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8 North East Halloween events you need to get boo-king

From a thrilling horror theme park to peaceful pumpkin picking, we've scoured the region for our top spooktacular events

Written by Rachael Nichol
Published 09.09.2021

1st – 31st OCTOBER 

Psycho Path Presents FearGround

Warning, this isn’t for the faint-hearted. Immerse yourself in a frightful experience like no other set amidst a sea of darkness deep inside 700 acres of a rural Durham farm. Hella creepy, right?

Get your heart pumping at the North East’s biggest scream park, with four horror attractions teeming with live actors and chock-full of frights. Not forgetting live performances, street food and cocktail bars – where you’ll definitely need to visit to calm your nerves after this ultimate scare experience.

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Pick Your Own Pumpkins 

What better way to get into the Halloween spirit than with some pumpkin picking? Grab your wheelbarrow, pick your perfect pumpkin and put your carving skills to the test! 

Pick Your Own Pumpkins is back at Brocksbushes and is bigger and better than ever, with more pumpkins this year thanks to an extra pumpkin patch. And that’s on top of a boatload of new decorations, plus expert pumpkin carving demos in the marquee, too. 

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THURSDAY 28TH OCTOBER

Heels of Hell

Start your Halloween celebrations off early with the fabulous Heels of Hell, which features a spooktacular lineup of internationally beloved queens. 

The world’s best drag performers take to O2 Academy Newcastle’s stage for a Halloween celebration like never before. Hosted by Ireland’s tallest lady, Victoria Secret, and welcoming RuPaul’s Drag Race faves Alaska, Shea Couleé and Adore Delano, alongside The Boulet Brothers’ Dragula stars Landon Cider and Meatball, this one promises to be frightfully fabulous.  

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FRIDAY 29TH OCTOBER

Paint and Sip Halloween Party Irish Centre 

Join in a uniquely terrifying and spooktacular paint party for all levels. Back in the (supposedly) haunted Tyneside Irish Centre, you get a choice to pick one of over 150 ghastly paintings. 

With a bloody daiquiri in one hand and a paint brush in the other, you’ll have a chance to get one-to-one hints and tips whilst being surrounded with hit music, laughter and lots of screams. It’s going to be fangtastic! 

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SATURDAY 30TH OCTOBER 

Gin & Juice: Hip-Hop Halloween Rave

The most notorious hip-hop event is back. Bringing you the very best old school and new school rap music, put on your freakiest, fanciest dress and celebrate Halloween by dancing the night away to party anthems from the likes of Jay Z, Kanye West and Eminem. 

Think incredible Halloween décor, break dancers and spooky stilt walkers – Digital is the place to be this Halloween weekend. 

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SUNDAY 31ST OCTOBER 

Rocky Horror Screening 

The Cluny invites us to a special Halloween screening of the Rocky Horror Picture Show and a night of wild, untamed fun. This is more than just any ordinary film screening of this cult classic – DJs will be playing before and after for a proper celebration.

Why not try out some their finest local ales, chilled beers and refreshing wines that’ll make your evening extra special? And of course, it’s Halloween – so dressing up is essential!

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Halloween Spooktacular with Top Hat & Heels 

Fancy a Halloween evening with a difference? Beamish Hall is set to give you a flamboyant and outrageously enjoyable evening, including a three-course meal and live entertainment throughout.

What better way to laugh away the frights than with a spectacularly visual comedy show, packed full of energy, giggles, choreographed dancing and many costume changes? Yep, we thought so.     

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Halloween Bunting Workshop 

It’s all part of the fun when decorating your home. But if you want something a little extra special, we’ve found the perfect workshop in Morpeth for you. 

Designed for anyone from a complete novice to a sewing expert, you’ll be guided through making some spectacular bunting that you can use to decorate your home, making it look unique and just that little bit extra compared to your neighbours for those trick or treaters! 

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