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From ghost trails, to Interactive storytelling - Barnsley has you sorted this Halloween!

Updated: Oct 27, 2022

As the spooky celebrations begin, Barnsley is eager to get involved with this frightening yet thrilling holiday. Across the town, events from little to big are taking over the borough, so dig out your costumes because Halloween is back!

Let’s start right in the centre as The Glassworks are determined to make 2022 the most frightening year of them all. Barnsley Markets are also dressing up for the occasion, serving a selection of Halloween themed treats and desserts that you’ll be 'goblin' up all night!

As well as that, ‘Trick and Treat’, a pair of freakishly funny phantoms are preforming a selection of shows within the town centre which you and and family will not won't to miss! The shows take place on Saturday the 30th of October (time slots of 11am, 1pm and 2pm).

To cap things off, and maybe the most spine-chilling event of them all, a free town trail around The Glassworks is taking place with the people taking part able to enter a draw with a chance of winning a £250 Barnsley gift card. (You can collect a trail card from the customer service desk in Barnsley Markets)Once you have completed the trail and answered all the questions, you post it in a letterbox within Barnsley markets and the winner is notified by email - so best of luck with that!

Staying within the ‘boo-tiful’ town centre, Experience Barnsley are hosting a ‘mystery at the museum’ event on the 29th and 30th of October. There will be an interactive story telling session where visitors must find clues to solve an unnerving mystery. Tickets cost £2 and they recommend booking to avoid disappointment (booking link is on the Experience Barnsley website)

Going further afield, Elescar Heritage centre, who has long been a promoter for the spirits and souls hidden between the cracks of reality, are holding a ‘ghost and ghoul hunt’. Elsecar is asking you for help to hunt down the "Beasts of Barnsley" that lurk in the shadows. They are also throwing in a bat trail, allowing anyone of all ages ‘to find all furry, fanged friends’ and collect a sticker. Both events are free drop in from 11am to 4pm on the 31st of October.

Just three miles from the town centre, Worsborough Mill have organised an storytelleinf event with Chris Cade.

He'll be providing an interactive ghost story on the 'Worsborough Mill ghost' (be wary, the ghost may join you...) It takes place on the 28th of October with sessions being held at 10am, 11am, 1pm and 2pm. The event is free to join, but they recommend booking in advance, so you don’t miss the ghostest with the mostest!

The pumpkin festival is making a rattling return to Cannon Hall Farm this year and is staying until the 30th of October. They also have an outdoor and indoor playground, animal talks, spell book challenge to graduate from wizardry school, shows with ‘Barry the wannabe wizard’ and fancy-dress competitions. The farm opens until 5pm each day. You don’t have to worry about leaving it too late to get the most gourd-geous pumpkin as they are constantly being replenished and laid out through the day. Look up for times on their website and get booking!

Finally, on the 27th of October Cannon Hall Museum, park and gardens are hosting a fearsome Mystery of the Mummy’s curse event. Slot times at 11:30am, 1pm and 2pm. The story reads; “fresh from his travels, Harold attended a dinner party with his friends at the Spencer-Stanhopes at Cannon Hall. However, during the meal, the lights suddenly went out and when order was restored Harold and his case of artifacts were gone. Can you help solve the mystery and stop the mums curse”. Will you help?

Whatever you do, we hope you have the best, blood curdling time! It’s going to be a great Halloween. I can feel it in my bones!


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