As part of our ongoing #SupportLocal campaign, we’ve rounded up some of the ways to have a frightfully good time this year, from following the Mackem Monster Hunt to tucking into some creepy cupcakes.
The Mackem Monsters have been crawling over city centre rooftops for the past few days - and they're causing quite a stir. Download the Sunderland Experience app on the app store and follow the trail to find the six inflatable monsters, as well as the seven augmented reality monsters lurking in the virtual world. The trail is running until November 1.
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Watch the skill of the National Glass Centre Hot Glass Studio team as they make beautiful glass objects, including glass pumpkins especially for Halloween. Each piece they make is also available to buy. Booking is available on the day at the Visitor Services Desk. You are not able to pre-book for these demonstrations. The demos take place each day until October 30 at 11am, noon, 2pm, and 3pm.
Support a local business whilst enjoying a taste of Halloween. Pumpkin spice frappes are just some of the treats available at Grinder coffee shop in Durham Road. Their cake counters change regularly with cookies, blondies, pink slices and more from local suppliers. They also sell a great range of gifts from other local businesses, including pottery and candles.
Tuck into some frightfully good doughnuts at the new CoffeeHaus coffee shop in John Street. The business is only open for take out for now, but you can pick up a quality coffee as well as a vegan Halloween doughnut, made by Glazed Handmade Donuts, on October 30 from 8am to 4pm, while stocks last. On Halloween itself, they'll be running a trick or treat offer, opening hours on Saturdays are 10am to 5pm.
Sunderland-based florists Secret Garden are making flower pumpkins to order. They're priced £15 and you can DM them on Instagram "secretgardensunderland", Tel: 07980 958337 or email [email protected]
Fiona Simpson, who runs Artventurers, has launched The Big Neighbourhood Pumpkin Trail and more than 31,000 people have already signed up. The idea involves people creating pumpkins to put in their windows. Instead of Trick or Treating, children can go out and spot as many pumpkins as possible in their neighbourhood. To find out more, visit the The Big Neighbourhood Pumpkin Trail! page on Facebook.
Love Lily has sold more than 200 of its pre-order Halloween treat boxes, but they're also offering lots of treats in store on October 30 and 31 with themed cupcakes, cake slices, cheesecakes and more. They are offering a £10 treat box in which people can choose their own selection of treats - as well as £10 creepy cupcake boxes (pictured).
Head to the Pottery Gallery at Sunderland Museum on Friday, October 30 from 1-2pm and 3-4pm where you can print your own spooktacular window decoration for Halloween inspired by creepy creatures in the Museum collections. Bats, cats or pumpkins, the choice is yours! Book a table for your family bubble, with a maximum of 5 people (including children) per bubble. The cost is £3 per family bubble including one child / £6 per family bubble including 2 or more children. All children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.
Sunderland Culture is hosting various Halloween-themed arts and crafts activities across its venues. It includes spooky castle crafts and stories at Sunderland Museum inspired by their exhibition Castles: Paintings from the National Gallery, London. You can make your own model castles and scary puppets and then listen to the ghost story of the Cauld Lad of Hylton Castle. More details on the Sunderland Culture website.
People visiting this Italian favourite in their households or support bubbles over the Halloween weekend are being invited to get dressed up in fancy dress for the occasion. Your little monsters will also get a free bag of sweets with their meal.