There's a cold in the air that has nothing to do with the end of summer and instead sends shivers down the spine as a specific day on the calendar approaches. Halloween will soon rear its ghoulish head, and preparations are being made around the area to commemorate the occasion in a suitably terrifying manner.
If you are staying at one of our Newcastle serviced apartments for this year's Halloween, or you are looking for somewhere different to spend it, take a look at our guide to what's going on in the area during the spooky season.
The Witches of Newcastle
What: a special witchcraft show shrouded in the city's dark history and combining talk, demonstration and performance
Where: Lit & Phil, Newcastle
When: October 22
Cara Hamilton, a writer and performer who has performed her 'dark performances' across North America, continental Europe, and Scandinavia, this time constructs a narrative that includes the shadow of the city's gloomy history.
Expect witches, necromancers - who use magic to communicate with the dead if you didn't know - and how alleged witches were executed in the 16th and 17th centuries.
Cara, who is also one half of a duo that organises a popular Morpeth Ghost Tour, will include artefacts from her own Witchcraft and Sorcery museum in her exhibition.
Tickets are £12 each. Buy here.
Where: Crowne Plaza Hotel in Newcastle.
When: October 29.
The live band Royal Beats and drag artist Stevie Wonderful elected King of the Castle in the first National Drag King competition, will headline the celebration night's entertainment. MXYM and Dami Fawehinmi, who led the green room activities during this year's online celebration of the Northern Pride festival, will serve as hosts on the night.
Tipps, a singer-songwriter, and Bonnie and the Bonnettes, a theatrical group and cabaret trio, will also play.
Tickets are £35 each, including a reception drink and a three-course meal, available from the Northern Pride website.
What: a film-athon of spine-tingling movies set to keep you on your seat from dusk until dawn. There will also be live entertainment between films and a prize for the best costume of the night.
Where: Tyneside Cinema, Newcastle
When: October 30-31
Those favourite horror classics are getting a 'Horrorversary' screening at the city cinema. The screening also includes some that would have aired last year if the pandemic hadn't prevented its plans.
Among these will be a screening of Psycho to commemorate its missed 60th birthday, as well as a 45th-anniversary screening of The Omen, another near-enough anniversary showing of Return of the Living Dead, and a comparable 35-year birthday screening of The Fly.
Other films on the all-nighter list include The Omen, The Wicker Man, The Evil Dead, and The American Werewolf in London.
Tickets are £6.66 for the first film; £6.16 for the second; £3.66 for the third, and £3.33 for the fourth - or £19.81 for the whole night. To book or to read about the full programme, see here.