It’s the spookiest time of the year where ghosts and ghouls come out to play. The sight of a witch flying across the moonlit sky on a broomstick cackling all the way as zombies rise from gravestones to stretch their legs.

Cumbria is particularly spooky at Halloween because of our many medieval castles and stately homes – all favourite haunts of those who haunt.

Things are working a little differently this year but there is still plenty going on to scare you whitless this Halloween - just make sure you ‘Know before you go’ and plan in advance.

Muncaster Castle

Have a spooky Halloween in Cumbria

Dare you visit one of Britain’s most haunted castles this Halloween?!

Muncaster Castle in the Western Lake District are hosting special themed events including the “Sledgehammer House of Horrors.”

You’ll find plague medicine workshops, lantern and drumming workshops and fabulous fire shows. Be entertained by the Witch Warbler trails around the gardens, the eerie Enchanted trail and even a Juggling Jester!

Carlisle Castle

Carlisle Castle

The 900 year old Carlisle Castle, the scene of many historic battles, has a spooky tale around every corner. Are you brave enough to explore it in the dark? Join the storytellers as they guide you on a bone-chilling journey through the past. With tales of ghosts, supernatural sightings and horrors from history, this is not a night for the faint-hearted. Don’t forget to bring a torch – things are going to get dark…very dark!

These tours are suitable for those aged 16+ and you must pre book.

Holker Hall

Brockhole at Halloween

The grand stately home in the South Lakes, Holker Hall, is the ideal setting for some ghostly goings on.

A spooky spectacular takes over the grounds with evening events for adults and workshops and trails for the children.

Join the Halloween scavenger hunt around the gardens on 31st October & 1st November, searching for everything spooky and ghoulish! Be sure to bring your little devils in fancy dress!


Where's Wally

Brockhole, on the edge of the lake at Windermere, is being taken over by monsters, ghouls and ghosts and you're invited to join them… if you dare!

Their popular Halloween event runs from Wednesday 21st to Saturday 31st October

Tullie House Museum, Carlisle and Keswick Museum

This half-term, two of our finest museums are hosting a spooky museum search – Where’s Wally? WALLY, the world’s favourite children’s book character – wearing a red-and-white striped shirt and black-rimmed specs – will be appearing somewhere in Tullie House Museum, Carlisle and the Keswick Museum. But where?

Grizedale Forest

If you are feeling brave head to Go Ape at Grisedale Forest and try the daring Sundown Sessions, including Sundown Trees, Sundown Zips and Sundown Segways. Tackle high platforms in the darkness and feel the speed of a zip wire under a blanket of stars as you coast through the dark. With minimal lighting, these sense-deprived experiences really do add a new level of excitement to the mix.

Take advantage of the open space of the Lake District, Cumbria and enjoy an atmospheric night time walk. There is even a full moon this Halloween to guide your way.

Whinlatter Forest

At Whinlatter after dark, you can walk through the spooky forest and if the skies are clear gaze at the stars and moon. You need to pre-book for this night time walk.

Zeffirellis, Ambleside

If you have the nerve to come face to face with a monster, you can see the National Theatre production of Frankenstein on the big screen at Zeffirellis cinema in Ambleside the night before Halloween to get you in the mood.

We hope you have a frightfully good time in the devilishly good Lake District, Cumbria this Halloween.

The Ruskin Museum, Coniston

Things are getting spooky at The Ruskin Museum, Coniston! Another great activity for the family to enjoy over half term, join in the hunt for lots of mysterious things hiding in the Museum – and if you answer their questions, you'll be rewarded with a scrummy Halloween treat.


Carlisle Castle
Entrance and Exterior Walls at Carlisle Castle in Carlisle, Cumbria

Standing proudly in the city it has dominated for nine centuries, Carlisle Castle remained a working fortress until well within living memory. Today's highlights include the Prisoners' beautiful carvings, the exhibition and wall walk.

Holker Hall and Gardens
Historic House
Exterior, Grounds, and Gardens at Holker Hall and Gardens near Grange-over-Sands, Cumbria

A fascinating historic house where the elegance and loveliness of the Victorian era combine with the warmth and welcome of a much loved family home. The hall is set in 25 acres of romantic formal & woodland gardens and ancient parkland, with the famous herd of Menil fallow deer, showcasing nature at its most graceful.

Grizedale Forest & Visitor Centre
Visitor Centre
Grizedale Visitor Centre

Grizedale Forest has activities for all ages from mountain biking to relaxing walks, Go-Ape to sculpture in the forest. The Visitor Centre includes the Forest Shop, Cafe in the Forest and shop.



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