Halloween in NI: Best things to do for the whole family

Halloween in NI: Best things to do for the whole family

A Haunting Halloween with the National Trust

Carve out some frightfully fun things to see and do and experience a whole world of adventure at National Trust places near you this Halloween.

Spooktacular tales and scary trails await brave families this Hallowe’en at National Trust places across Northern Ireland. Keep an eye out for sinister scarecrows at Florence Court’s Harvest Festival of Colour or settle in for spooky storytelling at Mount Stewart. Help keep the Halloween half-term horrors at bay by enjoying a Dark Shore Carriage Ride at Castle Ward, and potion and broomstick making at Springhill. With a variety of activities on offer including spooky fun and thrilling adventures for all the family, be prepared for a terror-ific time. Every spooktacular day out with the National Trust helps care for special places now and for Halloweens to come.

More information here 

Halloween at Hillsborough Castle and Gardens Thursday 26 – Sunday 29 October 2023

Hillsborough Castle and Gardens is gearing up for a spooktacular Halloween this October, with a thrilling after-hours family trail inspired by the Grimm Fairy Tales, as well as its popular annual Scarecrow Parade.

Each evening from Thursday 26 – Sunday 29 October visitors are invited to step out onto the Halloween trail, where they will encounter chilling characters haunting the 100 acre gardens.

For more information click here 

The Enchanted House of Puppetry makes a welcome return to Ards Arts Centre in Newtownards this Halloween when the historical building will once again be transformed into a puppet wonderland! The Enchanted House of Puppetry takes place from 29 – 30 October in Ards Arts Centre, Conway Square, Newtownards. To view the full programme and to book tickets, go to: https://puppetfestival.andculture.org.uk/whats-on

Halloween Afternoon Tea at the Game Of Thrones Studio Tour
Dine like a King or Queen

Saturday 14 October – Tuesday 31 October

Pre-book your Halloween Afternoon Tea with themed foods such as Kings Rocky Road, Hot Pie’s Sausage Rolls, Chocolate Crunch Dragon Eggs, High Garden Sandwich Selection and more.

Cost: £25pp*

*All Afternoon Tea must be booked in advance of visit

Experience a traditional Halloween

Discover the origins of the spookiest time of year at the Ulster Folk Museum this Halloween. You can experience it from Saturday 28th October to Tuesday 31st October. Get hands-on at Hallowe'en craft stations, explore exhibit buildings and watch eerie NI Screen Archives in the Picture House.

Find out more, and book here → https://www.ulsterfolkmuseum.org/whats-on/halloween

Pumpkin Patch Extravaganza at Crumlin Road Gaol

What better setting for your annual Halloween Experience than a spooky haunted prison! The Halloween Extravaganza includes the Spooktacular Jail Tour and the main attraction – The Pumpkin Patch!

  • A Spooktacular Gaol Tour
  • Halloween Petting Farm
  • Live Halloween Musicals! 

Book here

Halloween Gruffalo Trail at Colin Glen

Visit Ireland’s only official Gruffalo Trail to experience this Julia Donaldson-endorsed guided walk with a Halloween twist!

Hear the story of The Gruffalo before heading outdoors for a guided walk through the deep dark wood to meet your favourite characters and even stop by the pumpkin patch, where you’ll pick out your very own pumpkin to carve and take home!

Every weekend 21-31 Oct

Book here

A spooktacular Halloween experience at Montalto.

The Carriage Rooms plays backdrop to an enchanted family day out this Halloween, as you walk in the steps of the Witch wanders.

Pick your own estate-grown pumpkin from the dedicated patch, and become bewitched with storytelling, carving, workshops and inflatables.

Fri 27th - Tues 31st Oct

Footsteps in the Forest

This event is making a spooktacular return to Slieve Gullion Forest Park this Halloween between Wednesday 25 and Monday 30 October.

Visitors will go along a self-guided, illuminated trail that will take them on the journey from the origins of Samhain to modern day Halloween. To bring a mystical quality to the experience, the event will be held in the evening enthralling and capturing the imaginations of all ages.

Tickets available from 9 Oct here.

Eek! Week at Castle Espie

Are you brave enough to explore the interactive trail?

Discover an eek!citing and mysterious world of wetland nature this October half term. Keep your eyes peeled and your ears pricked and engage all your senses as you make your way around our wetlands for a truly eek!citing experience.

More here

W5’s Monster Lab

Prepare to be spellbound with W5's Monster Lab this Halloween.

Get involved in some gruesome guessing as to what is contained within the frightful feely boxes and be mesmerised with spooky Halloween shows.

Selected dates from 7 October - 5 November.
Monster Lab is FREE with general admission to W5. Find out MORE: http://bit.ly/W5-MonsterLab


Annual Féile Lantern Parade & Fireworks Display

Friday 27th October

6-7pm - Parade assembly at Spórtlann na hÉireann

7pm - Halloween parade leaves for Falls Park for massive fireworks display

Car parking is available at both The Park Centre and Kennedy Centre shopping centres.

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