What’s on where this Halloween in West Yorkshire

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The Yorkshire Evening Post is hoping to bring readers more and more Halloween hocus pocus as the month draws on.

Here is our regularly updated listings guide concerning the region’s Halloween events as we publish them:

- Farmer Copley’s Pumpkin Festival at Ravensknowle Farm near Pontefract - October 25 to 31

Around 5,000 people flocked to the festival’s weekend on October 18 and 19.

Visitors picked their own fruits, with many creating spooky lanterns on the day to take home.

The fun event also included fancy dress witches and wizards, trailer rides aboard the Pumpkin Express and storytelling with ‘Mrs Pumpkin’.

Visit www.farmercopleys.co.uk

- Legendary horror films at Kirkstall Abbey - October 31 to November 2

Brave cinema-goers are being invited to one-off screenings of haunting movies including The Exorcist and The Blair Witch Project inside the medieval ruins of Kirkstall Abbey from Friday October 31 to Sunday November 2.

Outdoor cinema specialists Sneaky Experience will set up a giant projector screen which will also host daytime family screenings.

The Exorcist will show at Kirkstall Abbey on Friday October 31 from 6.30pm to 10.30pm, before the monument hosts ParaNorman on the Saturday from 1pm to 4pm and then John Carpenter’s 1978 classic Halloween from 6.30pm to 10.30pm.

On the Sunday Monsters Inc will show from 1pm to 4pm before The Blair Witch Project runs from 6pm to 9.30pm, during which guests can take part in a tour of the abbey woods to hunt for the Blair Witch themselves.

Evening tickets cost £12, while daytime films are £3.50 and full weekend passes are £25.

For tickets and further information visit www.sneakyexperience.co.uk.

- Three days of fun on Leeds estates - October 28 to 30

A free three-day Halloween extravaganza will see an environmental charity run spellbinding activities across three Leeds housing estates this month.

Groundwork will entertain children and their families at Hemmingway Garth, Hunslet, Clydes estate, in New Wortley, and the Cottingley estate, in Beeston, from October 28 to 30.

Everything from apple bobbing and giant games to pumpkin carving and gruesome body painting will take place, inspired by the Mears Urban Oasis project, which works to help communities make their areas greener, nicer places to live.

The events will run at the New Wortley Community Centre on October 28 from 4pm to 6.30pm, at Hemmingway Garth on October 29 from 1pm to 3pm and Cottingley Community Centre on October 30 from 1pm to 3pm. Food and drink stalls will also be present along with charities the Leeds Play Network and Barca, which will offer a selection of haunting games.

Call 0113 2380601 for details.

- RSPB Fairburn Ings witches and wizards night - October 31

A nature reserve near Castleford is set to open up after dark for a witches and wizards evening of ghoulish family fun on Halloween.

RSPB Fairburn Ings is inviting families of all ages to don fancy dress outfits, enjoy creepy arts and crafts, spooky storytelling and a terrifying walking trail where visitors can mix a magic potion. The reserve’s visitor centre will become a sanctuary for ghosts and ghouls on Friday October 31 from 6pm to 8pm.

Entry is £2 for members and £3 for non-members and includes free parking. Call 01977 628191 or email fairburnings@rspb.org.uk to book a space.

By Richard Ponter

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