The Quantum Guide to York at Halloween

As an estate agency, we at Quantum are proud to work in York; a city steeped in history and culture. There’s always something to look forward to, and on special occasions the city really shines.

York at Halloween is no exception.

All Hallows Eve isn’t just candy and costumes; there’s plenty of special events to look forward to. In this article, we’d like to draw on our local knowledge and highlight the city’s best Halloween events. Whatever your taste, expect a frightfully good time!

Halloween at York Maze

halloween pumpkin

There’s nothing spookier than being in the dark… alone… with all manner of monsters and madmen at your heels. If you’re the kind of person that finds this appealing, this event might be just what you’re looking for.

York Maze is running its Hallowscream event through the latter half of October. This actually consists of five separate; will you travel to the distant future in 2073? Evade Corny the clown in Reincornation? Or are the mechanical horrors of Barnageddon more to your liking?

For full details, visit the Hallowscream website; events run from Friday the 13th to Tuesday the 31st of October on selected nights. Book now to avoid disappointment.


If you prefer Scooby-Doo to Saw, the maze is offering several child-friendly events too. Young thrill seekers can explore the Mystery Mineshaft Maze, embark on a Haunted Maze Treasure Hunt, and even meet some owls and reptiles!

These events run from Saturday the 21st of October to Wednesday the 1st of November; visit the website for details.

Halloween Train at the North Yorkshire Moores Railway

railway tunnel in autumn

Trains and spooky stories have long gone hand in hand; everyone from Charles Dickens to Harold Ramis has explored the idea. The North Yorkshire Moores Railway is continuing this rich tradition with a spooky Halloween train ride.

This family-friendly round trip runs for about an hour. Passengers will get the chance to meet a colourful cast of storytellers and hear their tales. At the end of the journey, you’ll receive a goody bag with crayons and an activity sheet. Fancy dress (for children and parents) is strongly encouraged!

If you’d like to take a ride on the train, the event runs from Thursday the 26th to Saturday the 29th of October. Three trains run each day from 6pm onwards; the final train of each day has additional scares. Visit the North Yorkshire Moors Railway website for more information.

Ghost Cruise on the River Ouse

river at night

In this event, City Cruises York and York Dungeon join forces for a spooktacular evening boat ride. A Yorkshire prophetess and a Roman soothsayer will join you; together, they’ll share ghost stories from the city’s chequered past.

Each boat comes with toilets, an enclosed heated saloon, and fully stocked bar. This means you can sail down the river in comfort; the only chills will be the ones running down your spine!

The trip lasts about an hour, and is suitable for children aged 6 and up. We recommend advance booking; visit the City Cruises York website for details.

Halloween at the York Dungeon

barred window

In a city renowned for its spooks and spectres, the York Dungeon is one of York’s most ghoulish attractions. Therefore, it’s only fitting that they’re running some special Halloween events.

On Friday the 13th, the dungeon is ramping things up for an exclusive 18+ event. Visitors to this event can expect more characters, more scares and a generally darker atmosphere. If this sounds a little intense, the dungeon is open late for a general audience on Saturday the 28th and Tuesday the 31st.

As well as the river cruise, the York Dungeon is organising two city tours. Their family-friendly trick-or-treat walks are running between the 21st and 31st of October, while their city bus tours run on the 14th and 21st. Each event shares some of the ghoulish tales from York’s long history. Do you have the courage to climb aboard?

For full details, visit the York Dungeon website.

The Original Ghost Walk of York

reflection in puddle

This event actually runs all year around. However if you’ve never attended, Halloween might be the perfect time to do so.

The Original Ghost Walk was established at some point before 1973; the first of its kind in the world. Each one offers spooky tales closely interwoven with York’s history. The walk has been enjoyed by celebrities like Morgan Freeman, Barry Cryer and Richard Dreyfuss, and has appeared on Sky Sports, Channel 4 and the BBC World Service.

If you’re looking to get out of the house for a unique storytelling experience, head over to the King’s Arms Pub near the Ouse Bridge. Tours run each night from 8pm; there is no need to book. Full details are available here.

Visiting York’s Most Haunted Buildings


Some people call York ‘the city of a thousand ghosts’, thanks to many different ghost sightings. We haven’t spotted any in our properties… but if you’re in York for Halloween, why not try hunting some down?

When it comes to haunted buildings, there’s no shortage of options. York Castle Museum has reports of ghost sightings dating back to 1953, while in York Minster there are reports of ghostly apparitions in the pews. Braver ghost hunters can spend a night at the Black Swan Inn, where a ghostly gentleman in a bowler hat has been spotted.

If you’re looking for a pint with your poltergeists, there are a couple of pubs you can visit. The Golden Fleece traces its history back to the 16th century, and is the most haunted pub in the country. Keep an eye out for Geoff Monroe in room 4; he’s a Canadian airman who perished in 1945. There have also been reports of a 17th century man in the bar.

Ye Olde Starre Inne was built in the 17th century, and the cellars ring with the screams of Royalist soldiers. Patrons have seen a mysterious lady in black descending the stairs, while two ghostly cats prowl around the bar! Wherever you go hunting, make sure that your respect your surroundings and other members of the public.

Of course, if you’re just looking for a new home (ghosts not included) we can also help you.

Quantum offers several different properties to buy or rent. We go out of our way to ensure our customers are happy with both their properties and their locations.

Whether you’re looking to buy, rent, sell or let, don’t be haunted by a bad decision.

Contact us now via our Get In Touch Page.

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