HALLOWEEN and bonfire night are just around the corner - and the double celebrations are the perfect chance to have some fun and chase away those winter blues.
The clocks go back in the days immediately before the spookiest night of the year, meaning the dark days of winter will soon be upon us.
And if the thought is depressing, don’t dwell on it - grab some friends and head out for a phenomenal night on the town or cosy-up with your family in front of a roaring log fire in one of the area’s many fantastic restaurants and pubs.
There are a whole host of fantastic fun-filled events lined-up at your local eateries and clubs.
Clubs, pubs, restaurants, hotels and even amusement parks will be getting into the festivities in their own special way.
Whether it’s a case of spectacular live music to accompany your food, super deals on group bookings or even a spectacular late night opening at the likes of Fantasy Island on October 29 - the area boasts something for everybody and every taste.
Up for an office party? Then make a beeline for a local pub, club or party attraction - such as ten-pin bowling.
And, in keeping with the spirit of the occasion, why not plump for some fancy dress to help scare up some added fun.
Inspiration can strike at any time, and the perfect outfit could include items from any of the area’s clothes stores, charity shops and department stores.
And, of course, the parties don’t stop with Halloween.
Just days later comes Guy Fawkes Night and the country’s annual bonfire and fireworks spectaculars.
Shops and outlets across the area have already begun selling the fireworks guaranteed to give your party a spectacular send-off.
But if you don’t fancy handling fireworks yourself, you could take yout friends to one of the area’s organised bonfire displays instead.
And with the potential dangers safely removed from the equation you and your family will be free to let your hair down and enjoy yourselves
This year’s festivities coincide with a weekend, so why not treat your friends and loved ones to a hearty meal in one of the area’s many pubs, hotels or restaurants before or after taking in the colourful and delightful displays?
Whatever you decide, there are plenty of options available when it comes to celebrating Halloween and Bonfire Night this year - from top grub to fun-filled activities at a local attraction.