Ghoulish goings-on and a wide range of spook-tacular events

Try your hand at pumpkin carving this Hallowe'en. Picture by National Trust/Naomi Goggin.
Try your hand at pumpkin carving this Hallowe'en. Picture by National Trust/Naomi Goggin.

There will be ghoulish goings-on at a host of Northumberland visitor attractions this Hallowe’en.

A series of spook-tacular events take place at Cragside, Rothbury.

From Monday, October 26, to Saturday, October 31, a witch hunt is being held from noon to 3pm, costing 50p, while creepy craft activities will take place in the spooky stables workshops, from 11am to 3pm, priced £1 per activity.

Then, on October 31, turn up in Hallowe’en fancy-dress and bring your pumpkin along for a pumpkin-carving session at noon, followed by a parade at 4pm with prizes for the biggest, ugliest and scariest pumpkins.

Normal admission applies also applies for all activities. For more information, call 01669 620333.

Witches and wizards will fly into Knight’s Quest at Alnwick Castle to be on hand to help make dragon charms, witch pots and magic wands. The Hallowe’en craft activities take place from this Saturday to Sunday, November 1, and normal castle admission applies. For more information, call 01665 511100.

On Saturday, October 31, Chillingham Castle hosts a Hallowe’en event and fireworks display.

Activities will include children’s ghost stories, fancy-dress competition, best pumpkin competition, pumpkin trail, tombola, children’s tablecloth colouring, free children’s face-painting and live music.

Hot and cold food, as well as soft and alcoholic drinks, will be available to buy on the night.

Gates open at 5.30pm and the event will run from 6pm to 8pm.

Tickets are £5 children, £10 adults and £25 family (two adults/up to three children). Tickets can be purchased in advance or on the night, but it is advised to book early as numbers are limited. To book, contact the estate office on 01668 215359.

Ford and Etal Estates hosts a range of Hallowe’en entertainment from Monday, October 26, to Saturday, October 31, including a scarycrow trail.

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From this Saturday to Sunday, November 1, Belsay Hall, Castle and Gardens hosts a Spooky Fun event, which will feature creepy crafts, ghost stories and sessions on how to spot a witch. It will run from 11am to 5pm each day. Normal admission applies, plus an additional £1 per ticket. For details, call 01661 881636.

Spine-tingling events are being held at Wallington, Cambo, from Saturday, October 24, to Sunday, November 1, from noon to 3pm.

Explore the spooky west woods where you can hold a scary beast, hunt for monsters using a map and compass and build a den to hide from the ghosts and ghouls. There will also be pumpkin carving, broomstick making, spooky storytelling and creepy crafts.

Normal admission applies, plus an extra charge for certain activities. For more information, visit 01670 773600.