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Halloween: Northern Ireland ready for a monsters' ball on spookiest night of the year

By Cate McCurry

Published 31/10/2015

More than 5,000 revellers celebrate Lisburn’s Twilight Night by Fair Light in Wallace Park
More than 5,000 revellers celebrate Lisburn’s Twilight Night by Fair Light in Wallace Park
Guildhall in Derry gets invaded by Riversaurus creatures as part of the Halloween Carnival in the city
New Lodge arts group’s parade in north Belfast
More than 5,000 revellers celebrate Lisburn’s Twilight Night by Fair Light in Wallace Park
More than 5,000 revellers celebrate Lisburn’s Twilight Night by Fair Light in Wallace Park
More than 5,000 revellers celebrate Lisburn’s Twilight Night by Fair Light in Wallace Park

Witches, ghouls and wizards will take over Northern Ireland today as cities and towns gear up for the spookiest time of the year.

There will be a host of activities and events keeping everyone entertained from spectacular fireworks displays to pumpkin carving masterclasses.

And it's good news for those out trick-or-treating as the weather is set to be dry for most of the day with witches casting just a few sunny spells by the afternoon.

Crumlin Road Gaol in Belfast will feature a special edition one-hour tour taking those who brave it around the various hot spots where paranormal activity has been reported.

Since its closure in 1996 there have been sightings, noises and unexplained happenings within the walls that have seen 17 men executed over its 150-year history.

Belfast City Council is to host the city's annual Halloween Monster Mash on the slipways of Titanic Belfast.

Beginning at 4pm, the entertainment line-up will feature street theatre and walkabouts, breathtaking fire shows and jugglers, face-painting, wicked workshops, fairground rides, on stage live music and Halloween fancy goods available for purchase.

This year's theme is Carnival Rock and monsters and ghouls of all ages can go in their show-stopping scary rock outfits or traditional spooky Halloween ones.

A firework display set to a classic rock soundtrack will mark the end of the evening. Ghost shuttle buses will also take you there for free.

Dust the cobwebs off your favourite costume as children in fancy dress get free entry to Belfast Zoo as part of the Boo At The Zoo event today.

Carved by Ronan in Belfast
Carved by Ronan in Belfast
Mark, Newtownabbey: "My 10 yr old daughter is a big owl enthusiast".
Wayne Clarke sent us this pumpkin pic
Leo's pumpkin from Coleraine. He is a massive Thomas fan. Pic. Elaine Mallett
Leah (4) And Zach Carson (6) Lisburn. Pic Louise Carson
Chucky the doll carved into a pumpkin by Colin Young. Pic Hugh Young. October 2015.
Pumpkins by Tina McDermott, Newtownbutler Co Fermanagh. Pic Martina McDermott October 2015.
Pumpkins by Tina McDermott, Newtownbutler Co Fermanagh. Pic Martina McDermott October 2015.
Pumpkins by Tina McDermott, Newtownbutler Co Fermanagh. Pic Martina McDermott October 2015.
Pumpkins by Louí Montague, aged 11, Belfast. Pic Richard Montague October 2015.
Alfie Kelly (8) from Strabane carved a pumpkin and turnip, here is his carving creation.Pic Vickey Donaghy October 2015.
Alfie Kelly (8) from Strabane carved a pumpkin and turnip, here is his carving creation.Pic Vickey Donaghy October 2015.
Scarlett and Louis Morgan's pumpkins. Pic. Kristine Graham October 2015.
Zach and Logan Pollock's creations. Zach created Coraline after just finishing reading the book and Logan wanted Toothless as he loves how to train a dragon. Pic. Steven Pollock October 2015.
Zach and Logan Pollock's creations. Zach wanted Coraline after just finishing reading the book and Logan wanted Toothless as he loves how to train a dragon. Pic. Steven Pollock October 2015.
A special Halloween for rugby fans! Andy from Lisburn October 2015.
Aoibhín and Meabh Stewart from Strabane with their creations October 2015.
Sadie O'Connell from Maghera embracing the Halloween spirit 2015. Pic: Clodagh O'Connell
Jenson Wright (5) from Portadown with his pumpkins 2015. Pic: Joanne Wright
By Jackson Logan from Newtownabbey
Mylo Crossey (2) from Belfast enjoys working on his pumpkin
...Mylo's pumpkin
Pumpkins created by Kieran Hinds, Newtownabbey
Pumpkin by Brogan Mooney from Islandmagee
VW camper van. By Jackie Nicholl from Randalstown
Grim reaper. By Justin Quinn from Belfast
Heisenberg. By Andrew Edgar from Portrush
Ali Fell, from Belfast, shows daughter Clara how the grown ups do it...
Iron Man, by Martin Higgins in Downpatrick
A different kind of Halloween monster... By Myles McCartan from Newcastle
Pumpkin Pi, by Richard Thompson in Belfast
"How you doin'?" By Michael Rea in Crumlin.
Werewolf, by Ollie Forsythe from Dundrum
By Ashley, Ashton and Gary in Belfast
With a little help from a hungry black cat. By Claire in Belfast
Cool FM journalist Naomi Holland-Beggs, from Bangor, carved these with her son Theo
Peppa Pig, by Ronan Breslin, from Belfast
By Kathy Smyth in Belfast
By Stephen Blevins, from Richhill

Derry's devilish activities have got bigger and busier following the addition of the rise of the ghostly River Gods from the Foyle and further afield.

The city and district will be full of tricks and treats galore - with the return of the gruesome Chateau le Fear; the incredible spectacle of Awakening Of The Walls, and the addition of the Rio Bravo Fiesta celebrating Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) hosted by the Craft Village.

And there is plenty of family fun lined up with child friendly shows, crafts, ghost tours, storytelling and more at the Alley Theatre and Strabane Library, and the Guildhall and Tower Museum.

The world renowned street carnival parade will end with the explosive fireworks finale.

The Share Discovery Village in Co Fermanagh is to host a spookily spectacular Halloween with fear-filled activities including a forest walk full of gruesome surprises. Fireworks display at 8.30pm.

Those who are brave enough can step aboard their ghost ship and enjoy a trip around the bay with story telling, games and ghoulish snacks on board.

A Little Spooks event will be taking place at the Navan Centre, Armagh until tomorrow

Have spooktacular fun as you meet with Hansel and Gretal at the witches' house in the woods.

Hallowtides Festival at the seaside town of Newcastle, Co Down will host a jam-packed calendar of spooky events as part of its annual Halloween celebrations.

Attractions will include live music, a fancy dress competition, float parade and one of the region's largest fireworks displays.

For more information on events taking place across Northern Ireland visit discovernorthernireland.com

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