotherton Hall, in Aberford, for Halloween last year.

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A petrifying programme of events will bring spine-chilling scarecrow trails and mysterious happenings to life at Leeds museums this Halloween.

Leeds City Council-run attractions at heritage buildings and museums such as Kirkstall Abbey, Leeds Industrial Museum and Temple Newsam will offer free fun events for all the family.

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Highlights include a spooky scarecrow trail guiding visitors through Lotherton Hall, in Aberford, from today until November 2 from 11am to 3pm, and a family friendly ‘Spooky Spectacular’ that will see visitors trick or treat their way through darkened rooms at the grand Temple Newsam House on Halloween next Friday from 5pm to 8pm.

The mystical 12th Century ruins of Kirkstall Abbey will also be the scene of a fairy creatures scarecrow hunt from Tuesday to Sunday from 10am to 3pm, while a Halloween-themed mini monsters craft event entertains under fives there.

Across the road from the abbey is Abbey House Museum, which will host Halloween crafts and murder mystery activities in its decorated Victorian streets from Tuesday to Friday during daily sessions running from 10am to 12noon and 2pm to 4pm.

Coun Lucinda Yeadon, the council’s executive member for culture and skills, said: “I am delighted to say that we will be offering again this year a range of fantastic events that are sure to capture the imagination.

“There really is something for everyone of all ages, and be prepared to be entertained, amazed and maybe even a little scared on occasions, by what events we have to offer at all of our sites this Halloween.”

Other events will include a Halloween fun day which includes storytelling and face painting at Leeds Industrial Museum, in Armley, this Sunday from 1pm to 4pm, before a spooky story tour at the historic mills on Halloween itself from 3.30pm to 4.15pm.

Leeds City Museum will host a Halloween party with creepy crawlies on Thursday, while Thwaite Mills Watermill, in Stourton, will feature a design-your-own Halloween decorations session the same day from 11am to 3pm.

Visit www.leeds.gov.uk/schoolholidays for full listings and information.

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