If you follow me on Instagram or Twitter, there's a good chance you'll have seen me chatting about Scream Factory. For those of you who don't have a clue what this is, let me introduce you to one of my husband's family businesses.
To give you the shortest version of this story, Jay and his Dad have a restoration business which they diversified five years ago and created an event management company to produce a Halloween event in the woods. It was inspired by the American Halloween Horror nights and a few hundred people attended. A few years down the line Scream Factory is now the biggest, scariest and the only purpose built Halloween Haunt in the North East of England and sees thousands attend each night in October.
The Tate's are a pretty talented lot (if I do say so myself) and everyone works on the event. From joiners to painters, to actors and cake bakers, you name it they've got it. Plus the event hires hundreds of creative folk each year from around the region.
Given that Scream Factory is pretty close to Jay's heart, people kept asking if we'd have anything Scream Factory related at our wedding. "No!" I'd scoff when they asked. Jay jokingly mentioned about having some zombies turn up and I could only begin to imagine the look on my Mom's face had that happened!
So when our photographer Jade mentioned doing a trash the dress / post-wedding photoshoot... there was a bit of a lightbulb moment and somehow Jay convinced me to pop my wedding dress back on. Except this time I'd accessorise with blood, wounds and tools.
Back in July, some of the haunts still didn't have roofs on (they're re-built each year along with new ones created) so given it was a bright sunny day, it was the kind of weather every bride wants - even a dead bride. I wore my Dr Martens boots and hoisted my dress up as much as I could!
My dress did suffer at the hands of some of the coloured smoke and running blood but to be honest... I kind of like it. It never was just a typical wedding dress and now it's got more than one story to tell.
I'm fairly sure that Jay will have one of the Scream Factory wedding pictures framed and on our mantle piece if he has anything to do with it. I however plan on drowning them out with our real wedding photos!
So if you're in the North East and you're looking for something to do this Halloween, I cannot recommend Scream Factory enough. I might be a little bias but hey, I went round last year fully knowing what to expect and I still needed a sit down and some sugar after!
Scream Factory is split into two tours, so if you're a bit of a wimp (like me) or you have children and want a more magical experience for them - then the Twilight Tour is for you! This year's theme is 'The Mad Hatter's Halloween Tea Party' and there's absolutely nothing scary. It's just a fun Halloween event for the kids, plus it's only £6pp and you get some free sweet treats!
On the other hand, if you're a bit of a dare devil and fancy giving The Extreme Tour a go - you'll love it! I can't tell you what is there this year as it will ruin all the surprises for you but the team have gone all out to celebrate Scream Factory's fifth birthday! Prices start from £14.50 and are available to buy now here!