What's on in the North East - Halloween 2016

What's on in the North East - Halloween 2016 - 36 ways to celebrate Halloween in the North East

Halloween just seems to get bigger and better every year and there is SO much going on in our region that we really are spoilt for choice. Here are 36 suggestions for how to celebrate this October:-

Halloween Weekend at Woodhorn: Terrible Tales & Birds of Prey

Gary Cordingly will be telling his spooky tales from Northumberland's past at various points throughout the weekend plus there will be birds of prey displays and a pumpkin trail for children.

Where: Woodhorn
When: Sat 29th & Sun 30th October
Cost: Storytelling & Birds of Prey are FREE, Pumpkin trail costs £1 per child. Entry to Woodhorn is FREE but you do need to pay £3.50 per car for parking.
Tickets/Info: Woodhorn Website

Halloween Evenings at Beamish Museum

Halloween evenings at Beamish will give you a fright you'll never forget. There will be all sorts of creatures walking amongst the shadows and only the bravest will knock on the doors to wish the Beamish residents a Happy Halloween.

Where: Beamish Museum,
When: 24th, 25th, 28th, 29th, 31st October | 6:30pm - 9:30pm
Cost: From £9
Tickets/Info: Beamish Website

All Hallows' Walk at Auckland Castle

Join a 40 minute Halloween trail around the castle's grounds. There will be lots of live pop-up theatre, tales and local fables. Bring a torch and wrap up warm. 

Where: Auckland Castle
When: Fri 28th & Sat 29th October | 5:30pm - 8pm
Cost: From £4
Tickets/Info: Auckland Castle Website

What's on in the North East - Halloween 2016 - All Hallows' Walk Auckland Castle

Halloween at the Seaton Delaval Hall

Bring your pumpkins and best costumes along for a day of spooky fun. There'll be pumpkin carving and spooky storytelling from the Seaton Delaval Hall Ghoul! 

Where: Seaton Delaval Hall
When: Sun 30th October | 11am - 5pm
Cost: Entry charges apply, activities are included in admission.

Harry Potter's Halloween Party at Newcastle Marriott

The Marriott's Grandstand Suite will be transformed into the Great Hall where you'll dine on a Harry Potter-themed afternoon tea, attend potion class, play quidditch and more. All to the backdrop of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone on the big screen. 

Where: Newcastle Marriott Hotel, Gosforth Park
When: 26th October | 12noon - 3pm
Cost: From £10
Tickets/Info: See Facebook event and call 0191 236 4111 for tickets

The Little Customs House of Horrors and Wendy the Witch | Customs House South Shields

The Little Customs House of Horrors is a family Halloween party with a difference. There will be fancy dress, food, drink and lots of fun and games. In a separate event, Wendy the Witch is back for another theatrical performance with The Mummy's Curse - a musical tale for families. 

Where: Customs House South Shields
When: House of Horrors | Sun 30th Oct & Wendy the Witch | Sun 30th & Mon 31st Oct (various times)
Cost: From £7.50
Tickets/Info: Customs House Website

Tanfield Ghost train

The Tanfield Railway has to be the ultimate Ghost train. There is a zombie decontamination zone, witches brew for sale, a spider tent, a criminal crown, a zombie outbreak on the train, an electric chair, singing pumpkins, trick or treat, wand making and much more.

Where: Tanfield Railway
When: 29th & 30th October (various times)
Cost: £12 per person
Tickets/Info: Tanfield Railway Website

What's on in the North East - Halloween 2016 - Tanfield Ghost Train

Children's Pumpkin, Pumpkin, Pumpkin at Wynyard Hall

Little ones are in for a real pumpkin experience with pumpkin carving, themed stories, arts & crafts followed by homemade pumpkin soup served with crusty bread. 

Where: Wynyard Hall
When: Thurs 27th Oct
Cost: £15 per child (accompanying adults are free)
Tickets/Info: Wynyard Hall Website

What's on in the North East - Halloween 2016 - Pumpkin, Pumpkin, Pumpkin at Wynyard Hall

Spooky Night at the Museum

Join the museum for a special after-hours Halloween party. There'll be a devilish disco, freaky feel boxes, bewitching tales, bugs n stuff and much more. 

Where: Discovery Museum, Newcastle
When: Friday 28th October | 5-7pm
Cost: From £1
Tickets/Info: Discovery Museum Website

Keel Row Halloween Party

Join Sharon and the team for their annual Halloween get together. There'll be a spooky disco, party games and even a FREE buffet. 

Where: Keel Row Pub, Seaton Delaval
When: Sat 29th Oct | 6pm - 11pm
Cost: FREE
Tickets/Info: Pick up your free tickets from the bar. See Facebook event for further info. 

What's on in the North East - Halloween 2016 - Halloween party at Keel Row Pub
Image Credit : Keel Row Pub

Magical Myths & monstrous monsters at Arbeia Roman Fort

Go on a monster hunt around the fort, listen to spooky stories and on Friday, create some creepy crafts. 

Where: Arbeia Roman Fort
When: Monday 24th - Friday 28th October | 10am-2pm
Cost: FREE (donations welcome)
Tickets/Info: Arbeia Roman Fort Website

Cobweb Ball at Wallsend Memorial Hall

Join Hopscotch Entertainment for their popular Cobweb Ball. There will be fun and games, Halloween characters, prizes, music, dancing, wrap the mummy, food, drink, party bags plus character performances. 

Where: Wallsend Memorial Hall
When: Sunday 30th October  | 2pm - 4pm
Cost: £10 per child 

What's on in the North East - Halloween 2016 - Hopscotch Cobweb ball

Batty About Halloween at Northumberlandia

Spend the morning creating Halloween crafts. Everything is provided including pumpkins. 

Where: Northumberlandia
When: 28th October | 9:30am - 11am
Cost: £5 per child 

The Vampire Rabbit (part of the Juice Festival)

The story of the Vampire Rabbit will be told through circus, puppetry, storytelling, digital technology and live music. 

Where: The Mining Institute
When: 25th - 27th October | 2pm
Cost: From £3
Tickets/Info: Juice Festival Website

Halloween Spooktacular at Castle Mania, Amble

Your ticket includes 2 hours play on the play frames, trick or treat hide and seek, games and a party bag. 

Where: Castle Mania, Amble
When: 30th October | 4pm - 6pm
Cost: From £5.50
Tickets/Info: Facebook Event

Halloween Fun at Souter Lighthouse

Join Professor Grim in his science lab for creepy crafts, a spooky trail and eerie indoor activities. 

Where: Souter Lighthouse
When: 28th & 29th October | 11am - 4pm 
Cost: Free with admission

Frightwater Valley

We LOVE Frightwater Valley and had a fab time at this event a few years ago. There's a Live Scare Maze, Trick or Treat doors, a Scare Train and the ultimate finale at 6:15pm. This is on top of all the fabulous rides, attractions, birds of prey centre and angry birds play areas. 

Where: Lightwater Valley
When: 27th - 30th October
Cost: £12.50 early booking offer (enter FRIGHTWATEREB at checkout - valid for first 500 people)

What's on in the North East - Halloween 2016 - Frightwater Valley
Image Credit | Lightwater Valley

Pumpkin Carving at Alnwick Garden

Head to the Crafty Cottage and help the resident witches create your very own pumpkin. 

Where: Crafty Cottage at Alnwick Garden
When: 26th - 30th October | 11am - 3pm
Cost: Free with garden admission
Tickets/Info: Alnwick Garden Website

What's on in the North East - Halloween 2016 - Pumpkin carving at Alnwick Garden

The Dark Garden at Alnwick Garden

The Dark Garden is a brand new outdoor experience for children and their families who are brave enough to experience ghosts, spirits and creatures of the night who will make you jump. The dark garden is dramatic, scary and memorable with performers, darkness and light, drifting smoke and evil smells. Hand holding is allowed! 

Where: Alnwick Garden
When: 25th - 30th October | 6:15pm - 9:30pm
Cost: From £7 
Tickets/Info: Alnwick Garden Website

What's on in the North East - Halloween 2016 - The Dark Garden at Alnwick Garden

Halloween at Alnwick Castle

Join a medieval alchemist, take part in Halloween crafts, listen to ghost stories and complete the Knight's quest in this 1000 year old castle. There will be regular broomstick training too. 

Where: Alnwick Castle 
When: 22nd - 30th Oct (various times)
Cost: Free with castle admission
Tickets/Info: Alnwick Castle Website

What's on in the North East - Halloween 2016 - Halloween at Alnwick Castle

Half Term Hocus Pocus at Preston Park

There is A LOT going on at Preston Park this Halloween including magic school, owl displays and broomstick training plus the North East's very own Diagon Alley. 

Where: Preston Park and Museum
When: 22nd - 30th October (various times/dates)
Cost: Free with museum admission (£5 per family)
Tickets/Info: Preston Park Website

How high can your witch fly & All Things Spidery | Cragside

Experiment with air powered rockets and see how high your witch can fly plus make your very own spider and web to take home. 

Where: Cragside House & Gardens
When: How high can your witch fly | 27th Oct 11am-3pm & All things spidery 28th Oct 1pm
Cost: Free with admission
Tickets/Info: Cragside Website

Halloween Specials at Aln Valley Railway

Join Northumberland's standard gauge heritage railway for lots of ghoulish fun.

Where: Aln Valley Railway
When: 29th October
Cost: TBC
Tickets/Info: Aln Valley Railway Website

Gruesome Gibside | Pumpkin carving and parade

Get creepy and creative carving your own pumpkin then join Gibside's resident witch for eerie tales and a pumpkin parade at 3pm.

Where: Gibside
When: 24th & 25th October
Cost: Regular admission + £4 per child
Tickets/Info: Gibside Website

Fright Night at Gibside

Pop along to Gibside in your scariest costume for a night of family-friendly spooktacular fun. There will be food stalls, local ales and wine for the grown ups and a mini play area plus spooky activities for the kids. Dogs are welcome too. 

Where: Gibside
When: 29th October | 6pm - 9pm
Cost: FREE entry
Tickets/Info : Gibside Website

Halloween fun at the National Glass Centre | Sunderland

There is a full calendar of events taking place at Sunderland Glass Centre this year including 'Make a Glass Pumpkin', 'Ghoulish Glass Painting', 'Trick or Treat Plate' 'Clay Monsters' and 'Jam Jar Lanterns'.

Where: National Glass Centre | Sunderland
When: 22nd - 31st October
Cost: Various
Tickets/Info: National Glass Centre Website 

The Phantom Pirates of Percy Main at Stephenson Railway Museum

Join Stephenson Railway for a day packed with pirate games, scary stories and pirate crafts. There will be spooky heritage train rides running throughout the day too. 

Where: Stephenson Railway Museum
When: 30th October 11am - 3pm
Cost: FREE entry (there is a small charge for train rides)

Make Me a Monster at Baltic

Families can delve into the world of materials and create their own costumes to take home with them. Make paws, claws, spikes and everything in between and learn how to move like a monster too. 

Where: Baltic, Gateshead Quays.
When: 28th - 30th October | various times from 10:30am
Cost: £4.95 per child
Tickets/Info: Baltic Website

Light Your Way at Ormesby Hall

Head to Ormesby Hall and create your very own lantern for Halloween. Craft materials and battery candle supplied. 

Where: Ormesby Hall
When: 25th October | 12noon - 4pm
Cost: £1 plus regular admission
Tickets/Info: Ormesby Hall Website

Pumpkin Patch at Brockbushes Farm

Take a tractor ride around the farm, join in some spooky Halloween fun and choose your own pumpkin. 

Where: Brockbushes Farm Shop & Tearoom
When: 22nd - 30th October
Cost: £6.50 per child (accompanying adult is free)
Tickets/Info: Brockbushes website

Day of the Dead Family Celebrations | ¡Vamos! Newcastle

In collaboration with the Juice Festival, Day of the Dead is a fantastic family alternative to Halloween. There will be live music, performances, colourful costumes, crafts, street food, face painting and more. 

Where: ¡Vamos! Social, Market Street | Newcastle 
When: 29th October 10am-1pm and 2pm-5pm
Cost: £6 per ticket
Tickets/Info: ¡Vamos! Website

What's on in the North East - Halloween 2016 - Vamos Day of the Dead

Dark Dahl Mash up at Seven Stories

Celebrate 100 years of Dahl with a special Halloween twist. There'll be revolting rhymes and a chance to explore some of the world's most famous 'baddies' from the Grand High Witch to Miss Trunchbull. 

Where: Seven Stories
When: 22nd - 30th October
Cost: Free with admission
Tickets/Info: Seven Stories Website

Halloween at Adventure Valley

There are over 10 Halloween activities to join in with at Adventure Valley including Gooey games, Monster Hunts, a Wheel of Misfortune and Daily Magic Shows.

Where: Adventure Valley
When: 22nd - 30th October | 10am - 5pm
Cost: £9.75

Halloween Happenings at Cherryburn

Head down to Cherryburn and get crafty with the team & create lots of Halloween decorations and accessories. 

Where: Cherryburn
When: 30th October | 11am - 2pm
Cost: Admission + £1
Tickets/Info: Cherryburn Website

Trick or Treat Trail at Dalton Park

Dress up in your scariest costumes and join Dalton Park for their special Trick or Treat Trail which will raise money for the Sick Children's Trust. Follow the pumpkin lanterns on a special family walk full of spooks and sweets. 

Where: Dalton Park
When: 28th October | 11am
Cost: Free entry (however families need to pre-register and raise money for The Sick Children's Trust in the form of sponsorship) 
Tickets/Info: Dalton Park Website

Creatures of the Night | Busting the myths of mummies

Expert curators will be on hand to explain about the latest mummification research, answer questions and dispel myths. 

Where: Great North Museum | Hancock
When: 28th October | 11am - 3pm
Cost: Free

Let me know how you'll be celebrating Halloween this year and don't forget to join our 'North East Days Out' Facebook Group for even more suggestions.

What's on in the North East - Halloween 2016
Events/Timings correct at time of publishing. Please double check details before booking anything.



  1. Excellent round up! I'll share this on my Friday shares. I'm hard pushed to choose! Halloween is the day before my birthday, then mark's birthday is 2 days later so it's always a celebratory week for us. We'll be using this list to pick activities!

  2. Fab post, I'm so looking forward to seeing what I can do this Halloween in my new town!

  3. Fantastic ideas!
    I love the sound of Harry Potter's Halloween Party :D x

  4. Oooh there's some amazing events going on, I'll have to check out some of them. I need to go to the Harry Potter party in Newcastle - looking for tickets as we speak! xo


  5. Halloween is great fun and it's nice to know what is on as some events you don't want to miss.

  6. So many things to do, I really need to plan for some of them, not the scary ones though, I'm what you would refer to as a wuss!

  7. Sounds like there is so much on in your area. I don't even know about any of the events in mine.

  8. I think you love Halloween as much as me Sam! Used to love it so much when the boys were young --- parties and decorating the garage as a dungeon. I still have the recipes of all the ghoulish drinks and treats I used to create. Love that you've compiled so many things to do.


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