There are plenty of amazing family-friendly Halloween events to choose from in the North East. We’ve put together a handy A-Z with a few ideas for frightful fun during October half term 2021. There’s something for all ages with pumpkin picking, wizards school, scare parks, spooky drive in cinema, circus and more!
You can also find some easy ideas for spooky fun at home, with a scavenger hunt, spooky snacks, weird science, top movie recommendations and more.
Details are subject to change, please check info and updates directly with individual providers using the links below.
Adventure Valley – Pumpkin Festival Union Hall Farm, Co Durham, DH1 5SG 16th-17th & 23rd-31st Oct 2021 Choose a pumpkin from the barn for carving, fire the corn cob catapult and follow the spooky trail to win a treat. Plus daily shows, indoor play, animal fun, Bird of Prey Shows. Free pumpkin for every paying child (age 2+). £13.95 per adult/child (babies & 1 year olds free). Book here.
Belsay Hall – Halloween Events Belsay, Nr Morpeth, Northumberland, NE20 0DX Sat 23rd – Sun 31st Oct 2021 A Wizards of Once themed Halloween trail in the grounds of Belsay Hall inspired by Cressida Cowell’s bestselling series, with fancy dress competition. Plus on the evenings of 29th-31st Oct, take a Spooky Woodland Walk with ghost-hunting storytellers through Belsay’s grounds, with tales full of spooky and strange goings-on. Suitable for ages 5-12 (a separate ticket is needed if you wish to visit the site before the event). Trail: included in standard admission, from £6.60 child/£11 adult (free for English Heritage Members) Spooky Walk: £8 child/£10 adult (discount for Members). Book here.
Big Kid Circus – GOLD Circus Show Blaydon Rugby Club, Hexham Road, Swalwell, Gateshead,NE16 3BN 27th – 31st Oct 2021 An amazing brand new show GOLD full of excitement and at an affordable price for the whole family. Our amazing new acts like Bmx, Globe of death, Wheel of death, Bicycles, Aerial straps, Contortion, our crazy clown Papeluxo and sooo much more will keep you on the edge of your seats the entire time. Covid-19 Secure. Child: £7.99, Adult: £9.99 **First day all seats £7.99 ONLY!!** Book here.
Bowes Railway Witches & Warlocks Springwell Road, Springwell, Washington, NE9 7QJ Sat 30th Oct, 4-8pm A fun and ghoolish family event with new trails, games and more. 1h timeslots available, includes refreshments. From £5 per child, £1 adult (free). Book here or buy onsite Thurs or Saturday till 3pm.
Chase Park – Trick or Treat Family Event Chase Park, Whickham, Gateshead, NE16 4EE Sun 31st Oct 2021 Fun Halloween trick or treat scare park for all the family, with performers, sweet treats, scary characters, light up toys, candy floss, fire artists, inflatable cinema, pumpkin patch, activity sheets, zombies and more. Event by MishMash Events. From £9.50 child/£12.50 adult. Book here.
Daisy Dukes Drive In Cinema Newcastle International Airport, Newcastle Fri 29th – Sun 31st Oct 2021 This totally immersive experience will be the first of its kind in the UK, with leading Scare Maze brands bringing each movie to life! Screening a host of Halloween favourites over 3 days, with cult classics and late night screenings along with plenty of family movies such as Harry Potter, Hocus Pocus, The Greatest Showman, The Nightmare Before Christmas and more. From £25 per car. Book here.
Down at the Farm – Pumpkin Week Houghton-le-Spring, Sunderland, DH5 8JG Sat 23rd – Sun 31st Oct 2021 Pick a pumpkin from the indoor pumpkin patch to carve, visit the haunted house with 2000 square feet of fun and scares, and follow the trail to find spooky objects and win a treat. Plus outdoor play areas and farm animals. From £7.50pp (under 2 years free). Book here. *Remember to include pumpkins in booking after picking your date. For annual pass holders fun house is included, pumpkins additional charge.
East Grange Farm – PYO Pumpkins High Shincliffe, Durham, DH1 2TB 16th – 29th Oct 2021 Loads of different pumpkins to choose from, including goosebumps and white pumpkins from the smallest Casperita to the massive Snowman. £5 booking fee per vehicle includes a £5 pre-paid voucher redeemed off any pumpkins you buy. Pumpkins priced £1-£12 depending on size. Book here.
Gateshead Libraries – Halloween Workshops Birtley Library, Blaydon Library, Crawcrook Library, Chopwell Library, Leam Lane Library, Pelaw Library Selected dates from 25th-30th Oct 2021 Spooky 3D Pens: draw your own creepy creations from a template or from your own imagination, and make them come to life in 3D! What will you make? (suitable for ages 8+) Decorate a Spooktakular Halloween Decoration: add to your Halloween decorations with this easy to make spooktakular wooden mobile (suitable for children 7+, under 8s must be accompanied by adults). From £4 per child. Numbers are limited so book here now.
Hall Hill Farm – Spooky Half Term Hall Hill Farm, Co Durham, DH7 0TA 16th-17th & 23rd-31st Oct 2021 Activities include pumpkin patch and carving, haunted sheep race, giant Scarecrows, mini Monster Maze, treasure hunt, wizards school, spooky barrel rides and lots more. From £8.50 pp, family from £32.50 (1 year & under free). Book here. *Small additional cost for pumpkins.
Holmside Park – Forbidden Forest Edmondsley, Chester le Street, Co Durham, DH7 6EY 29th-31st Oct 2021 Pumpkin picking plus learn witchcraft and wizardry with magical tests to become a qualified witch/wizard. All day park admission included in price with giant inflatables, soft play, outdoor adventure play and more. Kids £22, Adults £7. Book here. **FULLY BOOKED** – check for updates here Recommended for ages 4-10 years
Lintz Hall Farm – Family Fright Fest Lintz Hall Farm, nr Burnopfield, Co Durham, NE16 6AS Sat 30th – Sun 31st Oct 2021 A fun family day out, with stage shows including super heroes and Frozen, fun scare maze, pick your own pumpkin, fancy dress prizes, fun and games barn, street theatre, fairground rides, end of day parades and more. In association with Psycho Path, Metro Radio and Gateshead College. From £8.50 pp/£29 per family (under 1s free). Book here. Ages 1-12 years
Ocean Beach – Halloween Half Term 📌 Sea Road, South Shields, NE33 2LD 📆 Mon 25th – Sun 31st Oct 2021 🎃 Fairground rides & attractions are open daily from 12-5pm (weather dependant), with Halloween tunes, spooky decorations, ghostly lights and freaky food & drink available from selected outlets. 👉 Free entry, no need to book.
Saltwell Park – The Not So Scary Treat & Trail East Park Road, Gateshead, NE9 5AX Sat 30th – Sun 31st Oct 2021 A family fun event following a not so spooky map around the park to meet fun characters for photos and magic passwords. From Let it Snow Productions. From £12.50 pp (18 months & under in prams: £3.95). Book here. Suitable for all ages
Tynemouth Park – Maze Pumpkin Trail Grande Parade, Tynemouth, North Tyneside, NE30 4JL 23rd – 31st Oct Meet and greet spooky special guests, pick your own pumpkin patch, trick or treat goodie bag and Ice Scream with vampire blood. Plus dino-themed Adventure Golf and The Jungle Wipeout outdoors inflatables open (separate charges apply). £12.50 child, £2.50 adults (under 1’s free with paying child). Book here. **FULLY BOOKED**– check for updates here
Ushaw Historic House – Halloween Events Woodland Road, Durham, DH7 9RH 16th – 31st Oct Halloween-themed illuminated gardens with child-friendly scares taking place 30th-31st Oct in the ‘Halloween at Ushaw’ event, along with a packed program of half term activities including witchy arts and crafts, bat night talks, magician’s workshop, and Halloween outdoor stay and play. Plus the new ‘Room on the Broom’ permanent activity trail launched 18th Sep and is available for the whole year as a free trail with annual membership or daily admission. Garden Day Pass: £6 adult, £4 child (age 5-18). Event fees vary, book here.
Whitehouse Farm – Halloween Spooktacular. North Whitehouse Farm, Morpeth, Northumberland, NE61 6AW 16th-17th Oct & 23rd-31st Oct 2021 Face the Walkway of Terror with spider’s lair, catacombs, bat chamber, chop shop and grave yard, watch Magic Merlin’s Spooktacular Show in the Ghostly Grim Grotto, and visit the Pumpkin Patch with lots of photo opportunities. Plus fancy dress competition, animals to feed, hold & stroke, soft play barn, jumping pillows, adventure play areas, Giant New Astro Slide and lots more. From £10.50 pp / £42.45 per family (free for members & under 2 years free). Book here.
WWT Washington Wetland Centre – What Lurks Beneath, Halloween Trail WWT Washington Wetland Centre NE38 8LE Washington Sat 2nd – Sun 31st Oct All new interactive trail exploring the weird and wonderful side of wetland nature. Discover ‘what lurks beneath’ and uncover amazing facts about some very special creatures, while facing tricky tests along the way. Plus Nature Fright Nights events 29th-31st Oct with spooky crafts, bat walk, potion making and stories. Trail included in admission, from £5.81 child/£10.13 adult (under 4 years free). Book here. Fright Nights £10pp **FULLY BOOKED**.
There’s plenty on Gateshead Mumbler to help keep little ones (and big ones!) busy, check here for more ideas and info for playgroups, classes and fun days out from tots to teens!