Durham Castle

Some of the best spooky experiences can be found in Durham, and with Halloween just a few days away, here’s a rundown of some eerie sights and spectacles bound to terrify and delight!

All Hallows’ Walk - Auckland Trust

All Hallows’ Walk will see characters from the region’s history brought back to life.
Groups will be guided through the meandering grounds of the 900-year-old Auckland Castle by torchlight where they will encounter the ghostly figures and hear their tales.

Fright Night at Wharton Park

Following the success of last year’s event, Wharton Park will play host to a spooky new show by Let’s Circus on Saturday 28 October.

The Halloween-themed event will take place in the park’s amphitheatre with acrobatics, juggling, giant balloon comedy and much more. Ticket holders can also visit the fire garden at the Way Sculpture where they will be treated to a fire-juggling performance.  For more information visit www.facebook.com/WhartonParkDurham

Dalton Park

To celebrate the scariest day of the year, Dalton Park has teamed up with its nominated charity, The Sick Children’s Trust, to host a fun-filled pumpkin trail around the centre’s parkland area on Sunday 29 October from 12pm until 4pm with other events also taking place for the family.

Bowlees Visitor Centre Halloween Spectacular

Spooky face painting, scary pumpkin carving and lots of fiendishly good fun for the family.

Durham University Oriental Museum: Super Spooks

Find out about the monsters and demons in the museum collections and make your own spooky bat puppet.

Durham Castle: Creepy Family

Steady your nerves for an atmospheric family tour around Durham Castle.

Halloween at Crook Hall

Durham City’s oldest and spookiest house provides a perfect scary setting to meet the wicked white witches and spot the White Lady.

Beamish Hall Hotel – Terror in the Trees at Beamish Wild

It would be wrong to not treat yourself to an all-out frightfest by wandering in ancient woodland in the pitch black while being surrounded by creepy creatures of the night! Expect to be scared out of your wits at this strictly adults only event!

Hall Hill Farm Halloween

Make your own scarecrow, carve a pumpkin lantern and have your face painted for a ghoulishly good time.

Halloween at Hardwick Hotel

Hardwick Hotel has a series of events for all the family including a family trail for aspiring wizards and an all-inclusive Halloween overnight stay.

Tanfield Ghost Train

Visit the Tanfield Railway for a spine tingling, hair-raising journey along the World’s Oldest Railway.

Looking for somewhere spooky to stay?

Durham has a variety of places to stay if you’re looking to for a well-known haunted hotel. Besides ancient cobbled lanes, castles and enchanted forests, visitors are known to stay in the following hotels because of their reported ghoulish experiences!

Lumley Castle Hotel

Lumley Castle is allegedly haunted by the spirit of a 14th Century lady of the manor, Lily Lumley and a prankster ghost. It is believed Lady Lumley was thrown down a well on the castle grounds and sightings have included sliding glasses on tables and a strange man sitting in the corner of the bar…

For more tales of spooks and legends visit our Top 10 Ghosts & Legends

Tasty bites!

And if all that fear works up a hearty appetite, there’s a huge selection of restaurants, cafes and other eateries just waiting to be explored in Durham. The end of October not only marks Halloween, it also marks the end of Taste Durham Month, so be sure to check out our section dedicated to finding something to sink your teeth into. Mwahahaha!

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