October Half Term at Sunderland Museum & Winter Gardens

Get ready for Halloween this October Half Term. We’re delighted to be offering in-person workshops at the Museum, as well as online activities!


Spooky Castles and Ghosts

Make and decorate your own spooky castle from a recycled cereal box and create a ghostly puppet to hide inside! Download Halloween Castles instructions here.

Make a Macrame plant hanger with Sarora Knots
  • Make your own woven textile creations inspired by the artwork cotton.com by artist Lubaina Himid, one of the works featured in our current Received Wisdom exhibition, a National Partners Programme exhibition from Arts Council Collection.


Become a Bellotto’s Castle Gallery Explorer
  • Explore the Castles: Painting from the National Gallery London exhibition and try these fun activities. Pick up a gallery guide at the Museum or download a copy here.


Join the Mackem Monster Hunt!

The #mackemmonsterhunt has started! Download the free Sunderland BID app to join the hunt: https://sunderlandbid.co.uk/lights-out

Triff, one of 13 augmented reality characters, can be captured here at Sunderland Museum!!

While you’re here, get a spookily good 10% off any spend over £10 in our shop during Half Term!

Tickets are also available to book for in-person family workshops:

Keep an eye on our website and social media during Half Term. We will be sharing more online creative activities right here throughout the week!



Please support us to help children across Sunderland to enjoy creative activities:
Text SUNDERLAND to 70450 to donate £3
Texts cost £3 plus one standard rate message
Thank you.