30 ways to entertain the kids this Halloween

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Posted by Sarah

Published October 17, 2017

Dust off your witches hats and vampire capes – there are stacks of spooky events taking place across Northern Ireland this Halloween. We've put together 30 things to do for families during half-term (26 October – 4 November).

Halloween Fireworks in Derry~Londonderry

Halloween in Derry~Londonderry

County Londonderry

1. Fright Night, Magherafelt, 12 October – 3 November.

This year’s Fright Night is going to be bigger, scarier and full of twists. Fright Night will see the return of the horrid and harrowing “Woodland Trail”. Filled with freaky sets, a haunting story with atmospheric lighting throughout a creepy cast of nefarious creatures.

2. Derry Halloween, Derry~Londonderry, 28-31 October.

Over the last 32 years, the Walled City has become synonymous with hosting one of
the world’s richest Halloween festivals that has made its way on to bucket lists across the globe. A welcome like no other awaits you, as supernatural beings and the souls of the dead flood into the city.  Highlights include Awakening the Walls, Haunted Harvest Market, Museum of the Moon, Little Horrors shows and lots more.

3. Zombie Run, Magherafelt, 6 – 7 October.

Zombie Run is a 6K obstacle run with a fiendish Halloween twist whereby you will cover treacherous terrain in your mission to evade the insatiable zombies. This year's obstacles are bigger than ever before, with new obstacles including the exhilarating giant water slide. 2k and 5k kid’s runs are now also available.

4. Field of Screams, Limavady, 19 – 29 October.

Visit the Limavady area and enjoy the scary experiences on offer at Carrowmena Activity Centre. This is a physical activity and not for the faint-hearted. Field of Screams runs in a 13 acre field, where you will be navigating around in the dark with lots of scary creatures jumping out when you least expect. If you want to make a long weekend out of it and enjoy more of the Causeway Coast, why not stay at one of the available Glamping Pods or Bell Tents on site.

5. Limavady Halloween Fireworks and Entertainment,
30 October.

Limavady will celebrate Halloween in ‘spooktacular’ style. DJ Ned will provide great family entertainment and there will be entertainment in the format of hula hoop walkabouts with LED glow hoop from entertainers Parah and Cozm.

6. The Dark Tower, Derry~Londonderry, 26 October

Ascend the Dark Tower for an adults-only night of music, drink, and scares. Come to the darkest reaches of the Tower Museum and meet the ghosts and ghouls of the city’s past. Prepare to be scared witless and afterwards pull yourself together, grab a drink at the bar, and explore the upper levels of the Tower – and expect the unexpected. 


7. Murder Mystery at Belfast Castle, 12 October.

The event involves all of your guests acting as teams of Detectives. The night begins with the audience witnessing scripted scenes featuring events that took place in the run-up to the ghastly crime.

8. Jail of Horror, Crumlin Road Gaol, 12 - 31 October.

This Halloween, Belfast’s Infamous Prison, Crumlin Road Gaol is unlocking its doors for three weeks of intense nail biting tours. Guaranteed to make even the bravest of visitors jump! The 5 star visitor attraction will be pulling out all the stops for its eagerly anticipated Halloween programme which will feature the ‘Jail of Horror’ and the ‘Paranormal Ghost Hunt’.

9. W5 Late, 20 October.

W5 Late is a strictly adults-only, after-hours evening at Northern Ireland’s award-winning science and discovery centre! Don your scariest costume for chills and thrills and explore over 250 interactive exhibits in four incredible exhibition areas.

10. Spooky Saturday, 27 October.

Experience a spine-chilling Halloween at Dundonald International Ice Bowl with ice skating, glow in the dark Xtreme tenpin bowling and Indiana Land playworld all under one roof. With live DJ entertainment in both the ice rink and bowling centre playing haunting Halloween music, Spooky Saturday is a great day out for the whole family!

11. Wireless Mystery Theatre Presents Frankenstein, 30 October.

On the 200th anniversary of the publication of the great Gothic novel, Mary Shelley's Frankenstein's Monster will be reanimated, piece-by-piece. Join Wireless Mystery Theatre – Ireland's longest-running audio theatre company - as they bring the creature to life with galvanisation, harnessed lightning, and their usual mix of live music, sound foley, and horror at the Crescent Arts Centre. 

County Antrim

12. Halloween Events in Ballycastle, 31 October.

Prepare for tricks and treats at the Ballycastle Halloween events, a spooky night not to be missed for all the family. Come and participate in the fancy dress parade with Fire Poi through the town to the seafront. Competitions and prizes will take place for children then closing with the annual fireworks display will take place at the sea front.

13. Purple Turnip Festival, Lisburn 27 October.

Enjoy kids’ entertainment including animal encounters, creative craft workshops, face painting and outdoor games. Join in the hunt; find the turnips and be in with a chance of winning a great prize.  Get up close and personal with a wide range of “spooky” exotic animals, if you’re brave enough and experience an “enchanted” autumn market where you will find fresh produce from local suppliers and hand-crafted goods.

14. Twilight Night, Lisburn, 26 October.

Set amid the illuminated, meandering pathways of Wallace Park Lisburn, Twilight Night by Fairy Light is renowned for its use of enchanting visuals, carnivalesque atmosphere, lighting, sound and superb fireworks display. Halloween revellers and families can follow the illuminated trail through Wallace Park. Rhythms of light and sound installations will breathe myth and magic into the atmospheric Victorian Park.

15. Ballycastle Halloween Artisan Market, 29 October.

Come along and enjoy browsing for a great quality produce. Naturally North Coast and Glens Artisan Market has been established for a number of years and gets bigger and better with each event. A great selection of local produce will be on offer and you’ll be amazed at the quality of the produce and handcrafted goods.

16. The Glens Storytelling Festival, Various Locations, 25 - 28 October.

The Ghosts in the Glens Storytelling Festival, is a four-day celebration of the rich traditions of storytelling and music in the Glens of Antrim. This is a storytelling and music festival with sessions being held from Ballycastle and Rathlin Island to Carnlough, Cushendun, Cushendall and Glenariff. 

17. Halloween Spooktacular, Antrim, 25 October.

This year’s theme is Day of the Dead and little ghosts, goblins and ghouls are invited to come along in their scariest costumes. Join Stephen, Cate and the Q Radio roadshow to see who picks up the bag full of tricks and treats for the best dressed. Be mesmerised by the Wicked Wonder boxes and watch real life mannequins come to life.

County Armagh

18. Halloween Craft & Games Club, 31 October – 1 November.

This year’s Halloween craft and games club at the stables of Palace Demesne offers the perfect opportunity for your child to enjoy the school holidays. With party games and the chance to unleash their inner artist by creating amazing Halloween crafts, children can partake in either one or both days of the club.

19. Little Spooks, 27 – 31 October.

Little Spooks is the perfect Halloween experience at Navan Centre and Fort for boys and girls who aren’t afraid of enjoying some spooky surprises.  From storytelling to making their own witches brew there’s plenty of activities to send a shiver up your little ones spine!

20. Halloween Family Fun, 27 October.

Join Armagh County Museum for a packed afternoon of Halloween family fun. Discover Halloween traditions from the past, have a go at making some seasonal crafts and take time to explore the Museum’s new exhibition; Costume Cavalcade. This year Talking Reptiles will make an appearance bringing with them snakes, spiders, minibeasts and much more.

21. Rushfear Festival25 - 27 October.

Embrace the magic of Harry Potter ahead of this year’s Halloween festivities at the Rushfear Festival in Craigavon, and with three full days of fun activities, events and attractions, the bumper schedule will ensure all wannabe wizards, witches, ghosts and ghouls will have a fiendishly good time on the mall.

County Down

22. Hallowe'en Walking Tour of Newtownards, Newtownards, 25 October.

Take a terrifying walking tour to uncover ghostly goings-on in the run up to All Hallows Eve. Discover, if you dare, dreadful things lurking in this historic town. It is a terrific tour for all the family and fancy dress is encouraged. Booking is essential. .

23. “Dark Side of Ballycultra” Tours, Ballycultra, 25 – 17 October.

Not for the faint hearted, experience this stroll around the lamp-lit streets of Ballycultra town where strange and sometimes ghostly happenings occur. Come and discover the stories that they don't normally tell the visitors.

24. How to Survive a Zombie Apocalypse,  Bangor, 27 October.

The pandemic has begun and the zombie herd is heading towards Bangor. Your skills will be tested in North Down Museum with archery and traditional craft challenges. Can you complete the tests before the Zombies attack? Don’t worry – there will be live music, ‘thriller’ dance moves, and a fully-stocked bar to help get you through the night

County Fermanagh

25. Hogwarts Halloween Cruise, Lisnaskea, 27 – 30 October

This unique Harry Potter theme cruise leaves Platform 9 3/4 at the Share Discovery Centre. During the cruise you can expect to be sorted into your house, cast some spells and sample some fascinating foods from the professors, as well as other fun games and crafts. This cruise must be pre-booked, as all witches and wizards must be accounted for.

26. Halloween Fireworks Display, Enniskillen, 31 October.

Halloween will see the Broadmeadow, Castle and Erne light up with Fireworks, Flotilla, amusements and fun for all the family. Entertainment includes a Halloween disco, a torchlight trick or treat tour, street music, food and much more with the fabulous Fireworks display from Castle Island.

27. Halloween at Marble Arch Caves, 27 October.

Don your spookiest costume and journey underground on a nail biting, sping tingling ghoulish tour of the mysterious Marble Arch Caves.

County Tyrone

28. Halloween Torchlight Tours 2018, Omagh, 29 – 31 October.

Take a tour of the outdoor museum as darkness falls at Ulster American Folk Park. Ghosts, ghouls and witches will lurk in the shadows as you sample traditional foods such as barnbrack, pumpkin and shoofly pie. Not for the faint hearted, booking for the evening tours is essential. 

29. Halloween Fun Days, Omagh, 20 – 31 October.

Experience the Halloween of a bygone era this October at the Ulster American Folk Park. As you walk around the outdoor museum, guides and demonstrators will be on hand to entertain you with a fun-filled programme of activities which explore Halloween in Rural Ulster and Pioneer America.

30. Spooktacular Rhythm Of The Night 90's, Omagh, 27 October.

DJ 2J'S will be playing the best #clubclassic throwbacks in Lola's at The Silverbirch featuring live saxophonist Zacc McGloughlin from the award winning Anna's Number. Bring your glow sticks and get your hands in the air – a throwback night not to be missed.

 Note: some events require booking and admission charges may apply.


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