Halloween is only a few weeks away and there are plenty of spooky activities lined up for families across the North East. While Halloween itself is on October 31 , many of the region’s top attractions are starting their festivities early to coincide with October half-term. There are a variety of events in the lead up to the big day to get all the family in the spooky spirit including zombie takeovers; pumpkin carving; ghostly tales and potion making.
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Here is a round up of events taking place throughout October including the half-term holiday. Catacombs 4D – Centre for Life Catacombs 4D Motion Ride at Life Science Centre If you’re feeling brave ahead of Halloween you can experience Catacombs Life’s 4D Motion Ride from the beginning of October. You can travel back in time to 19th century Paris where a mysterious darkness takes over the streets. Be the first to discover a haunted ride that explores the world famous cemetery that haunts the city and its inhabitants from beneath the ground. Experience every twist, turn, high and low as your seat moves in time to the 3D action on screen in the 4D Motion Ride. You can expect to be blasted with wind, smoke and water, and you’ll even be able to smell the action. Dates: Saturday October 1 – Friday November 4, 2016 Cost: Family : £34, Adults: £14, Children : £8, Children : Free, Concessions : £11. Read More Newcastle's Centre for Life offer free child admission this October half term Spooky night at the museum – Halloween at Discovery Discovery Museum, Newcastle hosts its annual night of spooky fun on Friday, October 28. Visitors are encouraged to put on their best Halloween fancy dress and enjoy the Devilish Disco in the Great Hall. There’s also the chance to make creepy crafts, decorate the gingerdead, explore freaky feely boxes and have a go at Trick or Treat target toss. Then if you’re feeling brave you can listen to bewitching tales and go on a ‘Groan up’ trail. Time: 5-7pm. Cost: Tickets cost £5 per child plus £1 per accompanying adult and should be booked in advance. This is especially suitable for under 7s, but all children under 12 are welcome. Find out more at www.discoverymuseum.org.uk . Festival for Day of the Dead: Family Celebration – ¡VAMOS! Social Mexican Day of the Dead is coming to St George’s Hall as part of the iVAMOS! festival After last year’s sell-out event, the Juice Festival has worked with the creative minds at VAMOS to reanimate the Latin American celebration known as Day of the Dead for North East families. Look forward to live music, colourful costumes, face painting, performances, food stalls, crafts and workshops at this family-friendly alternative to Halloween. Date: Saturday, October 29 Time: 10am – 1pm and 2pm – 5pm The Phantom Pirates of Percy Main – Stephenson Railway Museum Stephenson Railway Museum, North Tyneside is hosting a phantom pirate day on Sunday, October 30 where families can join in an an array of activities. You and your little ones can enjoy phantom pirate games, listen to a scary story or show off your creative skills by making your very own pirate hat or hook. Then why not take a ride on one of our spooky Heritage Trains? Date: Sunday, October 30 Time: 11am – 3pm. Cost: Free entry . Suitable for under 12s. Find out more at www.stephensonrailwaymuseum.org.uk BIG Wednesday: Haunted Happenings, Laing Art Gallery Big Wednesdays are all about bringing families together to have fun and get creative. Help us transform our All About Art space into an eerie landscape, create a glass jar lantern and hear the ghostly tale of Isabella and the pot of Basil. Date: Wednesday, October 26 Times: 10am – 2pm Cost: £3 per child. Booking is not required as this is a drop in session. Magical myths and monstrous monsters – Arbeia Roma Fort Halloween comes to Arbeia in the shape of myths and monsters from the ancient civilisations. Visitors can go on a monster hunt around the fort and listen to some spooky stories of the past as the hidden mysteries of the fort are revealed. You can also enjoy creepy crafts where you can have a go at making creepy cut-outs, hand print bats and lollipop spiders and put the frighteners on your family. Date: Monday, October 24 to Friday, October 28. Time: 11am – 2pm. Cost: Free entry. Suitable for under 12s. Find out more at www.arbeiaromanfort.org.uk.
Children enjoy Halloween Zombie Takeover, Laing Art Gallery 8-13 years old? Think Halloween is for little kids? Not any more. Work with a professional SFX artist to transform yourself into a zombie for Halloween. Learn about professional special effects which are used in film and television and create your own zombie-style make-up and wounds. Feel free to bring along any costumes you wish to revamp. Date: Saturday, October 29 Time: 1pm – 3pm Cost: £20 per person. Booking is essential. Light refreshments and make-up provided. For more information call 0191 2781939. Nightmares Sacred Steeds, Segedunum Join Segedunum’s storyteller for sacred stories. From Horse and the stag to Pegasus and Bellerophon. From the Curse of Macha to The Ebony Horse. Then get involved and make your very own gory swords, shields and spears. Date: Monday, October 24. Times: 11am – 3pm Cost: Kids under 16 years go free, usual adult admission charges apply. Donations are welcome. Booking is not required. Freaky Friday, Segedunum With Halloween just round the crooked corner join the monstrous mood at the fort with some seriously eerie activities.Crafts will be focused on battle equipment i.e. spears, shields, arm covers, catapults sling shots – battle tactics Romans would use to main and kill opponents. Make a roman oil lamp to take out whilst trick or treating. Date: Friday, October 28 Time: 11am – 3pm Cost: Kids under 16 years go free but donations are welcome. No booking required Halloween at Crook Hall Durham City’s oldest and spookiest house, provides a perfect scary setting for what promises to be eerie afternoons evenings of frightening fun. In the Family Halloween sessions on October 30 and 31, parents and children can trick and treat their way into the witches’ cauldron, hear ghost stories and take part in a spooky treasure hunt, Time: 3pm- 5.30pm on Saturday, October 29 and Sunday, October 30; and 4 – 6pm on Monday, October 31. Cost: For ticket information go to www.crookhallgardens.co.uk. Pre booking is essential by phoning 0191 384 8028. The Dark Garden, Alnwick Garden The Dark Garden awaits at Alnwick Are you bold enough to venture out into the mysterious Dark Garden to discover its night time secrets? Will you emerge dead or alive from the Poison Garden, and who, or what, are the shadowy figures glimpsed amongst the black silhouetted cherry orchard trees? Is that an animal, or a creature from another world lurking in the dark undergrowth? Can you trust your senses? Or is it a trick of the light? What really lies in waiting in the darkest shadows of the All Hallows gardens, whispering, tricking and luring you on? Guaranteed to surprise, shock and definitely not to be forgotten. The Dark Garden is the new Northumberland Halloween immersive experience, which will unfold within the dark woods, lonely pathways, black bubbling ponds and hidden corners of the magical Alnwick Garden this autumn. Will your heart be in your mouth or in your hand? Suitable for bold adults and all excited children. All children under 16 must be accompanied at all times by an adult Time: 6.15pm until 9.30pm but closes at 8pm on October 29. Dates: Tuesday, October 25 to Monday, October 31, 2016. Cost: Tickets from £7 and are available from www.alnwickgarden.com . Pumpkin Carving, Alnwick Garden Children celebrating Halloween With the help of resident witches, scoop and carve your own Halloween pumpkin friend to guide and protect you on the scariest night of the year. Dates: October 26 – October 30. Time: 11am – 3pm Cost: This is free with admission to The Alnwick Garden. To buy tickets go to www.alnwickgarden.com . Terrible Tails, Woodhorn Museum Northumberland Archives Join professional storyteller Gary Cordingly to hear spine-tingling tales from Northumberland’s past. Gary has been searching for some of Northumberland’s scariest stories from the past using Northumberland Archives housed at Woodhorn Museum. Set in Woodhorn’s atmospheric colliery site, these stories will leave you scared, shocked and fearful all in one session! Dates: Saturday, October 29 and Sunday, October 30 Times: 10:30am, 11:30am, 1pm and 3pm Cost: This event is free. For more information go to www.visitnorthumberland.com/talk-lecture/terrible-tails. Make Me a Monster, BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art What is the one thing you need at Halloween? A costume. So pop along to BALTIC this Halloween and create your own unique monster costume to take home. Make paws with claws and spikes that fright alongside BALTIC artists. Plus you can learn how to creep, crawl and scare like monster too so you can have a Monster Halloween. Dates: Friday, October 28 – Sunday, October 30. Times: Sessions available 10.30am – 4.45pm Cost: £4.95 per Monster . To book go to balticmill.eventbrite.co.uk or in-store at BALTIC Shop. Batty About Halloween, Northumberlandia, Cramlington Get your pumpkins ready and have a go at batty Halloween crafts to celebrating Wild About Gardens Week. The event will be inside, but please dress appropriately for the weather. All materials will be provided, including pumpkins. This session is aimed at children aged 5-12. Date: Friday, October 28 Time: 9:30am – 11:30am Cost: Children £5 and parent/guardian free. All children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Booking is required via www.northumberlandia.com . Ghoulish Glass Painting – Sunderland National Glass Centre Create a creepy picture on a glass tile, or paint a spooky suncatcher. This is a drop-in session and is suitable for children aged 3 and over. Dates: Monday, October 24 to Sunday, October 30 Time: 10.15am – 4pm Cost: £3 Pumpkin Blowing Demonstrations – Sunderland National Glass Centre A Halloween evil pumpkin Watch as expert demonstrators create a pumpkin out of hot glass! Pumpkins will be available to purchase in our shop. You can also have a go at making one yourself but availability is mlimited. Go to www.nationalglasscentre.com for more information. Dates: Daily from Monday, October 24 until Friday, October 28 and Monday, October 31. Time: 1.30pm Cost: Free Make a Glass Pumpkin – Sunderland National Glass Centre Celebrate Halloween and create a colourful glass pumpkin out of hot glass. These experiences offer you the opportunity to personalise your pumpkin by applying coloured glass at over 1100 degrees centigrade. Working closely with one of the team members you will blow down the ‘iron’ to blow a bubble into the glass. The glass artists will finish your artwork by using a mould to create the pumpkin shape and adding a colourful stem in the effect of your choice! Date: Saturday, October 22; Sunday, October 23; Saturday, October 29; and Sunday October 30. Time: Available in hour long time slots at 10am / 11am / 12pm/ 2pm / 3pm Cost: £45 per person, booking essential Additional information: This workshop requires no previous experience and is suitable for ages 12 plus. Under 16’s should be accompanied by an adult. Trick or Treat Plate – Sunderland National Glass Centre Paint a spooky design onto a ceramic plate then use it as a treat plate for Halloween sweets. This is a drop in session and is suitable for children aged 3 and over. Date: Tuesday, October 25 Time: 10:15am – 4pm. Engineer your own Clay Monster – Sunderland National Glass Centre Use your imagination to create your own Frankenstein’s monster or a creepy creature using air-drying clay. This is a drop in session and is suitable for children aged 3 and over. Date: Wednesday, October 26 Time: 10:15am – 4pm. Cost: £3 Fiendish Fusing – Sunderland National Glass Centre Design and make your own spooky decoration for Halloween – use colourful glass mosaics and glass grains to create a solid glass decoration. Date: Friday, October 28. Times: Sessions are on at 10:15am / 11am / 11:30am / 2pm / 3:30pm Cost: £10 per person and booking is essential. Suitable for children aged 6 and over. Spooky Sleuths – Sunderland National Glass Centre Something untoward has happened at National Glass Centre… it’s your job to find out who dunnit! Join us for an evening of mystery and riddles with a special glass making activity. Suitable for children aged 6 and over. Date: Saturday, October 29. Times: 4pm – 6:30pm Cost: £14 and booking is essential. Halloween Evenings – Beamish Museum
Halloween nights at Beamish Museum Halloween evenings at Beamish are sure to give you a fright night you’ll never forget. With The Town, Pit Village, Pockerley Waggonway and Pockerley Old Hall swamped with petrifying creatures, only the brave will dare to knock on the doors to trick or treat… There will be three nights of spooky activities for anyone brave enough including appointments with The Demon Dentist; haunted stiltwalkers; I’m an Edwardian Get Me Out of Here; a visit to the spooky Bird Lady; fire eaters and trick or treat houses. Dates: Monday, October 24; Tuesday, October 25; Friday, October 28; Saturday, October 29 and Monday, October 31. Time: 6.30 – 9.30pm Cost: £13 adults and £9 children , under 3s go free. Tickets can be purchased online, at the Entrance or via phone. The ticket phone line is: 0191 370 4306. Pumpkin Trail, Woodhorn Museum Can you find all the pumpkins that are hiding in the shadowy corners of Woodhorn Museum? Pick up your trail sheet at the Welcome Desk then explore the museum to try and find all the hidden pumpkins. If you manage to find all the pumpkins, make your way back to the Welcome Desk with your completed trail sheet to receive a small spooky treat. Dates: Saturday, October 22 – Sunday, October 30. Times: All Day. Cost: Free but suggested donation £1. Pumpkin Week, Belsay Hall, Castle Gardens Follow the Pumpkin trail to find beautiful, elaborate hand carved pumpkins hiding around the gardens. If you’ve been inspired, join the professionally led pumpkin-carving workshops to create your own sculptures to take home. Dates: Saturday, October 22 – Sunday, October 30 Times: 11:00am – 5:00pm Cost: £22.80 family day ticket . Spook Night – Hexham, Northumberland Funfair at Hexham’s Halloween Spook Night On Halloween Hexham will become a ghost town to host its popular Spook Night where families can enjoy a wide range of spooktacular activities. The town will be filled with the weird and the wonderful as witches, ghouls, shapeshifters and perhaps the odd …