World celebrates All Hallows’ Eve

Headless Horseman at Meldon Park.
Headless Horseman at Meldon Park.

From spine-tingling tales to spooky activities, English Heritage has plenty planned to keep everyone entertained this Hallowe’en.

Belsay Hall, Castle and Gardens will explore the darker side of history for all the region’s little horrors with the Time Travellers Go…Ghosts and Ghouls events, which run throughout the half-term week from Saturday, October 27 to Sunday, November 4.

With spooky activities taking place throughout the site, prepare for a scare as youngsters are entertained with Hallowe’en treats including creepy crafts and ghost hunting galore.

What’s more, in the atmospheric setting of Belsay’s Hall, visitors are also invited to meet the costumed Victorian story-teller as he tells a variety of eerie tales.

Jon Hogan, events manager for English Heritage in the north, said: “As well as the traditional spooks and Hallowe’en treats, English Heritage has planned some exciting half-term events that will suit every taste (see Page 60).

“Belsay Hall is renowned for its spooky connections and lends itself extremely well for a look at the darker side of history.”

Entry to Belsay Hall, Castle and Gardens is free for English Heritage members or it costs £7.70 for adults, £6.90 for concessions, while children cost £4.60.

A family ticket (for two adults and up to three children) costs £20.

For the Hallowe’en events, there is a £1 extra admission charge per child.

For more information about English Heritage events in the North East, visit