The Lake District has a great number of spooky events taking place this October for Halloween, as well as a beer festival, live music, an exhibition talk, a comic art festival, and the last of this year's agricultural festivals. Whilst the days are getting shorter and the weather is getting wetter, October is still a beautiful time to visit as the fells will be showing off their stunning autumnal colours. And, what a well deserved pint by the fireplace it will be after a rainy walk soaking in (literally!) Cumbria's autumn landscape.

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Halloween Events in the Lake District

Halloween 2023

The Lake District never disappoints when it comes to Halloween events for the whole family. Perfectly timed with Half-Term, there are loads of spooky events planned this October.


Muncaster Castle: Halloween Family Festival

Muncaster Castle’s annual Halloween festival is taking place between 21st and 29th October between 10.30am and 7pm each day. This is a family friendly day with shows, arts, crafts, a spooky maze and more. You can even add on a tour of Frankenstein Castle… if you dare!

Pumpkin Picking at Walby Farm Park

Pumpkin Picking is back at Walby Farm Park from the 1st to the 30th of October, along with pumpkin carving, a corn cannon, and plenty more autumnal activities where that came from. Additionally, this year, they are also inviting guests to come After Dark on Friday 20th and Friday 27th of October between 6.30pm and 9pm to explore an illuminated pumpkin patch with plenty of pumpkins ready for picking.

Brockhole Halloween Experience

Brockhole are hosting another Halloween Experience from the 21st of October to the 29th from 9am to 5pm each day. New activities include axe throwing, a haunted forest, Tipi of Terror, Arachnid Assault, Spooky Pet Encounter and Laser Tag in the Wood. There are 20 activities in total, so be sure to check out the official website for all the spooky details.

Ravenglass & Eskdale Railway: Halloween at the Railway

Halloween at the Railway will be taking place between 21st and 29th October with plenty of spooktacular activities for children and their parents. Keep an eye on the official website for all the details.

Keswick Ghost Walks

Keswick Ghost Walks take place throughout the year, but what better time of a year to book a tour than on or around Halloween? Led by “The Lady”, a native Cumbrian and professional actor, the stories are thoroughly researched and based on local legends, myth, folklore, real events and eyewitness accounts. The perfect Halloween activity!

Hutton-in-the-Forest: Apple Day

Apple Day at Hutton-in-the-Forest

Apple Day is the perfect event for those amongst us who love apples. Apple trees, apple cider, apple juice, apple crafts - this family friendly day is brimming with all things apples and will be taking place from 10am to 4pm on the 1st of October. There will also be stalls, live music, and games! Entrance, including access to the gardens, is £9 for adults and £2 for children.

The Lakes International Comic Arts Festival

The Lakes International Comic Arts Festival

The Lakes International Comic Arts Festival is taking place between Friday 29th September and Sunday the 1st of October. This is an annual comics art festival with famous guest speakers and a huge schedule of events taking place in and around Windermere. Check out the official website for details and tickets.

Oaktoberfest at the Royal Oak Inn Moorhouse

Oaktoberfest at the Royal Oak Inn Moorhouse

Oaktoberfest at the Royal Oak Inn Moorhouse in Carlisle will be taking place on Saturday, 7th October from 2pm. The organisers encourage you to “Get your Lederhosen on and come on down for some tasty German biers and bratwursts”, which we think sums up the event perfectly.

The Last of the Agricultural Festivals

October Agricultural Festivals

There are a couple more Agricultural Shows this October, including the Wasdale Head Show on the 8th of October and the Buttermere Shepherd Meet & Show on the 29th of October. These types of festivals celebrate agricultural life in Cumbria with each show unique in what it offers. Be sure to check out the official websites for all the official details on timing, costs, etc.

Chris Cleverley Live at The Gather

Chris Cleverley Live at The Gather

Chris Cleverley is a dream-folk songwriter and will be performing live at the Gather in Ennerdale Bridge on Saturday, 21st October from 7.30pm to 11pm. The cost is just £15.

Jocelyn McGregor: in conversation

Jocelyn McGregor: in conversation

Jocelyn McGregor will be discussing her exhibition at the Windermere Jetty Museum, entitled Dredged. The talk is taking place on 26th October from 6-8pm at the museum where her exhibition is being held.