October half term adventures in the North East

Make the most of family time and enjoy a fun-filled day out this October half term. From autumn nature trails and wildlife spotting to ghoul hunting and creepy crafts we’ve got all of the ingredients for spooky adventures at special places across the North East.

Pumpkin carving at the National Trust

Perfect your pumpkin at Seaton Delaval Hall 

Join us for the Halloween family fun day on 31 October with pumpkin carving, fancy dress competitions and spooky stories guaranteed to give you chills. Got lots of energy to burn? Follow in the footsteps of the mischievous Delaval children with a one-mile Delaval Dash around the grounds.

A boy dress as a skeleton jumps onto a leafy path

Join the Hooley at Cragside  

Don your spookiest costume for the Halloween Hooley. Experiment with gloopy goo and wizards' fizz at the slime extravaganza, make a magical wild wand and be prepared for fiendish fun with the scary science buskers.

Children helping with a pumpkin crop

Have a spooky adventure at Wallington 

Some ghoulish guests have popped into the house. Help the team work out who’s making things go bump in the night on the Spooky Spotter’s trail. Discover what wakes up when the sun goes down on the Creatures of the Night trail or make the most of the late autumn sunshine and head out on the cycle trail with new low-cost bike hire.

Visitors in the pub beer garden at Gibside

Test your nature knowledge at Gibside 

Head to the West Woods and test your nature knowledge on the autumn pumpkin trail and celebrate All Hallows’ Eve at fancy dress beer and a bit night on the 26 & 17 October with tasty street food, Halloween drinks and a spooky magician.

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Be a bogle buster at Cherryburn 

Every weekday of half term you can become a certified boggle buster at Cherryburn. Boggles (ghastly Northumbrian spirits) have turned Cherryburn upside-down. Help us defeat these naughty spirits before we pack up the house for the winter.

Visitors in the garden at Washington Old Hall

Creepy crafts and scary beasts at Washington Old Hall  

Venture into the nuttery this half term and look out for beasties such as spiders and other creepy crawlies. Get stuck into some creepy crafts or have a go at guessing what gruesome contents are lurking in the mysterious Halloween box.

Half-term at Souter Lighthouse and The Leas

Outdoor adventures at Souter Lighthouse  

Bundle up for a coastal adventure at Souter Lighthouse and the Leas this half term. Little ones can explore on two wheels with free balance bike hire. There are Halloween thrills and chills with pumpkin carving and a zombie night run- can you outrun the Souter zombies?