Halloween In The North East
With the annual bout of “I can’t believe I’m too old to Trick or Treat” ennui upon us, it’s high time we looked at what grown-up entertainments are available this All Hallows Eve. With everything from drive-in movies to blood soaked club nights, there’s no excuse to be bored this Dead People Awareness Day.
Instead of focusing on the genetic medicine rubbish they routinely trouble with, the Centre for Life are hosting an 18+ event for anybody after the efficient experience of being scared and educated at the same time. More traditional Halloween fare in the form of a séance and a ghostly photo opportunity sit alongside Dexter-style blood spatter analysis with forensic experts, foley artists creating spooky sound effects and a Dracula 4D motion ride. And Zombie belly dancers.
Scared and educated not for you? How about scared and aroused? Halloween Burlesque events are popping up all over the region. Tburtonesque, or Tim Burton Themed Burlesque, will be taking place at Plugged Inn in Sunderland on the 26th. If you feel that the usual burlesque event lacks rotting superstars, look no further than Stockton’s Georgian Halloween Ball on the 27th, which features burlesque, Undead Elvis and a fire show from the Leeds Steelcats.
Providing Newcastle with a healthy dose of Halloween intrigue, Jameson’s Cult Film Club are hosting a secret screening of Francis Ford Coppola’s Dracula. Movie goers will meet on Bath Lane at 8pm on Halloween night and be escorted to the free screening in a suitably spooky venue. If you’d rather have the convenience of being spooked in your vehicle, Shutter Island and The Devil Inside will be screened in Bent’s Park in South Shields on the 2nd and 3rd respectively. You can have the usual yet still pretty spectacular experience of being scared in a cinema, with the Tyneside showing Psycho on 29th and Ring, voted by the cinema’s fans as the scariest film ever, on the 31st.
For a usual weekend out, with the notable addition of a gallon of fake blood, there are opportunities a-plenty, with almost every club giving out booze, money or treats in exchange for the most inventive costume. World Headquarters are giving out £250 to their winner. If you’re serious about being ridiculous, your best bet is to get yourself over on Saturday 27th at 10:30 for their Halloween frolics. For free sweeties, lovers of goth, and people who just happen to be over Middlesborough way on Friday 26th, Contagion at Basement are giving away sugary goodness, glow sticks and body parts (apparently). All while playing the the best in goth, industrial and dark alternative music. Not bad for £3.
A Halloween night out sometimes feels like it’s missing something. The Cumberland Arms believes that something is ping pong playing zombies and they’re hosting a Pongress Halloween special on the 31st to remedy the situation. Tickets are £4, the opportunity to watch zombies play ping pong is priceless. On the other hand, for a cultured evening, with an excuse to dress up, Panic Room at the BALTIC will have cocktails, live DJ Marcus Gibb and the blood spattered dancing of a cultured crowd on the 27th.
For a chance to actively seek out the dead, disturb their eternal rest, and trouble them to ask if they’re there, a séance with the bold intentions of contacting Houdini will take place at midnight in The Castle Keep. Alone in the Dark Entertainment are charging £24.99 for the opportunity to explore the spookiest building in Newcastle on Halloween. With an assortment of events around the big day, this event promises to be the dramatic climax of the paranormal calendar. Or not.
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