The Crowes Wood Halloween Trail at Kiplin Hall and Gardens is a family favourite for October half term, exploring a different theme each year. Last year visitors reminisced over nursery rhymes and riddles. This year the twist in the trail highlights Yorkshire’s spooky past, both real and imagined. 

Curator Alice Rose explains, 

“This year we are looking back at scary tales and torments from Yorkshire folklore and legend. Yorkshire has plenty to choose from! From Boggle the hobgoblin who lived in a hole near Robin Hood’s Bay, to the Cottingley Fairies and their alleged woodland escapades. We seek out Dracula, from Bram Stoker’s novel, among the ruins of Whitby Abbey.  We ponder the real-life legend of Guy Fawkes, a Yorkshireman killed for his crimes. The trail is spooky and fun so we hope families will enjoy it while learning a little about the rich history of Yorkshire and folk tales.”   

The trail begins in the walled garden with displays stretching into woodland, offering visitors an entertaining walk in the great outdoors. Regular visitors to Kiplin Hall may know Evie who works front of house. She is a huge fan of Halloween and has a different spooky outfit to wear each day of the trail. Visitors (little and large) are encouraged to come in fancy dress and join in the fun. However, visitors should remember the trail is in a woodland. The bark paths can get muddy so wellingtons or other sensible footwear are advised.  

The Crowes Wood Halloween Trail has been extended this year, opening on Friday 20th October until Sunday 5th November (always closed on a Thursday). Both day and annual tickets are available to visit Kiplin Hall and Gardens, the trail is included in normal admission, no booking required. If you have a valid annual ticket the trail is already included. The Tea Room at Kiplin brews up warming soups and sweet treats made with home grown seasonal produce to be enjoyed indoors or as take aways. With 90 acres to explore visitors are welcome to bring a flask and a picnic from home if they wish. Dogs are welcome in the Tea Room and grounds but must be on a lead at all times. Visit for opening times and prices. 

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