Spend a spooky Halloween in Whitby

Whitby is the perfect place to spend Halloween with the family. Not only is the town famous for Bram Stoker’s Dracula and centuries of ghost stories but also, the popular Goth Festival over the Halloween weekend and the Tomorrow’s Ghosts Festival.


What better way to kick off the Halloween week than the stunning Illuminated Abbey. From 21st October you can enjoy the spectacular Illumination of Whitby Abbey and watch the story of Count Dracula acted out in the Abbey grounds. You will find more information and Tickets on the English Heritage website.

Also taking place at the Abbey is a Fun Family Quest, this takes place daily from 22 – 30 October.  The kids can follow Dennis, Gnasher and friends to solve creepy clues around the ruins. Then listen to spooky tales with costumed performers. It’s best to book tickets for these events in advance. You can find more information Here.

22 – 30 October. The whole family can enjoy the NYMR Light Spectacular just, a short drive away at Pickering station. Take a 1 hour ride on a North Yorkshire Moors Railway steam train, decorated in thousands of lights. Each passenger is also given an LED wristband which is synchronised to music. Great fun for all the family. More Info & Tickets.

28 – 30 October sees the ever popular and fascinating Whitby Goth Festival. The festival is a celebration of gothic culture, where people come together in the town from all over the world, dressing in the most amazing and elaborate outfits. Quite a sight to see them all! There is also a market called the Bizarre Bazaar, selling all things gothic, from outfits and jewellery to art and music culture.  For more information take a look Here. 

Over the same weekend is The Tomorrow’s Ghosts Festival, held at the Whitby Pavilion. Live Goth and Alternative music with artists from across Europe & the USA.  Tickets and more info can be found Here.


How about taking a Ghost walk? Dr Crank will take you on a 75-minute tour to discover the strange and supernatural tales of murder, mystery, and suspense. Meet at the Whale bone arch, opposite The Royal Hotel, West Cliff, (YO21 3HA). Tour departs at 7.30pm. No need to book, just turn up!    https://www.whitbywalks.com/

Or if you fancy a more light-hearted and theatrical ghost tour, try Red Hat Ghost Walks. The ghostly stories are amusingly told in verse.  The walks take place on Wednesday and Saturday evenings at 7pm from the bandstand. For further details or enquiries call 07474689244 or take a look at Red Hat’s Instagram page https://www.instagram.com/redhatghostwalk/

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If you’re looking for some fun family entertainment, then try one of the special family events at Whitby Pavilion.

Party at The Pavilion on 24 October offers kids entertainment, a disco and games with prizes. Hot food is provided and there’s also a licensed bar.  Advanced ticket booking is highly recommended as these shows sell out quickly.  Info and booking.

25 October, The Not So Spooky Halloween Show. Join Magic Mike and his puppet Count Chuckula for a magical panto style show – full of messy, ghostly fun for the whole family! Advance booking is essential. Info and Booking.


Happy Halloween everyone!