A terrifying programme of spooky events, ghostly going-ons and frightening films will ensure that Halloween is celebrated in real style in Sunderland. Fear on the Wear is a brand new programme of events, created jointly by Sunderland BID and Sunderland City Council.

From 21 to 31 October a whole host of eerie entertainment will be taking place across the city, with something for people of all ages.


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A new Fear of the Wear trail, accessed by the Sunderland Experience app, will see seven augmented reality figures ready to be tracked down across the city as well as the chance to visit some scary locations and find out about their horrific history.

The programme includes a day of spooky cinema on 27 October, where visitors can see family friendly movies Casper, Ghostbusters and The Addams Family at city pub, The Peacock.

Anyone who wants to enjoy a look back at Sunderland’s petrifying past can sign up to be part of a Guided Ghost Tour, a walk led by a 19th century “ghost” to visit some of the city’s most infamous sites.

Taking place on 25 October, again anyone interested will need to register in advance.

There is also still time for youngsters to enter Sunderland’s Spooky Stories competition and win book vouchers as well as the opportunity to hear their story come to life by a group of actors, but entrants need to be quick as the deadline is 7 October.

On 22 October Hylton Castle will be turned into a scare attraction for one night only, where visitors who are brave enough can buy tickets for Conjuring at the Castle.

The event will use the acting skills of students at Sunderland College who will also be creating a number of spooky pop-up performances in the city centre across the week.

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Sharon Appleby, Chief Executive of Sunderland BID, believes there is something for everyone.

“We know how popular Halloween is in the city so we have decided to mix it up this year and offer a range of new experiences,” she said.

“It’s an opportunity to entertain both adults and children along with turning a spotlight on some of the city’s fascinating – but darker – history.”

Councillor Linda Williams, Portfolio Holder for Vibrant City at Sunderland City Council, said: “There are so many fun activities taking place around Sunderland this autumn, from some truly terrifying experiences where you can learn about the city’s spooky past, to fun for young ones to enjoy this half-term and beyond. I’d encourage everyone to download the Sunderland Experience app and join the fun this Halloween.”

Tickets for the free cinema screenings, Conjuring at the Castle and the guided ghost tours need to be booked via the BID’s website at www.sunderlandbid.co.uk where there is also information on all of the Fear on the Wear activities.

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