10 OCTOBER–1 NOVEMBER
Redcar’s Scream Factory has entertained and enthralled thousands of helpless souls in the North East since 2012 and is only getting bigger. The region’s largest, scariest and multi-award winning haunt, set in the grounds of an old haunted nursery behind Kirkleatham Museum, has petrifying ploys in store for thrill-seekers of all ages. Inviting you to be immersed in a world of nightmares, complete with some fiendish new features – including The Carnival of Carnage and a new end village in which to catch your breath with some refreshments – just be warned: Scream Factory is not for the faint-hearted.
Scream Factory, Kirkleatham Museum, Redcar TS10 5NW
Murderous madmen, killer clowns and chainsaw-wielding characters all lurk in the post-apocalyptic wasteland of interactive scare experience Psycho Path this October. Returning after a sell-out run last year, Psycho Path offers some killer new attractions for 2019 in its revamped Fearground, including iScream – a clown maze and scary freak show – where visitors will need to survive the horrors if they want to reach the Anarchy Arcade, which will offer everything from aerial artists, magicians and fire breathers to fairground rides and a range of street food and drinks. Psycho Path will also be hosting a Family Frightfest on certain dates this year – a separate attraction to the evenings’ horror trail that will include pumpkin carving, spooky stories, stage shows, a fun scare maze and prizes, suitable for children of all ages. Sweet, but psycho.
Lintz Hall Farm, Burnopfield, Newcastle NE16 6AS
0191 261 8579
HALLOWEEN EVENINGS 2019
Are you ready for a fright night you’ll never forget at one of Beamish Museum’s Halloween Evenings? Experience an eerily-exciting evening of tricks and treats as everyone’s favourite open-air attraction is transformed into The Un-living Museum of the North. Beware as ghastly ghosts and other terrifying creatures take over the the grounds, with plenty of spooky surprises in store. There’ll also be extraterrestrial entertainers and frightfully fantastic family activities to enjoy, so go along in your creepiest costumes and be a part of it… if you dare.
Beamish Museum, Beamish DH9 0RG
0191 370 4000
26 OCTOBER–3 NOVEMBER
SPOOKY BELSAY HALL
Grab your broomsticks for a bewitchingly-brilliant day out at Belsay Hall this half term holiday. Perfect for keeping little monsters of all ages out of mischief with a whole host of Halloween hijinks, Belsay Hall’s paranormal programme offers you the chance to get hands-on with creepy crafts, and embark on a wickedly wacky witch-themed quest around the hall and gardens. And with a fancy dress competition to be won every day, be sure to come in your finest fiendish outfits.
Belsay Hall, near Morpeth NE20 0DX
29 OCTOBER–1 NOVEMBER
DRACULA THE TRAVESTY
Halloween is the perfect time to be reminded of (or discover) Bram Stoker’s villainous vampire, and this Customs House production, devised in association with the Northumberland Theatre Company, has plenty of family-friendly bite. Light, funny and daft, but with a strong narrative and some genuinely scary moments, Dracula The Travesty epitomises gothic storytelling at its best: imaginative, atmospheric and exciting. Only recommended for children over the age of 10, you’d have to have bats in your belfry to miss it.
The Customs House, Mill Dam, South Shields NE33 1ES
0191 454 1234
31 OCTOBER AND 2 NOVEMBER
PIRATES OF THE RIVER TYNE
Ahoy, shipmates! This Halloween, batten down the hatches and jump onboard the mysterious Fortuna vessel as it sails down the River Tyne – looking to unearth some of Newcastle’s long-lost maritime secrets. Whether you’re Elizabeth Swann or Davy Jones, you can join in the celebrations as the ship’s resident DJs take you through the biggest new and old school tracks, while blending in the odd Halloween horror, in this boat party like no other. Fancy dress is (of course) required, whether it’s an eye patch, a toy parrot or a full-on costume, with organisers warning that no effort will result in no entrance. Better stock up on fake blood…
Fortuna Boat, Newcastle Quayside (by Pitcher & Piano) NE1 3DX
TWISTED CIRCUS HALLOWEEN FESTIVAL
Witness death-defying acts, crazy characters and a heart-pumping soundtrack as the UK’s most terrifying Halloween festival embarks on a nationwide tour – taking over Newcastle’s Riverside for one night of spirited shenanigans. Since its inception, Twisted Circus have entertained over 100,000 like-minded thrill-seekers, and they don’t look to be stopping anytime soon if 2019’s event is anything to go on. Body stapling, pierced weight lifting and the incredibly dangerous Bed of Blades are just some of the things you might witness in this fun-filled fright night. Welcome to the dark side of the circus.
Riverside, Neptune House, Newcastle NE1 3RQ
FARMER COPLEY’S PUMPKIN FESTIVAL 2019
Farmer Copley’s renowned Pumpkin Festival is back with the chance to get your hands on a giant pumpkin from their patch, sample some scarily-themed food, and ride the Pumpkin Express. While it may be aimed at the children, it’s probable that this event will bring out the inner child in adults too – try your hand at carving your own pumpkin, or sink your teeth into a toffee apple.
Farmer Copley’s, Ravensknowle Farm, Pontefract Road,
Pontefract WF7 5AF
11 OCTOBER–3 NOVEMBER
FACE YOUR FEARS
Yorkshire’s biggest and scariest Halloween destination, The Yorkshire Scare Grounds Scream Park, is a haunted house like no other – sitting on an historic 24-acre estate and designed to thrill with live actors, spooky sets, atmospheric lighting and sound and static and moving props (and some delicious street food stalls for after). With six spine-chilling scare experiences to choose from, will you be alarmed by Artificial Intelligence? Wonderstruck by Witchcraft? Creeped out by the Clown Asylum? Terrified in Jack’s Big Top? Horrified in a Hotel Hell? Or will you even survive The Sewer? Try them all.
Yorkshire Scare Grounds Scream Park, Hell Lane, Heath, Wakefield WF1 5SG
HALLOWEEN TRAIN 2019
Steam and scream your way through the Yorkshire Moors with this unique Halloween experience. There really is no better place to recount spooky ghost stories than in an eerie, Halloween-themed train carriage moving through the dark and remote Yorkshire Moors. Keeping the kids out of mischief will be easy as they join in with songs, interactive tales and activities found in their Halloween goody bags – all while dressed in the scariest Halloween attire (that includes you too).
North Yorkshire Moors Railway, Goathland, Whitby YO22 5NF
All manner of ghastly ghouls will be lurking within the shadows of ‘Frightwater Valley’ Theme Park – from family-friendly scares to truly terrifying encounters, there promises to be something for everyone. Younger visitors can enjoy Spooky Character Meet and Greets, Scary Magic Shows and Trick or Treat Doors, while for the more intrepid there’s the chance to enjoy some grown-up thrills and chills inside the Scare Maze. And visitors of all ages should be sure to join in all of the frightful fun of the Halloween Fancy Dress Competition.
Lightwater Valley Theme Park, North Stainley, Ripon HG4 3HT
26 OCTOBER–3 NOVEMBER
SPOOKY SCARECROW TRAIL
It’s back and beware – it aims to scare. The ever-popular Spooky Scarecrow Trial at Lotherton Hall invites visitors deep into the dark, haunted woods of the estate, daring you to spot as many scarecrows as you can – just make sure you don’t wake them up! Tiptoe your way past the scary spiders, ghoulish ghosts and wicked witches hidden all over the house and grounds of this magnificent Edwardian estate, visit Skeletown to see the scary side of the Wild West, and get involved with creepy craft activities every day of the half term holidays.
Lotherton Hall, Lotherton Lane, Aberford LS25 3EB
0113 378 2959
26 OCTOBER–3 NOVEMBER
THE HALLOWEEN ADVENTURE
Stockeld Park is taking a somewhat more magical spin on Halloween this year, by creating an adventure land where you can journey by nordic ski on their woodland trail, take a magical trip around the illuminated Enchanted Forest, find your way through the Mystical Maze and enjoy a skate around their real ice rink. But for all you scare devils never fear – they’ve got plenty of creepier crowd-pleasers later in the evening.
The Adventure Park, Stockeld Park, Wetherby LS22 4AN
27 OCTOBER–3 NOVEMBER
THE PETRIFYING PUMPKIN HUNT
Do you dare to discover the darker side of Sledmere this Halloween? Take part in the Petrifying Pumpkin Hunt and find bats and cats on the Stables Trail, explore the gardens and grounds with a Beastly Broom Search, and take a trip around the Freaky Farmyard – not forgetting to visit the awe-inspiring adventure play area, of course.
Sledmere House, Sledmere, Driffield YO25 3XG
TOMORROW’S GHOSTS FESTIVAL
One of Whitby’s favourite festivals returns this November with a weekend of bands, films, alternative markets and theatre sure to fright, excite and delight audiences of all ages. Running alongside other special events around the town as part of Whitby’s Goth Festival. Tomorrows Ghosts Festival is the perfect post-Halloween pick-me-up that is sure to raise spirits – welcoming bands such as Clan of Xymox, October Burns Black and Grooving In Green as well as a solo set from Wayne Hussey.
Whitby Pavillion, West Cliff, Whitby YO21 3EN
THE GREAT ESCAPE GAME
This live escape room is an ongoing attraction all year round, but feels especially eerie when the spirits of the dead are said to be walking the streets outside. Blurring the lines between the reality of the everyday with film-like special effects and immersive, advanced themes, The Great Escape Game has a host of different, diabolical experiences to choose from – such as The Devil’s Playground and The Mad Scientist. The newest? Outbreak: an immersive drinking experience set in a barren wasteland of a city a year after a deadly virus has hit. Top up, anyone?
Avec building, 3-7 Sidney Street, Sheffield S1 4RG
St James House, Vicar Lane, Sheffield S1 2EX
Atlas House, 31 King Street, Leeds LS1 2HL
0330 0883 032