Lights Out - Halloween in Sunderland
From Friday 23 October - Sunday 1 November, 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 - from a safe distance of course!
Things to join
THE VIRTUAL PARADE
It's time to start thinking about Halloween!
We've altered our pans to make sure we can enjoy Halloween safely this year, and a special Facebook group has been created to provide you with plenty of hair-raising and eerie delights.
For obvious reasons, we can't hold the community parade. But our 'Virtual Parade' group will be the place to express and share weird and wonderful spooky ideas so you can enjoy Halloween at a distance or home.
We'll be keeping the group updated with the best alternative Halloween ideas, workshops and lives streams around Sunderland.
We hope you'll join in!
Things to see
The Mackem Monster Hunt
When the monsters take over Sunderland, things will never be the same again...
Thirteen - an unlucky number for some but not when you're monster hunting in Sunderland!
From Friday 23 October until Sunday 1 November, 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 23 October.
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!
We asked for 500 words of mischief, mishaps and mayhem that would put a spell on our judges.
Sunderland's Spooky Story competition coincides with Sunderland Literature Festival and was been divided into three age groups - five to nine-year-olds, ten to 13-year-olds and 14 to 18-year-olds.
The deadline has been met and we are now waiting for the terrifying tales to be judged.
So watch this space!
THINGS TO HEAR
Things to know
PETRIFYING PARADE WILL MAKE HALLOWEEN A SCREAM….
Hundreds of ghouls, ghosts and goblins will fill the streets of Sunderland with terror, as part of an ambitious Halloween extravaganza.
From 25 October – 3 November the city will host Lights Out, a celebration of the most frightening time of year with a whole host of horrifying activities taking place.
SPOOKY STORY COMPETITION PUTS A 'SPELL' ON SUNDERLAND...
Sunderland youngsters are being asked to showcase their spooky skills by creating their very own tale of terror in time for Halloween.
But there's nothing scary about winning this writing competition, as there's a host of gift vouchers for the most creatively creepy concoctions.
Top Technology to bring monsters to life in Sunderland...
A bunch of specially created virtual reality monsters will take Halloween in Sunderland to a whole new dimension.
The creations will come to life when visitors scan landmark buildings around the city centre, in a similar way to the Pokemon GO sensation of a few years ago.
THINGS YOU CAN DO
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 & Comms Coordinator: firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to share your Halloween ideas.
Unmissable Sponsorship Opportunities
Dare you get involved?
Light’s out will be a new Halloween experience in Sunderland with activities for everyone to enjoy.
Frighten the life out of your competition by promoting your company, your product or your self. It's a chance to get fang-tastic engagement with some wicked offers and dead-good marketing activity.
There are plenty of tricks and treats to get involved in if you’re brave enough.
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