It’s time to start planning Halloween activities (Image: Pixabay)
October has arrived on Tyneside and there’s something spooky in the air.
Halloween season is just around the corner and children across the region are already hatching plans for costumes and eyeing up ghastly activities for later this month.
Parents may be reluctant to be thinking ahead to the end of October already, but with many events already taking bookings and kids in the mood to make up for an underwhelming year of festivities in 2020, it’s about time to fill the calendar.
Luckily, plenty is happening in and around Newcastle.
Newcastle World looks at a few of the top picks.
For the ones who love to get creative...
What?: Creepy Crafts
Where?: Newcastle Castle
When?: Monday, October 25 - Sunday, October 31
Newcastle Castle is getting in the mood this October by throwing Creepy Crafts sessions for kids who love to get creative.
Sessions are free, although welcome donations, and run from 10 am to 4 pm each day.
Kids can “decorate the halls of the Castle Keep with roosting bats, make a terrifying mask to haunt the corridors with or protect yourself from ghouls and ghosts with a mystic amulet”.
For the ones who love to go all-in...
What?: Spooky Night at the Museum
Where?: Discovery Museum
When?: Friday, October 29
Price?: £7 per child aged 1 -12, £3 for young people age 13 -17, £3 for baby under 12 months + one adult, £3 per accompanying adult
There’s quite the event happening at the Discovery Museum with a whole smorgasbord of activities.
‘Bewitching tales’ will be being told, there’s a fancy dress competition and ‘ghoulish games’ that all culminate in the ‘Devilish Disco’ in the museum’s Great Hall.
The full experience lasts two hours and looks set to be a hit for big Halloween fans.
For those with endless energy...
What?: Tynemouth Park Pumpkin Trail
Where?: Tynemouth Park
When?: Saturday 23rd of October to Sunday 31st of October
Price?: £12.50 per child, £2.50 for adults
For kids wanting to stretch their legs and take in the fresh air, Tynemouth Park looks a great destination.
The Pumpkin Trail runs through the park’s maze, there are ‘spooky special guests’ around for photo opportunities and trick or treat goodie bags being given out.
If that’s not enough of a run-out, the park’s usual Adventure Golf and Jungle Wipeout will also be open as usual.
For those wanting a bit of a slower pace...
What?: Haunted Halloween Market
Where?: The Biscuit Factory
When?: Sunday, October, 24
Price?: £15 per child with one adult
The Haunted Halloween Market is aimed at younger children with stalls selling plenty of spooky goodies.
The ticket also includes face painting and an hour of spooky fun and games with Jack and Sally from The Nightmare Before Christmas.
For those wanting to get their hands dirty...
What?: Pumpkin Picking
When?: Throughout October
Pumpkin picking is a Halloween classic and brings the season to life for little ones.
Whilst there aren’t any patches in the city centre, there are several just a short drive from Newcastle.
Newcastle World ran through the options last month, which you read here, with some open as early as this weekend.