THERE were spooky goings on in Old Sunderland over Hallowe’en.
Teenagers enjoying the half-term break dressed up in devilishly good costumes for a sleepover at a Hendon youth centre.
The brave group stayed the night at Hendon Young People’s Project (HYPP), in Church Street East.
They spent the night watching horror films on a big screen and enjoying party games.
And they might not have been alone, as the HYPP is built on one of the oldest parts of the city.
Although the project is only about 30 years old, the land it sits on was originally the site of Sunderland’s workhouse.
It is next to the old Holy Trinity Church, one of the oldest buildings in the city, which was once Sunderland’s church, court and council chamber.
Sunderland’s workhouse was built at Church Walk in 1724 and was once home to more than 600 poverty-stricken people, including orphans and prostitutes.
Richy Duggan, project manager, said: “We’ve been showing some horror films, having party games like marshmallow eating and a bit of a ghost hunt as well.”
Other events at the centre include activity sessions for year three and four students on Tuesdays and Thursdays, from 6.30pm, and for kids aged nine to 11 on Wednesdays at the same time.
There is a charge of 50p per session and new members must bring a parent or carer with them to enrol.
For more information about Hendon Young People’s Project, visit www.hyppsunderland.co.uk.