Dog Friendly Days Out for Halloween & October


Dog Friendly Days Out for Halloween & October

This post features a few ideas for places to visit with both kids AND dogs throughout October and Halloween. Please note, dogs must be kept on a short lead at all of these events and some places are likely to be busy so please use your own judgement and use this post as a guide. 

Events can change so please double check details with event organisers when making plans. 

  • 30 October - Visit Hexham Spook Night from 2pm-9pm. Drop-in event around Beaumont Street, Market Place and Abbey Grounds. Dogs welcome in the outdoor public areas. 

Expect: 
*Frightful Fairground Rides 
*Fearsome Food 
*Fancy Dress Competitions 
*Turnip and Pumpkin Carving 
*Devilish Dancing 
*Shocking Shop Windows 
*Spooky Story-telling 
*Pumpkin Trail 
*Eerie Escape Room 

Free to visit with no booking required but some activities are chargeable. Find out more here. 

Here is a list of dog-friendly pubs in the area. 


  • Ocean Beach Pleasure Park Halloween Half Term. Dogs are welcome on leads and you are close to a dog friendly beach too   - find out more here

  • Snuggle up with a hot chocolate by the fire at Barter Books - find out more here. 

  • Enjoy an autumnal pub lunch at an Inn Collection Pub. All of their pubs are welcoming & dog-friendly with complimentary treats and water available - find out more here. 


  • Beamish Museum has lots going on including live music, two transport themed events and Halloween fun.  Find out more here

  • Halloween Pumpkin Trail around North Tyneside. Download the FREE app and hunt for 30 Giant Pumpkin Characters around Tynemouth, Wallsend, Whitley Bay, North Shields, Cullercoats, Killingworth, Forest Hall and more. Runs from 9th - 31st October. Find out more here. 

    There are lots of dog-friendly places to visit across North Tyneside and the summer dog ban has now been lifted on the beaches too. Check out this dog-friendly guide to Cullercoats and Tynemouth for more ideas. 


  • The Wizards of Once Halloween Quest at Belsay Hall. Dogs are welcome in the outdoor areas of Belsay which is where this trail takes place. Bolam Lake is nearby if you fancy an additional walk and there are dog-friendly pubs in Ponteland - find out more here


  • FREE Ford & Etal Scarecrow Trail. This looks like a fab day out for dogs. Most of the businesses welcome dogs including the Heatherslaw Light Railway, Etal Castle and the Heavy Horse Farm - find out more here 

  • Halloween Happenings Trail at Hamsterley Forest (includes a free hot chocolate at the end) - find out more here.  You can also pick up a FREE Room on the Broom Autumn Activity Sheet. 



  • Raby Castle Halloween Half Term Trail - find out more here 

  • Berwick Bat Trail. This is one of the few places dogs are welcome indoors so ideal if the weather isn't great - find out more here 

  • 23 - 31 October - Ghastly Griselda's Trail at Gibside. This trail takes place through the West Wood - find out more here. 

  • FREE Mackem Monster Hunt around Sunderland City Centre from 22 - 31 October - find out more here 



  • 31 October - Halloween at the Hall (at Seaton Delaval Hall). Expect spooky storytelling, a Halloween parade with Samba drummers, pumpkin bowling and more. Halloween dress up is encouraged. Dogs are welcome in the outdoor areas. Find out more here. 

  • Farne Islands Boat Tour. Dogs are welcome on board if you fancy a little trip to the islands.  Find out more and book here 

  • Land of Oak and Iron Pumpkin Trail. FREE with a suggested donation of £3 per child. Takes place across Half Term. The cafe here is super dog friendly.  Find out more here. 

  • 29 October - Wood-fired pizzas and live music at Land of Oak and Iron. Find out more here

  • Sunderland Festival of Light. Dogs are welcome to enjoy the festival. Tickets must be pre-booked.  Find out more here. 

  • Broom House Farm & Forest Adventure 


    Broom House Farm and forest adventure in Durham welcome well behaved dogs on leads across their full site. This place is huge and split into a few sections. 

    These areas are free to visit with no booking required: 

    • Tea Room
    • Farm Shop 
    • Playground (not the one featured above)
    • Hay Bales 
    • Farmyard Animals 
    • Picnic Area 

    Well behaved dogs are also welcome to visit the Forest Adventure (pictured above) which is fantastic fun and I would highly recommend. Tickets need to be pre-booked for the Forest Adventure at the moment. 

    Find out more and read our full review of Broom House Farm here. 

  • Tanfield Railway 


    Dogs are welcome aboard Tanfield Railway and travel free of charge. A fab day out for the whole family! Read our review here. If you alight at Causey Arch (or even just visit afterwards), there are woodland walks and streams to paddle in too (find out more here). 

  • You can read 50+ ideas for places to take your dog across North East England here  and if you are looking for more recommendations, check out this post featuring 30+ dog friendly places to visit as recommended by our readers. 


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