'Magical Beasts' and where to find them! Halloween at Skelf Island, Castle Howard. Our live, interactive performance returns to Skelf Island once more this year to enchant and enthral you this Halloween week, 23-31 October 2021.
Can you help our Skelves enchant the grounds in order to keep the magical beasts out and protect Ray Wood from dragon fire, pixie damage, and rampaging war horses? During the Halloween, the magical beasts grow in power and the Skelves need all the help they can get to keep the beasts at bay! Join us on our magical adventure through Ray Woods as we try to find these Magical Beasts, led by one of our Chief Skelves. What Magical Beasts lurks there? What can you do to help protect our magical wood? Are you brave enough?!
Our adventure begins and end at the playground, Skelf Island, at Castle Howard and takes place every day throughout Halloween week 23-31 October, with several performances every day. Performances will be at 10:30, 12:00 and 13:30 every day throughout the week. There will also be the opportunity to take a self-guided tour through Ray Wood throughout October (Castle Howard re-opens on the 9th), during which children will be able to spot things on route, combined with related 'Magical Beasts' activities.
You can also try your hand at Broomstick Making, using materials collected in our very own enchanted woods by our Forestry team. This enchanting craft-based led activity will also include learning how to fly your broomstick! Hop-on board with this fun-filled activity; available to book throughout the week.
Our Castle Howard Pumpkin Patch will also be open daily from 10 – 5 from Saturday 9th October until 31st October. During this period, children can come to our large Pumpkin Patch behind the Garden Centre, and pick their own pumpkin. On weekends throughout October, there will also be a costumed character hiding amongst the pumpkins, interacting with the children and encouraging games and pumpkin fun!
Our Halloween activities are aimed mostly at our younger audiences, aged 4-1 , but younger and older siblings will also enjoy these events!