It’s the start of the scare season, get cracking with your conkers, and enjoy a last flutter on the races.

As always, York’s comprehensive guide to things do to in York is here.

Hallowscream

Photograph: York Maze
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Been to see It at the cinema? Did it leave you with a yearning to be chased around fields by a chainsaw-carrying homicidal clown? Then you’re in luck. Hallowscream is back with its five live-action haunted houses at York Maze on various nights, including this Saturday. More here

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York Dungeon City Bus Tour from Clifford’s Tower on Saturday
How The Other Half Loves at the Grand Opera House till Saturday
Pride and Prejudice at York Theatre Royal till Saturday


York Races finale

We’re backing the brown horse… Photograph: York Racecourse
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Our race is almost run… Saturday is the final day of racing at Knavesmire for 2017, but it should be a great last hurrah. With unseasonably good weather forecast, live football on selected screens and the music from the Band of the Coldstream Guards you’ll be entertained even before the horses appear. More here

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Run to Wembley event featuring BBC Look North’s Harry Gration at Archbishop of York’s Junior School on Saturday

Streetfood Sunday

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This time it’s those talented cooks from Winner Winner starring at York On A Fork’s Streetfood Sunday. Dishes lined up at the Fulford Arms include Texas beef munch and slow-cooked (in Jack and coke) pulled pork. More here

Gillygate Conker Championships

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Forget video games or Netflix. For sheer entertainment nothing beats whacking the heck out of someone else’s horse chestnut. York pub The Gillygate hosts this, its fourth annual contest, on Sunday. You came, you saw… but can you conker? More here

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Look at your city: What makes good public space? – meet outside Museum Gardens on Saturday
Pig Racing at the Flag And Whistle on Saturday
York Cycle Life Ride from York Minster on Sunday
Family Friendly: Tommy Foggo Superhero at National Centre For Early Music on Sunday


Autumn Fayre

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Head to St Nicks and join their celebration of nature’s harvest on Saturday. There are activities from apple juicing to a bake off contest, plus lots of stalls and grub. More here

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Table Top Sale & Coffee Morning at St James The Deacon Church on Saturday
Sitters & Their stories at Beningbrough Hall on Saturday
Meet the Author: Frances Brody at Waterstones on Saturday
York Acomb Table Tots Baby & Children’s Indoor Market at Energise on Saturday
Bi-monthly popup shop at Shambles Market on Sunday

Glass Caves and support

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Glass Caves – Swim
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One of York’s great live bands, Glass Caves, make a return to their home city, on whose streets they have busked on many an occasion. Among the support for the anthem-creators at Fibbers on Saturday are up-and-comers Alleyways. More here

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Hospital Food at the Spread Eagle on Saturday
The Wicked Wizard of Oz at Joseph Rowntree Theatre on Saturday
York Against Cancer Fundraiser – Live Music at Tang Hall WMC on Saturday
Autumn Concert at York Barbican on Saturday
Velma’s October Soirée at the Basement on Saturday
Late Night Legacy at the Ainsty on Saturday
Branded By Fire at the Inn On The Green on Saturday
Rule The Waves at Acorn Rugby Club on Saturday
That’s Showbiz at York Barbican on Sunday
Say Owt Scratch #1 at York Explore on Sunday
Sundae Sledgeness at the Vaults! at Victoria Vaults on Sunday
Ava Rose Live with Charlie Daykin at Kennedy’s on Sunday