EVERYBODY loves Halloween. Be it dressing up, trick or treating, or carving pumpkins. So, it’s important to make sure you are fully prepared with the best look and decorations, and are attending the spookiest party this season! Local businesses are here to help you, and ensure that you have Halloween sorted. 

Party Animals 

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Party Animals will help you get that perfect Halloween outfit, stocking a huge variety of costumes, wigs and accessories. They have both adult and children’s outfits, that can be accessorised with a range of masks, wigs, weapons, horror wounds, prosthetics, and face paints. To add something extra to your outfit, check out their range of contact lenses at just £8.00 per pair, or two pairs for just £13.00!  Party Animals can also be a one-stop-shop to get your house decorated; not only do they have a great choice of spooky décor, but they also have a range of Halloween balloons to add that finishing touch to your spooky party. Why not pop along to try on a range of outfits, and to guarantee you have everything you need for the perfect Halloween party? You’ll find them inside Morrisons of Morton Park, Darlington, just off the A66. They’re open Monday to Friday, 10am- 5:30pm, and Saturdays 10am-5pm. But if you prefer to give them a call on 01325 483399, they’d be happy to help!


Make up by Olivia Kate

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What better way to complete your Halloween costume than with the perfect makeup look? To take the stress out of your preparation and ensure you look fantastic, take a look at some fantastic makeup designs by Olivia Kate. She is a highly flexible makeup artist, available to work between 6am-7pm, seven days a week, and offers a new online booking service via the ‘Booksy’ app. This means that getting your makeup done has never been so easy! Olivia offers a range of services from weddings, one-to-one lessons, to makeup appointments. She is a highly experienced makeup artist, who has trained across the UK with renowned brands such as Plouise academy. She is now salon-based in Bisoux, within Darlington town centre, which means she is easy to access. Why stop with your makeup, when you can get ready for your Halloween party in a one-stop-shop? At Bisoux, you can have your makeup done and a blow dry, too – all ready for a night out! Check out her incredible makeup design, so that you can impress and look the best this Halloween! For affordable prices and quality makeup, contact Olivia today

Telephone: 07531 860786

Find her on Facebook

East Grange Farm

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Halloween and pumpkins just go together, like Christmas and Christmas Trees. Which is how East Grange PYO Pumpkins got started.

“We have been selling Christmas Trees for around 5 years and thought: ‘what else combines people having fun and our farming background? A pick-your-own-pumpkin patch was the next step,” says Richard from East Grange Farm. “In June we planted 2500 seedlings - which was hard work - but it's been really rewarding watching them grow.”

But it hasn’t been easy. “The weather really has been against us. It's gone from bone dry to total downpours. But we’ve persevered, and now have around 2000 pumpkins ready to pick.”

East Grange PYO Pumpkins are open on Saturday 19 and Sunday 20, October, and Saturday 26 until Thursday 31,  from 10am to 3pm. They are located two miles from the A1, junction 61, near to Durham City, in the village of High Shincliffe. Entry and parking are free. Prices range from £3-£7, depending on size. Cash and card payments are accepted. Suitable footwear is essential (it is muddy!) No need to book, but it is advisable to check the Facebook page first for up-to-date opening information.

For more information visit their website: www.eastgrange.com, like them on facebook.com/Eastgrangepyo, or email: richard@eastgrange.com 

Stanwix Park

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Stanwix Park is based on The Solway Coast in Cumbria, just minutes away from the popular Victorian seaside town of Silloth, with its 36-acre green, striking promenade and sandy west beach. They are hosting their annual Halloween weekend on October 25 and 26, 2019. It is always a full house with lots of scary thrills and spills, special effects and, of course, fancy dress! Doors open at 7pm, so get booked in for a weekend of apple snatch, magic shows, party dances, and character fun. There will also be a dressed table and best dressed family, so grab your best costume and head down!

Throughout the weekend, there will be special guests and live music on the evenings.  Friday 25th October, Come and see The Mustangz on Friday, October 25, and there will be dancing to the Broken English on Saturday, October 26.

Self-catering, three-night breaks from only £194.00 for four sharing!

For more information on booking, call 01697 332 666, or click here to visit the website.