Halloween 2016 is almost here - send us your Spooky Snaps

October has officially arrived - and that means it's time for Halloween, and Spooky Snaps!
What will you get up to this half term?

19 things to do in the North East this half term

We are well and truly into the swing of the autumn season, so it's just about time for a little break.
'Pet roadkill' is among the costumes on sale this Halloween.

From pet roadkill to killer clowns: Are children's Halloween costumes becoming 'too frightening'?

Worried parents have slammed retailers including the Duchess of Cambridge's parents for selling sickening Halloween costumes for young children.
Offbeat 4
Let's go fly a kite...

From flying kites to building a tent... have you mastered the 50 dad skills?

The top 50 'dad skills' have been revealed - but less than half of fathers reckon they have mastered them all.
More than half of mums feel their kids prefer their grandmother to them, as they spend more time doing things with them.

10 reasons why kids think their grandma is cooler than their mum

More than half of British kids prefer their granny to their own mother, according to a new report.
Lillian and George Harnett celebrate their Diamond wedding

Active couple celebrate 60 years of marriage and dancing

A couple who first set eyes on each other across a dance floor are celebrating 60 years of life together.


'Snob' mother loses court fight to father from 'Geordie' family from 'grotty' estate

A teacher who described herself as a "snob" and said a member of her ex-husband's family spoke "Geordie" and lived on a "grotty" estate has lost a court fight over the care of her two children.
The top 100 baby names for boys and girls have been revealed by the Office for National Statistics.

Oliver and Amelia remain the most popular baby names - but Jaxon and Aria are on the rise

Oliver and Amelia remain the most popular baby names in England and Wales for the third year running, according to official figures.
Lifestyle 1
Can you cross everything off our North East summer bucket list?

21 things to cross off your North East bucket list this summer - how many can you do?

It's hard to believe that the summer holidays have rolled around already. Don't worry though - there's plenty to keep you busy.
News 1
Kitting out the kids with new school uniforms is an annual headache for parents.

Good news for parents as Lidl set to sell full school uniform for just £3.65

School's out for summer in many places - but there's good news for parents worried about the annual uniform headache.

Education 7
From left to right, Kevan Jackson, Brandon Price, Harvey Gill and Luke Jackson, who are to take part in a skydive in aid of two-year-old Poppy Gidneys family.

Friends set for 10,000ft skydive to raise funds for cancer-suffering Boldon toddler

Kind-hearted friends are set to make a giant leap of faith as they show their support for a cancer-suffering toddler.

IKEA has recalled the Patrull children's stair gate after several safety scares.

IKEA recalls child stairgate after series of safety scares

Furniture retailer IKEA has issued an urgent statement urging customers to stop using its child safety gates after a series of failures were reported.

What type of parent are you?

Tiger, free-range... What kind of parent are you?

What’s the best way to raise your child? It’s a question that has provoked the publication of numerous books, and seen authors race to coin the next quirky name for a new style of parenting.
Leon Fee's rendition of the Rafa Benitez song has gone viral.

Watch the cute Rafa Benitez chant video which has sent one young Newcastle United fan viral

Little Leon Fee has become an internet star after his rendition of a Newcastle United terrace chant went viral.

South Shields FC players Ibby Hassan, David Foley and Lewis Galpin take part in the 'Meltdown' challenge.

Players join in fun at football club’s family day

Players joined in the fun as a football club celebrated its promotion with a family day.

Families were able to enjoy a day on the front line.

Roman-themed fun day in South Tyneside as history brought to life

Families enjoyed a day on the front line as a fun day was held in South Tyneside.

News 2
The new trailer was released today. Picture: The Ellen Show on YouTube.

New Finding Dory trailer shows fans old and new characters

It's going to be a huge summer for film, and the anticipation for one of the season's biggest releases is definitely hotting up.

TV and Film
Joyce Handy, front centre, and Coun Joan Atkinson, back, with Emma Munday, left, and Claire Heslop.

Family which has fostered more than 100 South Tyneside youngsters continue to make big difference

A caring family which has helped to change the lives of over 100 youngsters in South Tyneside is ready to make a difference for another generation.

News 2
Jean McGarry and Peter Stoker with Coun Joan Atkinson, centre.

Son set to make fostering a family affair

A son is set to follow in his mum’s footsteps to make a vital difference to youngsters’ lives.

Justin Newby got down on one knee to propose to Karen Henderson after they each completed a skydive at Peterlee Parachute Drop Zone.

Head over heels! Justin pops the question after pair’s skydive

A loved-up couple got their engagement off to a flying start as they proved they were head over heels for each other.

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