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18 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 01.10.2021

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? So 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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NERD Fright Fest

Embrace your inner geek at this spooktacular festival. Here at the Boiler Shop, you’ll find a variety of extraordinary traders selling comics, collectables, geeky merch, retro video games and much more – all mixed up with a horror twist.

Metro Radio Cash for Kids will be taking care of the Halloween theme arcade tournament for a chance to win some fantastic prizes. And that’s not forgetting cosplay competitions either – so make sure you put on your best fancy dress! 

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Dragged From The Dead 

Get ready to meet these gorgeous ghouls! Join Baron Lavey, Cara Bonara, Frida Sapphic, Ivy, Lucy Phurr, Pebble Dash and Sally TM as they haunt the joint at Prohibition Cabaret Bar

See Newcastle’s finest spooks entertain you for the evening and get you in the Halloween spirit. Dragged From The Dead will bring you a mixture of camp and scary and will leave you gagged for more! Think fun, freaky and fabulous.

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Haunted Halloween Market

We all love a market, but this one has a very terrific twist. Who doesn’t love a freak show? This evening event is aimed at adults and older children who are not easily scared.

With performers on stage and a couple of creepy characters hiding in dark corners ready to frighten you, you’ll have a shopping experience like no other. So grab a drink at the bar (you’ll need it), browse the stalls and pick up some Halloween delights at The Biscuit Room! 

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Halloween Special Quiz Night

Get well and truly into the Halloween spirit at The Secret Garden, with something a little differently this year – putting your knowledge to the test in this fun, spooky-themed quiz.

Don’t forget to check out their incredible drinks offers and delicious street food while you’re there. Their loaded fries are next level and will help fuel your team’s brains to make you champions! 

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Heels of Hell

Start your Halloween celebrations off early with the fabulous Heels of Hell, which features a spooktacular line up 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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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 paintbrush in the other, you’ll have a chance to get one-to-one hints and tips whilst being surrounded by hit music, laughter and lots of screams. It’s going to be fangtastic! 

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Dynasty Halloween Party

Join the biggest Asian party event in the North East at Riverside this Halloween.  One of the biggest Friday nights has just got bigger. Be prepared for a night of spectacular spooks, delicious drinks and fabulous fancy dress. 

Oh, and make sure that you come dressed to impress to stand a chance of walking away with some magnificent prizes! Dance the night away until 3 am – what’s not to love?

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STAY GOLD – Halloween Punktacular VIII

It’s back again, which only means one thingwe get to hear that Ska cover of Ghostbusters and as much horror punk and sad-lad emo in one night as possible – Happy Halloween!

It’s time to bring out your inner emo and belt out the iconic tunes from the likes of Paramore, Blink-182 and Green at Head of Steam. 

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THE ‘Super’ POWER! (Halloween Special)

The Power is back with a giant monster Halloween Event in Times Square, ready to blast our guilty pleasures and welcome in all ‘80s iconic attire (and yes, Halloween get-ups, too). 

They’ve rounded up more legendary performers to grace the stage, more entertainers, a ginormous LED screen with interactive visuals throughout, enough confetti to black out the sun and the best power ballads ever to grace the ‘80s, ‘90s noughties and beyond. 

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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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Halloween Tribute Night: Lady Gaga 

Spanish City has got the perfect Halloween treat for all of you “Little Monsters” out there on the scariest night of the year. And to make it extra spooky, there will be a Rocky Horror Show twist.

Walk the red carpet on arrival and feel like the star that you are, then indulge in an exquisite two-course meal and dance the night away to their live Gaga-inspire singer, followed by dancing to a DJ until 12.30am. 

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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 of 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 Ball 2021 Newcastle

Newcastle’s biggest Halloween party is here with some very spooktacular guests coming to the Toon. Topping the bill are electronic duo SIGMA, who will perform a DJ followed by James Hype, one of the UK’s hottest breakout DJs, as well as our very own Consett born and bred vocalist, Karen Harding.

What better way to celebrate Halloween than on the dance floor? Northumbria Students’ Union brings Halloween back to Freshers 2021 with a bang – and it’s going to be bigger and better than ever! 

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Dead Famous 

Livello invites us to the dance floor to celebrate Halloween. So dress up as your favourite dead superstar and join this extra-special party on Halloween Night.

A red carpet arrival will await for your resurrected star – so who will you bring back from the dead? Expect a full venue and courtyard Halloween transformation, dead freaky visuals and world-class performers in full costume, not forgetting an unrivalled DJ line up blasting out bangers all night long.

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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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