Your Lincoln guide to Halloween 2018

Souls looking for spooky and ghost-filled entertainment in Lincoln will find plenty to do this Halloween, ranging from pumpkin picking to ghost bus tours.

The Lincolnite has compiled a list of frightfully good events taking place across the city for the whole family to go batty with excitement about! So go on treat (or trick) yourself this Autumn!


Ghost Hunter evenings at Doddington Hall

Get ready to pick pumpkins at Doddington Hall. Photo: Doddington Hall

Where: Doddington Hall
When: Wednesday, October 24 to Saturday, October 27 (7.30pm & 9pm)
Price: Adult £14, child £7 – book here early to avoid disappointment as one show has already sold out.

Would-be ghost hunters will have the chance to seek out spooky echoes of the past at Doddington Hall this Halloween as the stately home welcomes Dr VanBurger’s Ghost Hunter, which is a scary but light-hearted theatrical experience for all ages. Afterwards there will be hot food and drinks available for sale in the walled kitchen garden.

During the weekend of October 13-14 the Hall’s pumpkin patch opened and families can now pick pumpkins to take away. Entry to the patch is free and pumpkins cost from just £2. The patch will also be open daily between Saturday, October 20 and Wednesday, October 31 while stocks last.

Young visitors are encouraged to dress in spooky costumes and look out for three golden bottomed pumpkins hidden in the pitch to win a pumpkin and a family ticket to visit the house at Christmas.


Ghost walks

Karen Crow, the Lincoln ghost lady. Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite

Where: Starting at the Tourist Information Centre at Castle Square, Lincoln
When: All year around, every Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and bank holidays from 7pm
Price: Adults £5, children (under 12) £3 – no need to book, just turn up 10 minutes before the start

The Original Lincoln Ghost Walk with traditional stories. On Halloween (October 31) there is also walks beginning at approximately 6.30pm, 6.45pm, 7pm and 7.30pm, lasting around 60 minutes.


Lincoln Uphill Pumpkin Trail

Where: Cathedral Quarter and Uphill Lincoln
When: Saturday, October 20 to Sunday, November 4
Price: Free to follow and enter

Pumpkins will be on display in shop and business windows from The Strait to Newport Arch.

A pumpkin trail leaflet will be available from the Visitor Information centre at Castle Hill, challenging visitors to find all 44 pumpkins and solve clues along the way.

Each pumpkin has been individually painted, including 20 decorated by Lincoln Minster school pupils.

All completed trail leaflets must be returned by midnight on Monday November 12.


Ghost Bus Tours

The Lincoln ghost bus

Where: The tour leaves from Lincoln Cathedral
When: Saturday, October 27 (5pm and 6pm) and Sunday, October 28 (5pm)
Price: £6 per person (seats will be allocated to ticket-holders on a first come, first serve basis

Be spooked on Halloween weekend by exploring haunted Lincoln by open-top bus with a local ghost expert, who will tell spooky tales and stories of the city’s haunted past.


Prison of smells, spooks and stories

Prison of smells, spooks and stories event. Photo: Lincoln Castle

Where: Lincoln Castle
When: Saturday, October 20 to Sunday, October 28 (Event 10.30am-3.45pm, Castle Attractions 10am-5pm, closing at 4pm on the final day)
Price: Castle Day Ticket/Castle Annual Pass, adult day ticket £13.50 – to purchase tickets click here.

Step inside the Victorian Prison during half-term and meet some unsavoury characters from Victorian England and find more about them as they tell their stories. There’s even opportunity to dress up as a prisoner or member of prison staff, perhaps the Governor or the Matron.


Make your own ghost ectoplasm

The Museum of Lincolnshire Life on Burton Road. Photo: The Lincolnite

Where: Museum of Lincolnshire Life, Burton Road
When: Thursday, October 25 (11am/12.30pm/1.30pm)
Price: £3 per workshop

Make your own ghostly ectoplasm (slime) and scary ghost volcanoes in the craft workshop. Place are limited so sign up at the Museum’s reception.

There are also ghostly storytelling sessions at 10.15am and 2.30pm, which are free and suitable for all ages.


Halloween at three Lincoln parks

Hartsholme Park in Lincoln. Photo: Richard Croft

Where: Hartsholme Country Park, Boultham Park and The Arboretum
When: An array of events from October 19-29
Price: Prices vary so look at the individual events here

Three parks in Lincoln are hosting an array of Halloween events including pumpkin carving, a Halloween trail and mask making.


Scare Fest film season at Wildwood

Photo: Sean Strange for The Lincolnite

Where: Wildwood Restaurant, High Street, Lincoln
When: Different Halloween films being shown during October, click here for further details
Price: Ticket only normally £8, but you can book tickets online and get a three course meal for £19.95

Wildwood has launched its Scare Fest season from classics like Scream and The Shining through to modern day chillers such as Get Out and A Quiet Place!


Pumpkins and ponies

Where: Bransby Horses charity, Bransby, Lincoln, LN1 2PH
When: October 22 to October 26 11am to 4pm
Price: Free admission, donations welcome. Crafts and trails come at an additional cost

Bransby Horses will be hosting a Halloween Trail where you can meet ghosts and ghouls, plus potion making and pumpkin painting. There will also be lots of time for pony grooming and face painting at times through the half term week.


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Don’t see your event on the list? Contact the news desk on [email protected] with details.