No trick or treat but plenty of Halloween fun in Dales village

A glimpse of what's to come at the Askrigg Spooktacular

By Betsy Everett

Preparations are underway for a Halloween adventure at a time when children all over the country will find “trick or treat” activities curtailed or cancelled because of Covid.

A former grain store in Askrigg is being converted to a ghostly wonderland by Incredible Artists, an international events company more used to staging spectaculars in major cities for top commercial clients.

Children, parents, and anyone in a family “bubble,” will have a uniquely scary experience as they wander through the chamber of horrors of the Halloween Spooktacular at Uredale Mill, the former Carrs Billington yard. There will be a bag of goodies for every child as they emerge into the light.

Covid restrictions will be strictly observed, with mask-wearing compulsory and an event QR code in place.

The visits will be carefully timed and socially distanced, hand sanitiser will be available and (contactless) temperatures taken at the door. Nothing has been left to chance and if cancellations do become necessary because of the pandemic entry costs will be fully refunded.

The event starts on Tuesday, October 27, through to Sunday, November 1, from noon to 6pm each day.

Tickets can be bought online at £4 per person, with under-threes going free. Details at