Are you visiting us near Halloween or looking for some spooky things to do during your stay? Look no further. Here is a list of events or places to visit for those who love all things scary. Whether you’re looking for some pumpkin picking fun, or wanting to explore some of the region’s finest spooktacular events, Northumberland and Cumbria have so many experiences to tickle your fancy.
Halloween fun is sorted if you’re staying at our Seal Cottage or Hexham House Apartments as you’re just a stone’s throw away from Hexham’s Spook Night. This is one of the town’s biggest events of the year and is full of true Halloween joy. On Saturday 29th October, head into Beaumont Street, Market Place and the Abbey Grounds for fairground rides, hot food, pumpkin carving, and even a witches’ den. There will also be spooky window displays and frightening story telling. If you’re looking to take it up a notch, they also have a terrifying escape room!
It’s not a spooky season without some pumpkin picking! So if you’re looking for that perfect pumpkin picking pic for your Instagram, then you need to head to Brockbushes Farm. Here you can pick your own pumpkin from a variety of different sizes, colours and shapes and once you’re done enjoy the other fantastic activities on site including,face painting, takeaway food and fun fair rides.
If you have come away with the kids for your half term break, Belsay Hall is putting together a ghostly tour around the gardens with classic children’s character Dennis the Menace. There will be costumed performers there to tell tales of everything strange, supernatural and silly. Belsay Hall are also doing fearful woodland walks where you can join ghostly storytellers on a walk through the darkness and shadows around the grounds. If you’re staying in our Shellbraes properties, this is only a 19 minute drive.
Taking the kids to our Bed at The Beck means you can enjoy these half-term activities at the beautiful Carlisle Castle. Here you can solve some creepy clues on a scary family adventure around the ground. The castle itself is also known for some paranormal activity and also holds ghost tours for those brave enough where you can join storytellers who will explore the castle’s gory history in the dead of night. Don’t forget your torch!
Kielder Castle is holding a very special sleepover event on the 29th October. Join them for a ghost hunt through the night where you can see if you can contact the other side with the use of many spooky tools such as a ouija boards. They promise nothing is faked and any activity is truly paranormal!
Haunted Areas to visit
For lovers of the paranormal visiting Northumberland, Chillingham Castle in Alnwick is a must. Described as ‘Britain’s most haunted castle’ it is definitely worth the trip. The castle boasts its ghostly status and holds many ghost tours for visitors to get a chance to see their supernatural residents. They even have ‘Ghost Hunts’ where you can stuck into some scary investigations.
Langley Castle, now a stylish hotel, was built in 1350 during the reign of Edward III. The castle has welcomed many guests over the years but there is one who is not prepared to leave and haunts the hallways at night. The familiar ghost who was named the ‘grey lady’ who has been seen crying at a window. The legend of the broken hearted ghost is said to be crying for her husband who was lost in battle.
Blanchland is a small Northumberland village which has a very bloody past that stems from the church graveyard. From the violent standoff years before the churchyard has seen to accompany these lost souls as well as a phantom funeral bell ring that has also been heard. This spooky village is close to Shellbraes properties, Seal Cottage and Twenty Princes Street.
Are you visiting us during the spooky season? Then let us know what you get up to this Halloween at our Wooden Star Cottages. Check our availability here.