Peak District October half term 2020: including Derbyshire pumpkin picking and Halloween events

Looking for some spooky spectacular fun this Peak District October half term? Well in all honesty, within the National Park boundary Halloween is a rather low key affair. But if you’re willing to venture a little further, there are some gruesomely ghoulish Derbyshire Halloween events taking place just outside the National Park, as well as pumpkin picking!

If you are looking for other things to do in the Peak District during the October half term, do check out our guide to Family Days Out in the Peak District, which details what’s open and the COVID-safety measures in place for each attraction. Also, not much beats a long family walk in the Peak District armed with hot chocolate in your flask during Autumn.

As with all events during this uncertain time, there is no guarantee that these events will go ahead. COVID-safety measures will be put in place, and I’ve detailed below if you need to pre-book. I will keep this post updated as best I can as things develop over the coming weeks. And if you know of any other October half term events that should be added, then please let me know.

Frights of Abraham

24th October to 1st November
Normal cable car ticket prices apply. 
Online advanced booking advised
Click here to book tickets

Head to Frights of Abraham (at Heights of Abraham; clever wording 😉) for some Halloween treats, pumpkin carving (£5 per pumpkin) and a spookily good new self-guided audio ghost tour for families to enjoy together. Due to covid-19 restrictions, guests will need to book their pumpkin carving table upon arrival as places will be limited. 

If you have a smart phone with you, access their free wifi and set out on your own ghost hunt with a Goosebump Self Guided Audio Trail to five locations that have spooky stories to tell! Suitable for all the family, hear the tale of the white lady of Bath who appears at the window of the Prospect Tower during full moon, and Rumbling Rupe, the feisty sprite who hides in the caverns and makes rumbling noises to frighten the miners away.

You’ll also find seasonal treats in the Terrace café and the Vista Restaurant, Halloween souvenirs in the gift shop and Halloween decorations around the 60-acre estate.

Frights of Abraham

Cave Cinema at Peak Cavern


From Friday 23rd October to Saturday 31st October
Click here to pre book tickets – tickets are all now sold out except for Hocus Pocus on the 1st November

Tickets are priced from £16 to £20 per person. Sofa tickets for two are also available at £70. Online booking fees also apply. 

This Halloween in the Peak District, The Village Screen are returning to the spectacular Peak Cavern cave in Castleton for a socially-distant, Covid-secure, cinema experience. Five classic Halloween films are being screened over two weekends, alongside delicious take-away food options, a drinks delivery service inside the cave, DJ entertainment and epic decor. 

Audiences can expect a phenomenal, well organised and safe experience. Audience sizes will be completely scaled down to ensure all groups attending are sat socially distant from other groups. Customers will be able to purchase tickets in groups of 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6. 

Halloween Cave Cinema line up
Friday 23rd October Beetlejuice: doors 18.30, film 20.30 (rated 15) – SOLD OUT
Saturday 24th October IT: doors 18.30, film 20.30 (rated 15) – SOLD OUT
Sunday 25th October Addams Family Values: doors 16.30, film 18.30 (rated PG) – SOLD OUT
Friday 30th October Us: doors 18.30, film 20.30 (rated 15) – SOLD OUT
Saturday 31st October Hocus Pocus: doors 16.30, film 18.30 (rated PG) – some tickets still available

Fang-tastic Halloween Festival!

Saturday 24th October to Sunday 1st November, 10am to 5pm
No need to pre-book, just turn up on the day!

Every day (weather permitting), there will be a ‘Spooky Trail’ for you to follow in the Enchanted Forest , where you will come across some spookily fun character sets – hmmmn, who will you find?

This year there is also a umpkin Patch where you and your little one can select your own pumpkin and take it to the carving station (additional small charge for pumpkins). Children will also be able to make their own fabulous potions and spells with Witch Wendolyn in her magic garden.

Also new for October half term is the Great Mummy Wrap Shuffle; a fun game for families to do with their little ones and sure to provide laughs. Will the legendary Headless Horseman also make an appearance ….?

There is also be the usual pony rides available (£2.50 per go, from 2 and a half years) and the Light Railway will be running over the Halloween Weekend. Also expect to see bungee trampolines and a Gruffalo Giant Slide. Additional charges apply for all of these.

And of course, you’ll still be able to feed the animals. Check out our review of Matlock Farm Park.

feeding a sheep at Matlock Farm Park

Scare Safari at Gulliver’s Kingdom, Matlock

24th to 31st October, 2:30pm to 7:30pm
£13 Tickets – Special Advance Price!
Click here to pre-book tickets online

Monsters are taking over Gulliver’s for a spooky season of Halloween fun for this Peak District October half term! Look out for some seriously spooktacular surprises, brave the Devil’s Dozen rides and amazing attractions. Your Halloween adventures are covered with shows, tricks and plenty of treats.

Here’s what to expect on your Halloween adventure:

  • 12 Theme Park Rides PLUS Play Attractions
  • Interactive Scare Safari Trail
  • Look out for the Frightful Forest!
  • Creep into the Haunted Cave!

Severn Trent Halloween Trail at Ladybower Resevoir

Webby the Witch has dropped her pumpkins near Derwent Dam and she needs your help to save Halloween and find them!

There’s a spooky Halloween trail this October Half term, from the 24th October to 1st November, 10:30am to 3pm, at Ladybower Resevoir. Fancy dress is not mandatory but is highly encouraged. No booking required, just arrive at the Fairholmes car park (post code S33 0AQ) and buy your trail map for £3 each from the visitor centre.

Each completed trail sheet will give one spooky, crafty prize which can be collected from our café after you have completed the trail (bring your own pen/pencil to complete the activity sheet). This Halloween trail is COVID-safe and provides lots of space so you can easily socially distance yourselves from others. Masks will need to be worn by anyone over 11 inside when collecting sheets and prizes. Please don’t complete the trail in a group size larger than 6.

You could combine this would our pram friendly Ladybower Reservoir walk (a 9.1km loop) or are more challenging Derwent Dam walk up to Pike Low (a 6.8 km loop).

Blaze Farm’s annual Halloween Hullabaloo

Eleven pumpkins have ‘escaped’ and are hidden around the Nature Trail and in the Spoooooky Wood at Blaze Farm!

The trail is free, and Blaze Farm is open Wednesday to Sunday from 10am to 5pm (closed Mondays and Tuesdays)

Halloween Spooktacular at Alton Towers

9th to 11th October, and 16th October to 1st November
Passes from £34 per person.
Click here to pre-book tickets.
For the brave (and aged 10+), add the Alton Towers Dungeon & Darkest Depths onto your escape

On October and November’s spookiest dates, tiptoe into Alton Towers Resort for all sorts of creepy scares, shocks and thrills. Families can brave our spook-tacular Halloween shows and enjoy the gardens at night like never before; daring souls can face hair-raising rides in the dark, plus a truly terrifying new outdoor scare maze. Expect spines to be tingled.

Halloween girls

Where to go pumpkin picking in Derbyshire

Do be warned that pumpkin picking has proved very popular this year and it may be the case that the below have run out of pumpkins come half term. Do check individual Facebook pages and websites to check.

I am yet to find anywhere actually within the National Park that does PYO Pumpkins, but the ones listed below are just outside the park boundary and not too far a drive at all.

If you live or our staying on holiday in the Peak District for October half term, the best option is Village Logs Barlow, which is just on the eastern edge of the Peak District.

Village Logs, Barlow

Open 10pm to 4pm every weekend in October, then daily from 22nd to 31st October
Entry is free, you just pay for your pumpkins.
Check their Facebook page for up to date info
Johnny Gate Lane, Barlow S18 7SE

Click here to read our full review of pumpkin picking at Village Logs, Barlow.

Bluebell Dairy Pumpkin Festival

24th October to 1st November

Locko Rd, Derby DE21 7AR

FREE pumpkin with every full paying child, pumpkin picking, Mythical Beasts Trail, Muddy Monster Trail, Bugs and Beasties, The Pumpkin Dash, Meet and Greet the Pumpkin King and The Fancy Dress Parade. Includes regular farm entry and all animal activities.

Operating on a pre-booking only basis. Click here to book tickets. Tickets are £7.50 for adults and £7.95 for kids age 2-16. Under 2s are free.

They are also doing a Toddler Pumpkin Picking event from 19th to 23rd October. 1 adult, 1 child and 1 pumpkin for £10.95. Plus all the regular farm fun including bouncy pillow, outdoor play areas, bugs and beasties, and animal activities. Click here to pre-book tickets.

Ashover Pumpkins

Dates have been announced for 3rd, 4th, 10th and 11th of October, 10:30am to 4:30pm.
Entry is free for the below, you just pay for your pumpkins.
Check their Facebook page for up to date info
Eastwood Hall Farm, Eastwood lane, Chesterfield S45 0BW

Mr Pumpkin, Morley

Dates have been announced for 10th, 11th October and daily from 17th to 31st October.
Opening times: Midweek 10am to 4pm, and weekends 9am to 5pm.
Entry for 2020 will be ADVANCE TICKET ONLY. Tickets will be priced at £2.00 per adult and will be timed entry tickets. Under 16’s are free and do not require a ticket. Click here to purchase advanced tickets.
Check their Facebook page for up to date info

Lime Farm, Mansfield Road, Morley, Derby DE7 6JU

They plan to have lots to entertain the family after you’ve picked your pumpkin, with a bouncy castle, fairground, bale mountains and more. 

You may also like to read:
Things to do on a rainy day in the Peak District
Peak District Pumpkin Picking at Village Logs, Barlow
Peak District Christmas events 2020

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