Venture outside for fearsome family fun this half-term

Posted on 24th October 2016

Can you believe it’s October half-term already? The first few weeks of the school year have passed-by quicker than the leaves have changed colour and it’s taken us all by surprise. Thankfully, there’s some great Halloween half term events planned for you and your family across County Durham, so there’ll be no boring holiday horror stories for when the children go back to school!

Here’s our top suggestions for some fantastically spooky fun to see out October.

Halloween humour on the menu at The Old Farmhouse

If you’re in Darlington over the holiday, then the spook-tacular events on the menu at The Old Farmhouse will fill your half-term appetite! The pub will be welcoming families to join in the fun from Saturday, October 22nd through to Monday 31st. Over the course of the week, there’ll be ghostly story-telling, face painting and themed games, all for a fantastic cause to raise money for the NSPCC this Halloween.

Ghouly-y fun at Lumley Castle

Ghosts, ghouls and things that go bump in the night will be hosting a three-course banquet feast, entertaining the crowds with disco music and handing out free goody bags for all children at Lumley Castle on the October 28th. With goblets of wine for the adults, this fearsome feast is sure to please the whole family!

Frightfully good fun at Adventure Valley

 From pumpkin carving to spooky birds of prey shows, there’s plenty to do at Adventure Valley from the 22nd to the 30th to build up excitement for the holiday! A great way to get outdoors this half-term with the kids, Adventure Valley never fails to put on a spooky show.

Take a ride on a ghost train at Shildon Locomotion

All aboard the legendary ghost train at the National Railway Museum! Open from 10am until late on the 29th and 30th, the museum will have scarily good fun, family activities before the ghost train comes in during the evening. It’s sure to be the ride of your life!

Autumn Adventures at Auckland Castle

Love the great outdoors? Then this one is for you! The 40-minute, family friendly, torch lit trail will meander through Auckland Castle's parkland, setting off in groups from the castle every 15 minutes between 5:30pm and 7:45pm each night between the 24th and the 28th. During your guided walks there’ll be performances from Bishop Auckland-based Daisy Arts, inspired by fact and fiction and delivered by mischievous characters. Make sure you bring your wellies, warm coats and a torch for this one!

We hope our suggestions have inspired your October half term plans! We’d love to see pictures of you enjoying any of the places we’ve recommended, any others you visit, or dressed up for Halloween! Tweet us @ventureprop or post a picture on our Facebook page,