GHOSTLY goings on took place across Wearside and County Durham as part of Halloween.
Stacie Stewart, who is queen bee at Sunderland’s Beehive Bakery, in Hylton Riverside, created a pop-up spooky cake shop.
The chef from Whitburn, who regularly appears on ITV’s This Morning, said: “We took the pop up shop to Lloyds along the road where it went down a treat. We’ve got a lot of seasonal things going on at the minute and are preparing our Christmas hampers.
“We’ll also be at the Christmas Split gig at North Shore on December 10 where we will be doing turkey bangers and cranberry relish.”
Down in Peterlee, slime and blood smoothies were concocted as part of a children’s centre celebrations.
More than 100 people joined in the creepy craft sessions, discovered how to carve pumpkins and bobbed for apples at the party held by Seascape Children’s Centre in Ellison Road, Peterlee, on Saturday.
Face painting, fancy dress, mask and puppet making were also on offer, with the Halloween-themed biscuits youngsters and their families made washed down with frighteningly fruity smoothies.
The event was also an open day to help people discover more about its regular activities, with the children’s centre and day care sections open.
Kelly Walton, day care manager, said: “We wanted to do something for the community and this is our first Halloween event, having done treasure making before. I think this is something we’re going to build on because it went so well.”
Visitors to Davey K’s barbershop, in Southwick Green, were given a hair-raising experience.
Pumpkins and ghouls were just some of the themed shapes shaved into the back of customers’ heads.
Owner Glen Milner said: “Last year we did Ghostbuster symbol shaves which were really popular. This year we got a lot of Batman requests. We do shapes all year round but it’s fun to do something like this at Halloween.”
Here at Echo House, staff also joined in the fun, with pre-press dressing up as everything from a pumpkin to a ghoulish pirate. Thankfully, their work is office-based so they didn’t scare any readers away.