Calling all ghostly ghouls and wannabe witches – Halloween is fast approaching and eerie things are going on at intu Metrocentre and intu Eldon Square this half term!


Hundreds of trick-or-treaters are expected to descend on both centres in the run up to Halloween as part of a series of free events being run to keep children entertained during the half term holidays.

intu’s mission to ‘make it fangtastic’ for families this half term will begin with a bewitching selection of free Halloween craft workshops for children – all guaranteed to scare away the holiday boredom!

At intu Metrocentre children will have the opportunity to make vampire masks, witch and wizard hats as well as bring Frankenstein puppets to life. Over at intu Eldon Square the fangtastic fun continues as children can take a trip to ghoul school, decorate Halloween biscuits and make spooky spoons!

The Halloween enter-tomb-ment culminates with the big trick or treat, hosted by intu Metrocentre on 30 October and by intu Eldon Square on 29 and 30 October in partnership with retailers and restaurants from both centres.

Children are invited to wear their most spooktacular Halloween costume, collect a pumpkin treat pot from customer service desks then go trick or treating around the shopping centres. Participating retailers will display a pumpkin or a pumpkin sticker in their windows – little ones can then trick or treat at the till point to claim sweet treats and devilish delights!

Karen Carr, regional marketing manager, intu north said:

Halloween shouldn’t be frightening for families but we know that it can be difficult to keep children entertained during half term and many parents will also be looking to escape the unpredictable north east weather when it comes to trick or treating with their children.

We’re looking forward to putting smiles on the faces of hundreds of mini witches and warlocks this half term with our fun, free Halloween activities and our big trick or treat events which promise to be ghoulishly good fun!”
Halloween activities at intu Metrocentre:
Halloween Craft Activities in Exhibition Square, near Primark:
Monday 24 October: Paper plate ghosts, 11 am – 6 pm
Tuesday 25 October: Trick or treat bags, 11 am – 6 pm
Wednesday 26 October: Witch & wizard hats, 11am – 6pm
Thursday 27 October: Frankenstein puppets, 11 am – 6 pm
Friday 28 October: Vampire fang masks, 11 am – 6 pm
Saturday 29 October: Halloween biscuit decorating, 11 am – 6 pm
Sunday 30 October: Paper plate ghosts, 11 am – 5 pm
The Big Trick or Treat: Sunday 30 October, 11 am – 5 pm

Pumpkin treat pots can be collected from intu Guest Services in lower blue mall, next to the bus station escalators.
Halloween activities at intu Eldon Square:
Halloween Craft Activities from 11 am – 4 pm in St Andrew’s Way, near Debenhams:
Wednesday 26 October: Ghoul school
Thursday 27 October: Spooky spoons
Friday 28 October: Frightening food
The Big Trick or Treat: Saturday 29 October & Sunday 30 October, 11 am – 4 pm
Pumpkin treat pots can be collected from the customer service desks, near Debenhams and Fenwick.
Please note, pumpkin treat pots will be issued on a first come, first serve basis so arrive early to avoid disappointment.

Activities are free, with no booking required and are open to all ages, but are particularly suitable for children in pre-school and early years.

Visit www.intu.co.uk/metrocentre and www.intu.co.uk/eldonsquare to find more details of what’s on and opening hours.