Five terrifying things to do in the Tees Valley this Halloween

Inspiration | Published on: 14th October 2021

Spooky season is here! And there are plenty of things going bump in the night in the Tees Valley to keep the whole family entertained, so be there or be scared!

Go pumpkin picking  

Nothing will get you into the spooky spirit more than pumpkin picking, so grab your wellies and have a wonderful time at a Tees Valley pumpkin patch! 

Find pumpkins of all shapes and sizes at Pontac Pumpkins, a family farm offering fun for children and adults alike! Don’t forget to keep your eyes peeled for the ghastly ‘ghost’ pumpkins, snap a selfie, or climb aboard the gigantic spiders dotted around the site. 

Animals and an amazing selection of pumpkins? Yes please! Newham Grange Farm is the place to be if you want to pet some animals, before roaming the farm for your perfect pumpkin. 

Pop over to Preston Park to pick a pumpkin or two before embarking on a spine-chilling Halloween Quest. 

North Shire is back with its annual pumpkin picking event, so you can pick your own whilst exploring the enchanting grounds throughout October half term. Why not make a night of it and rest your head in accommodation inspired by top fantasy films? The site has even been featured on LadBible for its magical offer! 

Take on a spooktacular quest  

There are plenty of creepy events happening across the region. If you’re daring, why not don your scariest costume and see what thrills and chills you can find? 

Go on a Curious Halloween Quest at Preston Park as you search for clues, solve challenges, and set out into the petrifying forest, if you dare! Will you find the missing magical bottle, and put a stop to the mysterious happenings? 

Head over to Raby Castle this half term for a spooktacular Halloween trail in the Walled Gardens and see what hidden creatures you can find. Brave the Witch’s cauldron and scary spiders to find all the clues and complete the puzzle. For the bravest of souls looking for double trouble, why not take on the trail after dark? 

For a good cackle, head to Ormesby Hall’s Halloween Happenings. Grab your cauldron and concoct a mixture of potions and poisons, enjoy fun and frightful creepy crawlies or settle by the fire to hear some spine-chilling stories.  

Join a monster bash 

It’s time to dust off your disco shoes and bust out your best monster mash at a children’s Halloween disco! 

The Keys in Yarm’s Halloween Party promises a spooky disco, best dressed competition and trick or treat goody bag. Or why not join them for a Children’s Halloween Afternoon Tea? Try a special ‘Witches Brew’ or dare to eat a gruesome bat blood trifle! 

Treat the kids to a Halloween Spa-rty at the Spa Hotel, complete with spooky games, dancing and a ghoulish Afternoon Tea. But beware, you’ll be joined by a real-life wicked witch and sneaky vampire! 

Grab your best spooky outfit and get ready to boogie the afternoon away at Club Groovy’s Not So Spooky Monster Bash at Middlesbrough Town Hall. All little ghouls, ghosts and witches welcome. 

If you’re looking for something to keep your littlest monsters happy, Hullabaloo’s Hulla-ween has everything from storytelling to messy play, and a spooktacular silent disco! 

Unlock the door to the past 

There’s no better time than All Hallows Eve to journey into the past and discover the ghastly going-ons of bygone years. Luckily, there is plenty going on across the Tees Valley for explorers of all ages. 

Put your detective skills to the test and find out what the Dorman Museum’s mischief-making skeletons are up to as you take on the Skele-Fun Trail. Will you dare to uncover some of the most sinister objects in the collection? 

Take to the high seas and join the Captain Cook Birthplace Museum and discover the gruesome side to life at sea in the 18th Century. 

Little horrors can join the spooky fun at Head of Steam Museum and see the museum decorated for the occasion. Expect mini train rides, face painting and shrieking witches! Sounds like a scream!  

Something for the grown ups 

Test your nerve with one of Project Escape’s spine-chilling Halloween escape room challenges. Take on an abandoned hospital, haunted by a young female patient whose body was never recovered after some stomach churning rumours. Or will you solve Sherlock’s Mysterious Manor? Left untouched for years after a harrowing event caused the family to flee.  

Get the popcorn at the ready and enjoy a horrifying Hollywood blockbuster or a must-watch cult classic this Halloween at Daisy Dukes Drive In Cinema 

Fancy a fright? The Scream Factory has just the thing. Returning to the Tees Valley for 23 nights of terror, you can explore nine scare zones with over one-hundred live actors. Expect all the sounds, smells, and backdrops of a Hollywood movie set. Then grab some tasty street food from the Aftershock village – you’ll have earned it! 

Head down to The Empire for a devilish Tangerine HALLOWEEN club night with The Lunatics Circus. It promises death-defying antics and a supporting cast of freaks and uniques. 

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