Get set to sink your teeth into a wickedly wonderful city-wide programme that will bring together terribly good events, devilish displays and wicked offers to the streets of Sunderland.

Here’s what’s going bump in the night at Lights Out Sunderland 2020…



The Virtual Parade















Our chums at Sunderland BID have altered plans to make sure we can all enjoy Halloween safely this year. So, to make the most of Halloween this year, a special Facebook group has been created to provide you and your loved ones with plenty of hair-raising and eerie delights.

For obvious reasons, we can’t hold the community parade. But Sunderland BID’s ‘Virtual Parade’ group will be the place to share weird and wonderful spooky ideas so you can all enjoy Halloween at a distance or home.

We’ll be keeping the group updated with the best alternative Halloween ideas, workshops and lives streams around Sunderland. Jot these dates down in your diary…


Sunderland College performance at Penshaw Monument

27 October


Sunderland College live gig

29 October


Zoom Costume Parade

30 October


Sunderland Spooky Stories winner

31 October


Mackem Monster Hunt

23 October – 1 November















The Mackem Monsters are back, and this time they’re bringing with them some devilishly good treats.

From Friday 23 October until Sunday 1 November, take to the streets and find your favourite creatures hidden on landmark buildings as thirteen different creatures parade round some of Sunderland’s most iconic buildings.

The idea is simple. Alongside a delightful inflatable trail, monster hunters can also get virtual thrills with an Augmented Reality Monster.

Making Halloween this year a safe, comfortable and an outdoor community trail for all members of the family.

All you have to do is downloaded a bespoke app on to any smartphone and follow the guide to the various locations across Sunderland City centre.

The Mackem Monster trail and Sunderland Experience app will be available from Friday 23 October, be sure to download it from the Android and Apple store!


Spooky stories















You’ve seen all the amazing events that the team at Sunderland BID have put on for the city, now they’re asking YOU to get involved with Sunderland’s Spooky Story competition!

As it is the season for stories that go bump in the night, our BID buddies are looking for writers to send in 500 words of mischief, mishaps and mayhem that will be judged by an expert panel of writers.

This year, the team have bagged themselves an iconic name in the horror genre to coincide with the Sunderland’s Spooky Story competition.

David Turton, a local author best known for sis post-apocalyptic horror novel, The Malaise, has written a nefarious novel to celebrate the Lights Out festivities titled The Monsters and the Mackems.

Check out David’s novel on our social channels, send in your stories via the Sunderland BID website and get set for a special Halloween!


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