An abandoned theatre awaits those brave enough to step inside Ormesby Hall this Halloween, as it’s transformed for the autumn half term.

From Saturday 28 October until Sunday 5 November, the National Trust property in Middlesbrough will be spookily decorated throughout. From skeletons to creepy crawlies, there is plenty for all the family to enjoy inside and outside the classic Georgian mansion.

The ever-popular Halloween Evenings return, where visitors can explore the Hall at night. As darkness falls, its doors are open between 6pm and 8.30pm on Sunday 29 and Monday 30 October, with roaming dark mysterious characters waiting inside to greet those who enter. The cafe is open and there will be stalls offering refreshments outside.

During half term, Ormesby Hall will also host The Walking Theatre Company to perform their Creepy Circus show on Sunday 29 – Tuesday 31 October. Then on Saturday 28 October and Wednesday 1 – Friday 3 November, Ormesby’s own coven of witches will be performing their traditional dance several times throughout each day.

Leanne Allan, Senior Visitor Experience Officer at Ormesby Hall, says:

“We always enjoy Halloween at Ormesby Hall and like to go all out. With the Hall’s links to theatre through its previous owner and playwright, Ruth Pennyman, playing on the abandoned theatre theme was the perfect choice for us.

We have events and activities planned for all the family throughout half term and there will be the usual fancy dress available for children to have fun with, but we’ll be throwing in some spooky costumes for them, too! We’re particularly looking forward to the return of the very popular Halloween Evenings, when people can explore the Hall at night.”

Ormesby Hall is open daily from Saturday 28 October to Sunday 5 November, 10.30am until 4pm, with last admission at 3pm. No booking is required for any of the events.

Normal admission prices apply, which includes access into the house, garden and café. These are £6 for adults, £3 for children and £15 for a family. National Trust members and under fives are free admission.

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