South Yorkshire attractions aim to make a killing over Halloween

Marshall Nicholoson at Cannon Hall
Marshall Nicholoson at Cannon Hall
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IT IS pumpkins galore down at the farm – and there are all sorts of spooky things going in the run-up to Halloween.

Cannon Hall Farm, Barnsley, has taken delivery of 5,000 pumpkins in preparation for its annual pumpkin festival.

Last year’s event helped the venue claim the best tourism experience title at Welcome to Yorkshire’s 2011 White Rose awards and earned it a nomination in the best large attraction category at the 2012 honours.

Every child paying to get into the farm gets a pumpkin to carve and take home.

Other half-term events will include sheep and ferret racing and, new this year, twilight owl flying.

The farm is making this year’s event even bigger with late-night opening until 9pm from Friday to Wednesday, October 26 to 31.

The evening entertainment will include ghost walks and storytime with Winnie the Witch.

Elsewhere, Holmebrook Valley Park, Chesterfield, is lining up some Halloween fun during the October half-term.

Visitors can follow clues in a ghoulish Halloween treasure hunt around the park on Tuesday, October 30, from 1pm to 3pm, or join in a wild art event on Thursday, November 1, from 1pm to 3pm.

All the events are free, but booking is essential and children must be accompanied by an adult. To book or for more information call 01246 230731.

The Tropical Butterfly House, North Anston, is also getting into the spooky spirit with a Halloween Spooktacular throughout the month.

Visitors can take a free haunted hayride through the Freaky Forest on the way to meet the Wicked Witch of the Woods, with many surprises along the way, and even brave the centre’s own Haunted House.