30 ways to entertain the kids this Halloween

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Posted by Discover Northern Ireland

Published October 11, 2019

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 (28 October – 3 November).

Halloween Fireworks in Derry~Londonderry

Halloween in Derry~Londonderry

County Londonderry

Fright Night, Magherafelt, 12-31 October

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. Please note this is for strictly over 12’s.

Derry Halloween, Derry~Londonderry, 25 October- 1 November

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, Little Horrors shows, Tower of Terror and lots more.

Zombie Run, Magherafelt, 13 October

Zombie Run is a 6km 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 obstacles including the exhilarating giant water slide, the slippery Slip N Slide and lots more. 2km and 6km kid’s zombie chasing runs are now also available.

Field of Screams, Limavady, 25 – 30 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 Coastal Route, why not stay at one of the available Glamping Pods or Bell Tents on site. Recommended for 14+ years.

Museum of the Moon, Derry~Londonderry, 26 October – 1 November

Join in the Halloween celebrations in Derry~Londonderry and watch as the light of the Samhain Moon evades capture in the Guildhall.

Spooky Springhill, Moneymore, 27-31 October

There’s lots for little spooks to get their teeth into at Springhill House this Halloween. Dare to brave the haunted house on the hill, enrol at the witches and wizards school and put those flying skills to the test or explore the broomstick museum! 


Fireworks Extravaganza at Let’s Go Hydro, Carryduff, 31 October

Don’t miss this spectacular fireworks display on Halloween Night! The night starts at 6pm with food, drinks, fun and games and a special screening of Hocus Pocus on the big screen. Come in fancy dress for the chance to win prizes on the night! The firework display takes place accompanied by a special soundtrack.

Ghosts and Gourds Spooktacular, Ballynahinch, 19-20 October

See Rowallane Garden come to life with mystical and magical myths inspired by local folklore. Solve the clues, take the Magical and Mystical Folklore trail or carve a spooky pumpkin.

Jail of Horror, Crumlin Road Gaol, Belfast 11 - 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 'Halloween Ghost Trail' and a 2 hour Paranormal Investigation (suitable for 15 years and over).

Belfast Halloween Monster Mash and Fireworks Display, Belfast, 27 October

Dress up in your scariest and imaginative costumes and come along to this spooky event at the Titanic Slipways.  After partying away to live music and spooky street theatre, end the night with the firework display at 6.45.

County Antrim

Glens Storytelling Festival, Cushendall, 23-27 October

A 5 day festival in the Glens of Antrim focussing on storytelling through storytellers and musicians with a rich calendar of events. The festival takes place in locations throughout the local area, and is suitable for children, young people and adults.

Halloween Happenings 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 live music from the Fundamentals. Competitions and prizes will take place for children then closing with the annual fireworks display at the sea front.

Halloween Happenings in the Causeway Coast and Glens, various locations, 28-31 October

Spooky goings-on at various locations in the area, with witches, ghosts and frightening creatures all joining in, and mesmerising fireworks displays sure to thrill.

County Armagh

Halloween at The Argory, Moy 26-31 October

There’s a creepy critter and beastly bug trail around the estate this year – come and explore it or visit The Argory Pumpkin Patch!

A Slaying at Samhain, Armagh, 2 November

For over 16’s only, this murder mystery and supper calls on you to solve the mystery death with the discovery of a body. Who committed the murder – the warrior, the blacksmith or the willow weaver? Piece the clues together and deliberate your decision.

Little Spooks, Armagh, 26 October-1 November

For little ones who aren’t afraid of a spooky tale or two. Escape from the witch’s trap, help out the great ghost hunter and complete the riddles to avoid being stuck in the middle of the witch’s trap. Event recommended for ages 4-9.

County Down

Spooky Halloween Fun at The Ark Open Farm, Newtownards, 28-31 October

Spooky Halloween fun takes place at The Ark Open Farm with Lena the wicked witch telling spooky stories in her creepy den, or enjoy rides on a ghostly train.

Hallowe'en Walking Tour of Newtownards, Newtownards, 24 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.

Spooky A-scare-ium!, Portaferry, 26-27 October

Dress up as a witch, wizard, ghost or ghoul or even a mermaid or pirate. Follow the trail and catch up with the pesky pirates who have pilfered the treasure. Win a prize for best dressed!

Myths and Legends at Mount Stewart, Newtownards, 26-31 October

Enjoy multiple trails and tales at Mount Stewart this Halloween. From a magical Enchantress, to ancient Kings and Gods of the Sea you will enjoy a fun day as you discover more about Mount Stewart – with lots of craft, fun and surprises for all the family along the way.

Halloween Scream Train, Downpatrick, 26th, 27th and 31st October

Have you the guts to pay a visit to a graveyard on Halloween night? Board the Scream Train on the Forbidden Platform in Downpatrick, with ghosts and ghouls floating close by and take the journey to the haunted graveyard.  

County Fermanagh

Halloween Howler at Share Discovery Village, Lisnaskea, 31 October

Lots of fun activities for little ones to enjoy – games, disco, wall climbing, a bouncy castle and a fancy dress parade – so get creative with your costume!

Belleek Pottery Spooky Halloween Tour, Belleek, 31 October

Come along in fancy dress for a spooky tour at Belleek Pottery. Paint your own pottery in the Halloween themed painting workshop and bring home your own piece of Belleek.

Hogwarts Halloween Cruise at Share Discovery Village, Lisnaskea, 26-29 October

Put on your best robe, bring your wand and join this themed cruise where you will be sorted into houses, cast spells and enjoy games and some fascinating, delicious food. Booking essential.

Space Age Halloween Fireworks, Enniskillen, 31 October

This year’s fireworks theme is Space Age Halloween, in recognition of the 50th anniversary of man setting foot on the moon. Broadmeadow will host entertainment from 6pm with a Space Age Halloween Fancy Dress Party, games and much more and at 8pm sharp, the fireworks will launch from the Castle.

Halloween Spooktacular at Marble Arch Caves, 26-27 October

Join family and friends on a spooky underground tour at Marble Arch Caves and get up close and personal with some creepy characters.

Zombie Run at Share Discovery Village, Lisnaskea, 31 October

Suitable for older kids, can they make it past the zombies through the forest, using laser combat guns?  Come along and enjoy the evening BBQ and fantastic fireworks display.

Spooky Basement Experience, Enniskillen, 27 October

At Florence Court this Halloween, there are spooky goings on – try the ghostly outdoor trail, or dare to try the basement experience.

County Tyrone

Jack O'Lantern Halloween Festival, Omagh, 26-31 October

Celebrate an authentic Halloween at Ulster American Folk Park. Discover how pumpkin carving, fancy dress and trick-or-treating began through craft making, storytelling and barn dancing.

Halloween Torchlight Tours, Omagh, 30–31 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.

Space Age Halloween Fireworks, Omagh, 31 October

Dress up as your favourite space age character or even an alien at this year’s Space Age Halloween themed fireworks display. During the day there will be magical illusions and a state of the art digital wall with an interactive journey across the galaxy. In the evening enjoy a Space Age Halloween Fancy dress party and games with the evening culminating in the fireworks display.

Note: some events require booking and admission charges may apply.  Please also enquire about age restrictions.

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