Halloween 2017: What's on across Northern Ireland
The spooky season is here and there's plenty to keep the family entertained this Halloween across Northern Ireland. Here's our pick of highlights for 2017:
1. Halloween Monster Mash and fireworks display, The Slipways, Titanic Belfast - Sunday, October 29
The city’s annual Halloween Monster Mash returns for an evening of carnival capers, spooky street theatre, macabre music, wicked workshops, fearsome fire juggling and much more.
This year’s theme is Day of the Dead and little ghouls and scary skeletons of all ages can come along in their creepy carnival outfits or monstrous magical ones.
The entertainment line-up will feature:
- an array of street theatre and walkabouts
- breath-taking fire shows and jugglers
- wicked workshops
- mini fearsome fairground rides
- scary samba dancing
- live music on stage from ‘The Unusual Suspects’.
There’ll also be a range of ghoulish goods, scary sweets and terrifying treats for purchase on site.
The eerie evening will draw to a close with the largest fireworks display in the city set to a scary samba soundtrack. Fireworks will begin at approximately 6.45pm and are due to last for 15 minutes.
For more information, visit www.belfastcity.gov.uk
2. Derry/Londonderry Halloween Festival and Street Carnival Parade - October 28 - 31
Derry does Halloween like no other and this year the city will celebrate over four days, culminating in a huge street carnival parade and fireworks display.
Highlights of this year's Halloween festival include:
- Awakening the Walls
- Haunted Harvest Market
- Museum of the Moon
- Little Horrors shows and entertainment
- Hero’s & Legend
- Monster Fun Fair
- Samhain Sessions
- Tours & Trails
This year's carnival parade theme is Releasing the Moon and thousands are expected to take to the streets for the huge event which will finish with a massive fireworks display over the river Foyle.
For more information on events, visit www.derryhalloween.com
3. Frightful Friday, The Outlet, Banbridge - Friday, October 27
The Outlet is hosting a huge Frightful Friday Halloween party that will include a lantern parade and a fireworks display.
The event will have lots to keep little monsters entertained with fairground rides, circus acts, a Day of the Dead themed samba band, a colouring competition with Toytown and Halloween goodies and giveaways.
Guests are also invited to come dressed in their scariest costume and take part in a fancy dress competition.
For more information, visit www.the-outlet.co.uk
4. Boo at the Zoo, Belfast Zoo - Saturday, October 28
Belfast Zoo is hosting a huge Halloween extravaganza, where little witches and wizards can enjoy eerie activities including:
- a hallzooween trail
- creepy crafts
- freaky face painting
- Mr Hullabaloo’s interactive children’s theatre
- the chance to meet a minion and goblin
- terrifying talks from our zoo keepers
- meet the barn owl sessions
- ‘trick or treat’ feeding times
You can even bring along your own carved pumpkins on the day and watch as the animals tuck into them during the ‘trick or treat’ feeding times.
Children in fancy dress go free.
For more information, visit www.belfastzoo.co.uk/events
5. Seapark Fireworks, Holywood, Co Down - Saturday, November 4
Seapark will host a lively family funfair, with food, fun and music by local favourites The Jukes.
The most anticipated part of the event will see the the skies come alive in a spectacular firework display above the shores of Seapark at approximately 8pm.
Time: 4pm-9pm (Fireworks 8pm)
For more information, visit www.visitardsandnorthdown.com
6. Ulster Folk & Transport Museum Halloween Family Festival, Cultra, Co Down - October 26 - 31
Experience The Dark Side of Ballycultra with spooky tours - come in costume and wrap up warm to walk around the atmospheric lamplit streets of the Folk Museum’s Ballycultra town at night where ghostly happenings are known to occur.
The Halloween Family Festival take place on Tuesday 31 October and visitors can take in the spooky sights and mischievous antics happening throughout the day long event.
Dress in a scary costume and embark on a mysterious adventure through the museum's atmospheric rural dwellings and dark train carriages. Meet the owls in the Rail Gallery or pay a visit to the creepy crawlies.
Play Halloween apple games in the Folk Museum, watch a scary movie in the Picture House or why not make a turnip lantern to scare away spirits? There’s also magic shows and a fancy-dress competition with special prizes for the most creative costumes.
For more information and booking, visit www.nmni.com/whats-on
7. Ghouls & Gruffalo’s Welly Walk, Colin Glen Forest - October 27 - November 1
Visitors can enjoy a story telling session of the best selling Children’s Book before meandering through the forest on a guided forest walk while trying to find the Ghosts & Ghouls en route.
On return to the forest park building you can pick your own pumpkin from the Pumpkin Patch and carve it into your own lantern to use for Halloween.
What To Bring
- rain jacket
- sun cream
- water boots
Children - £9pp
Accompanying adults & under 2 go free
Time: 11am & 2pm
For more information visit, www.colinglen.org/portfolio/ghouls-gruffalo-welly-walk
8. Ghosts and Gourds Spooktacular, Rowallane Garden, Ballynahinch - October 21 - November 5
A fantastically frightful Halloween is planned at Rowallane Garden, with the Ghosts and Gourds Spooktacular takes place on 21& 22 October from 11am to 5pm.
The garden will be full of spooky sights so why not take the ghost trail and say boo to the creepy characters from Premiere Circus.
See your little monsters transform with some freaky face painting, but don’t make a run for it before carving your very own pumpkin to take home and ward away the spooky spirits. Additional cost for trail £1.50 & Pumpkin Carving £3.00.
Let your imagination run wild by following the Halloween Ghost Trail on October 21 - 29 from 11am-5pm, exploring the strange and sinister sights in the garden. Follow the pointers along the way and submit your clues and claim your terrifying treat. Additional cost for trail £1.50
Pop into the café for frightful family fun with Poison Chocolate Apple Dunking on October 28 to November 5 from 11am-3pm. Using hocus pocus, your little witch or wizard can dunk their apple into molten chocolate and take their treat home whilst you sit back and enjoy a ghoulish treat.
For more information, visit www.nationaltrust.org.uk/rowallane-garden
9. Halloween on the Causeway Coast - October 27 - 30
This year promises a fireworks extravaganza with displays in Ballycastle, Ballymoney, Coleraine and Limavady alongside an array of ‘spooktacular’ goings on.
At a glance:
Fireworks display at Roe Mill Road Recreation Grounds on Friday, October 28 at 7pm
The Joey Dunlop Leisure Centre in Ballymoney is the venue for a live outdoor concert on Friday, October 28 from 6.30pm.
Halloween party at the Rugby Avenue Playing Fields on Saturday, October 29 from 6.30pm.
The popular Halloween Parade and Fireworks display takes place on Monday, October 31, meeting at Dalriada Lower Car Park at 7pm. The fireworks display will begin at 8pm.
The Ghosts in the Glens Storytelling Festival, featuring Colum Sands, runs from October 27 - 30.
For more information, visit www.causewaycoastandglens.gov.uk
10. RushFear Festival, Rushmere Shopping Centre, Craigavon - October 26-28
The RushFear Festival promises three days of magic, mystery and fun at Rushmere Shopping Centre with a long list of family friendly activities and entertainment.
Among the events on offer include face painting, arts & crafts, puppet shows and ghoulish characters to meet on the mall.
Children of all ages can also enjoy live music, fire breathers and dancers.
For more information, visit www.rushmereshopping.com
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