No wonder the weather seems to have lost some of its summer warmth. Beamish Museum has announced the date it will start selling tickets for its annual bone-chilling Halloween night.
And you’ve a right to feel spooked. This year, tickets will be available earlier than ever – if you’re brave enough to buy them that is.
The Halloween events at Beamish are always awaited with spine-tingling anticipation and the scarily popular night-time specials are always a fast sell-out.
The dates for the diaries this time are October 23, 25, 26, 30 and – the Halloween night itself – October 31 and tickets will go on sale on August 20 at 9am.
Last year, the big day was in September but Beamish is getting in early and bracing itself for action.
The annual invitation to visitors to come trick or treating will run from 6.30pm until 9.30pm over the five evenings leading up to Halloween which promise to be a real scream with ghosts and ghouls out and about at the County Durham museum.
It will be enough to send shivers down the spine of visitors who do venture there as they can expect to find some scary sights lurking in the shadows.
Creepy characters are promising a fright night to remember for any trick or treater who dares to knock on doors in The Town, Pit Village, Colliery Yard and Pockerley Old Hall.
Beamish will be “transformed into the Un-living Museum of the North,” say organisers who add: “Come along in your creepiest costume and join us – if you dare!”
The museum will take on a whole new dimension when night-time falls and ticket-holders who like to soak up the atmosphere will no doubt dress to impress too.
And, with plenty dark corners and tucked-away spaces to explore, they can expect lots of shivers and shocks.
Visitors are advised to wear sturdy footwear on Halloween Evenings and to bring a torch – if only to see what’s scaring them. And no dogs, other than assistance dogs, will be allowed which – considering there will be monsters on the loose – is probably for the best.
Because the Halloween Evenings are special events, the museum’s unlimited passes won’t be valid.
Tickets cost £14 for an adult and £10 for those aged three-16 and there is expected to be the usual huge demand when they go on sale from 9am on August 20 so you’ll have to be quick off the mark to get the date you want. Keep an eye out here.