Halloween in Sunderland

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Lights Out - Halloween in Sunderland

The city will be alive with fun and fear throughout a week-long event.

From Friday 22 October - Sunday 31 October, sink your teeth into the city-wide programme which will bring together terribly good events, devilish displays and wicked offers. 

There are plenty of tricks and treats to get involved if you're brave enough!

Things to see

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The Mackem Monster Hunt

When the monsters take over Sunderland, things will never be the same again...

Sunderland city centre is a spooktacular place to be this Halloween!

From Friday 22 October until Sunday 31 October, take to the streets and find your favourite creatures hidden on landmark buildings. 

You will find a combination of fun inflatable and Augmented Reality Monsters in the form of an outdoor community trail for all. 

The monster trail can be downloaded via a bespoke app on to any smartphone, which will guide you to the various locations across Sunderland city centre.

The Mackem Monster trail and app will be available from Friday 22 October.

Halloween Community Parade

Join us on a fearful Friday night... if you dare!

Our Halloween Community Parade is back on Friday 29th October, 5:30pm.

Once again our Halloween Community Parade is BACK and we can't wait to see all you ghouls there!

HUNDREDS of ghouls, ghosts and goblins will fill the streets of Sunderland with terror

The parade will leave the Museum and Winter Gardens and move through the city centre, before ending up at the Crowtree Site opposite New Look. 

The parade is being co-ordinated by North East carnival experts, Creative Seed CIC and supported by the Arts Council England. 




Things to do

Sunderland's Spooky Stories

As it is the season for stories that go bump in the night, we have been on the hunt for the spookiest scary stories you'll ever write!

Sunderland's Spooky Stories is back with Sunderland Libraries and it's great to have David Turton back on the Judging Panel.

We are looking for your 500 words of mischief, mishaps and mayhem that are going to put a spell on our judges.

The categories are 5 - 9 years10 - 13 years and 14 - 18 years. It's easy to enter, and the rules are simple. Check it out HERE

Sunderland's Spooky Story competition coincides with Sunderland Literature Festival.



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Cocktail Halloween

Do something wicked!

Don’t be alone in the dark, whether you want to make folk laugh, scream or cry why not create your own event or offer to add to the programme of activity.

Let’s work together to make some mischief.

Please email Marketing, Events and Administration Assistant amy.nunn@sunderlandbid.co.uk if you would like to share your Halloween ideas.

Events this Halloween


Halloween Community Parade

JOIN US ON A FEARFUL FRIDAY NIGHT... IF YOU DARE! Our Halloween Community Parade is back on Friday 29th October, 5:30pm.
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