The nights are drawing in. The leaves are decidedly more golden and there is a chill in the air… Halloween is just around the corner. We all know that the excitement of fancy dress and foolishness of eating too many sweets is not reserved for children. Grown-ups - you’re in for a (trick or) treat this October with venues across the North East offering you spine-tingling thrills.

Here is just a spook-tacular snippet of what to look forward to…

The Shining screening at the Drive-In Cinema, South Shields

Tuesday 31 October, 6.45pm

What could be more unnerving than watching The Shining in your car on Halloween? Lock the doors and don’t forget your blankets to snuggle into or hide under. South Shields’ popular Drive in Movie experience returns for another year with a brilliant line up of classics throughout Autumn. Prices start from £27 per car.

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Alnwick Castle After Dark

Wednesday 25 – Saturday 28 October, four tours per night

Are you brave enough to explore beyond the walls of Alnwick Castle during the scariest week of the year? With over 700 years of history, there is guaranteed to be a spook or two lurking in the cobwebs. Limited tickets are now on sale.

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Voodoo Thriller Ball, Kommunity

Friday 27 October

Here is your chance to get fully kitted out in your very best Halloween get-up – there’s even a prize for the most ghoulish reveller. Dance til your feet drop off to some of the best dance-floor fillers including top-tapping, hip swivelling tunes from legends like Michael Jackson, Prince, Madonna. What’s more… it’s FREE!

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Boulevard Halloween Nightmare on Churchill Street

Performances throughout October

Ghosts and ghouls come out to play at this year’s fabulously frightening Halloween extravaganza at Boulevard. With performances throughout October you really must drag out your very best costumes and head down to the city’s utterly raucous venues for a night to remember.

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Halloween Late, Life Science Centre

Friday 27 October

Wander into the fog-filled Dino Jaws exhibition at Life Science Centre this Halloween but be careful not to stumble over the scattered limbs left over by the ravenous carnivores. Live demonstrations, 4D Motion Ride and a professional special effects make-up artist are just some of what will be going on all evening.

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Don’t Go Outside, Newcastle Castle

Saturday 23 September – Sunday 5 November

Don’t Go Outside is set in Newcastle’s ancient fortress, in an apocalyptic, modern day world. Your hearts will be racing as you witness the struggle of three “survivors” from the outside.

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