Ghostly goings on: Halloween events across South Yorkshire and the Isle of Axholme

A Generic photo of a Halloween pumpkin.
A Generic photo of a Halloween pumpkin.

A spooktacular range of events are taking place across the area as part of Halloween.

Ghostly goings on are promised at these events listed below.

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A Halloween extravaganza is heading for Yorkshire Wildlife Park promising fun for all the family this half term.

The park will become possessed by silly, spooky activities for children of all ages at the Spooktacular Happy Halloween celebration from Thursday, October 29, to Saturday, October 31.

The park, at Branton, near Doncaster, will be full of fun events with a cast of creepy characters on display. Visitors can watch entertainers, acrobats an magicians. Children are encouraged to get in the spooky spirit with fancy dress and enjoy the treasure trail.

Derek the Dragon, an amazing talking animatronic, will thrill visitors and the Wizards of Castle Magic will put on shows for children aged 5 to 11-years-old. There is a daring challenge to explore the enchanted woods that are full of strange creatures, witches, wizards and fairies

The park will sparkle with incredible fire performers and a Halloween treasure trail with revealing facts about the favourite animals at YWP and prizes.

The fun continues all the way to an incredible finale each day featuring bang-less fireworks and the fire performers.

From creepy ghouls to creepy crawlies, youngsters are set for fun-packed week at Doncaster Dome this half term.

The leisure venue has a host of activities taking place to suit all ages.

Dinosaur expert Dean Lomax, from ITV’s Dinosaur Britain, will be on hand to answer all your dinosaur related questions and share his knowledge on ‘Dino Day’ on October 26 and October 30, when children can to travel back in time and see a ‘T-Rex’ hunting for prey at 11am, 12pm, 1pm and 2pm. Reptile Zoo will see kids getting hands on with a variety of animals including lizards, spiders and snakes. Get your reptile fix on October 27, 28 and 29 between 10am and 4pm.

Things take a more eerie turn towards the end of the week with a spooktacular array of Halloween inspired fun. On October 30, the Playzone Halloween party takes place between 5pm and 7.30pm. Tickets are £5 per person or £4 if you come in fancy dress.

On October 31, Frightful Flicks sees a showing of the classic hit film Ghostbusters followed by a spooky late night swim and pool disco. Film and a swim is £6 with doors opening at 4.30pm, show time at 5pm and the swim from 7pm to 9pm.

Also on Halloween itself, the ‘Day of the Dead’ disco lights up the ice arena between 6.30pm and 9.30pm. Tickets cost £4 and the person in the best Halloween fancy dress outfit wins a free annual skating pass.

Come down to Doncaster Markets for a spooktacular Halloween on October 31.

At noon there will be a fancy dress competition with prizes for the following age groups: 0 – 5 years, 6 – 11 years as well as 12 years and over.

Between 12.30pm and 2pm shoppers will be able to have a go at carving a pumpkin and take part in a skeleton hunt.

Spooky goings on are expected during a Halloween extravaganza at a South Yorkshire park this weekend.

The spellbinding activities on offer at St Catherine’s House and Woodfield Park in Balby, Doncaster, includes craft stalls, face painting, fairground rides, a trick and treat trail and a children’s fancy dress competition.

The spooktacular event takes place on Sunday, October 25, between 11am and 4pm.

It is being hosted by Flourish Enterprises, a social enterprise which is supported by Rotherham Doncaster and South Humber NHS Foundation Trust.

Paul Kendrew-Jones, of Flourish Enterprises, said: “It’s free entry and free parking, so why not come along and join in the fun. There’s something for all the family.”

Halloween afternoon tea at the Tropical Butterfly House Wildlife And Falconry Centre in Woodsetts Road, North Anston.

This takes place daily during opening hours from now until October 29 between 11am and 4pm. Last entry at 3.30pm.

From spooky pumpkins to magical ponies – Frenchgate Shopping Centre in Doncaster has a ‘wicked’ line-up of activities for Halloween.

There will be Wizard of Oz themed workshops on Thursday, October 29, where children can create paper pumpkins or a Tin Man hat on Friday, October 30, with both sessions running between 11am and 4pm.

Youngsters can also take part in a treasure hunt around an ‘emerald city’ at Frenchgate on a quest to find the Tin Man’s heart, with treasure hunt sheets available from the customer service desk on the first floor.

In addition, ‘magical pony’ bike rides will be available on the ground floor for £3.50.

Karen Stainforth, marketing manager for the Frenchgate Centre, said: “There’s plenty on offer at half term and we can’t wait to see the Halloween pumpkins our young customers create - we bet there’ll be some scarily good ones.”

Spooky craft fun for children aged between three and 12 takes place at Boston Castle in Rotherham on October 28 between 11.1am and 12.30pm.

Visitors to the Cosy Cinema in Mexborough might need a cushion to hide behind as the next screening is, befitting to Halloween, a modern horror.

Let The Right One In, will be shown on Thursday October 29 at the Concertina Club starting at 7.30pm and best of all it is free.

A Halloween themed handmade parade takes place in Rossington on October 31 from 2pm finishing at Rossington Miner’s Welfare Club.

For the children of the Isle of Axholme, a spectacular spooky disco will be held of Friday October 30, 5-7pm. Tickets are £3.50 per child with one free adult. Under 2’s are free and all children must be accompanied by an adult. There will be a best spooky outfit competition and crisps and drinks will be available to purchase at the disco. Tickets are available on 07854322739 and can also be bought on the door on the evening of the disco.

This is a charity fundraising event for Prostate Cancer Research Centre who organisers Nikki Atkinson and Joanne Davey are running the Virgin London Marathon for on April 24, 2016.