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Halloween 2015: Frightful fun in Northern Ireland and beyond

By Valerie Edwards

Published 08/10/2015

Little ‘rockstar’ Lorcan Clancy (6) helps launch the Carnival Rock- themed Halloween Monster Mash which will take place at the Titanic Slipways on Halloween
Little ‘rockstar’ Lorcan Clancy (6) helps launch the Carnival Rock- themed Halloween Monster Mash which will take place at the Titanic Slipways on Halloween
Mini ‘rockstar’ Mia Clancy (8) helps launch this year’s Halloween Monster Mash
Winnie the Witch joined thousands of people at the 2013 Halloween Monster Mash organised by Belfast City Council and Translink. (Paul Moane/Aurora)

Have some hair-raising Halloween fun with the whole family at these events in Northern Ireland and beyond.


Halloween Monster Mash - October 31

The Belfast City Council will be host the city’s annual Halloween Monster Mash on the slipways of Titanic Belfast. This year’s theme is ‘Carnival Rock’ and monsters and ghouls of all ages can show off their scary rock outfits or traditional spooky Halloween ones. The event is free and features fun for everyone, including fire shows and jugglers, street theatre, fairground rides, live music, face painting and more.

Belfast's Zombie Prom - October 31

The first Zombie Prom is coming to Belfast on Halloween night. Crumlin Road Gaol will have three levels for zombies to enjoy their first prom. There will be a special DJ and the dress code is: Only Zombies. Tickets are £35 per person and include a freaky cocktail, brainless buffet, prizes for best zombia, and King and Queen of the prom.

Paranormal Tours, Halloween Special - October 15-31

The special edition 60 minute tour will take you to the various hot spots of the Gaol where paranormal activity has been reported and the guide will tell you of the harrowing stories associated with these areas. 'Scaredy cats' beware, this year you will witness live paranormal experiments similar to those performed by paranormal investigators and ghost hunters. Tickets are £15 per person.

Creepy Crawlers - October 29- November 1

Babies who haven't found their feet, can crawl through spiders’ webs and tunnels, explore to the tune of some spooky sounds and expect lots to touch and smell in the Hallowe’en workshop. This event is Ideal for little pumpkins aged 6-12 months. Tickets are £7 per baby and accompanying adults go free.

Halloween Festival - October 23-31

Nine days of Halloween festivities will be held at the Ulster Museum. These include: a scary Night at the Museum, bat workshops,  the witch's brew trail, a creepy Elements family day and much more. For more information visit Ulster Museum.

Co Antrim

Boo at the Zoo - October 31

A day fun for the family at the Cave Hill site, will include creepy crafts, freaky face painting, bewitching bat talks and watch the animals tuck into their special ‘trick or treat’ pumpkins. Children aged 17 and under will get in free, if they are in full fancy dress costume. The event starts at 10am and last admission is 2.30pm.

Flame-throwers entertain the crowds at the 2013 Halloween Monster Mash organised by Belfast City Council and Translink. ( Paul Moane/Aurora)
Flame-throwers entertain the crowds at the 2013 Halloween Monster Mash organised by Belfast City Council and Translink. ( Paul Moane/Aurora)

Halloween Spooktacular - October 29

Dust off your broomsticks and watch a flame extravaganza, Mr Hullabaloo's Halloween Villains show and fireworks. For more information visit Co Antrim.

Co Armagh

Family Fright Night - October 31

Families can enjoy a Spooky Fright night at the Navan Centre and Fort. Travel through a horrifying curtain maze, wander through the Banshee Forest and sample the Dead Menu. There will also be some Halloween crafting and pumpkin activities. This event is not suitable for children four years and younger. For more information visit Co Armagh.

Little Spooks at Navan - October 29

Little Spooks can meet with Hansel and Gretel at the witches house in the woods, enjoy the interactive Billy Bones games and activities, make Halloween dream catchers and watch some hair-raising theatre. This event is suitable for children four years and above. For tickets visit Co Armagh.

Co Down

Hallowtides Festival - October 26-31

Co Down will host a jam-packed calendar of spooky events as part of its annual Halloween celebrations. Enjoy six days of festivities, including pumpkin carving, children's fancy dress Halloween party, O'Hare's haunted house, the spooky float parade, treasure hunts and much more.

Halloween at Cockle Row Cottages - October 25

Adam Webb and Hannah Willis at last year's annual Monster Mash (Belfast City Council)
Adam Webb and Hannah Willis at last year's annual Monster Mash (Belfast City Council)

Creepy crafts, glitter tattoos and live music will take place from 1-4pm at Groomsport. Enjoy a day of free family fun and Party Animals NI will bring their snakes, lizards, a meerkat, albino hedgehog and more creepy creatures. For more information visit North Down.

Co Fermanagh

Share Halloween Howler and Ghost Ship - October 29-31

Take part in a scary walk through the forest, pumpkin carvings, Halloween games and fireworks. Step aboard the Ghost Ship if you dare. The ship will travel around the bay with ghost stories, games, and ghoulish snacks on board. Visit Share Village for more information and tickets.

Halloween Fest and Craft Fair, Florence Court - October 25

Enjoy an afternoon of family fun and capers, along with a spooky tour of the house. For more information visit Fermanagh.

Co Tyrone

Hallowe'en Torchlight Tours - October 29-31

Stroll through the outdoor museum as darkness falls and there's only a torch to guide you. Ghosts, ghouls, and witches will lurk in the shadows at Ulster American Folk Park.

The Forbidden Forest Wail - October 28-31

This annual Halloween event will take place in Pomeroy Forest. An event not for the faint-hearted, but a fantastic experience for all. All children aged 12-16 should be accompanied by an adult. For more information visit Discover NI.

Co  Londonderry

Fright Night at Jungle NI - October 9-27

Fright Night returns to The Jungle NI with a bloodcurdling, screaming vengeance, added ghoulish creatures, SIX scare zones and a host of other special effects. This year there will be six different, uniquely themed attractions to choose from which include: The Circus, Inbred Horror House, Live Zombie Paintball, Freaky Forest, Hellish Haycart and The Cornfield. For more information visit Discover NI.

Haunted House on the Hill - October 29-30

The Haunted Hezlett has moved to DOOMhill House on Downhill Demesne. The staff and students from NRC are back with spine chilling performances in this new haunting location. Bigger scares and louder screams await. Visit Discover NI for more information.

And for those who dare venture further...


Asylum Live Halloween Escape Room - October 27-November 7

You will have 60 minutes to make it out alive. With new puzzles, and a few extra nasty surprises your group will have to work together to find clues in the room and solve a series of puzzles to save yourselves. This event is recommended for ages 16+ and for more information visit Donegal.


Bram Stoker Festival - October 23-26

Dublin City will celebrate the life, work and legacy of Dublin horror novelist Bram Stoker and his gothic novel Dracula. The festival will have day and night events, including The Scary Trail, Blade I and II Double Bill and Buffy the Vampire Slayer. For more information visit Bram Stoker Festival.


Halloween Pumpkin Festival - October 30-31

Pick your own pumpkins and carve the scariest faces, walk through spooky torch-lit mazes, bob for apples and enjoy a Halloween themed menu. For more information visit Cairnie Fruit Farm.

Halloween at Glamis Castle - October 31

Frightening fun days include storytelling, child-friendly haunted tours and a chance to explore Ichabod Crane's research lab. At night you can take a creepy tour of the castle and meet the Addams Family at the end. For more information visit Glamis Castle.


Halloween Adventure - October 23-31

Stockeld Park hosts its Halloween Adventure, with several spooky events such as the Halloween Catwalk, Wizards Den, Witch Trail, Creepy Creatures and Fright Night. Visit York for more information on tickets.

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