It’s one of our favourite times of the year, and even though many things seem a bit more scary than usual at the minute, you can still look forward to a brilliant Halloween and half term.

(We’ll apologise now for all the puns but we’re just creeping it real….)

If you’re wondering if you can still get in the spooky spirit this year, there’s some fang-tastic ideas below.

Get in the spirit at Newham Grange Farm

The pumpkin patch is back at our favourite farm this October, and you can head along to see the animals and the decorations and take a stroll along the Woodland Walk (look out for the gorgeous autumnal colours). Dig out your scariest outfit and pay a visit on Halloween as there’s spot prizes for the best costumes. Saturday 24th – Saturday 31st October, tickets must be booked in advance.

Take a walk on the wild side – The Middlesbrough Halloween Trail and win flights from Jet2!

In light of planned events, parties and trick or treating being off the cards this year, a Facebook group called ‘Middlesbrough Halloween Trail’ has been set up by local residents so that you can enjoy a safe and fun outdoor walk with your household.

Simply decorate your house, windows and garden with Halloween decorations, dress up in your best spooky costume and take a walk around your estate or local area and see how many pumpkins and decorations you can spot. Make sure you take photos of all the fun and post them in the Facebook group (after all, if you’ve got it, haunt it).

And the best bit? The most ‘liked’ photo posted in the group will win two return flights to anywhere in Europe, courtesy of Jet2!

There’s also handy links in the Facebook group to downloadable scavenger hunts and lots of half-term craft ideas so there’s plenty to keep little ghouls occupied.

Please bear in mind the guidelines and social distancing rules when on the walk. Here’s more information on the spooky trail walks.

Head on the spooky trails

All Hallows Half term at Middlesbrough Town Hall

Join Middlesbrough performing arts team for three days of Halloween themed singing, dance, drama and spooky craft workshops. At the end of the sessions there’s a frightfully fun performance where you can bring together everything you’ve learned over the three days. Suitable for ages 6 to 12 years. Social distancing and Covid-19 risk assessments are in place.

Click here for more information and details on how to book.

Not-so-spooky story time

We just LOVE the story time sessions from Tammy from Middlesbrough Libraries, and of course, the help of Tammy’s trusty dog Monty helps make any story to come to life!

They’re both going the extra mile for Halloween – expect the *best* dress up outfits and stories. Tune in to their story session with the Middlesbrough Library Facebook page.

Please bear in mind the government’s advice on social distancing and the rules that apply to Middlesbrough under the tier 2 lockdown restrictions.