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Five frightful Halloween events for grown ups in and around Leeds

Written by
Vicki Psarias

Halloween is creeping on us but even if you’re too old for trick or treat there's no need to hide under your duvet. So, don your favourite costume and head out into the spooky outdoors for a whole host of parties and events taking place across in and around the city.

Here are five suggestions for after dark Halloween haunts this October:

Nightmare on Call Lane  

Neon Cactus

On the night of All Hallow's Eve (that's October 31 in case you were wondering), the venues of Call Lane – including Jake's Bar, Oporto, Neon Cactus, Black Swan and more – are coming together for Leeds’ scariest event in town.

Cocktail den Jake's will be transforming into a ‘Batcave and Kill Room’ with a harrowing dungeon of surprises, while Neon Cactus will be hosting one of its infamous UV parties with a ‘Day of the Dead’ theme. Next door, Oporto is transforming into what it describes as 'an asylum for the musically insane.'

Fancy dress is encouraged so prepare to scare for a fang-tastic fright night. Just don't blame us if you look like the walking dead the morning after.

Nightmare on Call Lane. Saturday October 31, various venues, Call Lane, Leeds,  Entry is free. More information here

Canal Mills Presents: The Mills Have Eyes

Canal Mills

Canal Mills’ annual monster mash-up returns on Saturday October 31. There’s a frighteningly good line up for The Mills Have Eyes, with Paul Woolford headlining plus many more, including Radio One’s DJ Benji B as well as the aptly named Leeds duo, Dungeon Meat. 

Leeds night owls can expect to party through until the very early hours. Tickets are priced from £15 .

The Mills Have Eyes. Saturday October 31, 10pm-5am. Canal Mills, Brandon Street, Leeds, LS12 2EB. Find more information here.  

Yorkshire Scare Grounds

Yorkshire Scare Grounds

This immersive after-dark theme park experience is directed by Fear Masters and has a host of attractions designed to scare. 

Situated on a historic 24-acre estate in Wakefield, you can test your nerve at the scare ground that is filled with zombie clowns, bloody Mary and murderous inmates. 

There are several attractions all with a different themes to thrill at the Yorkshire Scare Grounds, complete with live actors, authentic sets, sounds and lights. 

Yorkshire Scare Grounds Scare Park. October 16-November 1. Hell Lane, Wakefield, WF1 5SG. Tickets and more information here

Halloween Film Night at the Carriageworks


Leeds City Councils cinema programmers Not For Rental are hosting a whole evening of horror at the Carriageworks for its Halloween Film Special event on October 31.

With movies spanning the last thirty years, you can give yourself with the chills by watching back-to-back screenings  'Poltergeist', 'Jacob's Ladder', 'The Babadook' and 'The Evil Dead 2'. 

Tickets are priced at £3 per film, or a £10 pass will allow you to watch all four – if you think you can handle it. 

Halloween Film Special. Saturday October 31. 1.30-11pm. Carriageworks Theatre, Electric Press, Leeds, LS2 3AD. Find more information here.  

Patterns Festival 


Zombie arms and Thriller moonwalk at the ready, Patterns Festival is heading to Beaverworks for a one-off 'Day of the Dead' spectacular.

Taking place on Friday October 30, the Patterns Festival will include a 'Rollerbones' roller disco, fireworks, street food, performers and 'toxic' cocktails.

Music wise, there will be house, disco, funk, bass and garage music at the venue as well as live music from artists including Crazy P Sound System and Disco Bloodbath.

Patterns Festival. Friday October 30, 10pm. Beaverworks, 36 Whitehouse Street, Leeds, LS10 1AD. Find more information here

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