Posted on October 22nd 2018 by Whats on Northeast

SCARY stories and high-tech Halloween crafts are just some of the treats on offer at The Word, National Centre for the Written Word this month.

The South Shields venue has compiled a host of spook-tacular half term activities for children of all ages, from traditional storytelling sessions to laser cutting – and there is even the chance to welcome a truly roar-some character.

On Monday 22 and Thursday 25 October, children can make Halloween inspired arts and crafts between 10am and 11am and 2.30pm and 3.30pm for just £1 per child, while on Wednesday 24, the under sevens can enjoy an immersive storytelling experience.

At 10.30am, 12.45pm and 2.15pm, friendly ghosts will come alive before their eyes as they are projected onto the walls in the venue’s unique StoryWorld.

They can listen to tales of tricks and treats, n take part in crafts and spooky games and even go dressed as their favourite Halloween monster.

There is also a one-off session on Halloween itself, Wednesday 31 October, at 4.30pm.

On Thursday, 25 October, visitors aged between nine and 14 can make their own, bespoke Halloween t-shirts to wear when they go trick or treating, using state of the art laser cutting techniques to create unique designs.

And on Friday 26 October, from 10am to midday and 1.30pm to 3.30pm, The Canny Kitchen returns to The Word to cook up a fright.

Children can help cook and decorate, then taste, a range of spooky Halloween dishes, cakes and biscuits and take part in themed activities.

More laser cutting fun is on offer at FabLab@The Word, on Friday 26 and Saturday 27, with sessions giving youngsters the chance to make their own 3D monster-related keyrings and coasters.

Then, on Sunday 28, they can actually come face to face with a prehistoric monster.

For one day only, visitors to the venue will get the chance to meet REX – an 8ft tall, 12ft long, walking, talking, roaring animatronic Tyrannosaurus Rex – get involved in a range of crafts, listen to stories and attend an interactive show all about the pre-historic creatures.

“Monsters has been a key theme at The Word this year,” said Tania Robinson, Head of Marketing and Culture at The Word, National Centre for the Written Word, “ever since we launched our hugely successful Monsters! Exhibition.

“And we will be continuing the theme right through half term and in the run up to Halloween with spooks and stories to thrill children of all ages.”

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