Weekend of spooks and witches; Events: Halloween.
The centre's Craig Wesson says the events are a chance for people to "get up close and meet creatures that normally spook and scare people".
The Halloween week follows the huge success of the centre' 'mega bug' sessions that were held over the summer.
Creepy Critter sessions will take place daily next week at 3.15pm. Other activities include a flying display at 2.30pm, a meerkat feed at 3pm and daily craft sessions.
* Spoo-Quay, Hartlepool Marina Tonight This hugely popular Halloween extravaganza runs from 4.30-7.30pm with this year's theme being Harry Potter.
People are encouraged to come along dressed as a witch, wizard or their favourite Harry Potter character for a magical night of spells and sorcery.
Wizards and witches will be strolling around the quayside plus there will be real-life owls, hawks and bats to meet.
There will be prizes for the best home-decorated pumpkin on a Harry Potter/witches/wizards theme.
You can also have fun at the Naughty Goblin Treasure Hunt, see a magic car just like Harry Potter's, explore lotions, potions and the wonders of electricity in the wizard's laboratory and step into the wand, robe and broom-makers' shops.
Tickets are pounds 3.50 per person (under 2s are free) and there's lots of free car parking in the Hartlepool's Maritime Experience car park.
Tickets must be paid for and collected in advance from Hartlepool Art Gallery and Tourist Information Centre in Church Square on 01429 890000.
* Spooktacular Fireworks Display, South Park, Darlington Tonight Enjoy a fun-filled evening of family entertainment - including fairground rides and fancy dress competitions. TFM Radio presenters will be live on the big stage entertaining throughout the night with the evening culminating in an amazing Spooktastic fireworks display set to spooky tunes including music from Harry Potter, Fantasia and Thriller. Gates open at 5.30pm with the stage opening at 6pm with the fireworks taking place at 8.15pm.
There will also be music from Tinchy Stryder, Blue and Teesside's own Amelia Lily.
The event will help raise funds for the Cash For Kids charity.
Tickets are pounds 8 adults, pounds 6 children. There are a limited amount of family tickets available at pounds 20. Details from www.tfmradio.com/spooky/* Georgian Theatre, Stockton Tonight and tomorrow Kicking off the weekend tonight is a screening of the cult classic The Rocky Horror Picture Show. The film is renowned for its cult following and tonight's screening encourages the audience to dress up and sing-a-long to the lyrics on screen.
Tomorrow The Georgian Theatre Halloween Ball returns after a smashing success last year.
Constance Peach and Boo Ophelia Smith gore it up for a freaky but glam burlesque show. Also taking to the stage are local rockers Audiofyre.
There'll also be horror flicks playing on the big screen, a blood curdling cocktail list on offer and, of course, the Halloween party favourite - a fancy dress competition where only the biggest and baddest win.
Tickets are pounds 4 in advance and pounds 6 on the door for both gigs. Doors 8pm. Tickets can be purchased online at www.georgiantheatre.co.uk, or call 01642 674115.
* Little BOO!!! Halloween Fun Day, Head of Steam Darlington Railway Museum Sunday Come dressed up in your favourite Halloween costume from 11am-4pm. Spooky fun for all the family in the specially decorated museum. Entertainment includes magician, arts and crafts, mini train ride and face painting. Normal museum entrance fee applies.
Details on 01325 460532. * Hamsterley Forest Sunday Young actors will be getting their teeth into new roles to set pulses racing in Hamsterley Forest.
. For spine-shows on ahead, see The Forestry Commission has linked up with the acclaimed Wear Valley-based Jackass Youth Theatre and Jack Drum Arts to create a chilling Halloween evening in the 5,000 acre woodland, near Bishop Auckland.
Mischievous tales of how the Devil makes work for idle hands will play out along a riveting 40 minute ghost trail snaking through the trees with Old Nick himself narrating the story.
Julie Ward, of Jack Drum, explained: ""The youngsters have opted to get creative around tales of the Devil's work, naughtiness and dammed idleness with original plots, costumes and make-up.
"They are even making a film about ghostly steelworks and furnaces to play outdoors. The result will be a spine-tingling Halloween for young revellers tinged with suspense and humour."
A cast of 20 local actors from Jackass are working with professionals on the unique production.
tingling theatre in the week Pages 6 & 7.
To take part you will need to book in advance on 01388 488312. The cost is pounds 6 per person and ghost walks set out from Hamsterley Forest Visitor Centre from 5.30pm. The event is unsuitable for children under 5. More details at www.forestry.gov.uk/NorthEastEngland * Halloween Walk, Preston Park, Stockton Monday Get dressed up in your best Halloween costume and come along for a whole load of ghostly goings-on in the woods from 6pm.
Tickets are pounds 4 (under 5s free) which includes park and ride ticket.
Tickets are available by telephone or by visiting Stockton Tourist Information Centre.
Limited disabled car parking is available otherwise entry is available via a park and ride system or by foot.
Pick-ups for park and ride start at 6pm with regular runs up until 7.30pm from the old Swallow Hotel building, Stockton; Yarm Town Hall and Peter Barratts Garden Centre.
The walk is over open pathways and can be steep in places so please wear suitable footwear. Only powered wheelchairs are suitable for the route.
Details on 01642 528130.
* Guisborough Forest Monday The owls are hooting and the forest is pitch black - a perfect stage for vampires, werewolves and witches to run amok in Guisborough Forest.
The Forestry Commission and Redcar and Cleveland Council have conjured up a wicked evening's entertainment.
. It's Bonfire See What's On your full guide place across Playing their part in the Halloween mischief will be the Friends of Guisborough Forest and Walkway, who'll be inviting brave souls to tread along a ghostly trail to encounter characters from beyond the grave.
Ranger Cath Brason said: "We'll be tapping into a rich seam of legends and adding a bit of Hammer horror into the mix. It will be a night to remember for revellers of all ages."
The event runs from 5-8pm. To cope with demand a park and ride shuttle will operate from Belmont House car park, Rectory Lane, Guisborough.
Tickets are pounds 3 per person and can be bought in advance or on the night at the Guisborough Forest and Walkway Visitor Centre at Pinchinthorpe. Bring a torch.
There will no on-site parking, except for disabled badge holders.
* Whitby Abbey Until Sunday One of the most unpleasant characters from the 19th century will be making his return to the site, with the slightly creepy Victorian undertaker measuring up visitors for their coffins, and inviting children to join in a sombre funeral procession.
The young mourners will carry the traditional wands, ostrich feather Night next weekend.
crowns and flags as they process around the site. Between processions, the undertaker will take visitors on a tour of the site to point out some of the locations that have given birth to local legends, from the mysterious chariot to the white lady spotted in an old window.
a week today for to displays taking the region.
There's also fun ghouls and ghosts trail around the site - a family-friendly alternative to Most Haunted - with successful ghost hunters receiving a certificate for their efforts.
Meanwhile, inside Whitby Abbey's visitor centre, enjoy a number of crafty activities, including pipe-cleaner spider making and origami bats.
The activities run 10am-4pm until Sunday. Admission is pounds 6 adults, pounds 5.40 for concessions and pounds 3.60 for children, with a family ticket (two adults and up to three children) available for pounds 15.60.
Details from 01947 603568 or go to www.english-heritage.org.uk/whitbyabbey Meanwhile tonight and tomorrow a pair of Victorian explorers will take visitors to experience the site by night, telling tales inspired by great Gothic authors including Bram Stoker and Mary Shelley in the ruins that inspired one of the greatest horror icons or all time, Dracula!
There are four tours each evening, at 5.30pm, 7pm, 8.30pm and 10pm.
The 5.30pm tour is suitable for children, but the 7pm tour is not recommended for under 10s. Each lasts around an hour, and costs pounds 10 for adults, pounds 9 for concessions and pounds 8 for children (5.30pm tour only).
Pre-booking is essential as places are limited. Call 0870 333 1181.
* Belsay Hall, Castle and Gardens, Northumberland Until Sunday English Heritage has organised a half term with frights for all ages with some grisly treats on offer.
The popular Time Travellers Go... team has made another visit and is inviting visitors to embrace all that is ghastly and horrible about history during the Time Travellers Go... Gruesome event, 11am-4pm daily. Activities are set in both the castle and the gardens.
Visitors will be invited to participate in lively and interactive presentations including Gruesome Sword School, Tudor and Medieval surgery and a Crime and Punishment trail around the castle based on 18th century crimes and severe punishment.
And teenagers and adults visiting Belsay can also get a taste of the scare factor with the Tales of Fear evening events. These candlelit storytelling tours around Belsay at 7pm and 9.30pm are sure to send chills up your spine with six classic and eerie tales from the Master of the English Ghost Story - M R James.
For more information visit www.english-heritage.org.uk/belsayhall or contact 01661 881636.
? For spine-tingling theatre shows on Teesside in the week ahead, see Pages 6 & 7.
? It's Bonfire Night next weekend.
See What's On a week today for your full guide to displays taking place across the region.
SOMETHING BUGGING YOU? Creepy critters at Kirkleatham, above RIGHT: The Witch Factor at Guisborough Forest DOWN IN THE FOREST? Paddy Burton of Jack Drum Arts narrates a wicked evening''s Halloween entertainment in Hamsterley Forest