Last Updated on September 4, 2023 by Suzy McCullough

We’ve found events in all of the counties in the North East and there are plenty of ideas to keep you busy during the October half-term of 2023. Things to do October Half Term – Halloween – County Durham – Northumberland and Tyne and Wear.

Please double-check the event descriptions on the attraction’s website as the below information could change. It is essential that you read their own information carefully. Some venues require you to pre-book online in advance. Please see their website for further information.

Adventure Valley – Pumpkin Festival – Tickets on sale – County Durham

Autumn family fun returns to Adventure Valley. Pick your pumpkin from the pumpkin patch and get carving. Watch daily shows & follow the spooky trail. Aim and fire at our corn cob catapult.

Address: Union Hall Farm, The Bungalows Finchale Abbey F, Durham DH1 5SG

When? 14th-15th, 21st-22nd and 28th-31st October

How much? Some of these are limited activities so make sure you book online in advance. An adult ticket is £14.50 online, Child with a free pumpkin is also £14.50. Other pricing options are available.

Alnwick Garden – The Ghoulish Garden – Tickets on Sale – Northumberland

Halloween at The Alnwick Garden has arrived and this year, each weekend in October is jam-packed with meet and greets, crafts, facts and more! The Garden will be decorated and a trail card can be picked up on arrival

Address: Denwick Lane, Alnwick NE66 1YU

When? September 30th – 5th November

How much? Normal entry fees apply.

Beamish – Halloween Evenings – Tickets on sale – County Durham

Prepare for a spooktacular evening of tricks and treats as your favourite museum is transformed into the Un-Living Museum of the North.

Keep an eye on this page, our social media and our e-newsletter for more information about these terrifyingly terrific evening events and details of when tickets will be going on sale.

This is a separate ticketed evening event.

Address: Regional Resource Centre, Beamish DH9 0RG

When? 27th, 28th and 31st October

How much? Please visit their website for prices

Belsay Hall Castle and Gardens – Halloween Half Term – Tickets on Sale – Tyne & Wear

Grab your broomsticks and get ready for a bewitchingly brilliant day out. Gather round for tales from our spooky storytellers and solve creepy clues in our Halloween Quest.

Book online and save 10%.

Address: B6309, Newcastle upon Tyne NE20 0DX

When? 28th October – 5th November

How much? Free members English Heritage. Adult ticket £12.70 without donation, child 5-17 £7.70

Down at the farm – Pumpkin Week – Tickets on sale – Tyne & Wear

Visit our outdoor pumpkin patch and get carving. Enter our spooky haunted barn filled with lots of surprises. Trick or treat around the farm to find the spooky objects and win a treat. Plus lots of outdoor play and more.

Address: Stoneygate Ln, Houghton le Spring DH5 8JG

When? 21st – 29th October

How much? £8.45 per person age 2 and over, under 2s are free.

Hall Hill Farm – Halloween Week – Tickets on sale – County Durham

Children’s pumpkin patch, scarecrow making, wizard school & much more!

Address: Hall Hill Farm, Lanchester, Durham DH7 0TA

When? 28th October – 5th November

How much? Adult ticket £10.75, £9.95 for a child aged 2-15. Under 2’s are free. Other pricing options are available. Prebook your tickets online in advance. This price may increase.

Raby Castle – Halloween Trails – Tickets on sale – County Durham

Mischievous Mog trail in Deer Park – Mog is a mischievous cat and has managed to get her paws on the sorcerer’s magical hat. She’s been slinking around with it causing mayhem in the Deer Park! Can you help the Witch find Mog and their hat? Follow Mog’s mischief around Deer Park and find the missing words to see what she got up to. There are riddles to solve along the way and a few cheeky ‘Mogs’ trying to lead you astray!


The Plotter’s Forest Halloween Trail –

Dress up in your most spooktacular outfits and get into double the trouble this October in The Plotters’ Forest at Raby Castle.

Look out for the spooky spiders, wicked witches and creaking skeletons through the pine tree plantation, as children collect the creepy clues this Halloween, with a tasty treat from The Plotters’ Pantry lookout deck awaiting all those who complete the trail.

Address: Staindrop, Darlington DL2 3AH

When? 7th October – 5th November

How much? Visits to the castle require a higher-priced ticket. Tickets must be prebooked online. Please see the website for different pricing options.

Ushaw Historic House – Scary Fairy Tales – Tickets on sale – County Durham

Illuminated Halloween Trail at Ushaw. Join us this Halloween weekend for an unforgettable journey through Ushaw’s enchanted gardens, where Fairy Tales have taken a dark turn. Venture into a realm where the Gingerbread Man has sinister intentions, where Little Red Riding Hood isn’t as innocent as she seems, and where Goldilocks and the Three Bears harbour haunting secrets. From the twisted tails of Hansel and Gretel to the eerie lullabies of Sleeping Beauty, immerse yourself in a world where every tale is a nightmarish delight. 

Address: Woodland Rd, Durham DH7 9RH

When? On Saturday 28 and Sunday 29 October 2023

How much? £7-10

Whitehouse Farm Centre – Halloween Spooktacular – Tickets on sale – Tyne & Wear

We dare you to come down to Whitehouse Farm Centre for our hair-raising Halloween Spooktacular Event! We have lots of spooky activities every day for a fang-tastic day:

Attend our SPOOKTACULAR SHOW with Magic Merlin in the ghostly grim grotto, Send your little beasties to WITCHES AND WIZARDS SCHOOL to get the Halloween magic flowing

Come in Fancy Dress and enter the FANCY DRESS COMPETITION & you could win a prize for the best costume! You may also bump into some odd characters as the staff get dressed up too!!

Visit Penny Pumpkin at the PUMPKIN PATCH and choose your own to carve. We are offering one FREE PUMPKIN for each FULL paying child, extras can be purchased for those not covered by the free pumpkin offer (While stocks last). And more.

Address: Whitehouse Farm Centre, Morpeth NE61 6AW

When? 28th October – 5th November

How much? Adult tickets are £14.45 online and children 2-16 also £14.45 (plus a small booking fee on each ticket) Under 2s are free. Other pricing options are available.

WWT Washington – Eek Week – Tickets on sale – Tyne & Wear

Are you brave enough to explore our interactive trail? Discover an exciting and mysterious world of wetland nature this October half term. Keep your eyes peeled and your ears pricked and engage all your senses as you make your way around our wetlands for a truly exciting experience.

Put your spookometer to the test with our interactive activities. Will you dare to put your hand in a spider box, grab a photo op with a bat or get up close and personal with a toad? It’s a weirdly wild day out for the whole family.

Address: Barmston Ln, Washington, Pattinson NE38 8LE

When? 21st October – 5th November

How much? Normal admission prices apply, see the website for prices.

If you’re looking for North East Christmas events please check out – Best Christmas Events North East 2023 – Meet Santa and More


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