50+ Spooktacular Halloween Events & Children's Parties in North East England | October 2017

Halloween is fast approching and if like me, you like to be organised, you'll love my bumper guide to celebrating this festival with kids in North East England. There's everything from potion making to Harry Potter inspired plays, pumpkin carving and fancy dress parties. As always, timings and events can change so please always check details before booking/attending.

14 - 18 October | Wand & Potion Making | Alnwick Garden

Join Alnwick Garden in their crafty cabin for wand and potion making. Find out more

16 October | Spooks & Spiders Halloween Event | Round the Twist

Halloween Special Messy Play. Tickets are £5.95 and include unlimited soft play. Don't forget a towel! Find out more

7 - 31 October | Spooky Trail | Sunderland Winter Gardens

Follow the trail to find spooky stories and collectibles. Trails are available from the museum shop for £2.50 and include a special prize on completion. Find out more

Half Term Week

21 - 25 October | Halloween Scare Zone | Alnwick Garden

The Bamboo Maze will come alive - or should that be undead this week. Parental discretion advised for this one. Find out more here

21 - 29 October | Funny Bones Halloween Fun | Wallington Hall

See how many pumpkins you can spot in the woodland, make a mud mask and book your place on a pumpkin. Find out more here

21 - 29 October | Halloween Spooktacular at Frighthouse Farm | Whitehouse Farm

Lots of extra Halloween themed activities included with admission at Whitehouse Farm this week. Find out more here

21 - 29 October | Pumpkin Week | Belsay Hall

Take part in a spooky trail around the grounds and some special Belsay crafts. Find out more

21 - 29 October | Spooky Face Painting & Spooky Trail at Sage | Sage Gateshead

Head to the Sage between 11am - 2pm and take part in their FREE spooky trail and have your face painted. Find out more

21 - 29 October | Halloween Half Term | Alnwick Castle

With artisans, medieval alchemists, spooky trails and broomstick training. There's loads going on at Alnwick Garden this week. Find out more

21 - 29 October | Spooky Half Term | Warkworth Castle 

Discover the castle's gruesome history with scary story telling and a spooky trail to complete. Find out more

21 - 29 October | Halloween at Seven Stories | Seven Stories

Seven Stories will be decorated in spook-tacular fashion this week. You'll find a range of scary reads in the book shop and spooky story telling upstairs in the attic. Fancy dress is encouraged. Find out more

21 - 29 October | Halloween Half Term | Hall Hill Farm

Make your own scarecrow, carve a pumpkin, watch a puppet show and have your face painted at Hall Hill Farm this week. Find out more

21 - 29 October | Pumpkin Festival | Adventure Valley 

Adventure Valley are hosting their first ever pumpkin festival. Collect a free pumpkin from the pumpkin patch, enjoy pumpkin slingshot and watch a pumpkin puppet show. Find out more

21 - 29 October | The Great Pumpkin Robbery | Brockbushes

Enjoy a 20 minute puppet show before heading into the maze where you'll meet the frog who will help you save Halloween. All children will receive a free pumpkin to take home, pumpkin seeds and a tractor ride back to the car park. Aimed at children aged around 2-7 years. Find out more

21 - 29 October | Halloween Fun at Preston Park | Preston Park Museum & Grounds

Enjoy lots of Halloween fun at Preston Park this week - there's a different activity every day. Choices include freaky face painting, broomstick training, magic school, potion making and a dragon parade. Find out more

21 - 29 October | Halloween Half Term | Down at the Farm

Visit the pumpkin patch, carve your pumpkin, make a scarecrow, watch creepy critters, enter the haunted house, watch a spooky magic show and more. Find out more here

21 - 29 October | Pumpkin Trail | Woodhorn Museum

Find all of the pumpkins dotted around the museum. Complete the trail and receive a small treat. Find out more

21 - 31 October | Halloween Trail at Gibside | Gibside

Trick or treating, creepy crafts and a spooky outdoor trail.  Find out more

21 - 31 October | Halloween Glass - Various Activities | The National Glass Centre

There are different activities each day including make a glass pumpkin, glass pumpkin demos, goulish glass painting and shadow lanterns. Find out more

22 October | Halloween Decorations | Ormesby Hall

Create spooky decorations and Halloween bunting to decorate your home for Halloween. Find out more

23 October | Beastly Britons | Segedenum Roman Fort

Follow clues around the museum and complete a murder mystery, create charms from natural materials to ward off evil spirits and make a goulish head on a stick to take home. Find out more

23 - 25 October | Wendy the Witch | Customs House South Shields

Join Wendy the Witch for this 60 minute family-friendly performance as she tries to find her magic spells. Find out more

23 - 27 October | Boggle Busting Halloween Trail | Cherryburn

Boggles are Northumbrian ghastly spirits. Follow the trail and become an expert boggle buster. Find out more

23 & 24, 27 & 28, 31 October | Halloween Evenings at Beamish | Beamish Museum

There is SO much going on - activities include a best-dressed competition, eyeball soup for sale, a demon dentist, stocks, meet the mad scientist making potions, escapologist Chris Cross, spooky lino painting, the forest of lost souls and more. Find out more here 

24 - 29 October | Potions, Charms and Spells | Hardwick Hall

Grab our trail from the gift shop and take part in a wizarding adventure around the park. Find out more 

25 October | Unicorn Pumpkin Painting | Katie's Garden

Create a pumkin with a difference at Katie's Garden this Halloween. All materials are provided. Find out more here

26 October | Harry Panto & The Chamber Pot of Secrets

A spectacular parody that will leave you wanting Volde-more. Suitable for the whole family with magic tricks galore. Find out more here

26 & 27 October | Pumpkin Carving | Wallington Hall

Carve a spooky lantern design during a special carving session. Find out more

26 October - 31 October | Hocus Pocus | The Word, South Shields

Join The Word for a spooktacular storytelling session where you'll be taken on a magical potion stirring journey. Find out more here

26, 27, 28 October | Museums at Night | Across Newcastle

Explore art, history and heritage in some of Newcastle's most-loved museums at night as part of this special event. Find out more here

26, 27, 28 October | Hallowe'en Fun | Souter Lighthouse

Trick or treating, spooky crafts and a special Halloween trail Find out more here

26, 27, 28 October | Pumpkin Carving | Gibside

Join the pumpkin carving team at Gibside and create your own spooky lantern to take home. Find out more

27 October | Spooky Night at The Museum | Discovery Museum

Join the Discovery Museum for a special family-friendly Halloween party. There will be bewitching tales, bug handling, creepy crafts, a devilish disco, face painting, games and more. Find out more

27 & 28 October | All Hallows' | Auckland Castle

Join this special 40 minute family-friendly torch-lit trail through the deer park.  Find out more

27 - 29 October | Back from the dead | The Linskill Centre

The Linskill zombies are back from the dead with more screams and horror than ever before. Find out more

Halloween Weekend

28 October | Halloween Party | The Jolly Bowman

Join the Jolly Bowman for party games, face painting and lots of Halloween fun at their family party. Find out more here

28 October | Beer & Fright Night | Gibside Beer Garden

Expect the usual Friday night fun at Gibside but with extra cobwebs, dressing up and fun foodie puns. Find out more

28 October | The Keel Row Halloween Party | The Keel Row

The Keel Row pub are back with their famous family Halloween party with a free spooky buffet, party games, kids punch, disco and more. Find out more

28 October | Pumpkin Fun Workshop | Blackfriars

Spend the day at Blackfriars carving pumpkins and enjoying some delicious Pumpkin soup and Pumpkin pie for lunch. Find out more

28 & 29 October | Tanfield Ghost Train | Tanfield Railway

The Tanfield Ghost Train will involve witches potions, fangtastic food and station clowns! Find out more

28 & 29 October | Pumpkintastic Weekend | Kirkley Hall Zoo

Bring along a pumpkin and join in with Kirkley Hall's carving competition - you can even leave some pumkin behind for the animals to enjoy. Find out more here

28 & 29 October | Terrible Tales & Halloween Birds of Prey | Woodhorn

There will be Birds of Prey demonstrating their skills and spooky stories from Northumberland's past taking place across the weekend.  Find out more

28 & 29 October | Children's Halloween | Crook Hall & Garden

Complete a treasure hunt with tricks and treats along the way - watch out for the white lady and the witch locked in the tower.  Find out more here

28 October | Kids Halloween Party | The Wheatsheaf, Benton

An afternoon of Halloween fun with games, prizes and fancy dress. Find out more

29 October | Halloween Special | Stephenson Railway Museum

There'll be a witch hunt around the museum and the Stephenson trains will be decorated in spectacular Halloween fashion. Find out more

29 October | Family Halloween Party | Blue Flames Sporting Club

Dress up and join Blue Flames for their annual Halloween party with disco and games. Find out more here

29 October | Halloween at the Hall | Seaton Delaval Hall

Bring your pumpkin and join in with the parade, enter competitions and listen to spooky storytelling in the woods. Find out more

30 October | Halloween Baby Boogie Disco | Round the Twist

Enjoy a Halloween disco in the dark for babies aged under 18 months. Includes unlimited entry to soft play. Find out more 


31 October | Funnybones Halloween Party | Round the Twist

Join Round the Twist for a Glow in the Dark Disco, Treasure Hunt, Graveyard Room, Soft Play and more! Find out more

31 October | Halloween Spooky Walk | Preston Park Museum & Grounds

Hop aboard the fear bus and join Preston Park for an extra spooky walk with lots of surprises around their ground. Find out more


  1. Wow Sam, you have everything in this post!! I am so excited for Halloween although I hate scary things! Katie x

  2. Really helpful post. I've jotted down a few plans for us from it - thank you.


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