Halloween 2017: What's on in Cumbria


HALLOWEEN is almost here, and there are so many ghostly goings on across Cumbria to make it a special occasion for all ages.

With some scarily spectacular settings across the county, there is nowhere finer to celebrate this annual fright fest.

Here is your guide to enjoying Halloween 2017 in Cumbria:

Fun for families

Morbid Curiosities - Saturday October 21

An early Halloween treat at the Florence Arts Centre sees Morbid Curiosities bring its Queens of Victorian Horror live show to the Egremont venue. It celebrates some of the finest gothic literature from female authors of the 19th Century, in a unique adaptation featuring a female duo, multi-role play, sound effects and atmospheric lighting.


Woodland Pumpkin Trail - Saturday October 21 to November 5

The Allan Bank woodland has been taken over by spooky pumpkins. Venture into the woods around the Grasmere home, and see how many you can find - don’t forget to check inside the spine-tingling tunnel. Draw the faces as you go and spot six or more to win a prize.


Ghoulish Owls - Sunday October 22

Four sessions at Brockhole throughout the day give young visitors the chance to meet Dumbledore, the white faced owl, Tassle and Ivy, the barn owls and Eggnog, the little owl. Find out just how amazing these creatures are, and learn some new facts about owls. Children must be accompanied by an adult.


Spooky Craft Workshops - Wednesday October 25

Karen Hall will be holding Spooky Craft Workshops at the Dock Museum, in Barrow, during the day. Participants will be designing and making Trick or Treat bags in time for Halloween. The pop-in workshop will run from 11am with the final admission time being 3pm, to allow time to create a masterpiece.


Pumpkin Walk - Wednesday October 25 and Thursday 26

The third annual Grange-over-Sands Pumpkin Walk takes place on the prom from the lido to the play park - all you need is warm clothing and a torch. Last year saw more than 300 pumpkins on display, including carved pumpkins, painted pumpkins and pumpkins with stuff stuck to them.


Creepy animal handling - Thursday October 26

Wetheriggs Animal Rescue return to the Dock Museum, in Barrow, with a selection of creepy animals for brave visitors to handle. Half-hour sessions run from 10.30am, 11.15am, noon, 1pm, 1.45pm, 2.30pm and 3.15pm, and children eight and younger must be accompanied by an adult. Due to their popularity and restricted numbers, advance booking is advised.


Halloween Week at Muncaster - Thursday October 26 to Tuesday 31

See the Hawk and Owl Centre’s fantastic Twilight Owls display in the gardens after dark in low-level lighting and with atmospheric music, at 7pm each evening. The Muncaster Monster Cabaret with continuous entertainment, the Scary Maze, the Cannon ‘firing’ with Foppletwig the Genie-hunter, the Ghostly Grotto with spooky crafts, face-painting and lots more, are all included in General Entry ticket prices.

The Halloween Ghost Tour, a theatrical event in the Castle and scripted new again for 2017, will run at set times through the evenings.


Halloween Ghost Trains - Friday October 27 & Saturday 28

Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway's spookiest event of the year arrives, where passengers travel the line in darkness, keeping eyes peeled for some of fiendish friends. Activities at Dalegarth include facepainting and spooky arts and crafts, plus a chance to get up close and learn more about some amazing owls at both main stations.


Halloween Ghostly Galleon - Saturday October 28

Magic, monsters and mayhem take place onboard the Ullswater Steamers, with magician Stu-Di-Doo. A 90-minute cruise, departing from Glenridding, includes a magic show, and a chance to take home your own monster balloon and a sweetie goodie bag.


Halloween at Treetop Trek - Saturday October 28 and Sunday 29

Treetop Trek’s Halloween Spooky Charity Zip will take place at the Windermere attraction on Saturday 28, between 3pm and 5pm, where participants are being encouraged to dress up in their scariest outfits before taking to the trees. The following day, at 4.30pm and again at 5.30pm, the bravest little terrors can enjoy a Halloween Twilight Mini Trek, navigating the aerial adventure with only their wits - and a trusty Treetop Instructor and head torch- to guide them.


Entertainment for adults

The Rocky Horror Picture Show - Thursday October 26

Signal Cinema, in Barrow, celebrates this cult classic movie at The Drawing Room, in a special Halloween event. Dressing up is strongly encouraged. Brad and Janet have a vehicular breakdown on an isolated road and find themselves asking for help at the bizarre nearby residence of the infamous Dr. Frank-N-Furter.


Thriller - Friday October 27

Night at the Castle presents its first of three spectacular events at Lowther Castle – an evening of creepy performance and chilling encounters. The macabre event will also present a Halloween fancy dress disco, film screenings, scrumptious street food and a plentiful range of craft ales, mulled ciders, wine and prosecco. Guests will have access to the beautiful and spooky ruins of Lowther Castle, the ancient gardens and a woodland trail which promises a host of hair-raising experiences.


Halloween at Thirty Two - Friday October 27 & Saturday 28

Workington nightclub Thirty Two hosts two nights of Halloween action, with the venue transformed into a haunted house for the visit of the Sanctuary tour - featuring Dj Zun!e, Andy Farrell, Dario Rossi, Chris Pears, and Lee Caley - on the Friday. Tickets are available from the venue.

Saturday's free party sees an appearance from up-and-coming DJ Mason Maynard, alongside Matt Reid, Dan Barrientos, Cam Smith, Lewis Wood, and Billy Hunter.


Rave of the Dead - Saturday October 28

Monster Monster and Homegrown present their latest Halloween show at the Coronation Hall. The night of electro, drum 'n' bass, and breaks will be headlined this year by award-winning DJ and production duo Phibes. Resident DJs from Monster Monster and Homegrown will once again curate, bringing their own genre-mashing sets, and dropping in tunes that are guaranteed to get the Coronation Hall rocking.


Zonked Out on Acdo - Saturday October 28

The long-running Black Sabbath-inspired stage show - half rock concert and half Halloween-themed pantomime - returns to the Carnegie Theatre, in Workington, for another night of carnage. Expect classic hits by the Midlands rock gods, performed to a backdrop of murders, stunts, and gruesome shenanigans.


Masquerade Ball - Saturday October 28

This will be a Spooktacular night of tricks and treats at the Beech Hill Hotel, on the shore of Windermere; a gourmet four-course meal, designed around the spooky season and leading local produce. Magician David Lancaster will be performing devilish tricks, and local string quartet Classic Ensembles provides the soundtrack. The resident DJ will keep the party going long into the night.


Bury Tomorrow - Tuesday October 31

Cumbria's biggest gig that actually falls on Halloween itself sees metalcore titans Bury Tomorrow headlining at The Brickyard. The South Coast outfit will be joined by Loathe as they run through material from their Earthbound album, including their appropriately-named single, Cemetery.


Monday, October 16, 2017 at 5:08PM
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