20+ Halloween Events in North East England

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Lots of you have been asking for Halloween Event Ideas and are looking to book something now so I thought I'd put together a quick guide to some of the region's best events. This post is a work in progress and more events will be added in the coming weeks. This is just something to get us started! 

20+ Halloween Events in North East England 2021

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Halloween Events with No Booking Required 

  • There are lots of drop-in events at Ormesby Hall available (included with admission / National Trust membership) including a potions and poisons trail, witches dance, spooky storytelling and creepy crawlies from Kirkleatham Owl Centre - find out more and check timings here. 

  • 30 October - Visit Hexham Spook Night from 2pm-9pm. Drop-in event around Beaumont Street, Market Place and Abbey Grounds.

    *Frightful Fairground Rides 
    *Fearsome Food 
    *Fancy Dress Competitions 
    *Turnip and Pumpkin Carving 
    *Devilish Dancing 
    *Shocking Shop Windows 
    *Spooky Story-telling 
    *Pumpkin Trail 
    *Eerie Escape Room 

    Free to visit with no booking required but some activities are chargeable. Find out more here. 

  • Alnwick's Halloween House. FREE to visit at any time from 6pm-8:30pm, 25-31 October. Just drop by and check out the fantastic decorations. No charge but they do raise £ for local charities if you can bring some spare change for a donation. Find out more / the address here. 

  • Ocean Beach Pleasure Park Halloween Half Term  - find out more here

  • Halloween Pumpkin Trail around North Tyneside. Download the FREE app and hunt for 30 Giant Pumpkin Characters around Tynemouth, Wallsend, Whitley Bay, North Shields, Cullercoats, Killingworth, Forest Hall and more. Runs from 9th - 31st October. Find out more here. 

  • The Wizards of Once Halloween Quest at Belsay Hall - find out more here

  • FREE Ford & Etal Scarecrow Trail - find out more here 

  • Halloween Happenings Trail at Hamsterley Forest (includes a free hot chocolate at the end) - find out more here.  You can also pick up a FREE Room on the Broom Autumn Activity Sheet. 

  • Preston Park Magical Creatures Event - find out more here

    The following activities are included with regular museum admission / your annual pass and do not need to be booked. Simply drop in! 
    Birds of Prey 

    The North Yorkshire Moors Birds of Prey will be visiting every day from 23 - 31 October. Come and meet the owls between 10am - 4pm. 

    Magical Creatures Event 

    Find Six Magical Creatures (from 23-31 October) hiding in the Victorian Street and Museum. To capture them, you will need to: 

    *Make your own magic wand 
    *Create a magic potion to help send the magical creatures back home
    *Print your own magic spell bookmark 

    Pop-Up Pumpkin Patch 

    Admission to the Pumpkin Patch is included with your annual pass and no pre-booking is required. The patch opens on 23 October with a limited number of Pumpkins to pick and purchase for £3 each on the day. These are limited so please check Preston Park's social media to check availability.

    Photo opportunities and wheelbarrows available. 

  • Raby Castle Halloween Half Term Trail - find out more here 

  • 23 - 31 October - Pumpkin Trail at Northumberlandia (ages 3-5) - find out more here

  • 23 - 31 October - Bat Trail at Northumberlandia (ages 5-9) - find out more here 

  • 30 & 31 October - Souter Lighthouse Halloween Trail & Crafts - find out more here

  • Pumpkin Trail at Woodhorn Museum - find out more here 

    Additionally, there will be FREE Northumberland Folk take and make craft packs available for children to create their own Halloween mask at home. Find out more here. 

  • Berwick Bat Trail - find out more here 

  • Halloween Scavenger Hunt at Beamish Park Hotel (free for diners and residents) - find out more here 

  • 23 - 31 October - Ghastly Griselda's Trail at Gibside - find out more here. 

  • FREE Mackem Monster Hunt around Sunderland City Centre from 22 - 31 October - find out more here 

  • Friday 29 October - FREE Community Halloween Parade leaving Sunderland Winter Gardens at 5:30pm. Find out more here. 

  • 30 & 31 October - FREE Monster Mash Bash at Manor Walks Cramlington. Enjoy a Makers and Bakers Market with lots of local treats, Spooky arts and crafts, walk-about pumpkin stilt walkers and Monster Mash dance classes and games. No booking required. Find out more here. 

  • 30 October - Halloween Night at The Floaters Mill, Houghton le Spring. No need to book, just pop by between 4-8pm. Expect spooky stalls and an epic outdoor laser show every 30 minutes. Find out more here. 

  • 31 October - Halloween at the Hall (at Seaton Delaval Hall). Expect spooky storytelling, a Halloween parade with Samba drummers, pumpkin bowling and more. Halloween dress up is encouraged.  Find out more here. 

  • Land of Oak and Iron Pumpkin Trail. FREE with a suggested donation of £3 per child. Takes place across Half Term. Find out more here. 

  • Alongside the trail above, you can drop into the Land of Oak and Iron Heritage Centre on 26, 27 and 28 October between 11am-3pm for Halloween Potion Making and the chance to write your own spell with a quill. FREE with a suggested donation of £3. Find out more here. 

  • Spooky Museum Trail at Sunderland Winter Gardens across Half Term. Find out more here. 

North East Halloween Events 2021 

Hi everyone - this post is receiving a lot of views from Google Search so I have started to update it. Please note, this is not a completed post yet so please do keep checking back for more ideas in the coming weeks. As always, information can change and it is important to always check details with venue yourself before booking. 

  • Halloween Nights at Beamish 

    Here is what Beamish have to say.........

    Join us for a petrifying Pit Village and creepy Colliery Yard evening experience as ghosts and ghouls descend on Beamish this Halloween.

    The 1900s Pit Village, 1900s Colliery Yard and Birch Wood will play host to creepy characters and terrifying tricks from 6.30pm to 9.30pm on Friday, 29th, Saturday, 30th and Sunday, 31st October.

    Tickets cost £10 for adults and £6 for children (3-16 years), under 3s go free. They will be available to buy on our website from 10am on Monday, 4th October.

    Experience a spooktacular evening of tricks and treats with Halloween in The Pit Village.

    Take a walk through Birch Wood where strange sightings have been spotted… Can you see something lurking? Best to pass through quickly… We’ve heard of horrifying hooded figures and ghost-like ghouls moving through the buildings in The 1900s Colliery and The 1900s Pit Village.

    Are you brave enough to listen to the ghostly stories? There are rumours that the terrible tales are true… Be wowed at the fire show and take part in a family-friendly Halloween craft activity.

    Creepy creatures are sure to have your skin crawling and bloodcurdling screams have been heard from Francis Street! Listen to terrifying tunes, plus, is that really you that you see in the mirror? Or someone else staring back at you? Visit our distorting hall of mirrors.

    Creepy Catering

    • Davy’s fish and chip shop
    • Sinkers’ Bait Cabin
    • Mine Managers’ Office
    • Miners’ Institute

    Ghoulish Gift and Goodies

    • Terrifying treats and spooky sweets are available from the stall near Hetton Band Hall
    • Beamish Beamers on sale at Entrance
    • Museum Shop at Entrance

  • Halloween Kids Workshops at Hauticulture, Royal Quays. These workshops take place on 23/24 October and 30/31 October and cost £4.99 per child.

    Each child can make their own mini wreath, broomstick or wrist corsage to take home in these 30 minute sessions. Message Hauticulture on Facebook or Instagram to book your slot. I highly recommend a trip to Whitley Bay Pizza Company in Royal Quays afterwards. They also have a little Vegan/Veggie counter too. 

  • 21, 22, 26 & 27 October Breakfast with Winnie & Wilbur at Seven Stories - find out more and book here 

  • 24, 28 & 30 October - Meg & Mog Afternoon Tea at Seven Stories  - find out more and book here 

  • 23, 29 & 31 October - Villainous Wizards Afternoon Tea at Seven Stories - find out more and book here

  • 10 October - Fright Fest at North East Retro Den - find out more & book here 

    North East Halloween Events 2021  - Fright Fest

  • Hardwick Park 'We're Going On A Pumpkin Hunt' with stories, crafts and a trail. Suitable for ages 2-5. On 13 & 16 October. Find out more and book here. 

  • Pumpkin Carving Workshops at Venue, Manor Walks. £5 per child including a pumpkin, carving equipment, juice and a muffin. Call 01670 704690 to book. 25-29 October. Find out more here

  • Half Term at Gutterball Bowling - find out more and book here 

North East Halloween Events 2021  - Psycho Path
Credit : Psycho Path 

  • 31 October - Spooky Halloween Walk at Preston Park  

    4pm & 5pm walks are suitable for families with children under the age of 11 and suitable for wheelchairs and pushchairs. Solve the Halloween clues and unlock the magic! 

    7pm & 8pm walks are suitable for families with thrill-seeking older children (11+). This walk is not suitable for wheelchairs/pushchairs and takes you through some spooky woodland. 

    Find out more and book here  (click on the 31 October on the calendar and then select your time slot. Please read t&cs / travel info before booking). 

  • 31 October - Halloween Charity Abseil at Langley Castle (suitable for ages 10+) - find out more and book here. 

  • 31 October - Cruella Family Fun Halloween Evening at Clarion Hotel Sunderland. Email Sales@Hotels-Sunderland.com for more info and to book. 

  • 31 October  - Trick or Treat Family Event at Whickham Chase Park - find out more and book here

North East Halloween Events 2021 - Adventure Valley
Credit | Adventure Valley

Firework Displays 

Halloween Day Trips from North East England

These events are a little bit of a drive but should be doable as a day trip. 

If you know of any other Halloween Events in North East England, drop me an email on Sam@NorthEastFamilyFun.co.uk and I will add them to this post when I get a chance. 

Let me know if you know of any other events. 

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1 comment

  1. Ooh so much good stuff going on here. I like the sound of Witches, Wizards & Slytherin Day at Lanchester Garden Centre. We might head to Preston Park too as I really enjoyed their halloween event the other year. I'm quite torn as we would like to go away abroad that week too but the kids love halloween so I'm not sure!


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