A SPOOKY spectacular is in store for visitors to Hexham town centre this weekend.

For Saturday, October 26 sees the return of the town’s popular Spook Night, which is always a hit with families who flock to enjoy the Halloween celebrations and activities.

The event is known to attract spectacularly spooky costumes, which can be entered into one of the fancy dress competitions to be held throughout the afternoon at the Bandstand.

They are split up between children’s age categories – but there’s one for the adults too – and there’s even one for pets. And a new addition this year is a competition for best dressed family group.

Activities start as early as 11am when a Halloween skull trail begins in the Old Gaol, running throughout the day.

Organisations across the town get involved, with the Forum Cinema showing the Nightmare Before Christmas at 11.30pm, before a ghost stories and Viking tales will be told at the Queen’s Hall at 2pm and 3pm.

There will also be skeletons in Hexham Abbey from 2pm to 4pm, face painting at the Forum Cinema from 2pm to 6pm and storytelling for ages three to six at 5.15pm at Cogito Books.

A witches den will take up residence at the Market Place throughout the afternoon and into the evening, meanwhile spooky dancing by Studio K will take place around the Bandstand at 6pm and 7pm.

The Market Place, Beaumont Street and the Abbey grounds will be filled with frights as well as fairground rides and hot food.

Adults can wrap the night up with a showing of The Lost Boys at the Forum Cinema at 8pm.