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Things to do this Halloween without the spooky parts

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I have had so many people asking me for ideas on what they can do for Halloween that is not scary. Over the years we have always enjoyed a good scare but the last few with everything that has been going on, we have lost our spook. To be honest though Elliot, our youngest, who is now 9 has never been a fan of anything scary and gets a bit nervous at the thought of it, so he would always head off to his Auntie's house while we went to a scare event. This year though, we do have a few things planned but nothing too scary, so that we can all enjoy it.

We are going to pop up a few decorations, watch some movies, (age appropriate) check out my Halloween movie guide HERE, make some treats that I will be sharing the recipes so keep an eye out for them.

I have really thought about this and tried to come up with some ideas that will suit those who are looking for non spooky things to do.

🎃Movie night, you could set up some snacks and really make it special. Check out our guide HERE

🎃Cinema. Maybe there's something on that you would all love to see.

🎃Head out to your favourite forest and have a lovely autumnal walk. You could even whip together your own trail or bug hunt or you could try the trail at Hamsterley Forest.

🎃Blackberry Picking. October sees Blackberries lurking in the hedges, see how many you can pick and make a delicious blackberry pie

🎃Baking. Baking is my go to, especially with Elliot, we have so much fun in the kitchen.

🎃Head to a farm, whilst most have Halloween events on they don't tend to be scary. Check out some ideas below for events.

Autumnal Walks in the Woods

Events in the North East that are not scary


Hall Hill Farm - Sheep race, mini maze, pick your pumpkin and carve and lots more activities. Booking is required.

Down at the Farm - Pumpkin week, choose your pumpkin, carve it, trail, lots of outdoor fun. Booking is required.

These are our closest farms and both have special events on throughout half term for Halloween. Farm attractions tend to be aimed at younger kids in general so wont be too scary.

Other ideas

Sunderland Festival of Light - Booking is required, go along and see the pretty lights and explore the fun fair. (Check out our review HERE)

What Lurks Beneath Trail at WWT Washington - We recently visited and honestly this is perfect for the kids who don't like spooky. it is a trail that you do on your way around the site collect the answers and get a sticker at the end. Check out more info HERE

We always enjoy our visit to WWT, loads to see and there's a decent forest walk too.

Pumpkin Picking We love going to a Pumpkin Farm, in fact we are heading to our favourite in North Yorkshire on Thursday to pick ours this is just a traditional farm with a lovely shop, a few great photo opportunities and no booking fees you just turn up and pay for what you pick. If you fancy heading to a different Picking farm some have loads of extra activities. Check out my guide HERE

Raby Castle Halloween Trail. Collect an activity sheet and see what hidden treasures you can find. You can also take a pumpkin along and enter it in the competition.

They do have an after dark trail but the daytime one I assume would be fine. Raby Castle is a gorgeous place to go for a lovely walk, we love going for the Summer Lates. Look out for the Deer, however as it is around Rutting seasons make sure you don't approach them. Check out our review from earlier in the year HERE

The National Glass Centre have some fantastic events on over half term. Lots of craft activities which I love

Make a Glass Pumpkin 23rd - 31st

Halloween Family Fusing 23rd Oct

Fiendish Fusing 25th-26th Oct

Glass Pumpkin demonstrations 25th - 29th Oct

Perilous Glass Painting 27th-28th Oct

Creepy Crafty Treat Bags 29th Oct

Clay Creatures 30th Oct

Booking is required. You will need to check the ages for these as some are 16+

Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens

They have various craft activities, a Winter garden trail and more. If you are looking at spending more time in the city centre you could...

🎃Explore around the museum

🎃feed the swans and ducks in the adjoining Mowbray Park (seed please)

🎃Take part in the Monster hunt trail looking for the inflatables around the city.

🎃Harrys Game Shack have a special code for you to use NEFAM10 for 10% off.

🎃You could check out Sunderland Bowl which also has an indoor mini golf course and loads of arcade type games.

Seaton Delaval Hall NT have a Halloween parade on Halloween itself which I think would be suitable and non scary, along with various other activities.

More info HERE

Light Party at Riverlife Church Sunderland

I have actually seen posts recommending this event for those who don't like scary events.

Discovery Museum have various crafts including the Street Scientists (no booking required) 27/10

The Great North Museum Hancock have Marine Day which is no booking. (we love Hancock museum!) 28/10

Durham Cathedral Museum of the moon

We visited on the opening day and it is spectacular. Take a look around the gorgeous Cathedral, look at the moon, check out the museum and you can even go up the tower. There's also a lovely café and mega Harry Potter vibes. The Cathedral are also hosting Half Term fun including a silent disco under the moon, crafts and lots more.

Looking for something to do with your pumpkin? Make our delicious soup! HERE

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