There is a chill in the air that has nothing to do with the end of summer but rather sends a chill down your spine as a certain date on the calendar approaches.
Halloween will soon be lifting its macabre head and across the region plans are underway to mark it in a creepy enough way.
October 31st was a pretty tame affair that just involved stocking up on candy for treats and carving up a pumpkin – or a turnip if you’re among those old and tough enough to remember going through that much harder. chore.
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But over the past few years, the importance has grown and it’s now grown a lot darker and bloodier, with Halloween-themed events starting earlier and spanning far beyond a lonely night.
Having missed events last year due to pandemic cancellations, Halloween enthusiasts will be happy to know that there are many plans in place to make up for it this year and some of them are poised to increase the fear level higher than ever.
So, get ready and check out our top pick of spooky events you can book right now.
Plans for old favorites, such as events at the Center for Life, Beamish Museum and nearby Beamish Hall Hotel’s Terror in the Trees, have not been announced for this year, but watch this space for updates. and news of other places that could join the Halloween party.
Witches of Newcastle
What: a special witchcraft show immersed in the dark history of the city and combining speech, demonstration and performance
Or: Lit & Phil, Newcastle
When: 22 october
Writer and performer Cara Hamilton, who has presented her “dark shows” in North America, continental Europe and Scandinavia, this time creates a story that encompasses the shadow of the city’s murky history.
Expect witches, necromancers – which involves magical communication with the dead if you didn’t know – and how those accused of 16th and 17th century witch hunts were punished,
Cara, who is also part of a team that runs a sold-out Morpeth Ghost Tour, will include items from her own personal Witchcraft and Witchcraft Museum in her show.
Tickets: The cost is £ 12. Buy here.
Halloween White Night
What: a film-athon of films that will tingle you to keep you in your seat from dusk till dawn. There will also be live entertainment between films as well as a prize for the best costume of the evening.
Or: Tyneside Cinema, Newcastle
When: October 30-31
Some favorite horror classics must have a “Horrorversary” showing at the city theaters and the program also includes some he would have screened last year if the pandemic hadn’t thwarted his plans.
Among these will be a screening of Psycho, to mark his missed 60th birthday, as well as a 45th birthday screening of The Omen; another anniversary screening quite close to Return of the Living Dead and a similar 35-year anniversary release for The Fly.
Other films on the sleepless night schedule will include favorites such as The Omen, The Wicker Man, The Evil Dead and The American Werewolf in London.
Tickets : £ 6.66 for the first film; £ 6.16 for the second; £ 3.66 for the third and £ 3.33 for the fourth – or £ 19.81 for the whole night. To book or to read the full program, see here.
Paint and sip the Halloween party
What: a night inviting visitors to indulge their spooky and creative side while enjoying a party atmosphere, music, food and drink, such as ‘spooky daiquiris’
Or: Tyneside Irish Center, Gallowgate, Newcastle
When: 29 october
With an emphasis on fun and not fine art, this event – which runs from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. – is an artist-run group painting class giving guests the option of choosing one or more paintings to make and take home and keep.
The organizers promise “cash prizes, bloody drinks and plenty of stuff that rushes through the night.”
Tickets: That’s £ 19.95 or there’s a five-for-four discount offer of £ 79.80. Tickets include all necessary art materials, but drinks etc. are extra. See here.
To note There are other Halloween-themed Paint and Sip events, including one for kids at South Shields on October 26 – see here – and one in Whitley Bay on October 30: see here.
What: a new event, billed as “Newcastle’s biggest Halloween party”, will take place on the big night itself
Or: Northumbria Institute, at Northumbria University Students Union, Newcastle
When : October 31
The institute, its October 31 setting, will be transformed with Halloween decorations, fireworks, confetti, LED screens and a light show for a show featuring singer Consett Karen Harding.
Between 9 p.m. and 2 a.m., the lineup of great DJs and pop artists will include the electronic duo Sigma and; DJ James Hype; Irish DJ and producer Shane Codd; emerging singer Harlee and electro-pop artist Koolkid.
Tickets: The cost is £ 24.75 see here.
Nerd Fear Party
What: Halloween-themed entertainment including cosplay, competitions, and retro arcade games – don’t miss House of the Dead and Gostly Galleon.
Or: The boiler room, Newcastle
When: October 10.
North East Retro Den – which opened Nerd Arcade in Felling in the summer, providing a haven for video game enthusiasts and boasting a collection spanning decades – is hosting a Halloween event with a difference on a date postponed before the big day.
Tickets: £ 6 or £ 5 for children under twelve (plus administration fees and free for children under five). See here.
Bongo’s Bingo Special Halloween
What: an evening of music, entertainment, crazy surprises and prizes and, yes, bingo – with the added attraction of Nadine Coyle taking the stage on the first two Halloween dates.
Or: The boiler room, Newcastle
When: October 28, 29 and 31
The Bongo’s Bingo team will be back in Newcastle with a thematic twist on their already chaotic version of the game everyone thought they knew how to play.
Between 6:30 p.m. and 11 p.m., wait… well, who knows but there will be bingo and Halloween somewhere. Disguises are encouraged but not mandatory, according to organizers.
Tickets: General release tickets are £ 17 for October 28 and £ 18 for October 31, plus a booking fee (October 29 is now sold out). See here.
What: Organization of the annual Halloween “Park of the Cries” experience on 700 acres
Or: Lintz Hall Farm near Burnopfield, County Durham
When: From October 1st
The Spooky Experience will return in October with some of the most impressive additions yet.
Added extras include a new corn corn – a familiar scene in many horror movies – which is now grown on a 2.5 acre site.
Called Corn-ered, this corn maze is designed to play on a wide variety of common fears, so expect hidden terrors lurking around every corner.
The sounds and lighting of the atmosphere will add to the chills of those who enter.
Making its return will be Psycho City, an open-air trail through an abandoned wasteland inhabited by nightmarish creatures; Fearground and Stage Fright.
Other new attractions have equally spooky names like Isolation and iScream, a confusing house of horrors
Tickets: from £ 23 and all children aged 13-16 going there must be accompanied by an adult at all times. To book see here.
Halloween Spooktacular with Top and Hat and Heels
What: a visual comedy show with a three-course meal
Or: Beamish Hall Hotel, County Durham
When: October 31
Described as a flamboyant and “outrageously good” evening, this evening promises live entertainment including plenty of comedies, choreographed dances and costume changes.
On the Halloween-themed menu, a pumpkin soup with spices – of course – followed by a roast chicken supreme or a charlotte with Mediterranean vegetables and then a caramel pudding.
It will take place on Halloween night itself, from 7 p.m. until the magic hour of midnight.
Tickets: The Spooktacular costs £ 36. These booking tickets are also offered a promotional offer of room-only hotel accommodation from £ 80.
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