The Home of Halloween in York

The Home of Halloween

6th - 31st October

Join us for the most horrible time of the year.

It’s no secret that we love Halloween here at The York Dungeon. In fact, we love it so much, that each year we become the Home of Halloween, and the best place to get all the scares, laughs and excitement throughout the whole of October.

So what can you expect?
  • Late Openings Until 9pm (27th & 31st)
  • Adults Only Event
  • Family Events
  • New Show
  • Loads of Decorations
  • Pumpkins-a-Plenty
  • + More!

Check out everything happening in the links below!


The year is 1585, and in a Butchers Shop on the Shambles, Margaret Clitherow leads a double life in the city of York.

To most, she is known as the Butcher's wife, but to the hidden Catholic community, she is a leader of the faith, who hides those who wish to worship in secret.

But in these Elizabethan times, the Catholics are being hunted and persecuted...and it looks like you might be next.

Take refuge in the hidden rooms of Margaret's home, and stay still, don't even breathe...if the law catches you, your fate is sealed!

This new show features darkness, claustrophobia and a fair few surprises!

Trick or Treat Walking Tours

Designed just for families, these are perfect for those who want The Dungeon experience, but without all the scary bits, and is perfect for children under 10!

The Halloween walking tour will bring to life the darkest, most murky, and altogether unpleasant parts of York’s haunted history. You will hear of tragic deaths, spooky Halloween horrors, ghostly encounters and lose yourself in fun, games, laughs and of course, PUMPKINS!

We’d be quick though, these events are super popular, and tend to sell out.

The Walking Tours are taking place on:

  • 27th – 31st October 2018 (Every Day)

Tours set off at 11am, 2pm and 4pm. Make sure you turn up for the tour you booked!

All children must be accompanied by an Adult aged 18 or over.

Visit The York Dungeon After Dark

On two nights in October, The York Dungeon will be opening its doors until the late evening. Unlike our Adults Only evening, these nights are for ALL ages, and especially those who like their scary fun in the night time!

We will be open from 10am until 9pm on:

  • Saturday October 27th
  • Wednesday October 31st (Halloween Night!)

Experience the darker side of York's history, in the darker time of the day, only at The Home of Halloween.

Visit York - The Great York Ghost Search

We've partnered with Visit York to sponsor "The Great York Ghost Search", a spookily good adventure around the city, just for families!

Find Out More


We're once again hijacking the boats of City Cruises and bringing some of the city's most haunting stories to life with our "Ghost Cruise on the Ouse".

Book Your Sailing

Festival of fun

York's premier fancy dress shop and ourselves have teamed up to create a costume competition like no other. Look out for exclusive discounts when you visit us both too!

Get Your Costume


We'll be hosting some fabulous make-up demonstrations...with a Dungeon twist! Find us at the MAC stand on selected dates throughout October, only at Fenwick, York.

Get Beautiful Here

More Coming soon...

We'll be working with some big names this Halloween, but all will be revealed soon enough!

Set sail on a late night cruise in York, and hear some of the city's most terrifying Ghost Stories

Join famous Yorkshire prophetess Old Mother Shipton and Roman soothsayer Tiberius Fabius Bibulus as they gaze into York’s dark past, and shed light on some of York’s most infamous ghost stories.

As you sail along the river, things will take a turn to the paranormal as you learn more about 11 of the city’s spectral sightings on this unique tour through Europe's most haunted City!

Sailing for one hour aboard one of York City Cruises fantastic river boats, equipped with an enclosed heated saloon, toilets and a fully stocked bar serving beers, wines, spirits (not the spooky kind), soft drinks, hot drinks and snacks.

The Ghost Cruise on the Ouse is suitable for children aged 6 years and over, and is the perfect Halloween family activity!

Book Ticket Through City Cruises


For those who love Halloween as much as we do, you'll already have a great costume in mind, and we want to see  it!

If you visit The York Dungeon between the 6th - 31st October, in costume, then you'll be able to enter our very own costume competition, in partnership with York's premier Fancy Dress Shop Festival of Fun!

But how do you enter? Easy!

The prizes on offer are perfect for any Halloween fanatic, with rewards as follows:

  • 1st Place: Voucher for Festival of Fun*, your height in Fake Blood, a York Dungeon Annual Pass and a Halloween goody bag
  • 2nd Place: Your height in Fake Blood, a Halloween good bag
  • 3rd Place: Your height in Fake Blood

And finally...some important ground rules:

  • NO MASKS (you can't obscure your face)


Other than that, go wild! We can't wait to see what you wear...

Winners will be picked after 31st October, all entries must posted by then.

*Not applicable on hire costumes, contact lenses & Licensed products. Not to be used in conjunction with any other offer.