THERE will be plenty of frights in store for visitors to Hexham this weekend.

For Saturday marks the return of the popular Spook Night which draws hundreds of people into the town each year.

The event is well-known for the wide array of Halloween costumes for the fancy dress costume, which includes a best dressed pet category.

There will also be fairground rides, hot food, pumpkin and turnip carving and spooky dancing at the event which takes place around Beaumont Street and Market Place.

Most of the town get involved, with Hexham Abbey, Forum Cinema and Queen’s Hall organising their own spooky activities.

Starting at 11am, a Halloween trail will be held at the Old Gaol, while there are numerous art activities organised at the Queen’s Hall between midday and 3pm.

Also at midday, Forum Cinema will show family film Hotel Transylvania 3. Following the showing, there will be face painting in the cinema until 6.30pm. A witches’ den will be made in the Market Place, with rides, attractions and food stalls nearby between 3pm and 9pm.

The various fancy dress competitions will begin at 4.30pm with pets being judged first, followed by competitions for under six years, six to nine years and 10 to 16 years, culminating with the adult competition at 5.40pm.

Story-telling for children aged between three and seven will take place at Cogito Books at 4pm, with separate ghost story sessions for those aged eight and over, and 15 years an over taking place at Forum Cinema at 6.30pm and 7.30pm.

Studio K Dance will dance around the bandstand at both 6pm and 7pm.