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A HALLOWEEN fright fest is the perfect way to mark the spookiest date in the calendar. We look at some of the things you can get up to.

Whitehouse Farm Centre Feeling brave? Then visit Whitehouse Farm Centre, near Morpeth. From October 24 until November 1, the popular Halloween Spooktacular Event is taking place.

Every day in the Grim Grotto, budding witches and wizards can cast a spell in Magic Merlin's workshops and join in the games with prizes to be won.

Pumpkins can be bought and made into lanterns with the help of Penny Pumpkin. Then, if you dare, creep through the Walkway of Terror!

Weave your way through the Spider's Lair and Chop Shop and try not to disturb the ghostly spirits in the spooky sitting room and graveyard - be prepared for one or two surprises along the way.

See if you can find the Flying School witches around the farm and you may bump into some odd characters as the staff get dressed up too.

Go in fancy dress and take part in the Monster Parade and you could win a voucher for the gift shop.

See the latest arrival at the farm 'Boo' - the tiny Highland cow calf - and get close to some critters in the Beastie Shows.

You will also get the opportunity to use the soft play barn, take part in Frisbee golf, use the racing cars and adventure playground and lots more. A spine-tingling day is guaranteed.

Go to Chillingham Castle Once again this year, Chillingham Castle will host a double celebration of Halloween and Bonfire Night on Saturday, October 31.

An evening of fun for the whole family, activities will include a trick or treat pumpkin trail, children's ghost tours, apple bobbing, a fancy dress and best 'guy' competition, raffle to win a stay at the castle, best pumpkin competition, meet the knight and his lady and a magnificent fireworks display at 6.30pm to finish off the evening with flair. This aptly-named 12th Century castle comes with a torture chamber, featuring a stretching rack and bed of nails and more than its fair share of ghosts.

Keep your eyes peeled for the famous Blue Boy, and the ghost of Lady Mary Berkeley.

The castle runs ghost tours (over-16s only) throughout the year.

The two-hour tours take in the Great Hall, the Minstrels' Gallery, the torture chamber and dungeon and features plenty of ghoulish tales.

And if you're feeling brave, why not stay the night? Part of the castle and coach house have been converted into eight self-catering holiday apartments.

The Halloween event on Saturday, October 31, runs from 5pm to 8pm and tickets are available on the door.

Tickets are pounds 6 for adults, pounds 3 for children and pounds 15 for a family. Tel (01668) 215 359.

Ghost tours (a minimum of six people) cost pounds 20pp and are available at 8pm every day.

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Publication:Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)
Date:Oct 23, 2009
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