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What's on in Co Down this Halloween - from Pumpkinfest to Hallowtides Festival


Here's our top pick of the spookiest things happening across Co Down over the Halloween holidays.


  • October 26-27

Pick, scoop and carve a pumpkin, enter a scarecrow into the scarecrow competition and solve the clues on the trail.

Select one of over 2,000 pumpkins and draw your own spooky face or design a totally different artistic creation.

At the Stableyard, visit the Coach House tea room for a variety of tasty lunches and snacks, browse the second-hand bookshop to pick up a bargain and visit the gift shop to pick up a few gifts for friends, family or yourself.

Enjoy tasty food treats from local caterers as well as a BBQ serving up delicious Castle Ward Dexter beef burgers.

Terror on the Tracks

  • October 26

Hop aboard an adults-only steam train to a haunted graveyard.

During your train journey watch out for strange characters and listen to dark tales of the past. Don your darkest Halloween outfits to fit in with your mysterious fellow passengers.

And if you make it back to Downpatrick station you can enjoy a drink and music in the Carriage Gallery while soaking up the atmosphere of the museum after dark.

Hallowtides Festival

  • Newcastle, October 31

Hallowtides Festival in Newcastle with lots of spooky happenings around town including fireworks display, fancy dress, treasure hunt, artisan market and much much more.

Dundonald Halloween Harvest Market

  • The Square Comber Road, October 26

Fun for all the family at Dundonald’s Halloween Harvest Market, featuring some of the best produce and artisan foods Northern Ireland has to offer. Why not browse the stalls and soak up the harvest atmosphere and enjoy the live entertainment?

Halloween walking tour of Newtownards

  • October 24

Discover, if you dare, dreadful things lurking in the historic town! Fancy dress encouraged.

Tour departs on foot from the Town Hall, Conway Square.

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