Anywhere can be spooky with the right amount of dressing, lighting and sound effects, but this Hallowe’en we round up our favourite regional locations with no need for embellishment to be mysterious…
- Castle Keep, Newcastle
Reports of ghostly chanting of unseen monks and disembodied screams heard coming from the gallery are enough to set the scene.
- Lumley Castle, Durham
Famously haunted by the ghost of Lily of Lumley. Reportedly her lifeless body was thrown down the well, it’s said she comes up out of the well each night to walk the castle. Fantastic restaurant too…could murder one of their suppers.
- Town Moor, Newcastle
Once the site of Newcastle’s gallows, all you need is the weather to play ball and blanket the moor in a ghostly mist and you might hear the bloodcurdling screams.
- Crook Hall, Durham
One of Durham’s best-known ghosts, the White Lady of Crook Hall will surely RSVP if you invite her to a ball at her own manor. What a VVIP.
- Marsden Grotto, South Shields
Your event can occur in the pub carved into the cliffs but if that isn’t enough Marsden Bay itself has its very own sea monster – Shoney.
- Holy Island, Lindisfarne
What is spookier than being cut off from the mainland, especially when the causeway is ravaged by ferocious tides.
- Tyne Theatre, Newcastle
The ghost of Bob Crowther a stagehand, sadly killed by a stage prop travelling at high velocity. Bob reportedly pushes past patrons. Make sure you don’t sit in his favourite seat in the stalls.
- Hancock Museum, Newcastle
Apparently a mummy wanders the exhibits at night. And it’s not the comforting mother type…
- Lit and Phil Society, Newcastle
Recent video footage showed a fire door opening on its own accord now some will say this is all hot air…or just a blast of air, but it’s a beautiful venue of its own accord so makes the list.
- Tynemouth Priory, Tynemouth
Expect phantom monks praying at a stone in the graveyard. Towards the cliffs this location also offers extremely vintage air raid shelters, double fright for you to get your fangs into.
- Victoria Tunnel, Newcastle
The picture says it all. Let’s hope your guests don’t suffer with claustrophobia.
- Newcastle Cathedral, Newcastle
With not one but two ghosts, you’ll have enough entertainment for guests.
- The Mining Institute, Newcastle
All dark wood and moody lighting, this is one mysterious venue currently closed for refurbishment. Sure the odd ghoul could float through the walls mind.