FLEETWOOD MAC ANNOUNCE RDS ARENA DATE FOR EUROPEAN TOUR

THURSDAY 13TH JUNE – TICKETS GO ON SALE THIS FRIDAY AT 9AM

Legendary, GRAMMY-award winning band Fleetwood Mac announced today a European tour, set to kick off in June with three exclusive performances currently announced in London, Dublin and Berlin.

Tickets for RDS Arena on Thursday 13th June costing from €79.50 go on sale this Friday at 9am

Produced by Live Nation, the tour will feature the newly announced line-up of Mick Fleetwood, John McVie, Stevie Nicks, and Christine McVie along with newcomers Mike Campbell and Neil Finn.

A limited number of LaneOne VIP Packages will also be available, including amazing seats with premium benefits such as transportation, preferred entrance and more. LaneOne premium VIP packages are available here.

For further information, please visit www.fleetwoodmac.com.

 

Jacqueline shares her pick of what’s on this weekend across NI

Down

This Saturday 27th October seas the return of the hugely popular Seapark Fireworks to Seapark Recreation Grounds which transforms into a hive of activity from 4.00pm.  Wrap up warm against the brisk Seapark air to enjoy the children’s funfair and live music by local band The Jukes. A selection of food stalls packed with delicious bites will be on hand to help take the chill off.  The excitement culminates for the always impressive fireworks display at 8.00pm, set to a music soundtrack. Remember to bring a torch to navigate the grounds, finding the perfect spot to view the display.  The fun continues until 9pm.

Armagh

Little Spooks at Navan Fort from 27th to 31st October is the perfect Halloween experience for boys and girls who aren’t afraid of enjoying some spooky surprises.  A Halloween Bride & Gloom Story – Do you have the courage to be witness at the ceremony?  With an undead bride and ghostly groom, join the hapless couple on the most memorable day of their lives (or afterlives).  The witch’s cabin is just a short walk away along the winding path. Discover what ghastly ingredients go into a witch’s cauldron and, if you are brave enough to torture your taste buds, there will be a truly gruesome brew freshly prepared just for you.  Proceed along the path to the Palace of the Pumpkin Prince. There, you will hear some startling stories sure to put a shiver up your spine.

Fermanagh

Leave daylight behind as you join a 15th century Maguire’s House Party in Enniskillen Castle this Friday 26th October. The castle doors will swing open for one night only, with live music, an on-site bar, and medieval-inspired food.  Alt-rockers Emerald Armada will be headlining music on the night, with support acts to be announced. Grab a drink from The Giddy Box vintage bar and roam the castle to discover music, performance, and some 15th-century guests that once revelled in the medieval stronghold. The Castle Café will be serving a medieval-inspired menu of stew and soup served in traditional edible ‘trencher’ plates made of bread, alongside sharing platters. Get ready to party like it’s 1499.  Strictly over 18s.

Tyrone

Mid Ulster Sports Arena will host their annual Halloween Fireworks Display on Saturday 27th October from 5.30pm when hundreds of people are expected to gather to enjoy some scary antics at Mid Ulster Sports Arena Cookstown, before the grand finale fireworks extravaganza at 8pm that will brighten up the dark skies into a fantastic fanfare of colour and lights.  Children can get ghoulishly creative at the Halloween themed arts and crafts station, listen to storytelling by Winifred the witch, be amazed by the fire performers, have a spin in the Vortex Tunnel and get to meet our spooktastic Halloween characters throughout the evening.  Children will also be able to burn off some wicked energy at the climbing wall, krazy karts and caterpillar train.  There will be music, face painting and lots more to help keep your little monsters entertained. If you get hungry, there’ll be a wide range of food stalls offering sweet and savoury tempting treats.

Derry

On Saturday 27th and Sunday 28th October, Drumnaph Nature Reserve will come alive at night to celebrate the Celtic festival, Samhain.  Samhain was celebrated by our Ancestors and it marked the end of the harvest and the beginning of the ‘Dark Half’ of the year. Remember to wrap up warm and wear appropriate footwear for the journey.  Don’t forget to bring your own lantern too. Delicious, homemade refreshments will be available when you return to our new café at An Carn.  Book your tickets online at www.ancarn.yapsody.com.

 

Antrim

This Thursday 25th October, The Junction, Antrim  will host their Halloween Spectacular.  This year’s theme is Day of the Dead and your 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. We will also have fire jugglers, face painting, arts & crafts and spooky characters to keep everyone entertained.  The celebrations reach a crescendo around 8.00pm, with a spectacular fireworks extravaganza.  Free shuttle bus departs from Dunsilly and Market Square, Antrim to The Junction, at regular intervals from 5.45pm. Access to the event is by Ballymena Road entrance only.  Firework display is subject to weather conditions.

 

Belfast

Enjoy a ride in a restored steam train from Belfast Central, along the shores of Belfast Lough to Whitehead Railway Museum and return this Sunday 28th October. Ghosts and ghoulies of all ages are invited to come along in seasonal costume to sample the unique steamy Halloween atmosphere. All children holding a ticket will receive a spooky goody bag from the wicked witch!  Departing from Belfast Central Station at 11.00am.  Book online at www.steamtrainsireland.com.

For more details on these events and to add your events free go to whatsonni.com. Follow us on twitter @whatsonNI and on facebook at fb.com/www.whatsonni.com for news, competitions and what’s on near you.

Jacqueline McGonigle

OFFERS OF THE WEEK

Northern Ireland boasts an irresistible collection of places to stay including beautiful B&Bs, luxurious spa hotels and great value self-catering properties. Discover NI has selected the best offers of the week to help you plan a short break.

 

  • One Night B&B, Canal Court Hotel & Spa, Co. Down from £99 per room

This four-star hotel is located at the heart of Newry City Centre, along the idyllic Merchants Quay area. Enjoy a ‘home away from home’ feeling amidst the luxurious surroundings that the Canal Court Hotel & Spa has to offer. Offer includes one night’s bed and breakfast accommodation. To book call 028 3025 1234. Offer available until 30 November.

  • One Night B&B, Seagoe Hotel, Co. Armagh from £129 per room

The three-star Seagoe Hotel is situated just outside of Portadown. This modern, yet homely hotel has maintained a high standard of service and attention to detail over its many years of business. The hotel is conveniently located nearby areas of shopping and local parks, while Lough Neagh is only a short drive away. Offer includes one night’s bed and breakfast accommodation. To book call 028 3833 3076. Offer available until 30 November.

  • One Night B&B, O’Neill Arms Country House Hotel, Co. Antrim from £69 per room

The three-star O’Neill Arms Country House Hotel is a long-established hotel in the village of Toomebridge. The hotel pride themselves on providing an experience like no other to help you indulge in the Mid Ulster journey. Guests are welcome to fish from the banks of the River Bann, whilst Lough Beg is two miles to the north and Lough Neagh is just a mile south of the hotel. Offer includes one night’s bed and breakfast accommodation. To book call 028 7965 0800. Offer available until 30 November.

10 things to do in Northern Ireland

DiscoverNorthernIreland.com has stacks of fun things to do across NI, from family days out to gigs and cultural events. Here are ten exciting things taking place this week (22 -28 October)

 

  1. 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.
  2. Belfast Horror Con, 27 October. Taking place at the Clayton Hotel, this event will feature eight media guests including David Warner (The Omen), Barbara Nedeljakova (Hostel), Shauna MacDonald (The Descent) and Belfast’s own Patricia Quinn who played Magenta in the cult classic The Rocky Horror Picture Show. Other attractions include a gaming lounge where attendees can test PlayStation 4 VR games, film screening with Q&A sessions, traders, novelists, independent comic creators and a SFX make-up artist.
  3. Beach Races 2018, Portrush, 27 – 28 October. Organised by Foyle District Motor Club at East Strand Beach. Based on the success of last year’s beach races which was the first of its kind to be staged in Northern Ireland, this event returns for a second year. It is expected to attract more than 100 competitors. With free admission for spectators, this event is set to be a unique racing weekend at a spectacular and beautiful location.
  4. Purple Turnip Festival, Lisburn, 27 October. Enjoy kids’ entertainment including animal encounters, creative craft workshops, fancy dress competitions, face painting and outdoor games. Join in the hunt, find the turnips and be in with a chance of winning a great prize or visit the “enchanted” autumn market where you will find fresh produce from local suppliers and hand-crafted goods.
  5. Little Spooks, Armagh, 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.
  6. 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 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.
  7. City of Derry International Choir Festival, Derry~Londonderry, 24 – 28 October. Created as a joyous celebration of choral music-making, this festival provides opportunities for competitive and non-competitive participation of singers across a wide range of styles, ensembles and ages.
  8. Maguire’s House Party, Enniskillen, 26 October. Leave daylight behind as you join a 15th century adults-only party in Enniskillen Castle. The castle doors will swing open for one night only, with live music, an on-site bar, and medieval-inspired food. The Maguire Clan have invited you to experience their legendary medieval parties. If your family name is Maguire, then you’ll get in free!
  9. Boo at The Zoo, Newtownabbey, 27 – 28 October. Enjoy eerie activities for all the family including creepy crafts and fiendish face painting. Meet barn owls, reptiles and enjoy spooky story-telling with Mr Hullabaloo. You can even bring along your own pumpkin and watch as the animals tuck into them at the ‘trick or treat’ feeding times!
  10. Ghosts in the Glens Storytelling Festival, Co. Antrim, 25 – 28 October. The Ghosts in the Glens Storytelling Festival offers a four-day celebration of the rich traditions of storytelling and music in the Glens of Antrim. Sessions will be held from Ballycastle and Rathlin Island to Carnlough, Cushendun, Cushendall and Glenariff, including workshops for those looking to develop their storytelling skills along with special children’s activities such as quizzes, crafts and fancy dress.

 

 

For more information on these events or to plan a short break in Northern Ireland, visit www.DiscoverNorthernIreland.com.

BEST FOOT FORWARD FOR CITY OF MERCHANTS HISTORICAL WALKING TOUR

As part of the programme of events organised for this year’s City of Merchants, the Newry and Mourne Museum is once again hosting its highly anticipated walking tour culminating in a celebratory banquet at Bagenal’s Castle.

Focusing this year on Newry’s railway heritage, the tour will start at 2.30pm from the Museum, and will visit locations once occupied by stations, bridges and platforms. Participants will find out how the railway and port provided the foundation for Newry’s development as a mercantile centre on Carlingford Lough.

Starting at 5pm the banquet will be a sumptuous and enjoyable end to the walking tour. The menu consists of a cold meat buffet including a dressed salmon, ham and a choice of dessert, plus a glass of mulled wine.

Entertainment will be provided by Living History re-enactors who will perform songs and poetry inspired by the 1885 Golden Wedding celebrations of Newry MP and railway investor, Peter Quinn.

Peter Quinn was a merchant in Newry and served as a Justice of the Peace in the counties of Armagh and Down. He also served on the committee which issued the prospectus for the Newry, Armagh and Enniskillen Railway in the autumn of 1844 (the company was formed in 1845) and was on the Board of the Newry Navigation Company.

Speaking on Newry & Mourne Museum’s activities, Deputy Chairperson Oksana McMahon said: “It is great to see the return of the 2018 City of Merchants celebrations. The walking tour has proved extremely popular and it is a wonderful insight into the heritage and history of Newry as a Merchant town. By celebrating Peter Quinn through the banquet, it is a great way to acknowledge those that have helped build the trading legacy we are proud of.”

Numbers are limited and due to its high demand, we urge people to book tickets soon. Tickets are £10 and available from Newry Visitor Centre, Bagenal’s Castle Tel. 028 3031 3170

The City of Merchants Festival will take place from Friday 2nd to Sunday 4th November and will see a host of activities take place to celebrate the area’s maritime and trading heritage. Activities on Friday alongside the Walking Tour & Banquet at Bagenal’s Castle include a Twilight Market from 5pm to 10pm in Newry Variety Market Hill Street; free children’s art and craft workshops at the market; a sensational parade to the Fathom Line at 7.15pm; ending with a magnificent firework display from 8pm.

On Saturday you can enjoy the Tall Ships from 12noon to 4pm; a theatrical Merchant Quest through the streets of Newry created by theatre company Big Telly; interactive Horse and Trap tours; a theatrical guided tour of Bagenal’s Castle; plus, a comical look at trade through the years taking place in both The Buttercrane and The Quays Shopping Centres.  This year will also see the inaugural Scenic Carlingford Ferry Loop Sportive in which hundreds of keen cyclists will take on a 62km route around the shores of Carlingford Lough. More details on this event can be found at www.loopsportive.com

On Sunday in partnership with Kx and Newry Business Improvement District (BID), Aston Martin Red Bull Racing will be bringing one of its famous Formula 1 cars to Marcus Square in Newry. Set to take up its podium position outside the newly opened First Derivatives building, the car will be on display between 2pm and 4pm.

For more information on the overall City of Merchants Festival programme and for details on how to book tickets for the events please visit: www.heaveninaheartbeat.com/giant-adventures

LIVE AT THE WATERFRONT HALL, BELFAST: 29 APRIL 2019

Much-loved tenor, Alfie Boe has today announced a Belfast date at the Waterfront Hall on 29th April 2019

*Tickets go on sale this Friday, 19th October*

Alfie is one of the most acclaimed vocalists of his generation and a hugely successful, multi-platinum selling artist. He has triumphed on theatre stages and in concert halls around the world and has two recent UK #1 albums under his belt for albums ‘Together’ and ‘Together Again’, made with his great friend Michael Ball.

The duo also won two Classic BRIT Awards earlier this year for ‘Best Album’ and ‘Group of the Year’.

Alfie Boe releases his first album in four years on 23rd November – a vibrant and instantly classic album As Time Goes By. This is a record that celebrates the golden era of music from the 30s and 40s, a time that is often overlooked – sandwiched as it is between the roaring twenties and rock ‘n’ roll.

Tickets go on sale this Friday 19 October at 9am

Tickets for the Waterfront Hall are available:

In person at the Ulster Hall Box Office

By Telephone: 028 9033 4455
Book On Line: www.waterfront.co.uk

In person: From 100 Ticketmaster Outlets Nationwide
By Telephone (24 Hour): Northern Ireland – 0844 277 44 55
Book On Line: www.ticketmaster.ie

Wicked Walks at Halloween!

Enter the world of Wicked Walks this Halloween.

 

Come and be guided through the historical grounds of Antrim Castle Gardens, Mossley Mill and Sentry Hill and hear about the goings on of yester year.  These evenings of tall tales and spooky stories will provide a sensory experience to entertain and enthral as we explore the darker side of some of our better- known venues.

Our storytellers will take you on a guided tour in the early evening when night has drawn in. These specially created Wicked Walks will reveal the shadowy side of our heritage with mirth, wit and a feast of unknown facts about the local area and beyond.

Suitable for ages 14+, these after-hours events would make the perfect date night, work night out, teen half-term fun or simply an opportunity for a friends get together.

With limited availability on each tour, early booking is recommended. To book please contact Box Office on T: 028 9034 0202 or ww.theatreatthemill.com

Please arrive 10 minutes before the tour start time. Please come dressed appropriately for the weather as these events take place outdoors.  To help chase away any shivers, warming refreshments will be available after each walk and a hot drink is included in the ticket price of £5

Only for those who dare step back in time during this spookiest time of the year! Are you brave enough?

 

Dates & Times:

Mossley Mill-

Saturday 27 October 6pm

Sunday 28 October 6pm

Friday 2 November 6pm

Sunday 4 November 6pm & 8pm

Antrim Castle Gardens-

Tuesday 23 October 6pm and 8pm

Wednesday 24 October 6pm and 8pm

Thursday 25 October

Thursday 1 November 6pm and 8pm

Sentry Hill House

Tuesday 30 October 6pm and 8pm (8pm Tour Sold Out)

 

Spooked Out at V36!

Are you ready to be spooked out in Antrim and Newtownabbey?

The Mayor, Councillor Paul Michael looks forward to Spooked Out at V36 with Emillie Murphy.

Come along to Spooked Out at V36 at the Valley, on Wednesday 31 October from 6pm – 8pm. All ghosts, ghouls, villains, vampires, witches and wizards are invited to join in the freaky, free family fun this Halloween!

The festivities will kick off with Rebecca McKinney and the Cool FM Roadshow, followed by lots of family fun and frolics! Join in the Halloween games and enter the fangtastic fancy dress competition, to win some gorey prizes. We will also have face painting, bouncy castles and spooky characters to keep everyone entertained.

The evening will come to a close at 8pm when the Cave Hill will be a spectacular backdrop for a fireworks extravaganza*.

Access to V36 on foot will be by the main entrance, opposite KFC on the Church Road or, from the Valley Leisure Centre car park, along the footpath by the duck pond. Car parking at V36 is only available to blue badge holders.

For our full programme of events and information on car parking please visit www.antrimandnewtownabbey.gov.uk/halloween.

*Please note the fireworks display is subject to weather conditions.

Jacqueline shares her pick of what’s on this weekend across NI

Down

This Friday enjoy a night at the museum, but not as you know it. For one strange night, Bagenal’s Castle will morph into a sideshow circus. Arrive at the castle to see the walls illuminated by fire dancers, while the circus ringmaster invites you to embrace your darker side and celebrate the rich performing arts history of Newry.  Once inside, professional make-up artists and historical costume collection will make sure you look the part. Then, get ready to get weird with ‘dangerous harpist’ Ursula Burns Music, and comedians and magicians Paul Currie Comedian and George Firehorse. Stop by the mysterious fortune teller, or roll up to some Street Countdown and a Sideshow Ramone performance.  The best of local food and drink will be served too – with sweet treats, coffee, and artisan street food outside, to craft gin, beer and cider tastings within the castle walls.

Armagh

Frankenstein, Friday 19th October, Market Place Theatre. ‘If I cannot inspire love, I will cause fear!’ On the 200th anniversary of the publication of the great Gothic novel, Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein’s Monster will be reanimated, piece-by-piece. Wireless Mystery Theatre – Ireland’s longest-running audio theatre company – will bring the creature to life with galvanisation, harnessed lightning, and their usual mix of live music, sound foley, and horror.  You’ll get the shock of your life!  This event takes place in the Studio Theatre with an unreserved, tiered seating layout.

Fermanagh

This Wednesday 17th October, Music in Fermanagh is proud to present Enniskillen born Kristan Swain, the flautist who is making a huge name for himself across the water, including his appearances as guest principal flute for the Philharmonic Orchestra. Kristan is noted for playing ‘Danny Boy’ for HM the Queen during her historic Diamond Jubilee visit to Enniskillen.  He will be accompanied by Máire Carroll, International concert pianist, who has performed throughout Europe, Asia and North America. They will give us music by Berkeley, Hindemith, Hamilton Harty, Philip Hammond, Mouquet, Gaubert, Demersseman, Debussy, Hüe and Fauré. Ardhowen Theatre Enniskillen.

Tyrone

Uncover the ancient traditions of Halloween at the Ulster American Folk Park Omagh from 20th to 31st October. Learn about the jack-o-lantern, trick or treating and traditional treats. Sample seasonal foods like colcannon, barnbrack and pumpkin pie. Have your fortune told, listen to stories by the fireside and pose for a picture beside the pumpkin patch. Watch out for some spooky friends as you stroll through the autumn leaves and past the creaking cottages and cabins.

Derry/Londonderry

Carrowmena Field of Screams is back this Halloween with Haunting Nights in the Maize Maze from the 19th to 29th October. Do you dare to enter the Maze and battle your way through the Twists, Turns & Deadends? Opening Times: 7.30pm – 10pm.  Ages: 14 years+. £9 per person. Field of Screams takes place at Carrowmena Activity Centre’s Maize Maze at 100 Carrowclare Road, Limavady. Online booking is recommended to avoid disappointment.

Antrim

Explore the Galgorm Castle Estate at night  at the Galgorm Castle Spooky Hallow Night on 19th and 20th October with Brilliant Trails.  With your map and torch discover Halloween’s urban legends that lurk around the estate woods from Dracula to Funny bones and even the Corpse Bride. Each will tell a tale of how they came to be..  Feed the senses with an indulgent, freshly cooked BBQ cooked on the grill by Foodie Folk to tantalise your taste buds and plenty of toffee apples, marshmallows and coffee available to buy to keep you going to next year.

Belfast

W5 Late returns for Halloween on Saturday 20th 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.  Discover what lurks within the haunted mansion ‘Monster Manor’ but beware you might see some unexpected characters along the way! Get up close to some creepy crawlies and engage with the experts in our spooktacular series of lecture theatre talks as we explore the science of fear, plus SO much more!  There will be a fully licensed bar where you can have a glass of wine or cold beer.  Online booking essential.

For more details on these events and to add your events free go to whatsonni.com. Follow us on twitter @whatsonNI and on facebook at fb.com/www.whatsonni.com for news, competitions and what’s on near you.

Jacqueline McGonigle

 

30 Things to do in Northern Ireland this Halloween

Derry~Londonderry

 Derry Halloween, 26 October – 3 November

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 mainly via word of mouth recommendations. A welcome like no other awaits you, as the division between this world and the other world is at its thinnest, 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 entertainment, Monster Fun Fair, Samhain Sessions, tours and trails, carnival parade, fireworks plus lots more.

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”. Unveiling two amazing new sets, a brand new haunting story, coupled with special effects, atmospheric lighting throughout and a creepy cast of wicked creatures. On top of this, four of last year’s scare attractions will also be returning with a few extra dimensions and a brand new attraction; The Slaughterhouse.

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.

Limavady Halloween Fireworks and Entertainment, 30 October

Taking place in Roemill Road Recreation Grounds from 19:00 – 20:30, 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. A fancy dress competition with prizes will also be held before the main firework display at 8:15pm.

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.

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.

 

Belfast

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. Discover what lurks within their haunted mansion ‘Monster Manor’ but beware you might meet some unexpected characters along the way! Get up close to some creepy crawlies and engage with the experts in their spooktacular series of lecture theatre talks as you explore the science of fear, plus so much more!

Belfast Horror Con, 27 October

Taking place at the Clayton Hotel, this event will feature eight media guests including David Warner (The Omen), Barbara Nedeljakova (Hostel), Shauna MacDonald (The Descent) and Belfast’s own Patricia Quinn who played Magenta in the cult classic The Rocky Horror Picture Show. Two films, including locally produced Braxton Butcher, will be screened in the Hotel’s Titanic Suite followed by Q&A’s with the films creative teams. Other attractions include a Gaming Lounge where attendees can test PlayStation 4 VR games including Until Dawn: Rush of Blood and LOC-Down Events will be providing a number of Horror themed costumed characters. The Olympic Suite will host a number of traders, novelists, independent comic creators and a SFX make-up artist.

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.

Murder Mystery at Belfast Castle, 12 October

The event involves all of your guests acting as teams of Detectives. They must attempt to solve a deadly whodunit by answering three simple questions: who committed the crime, how and why? Accompanied by a delicious meal, the night begins with the audience witnessing scripted scenes featuring events that took place in the run-up to the ghastly crime. You will meet each of the suspects as they join you at your table to be interrogated. ‘Have you ever had an affair? How much money do you have? Have you ever been blackmailed?’, these are the questions asked the most – and after all, who wouldn’t want to ask them?

 

Antrim

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 leaving from Dalriada Hospital car park at 6.45pm through the town to the seafront. Competitions and prizes will take place for children along with floats and plenty of spooky characters. The annual fireworks display will take place at the sea front at 8.15pm.

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. Lisburn City Centre Management is encouraging everyone to come dressed in their best fancy dress costume as there will be spot prizes for the best dressed.  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.

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.

Ghosts in the Glens Storytelling Festival, Various Locations, 25 – 28 October

The Ghosts in the Glens Storytelling Festival, organised by Antrim Glens Tourism, aims to attract both tourists and local people for 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.  It includes workshops for those looking to develop their story telling skills along with special children’s activities such as quizzes, crafts and fancy dress.

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. Visitors can have a shriek of a time on the ghost train, mingle with scary street performers and enjoy the end of the night as an explosion of colour illuminates the night sky in a spectacular fireworks extravaganza at the Junction Shopping Complex.

 

Armagh

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.

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!

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.

 

Down

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. The tour departs on foot from Ards Arts Centre, Town Hall, Conway Square, Newtownards, BT23 4NP.

Halloween Fun at Cockle Row Cottages, Bangor, 30 October

Join Cockle Row Cottages this Halloween for free family entertainment, including music from Geordies Music Box, the Tales of the Wild Animal Road Show, a Plant and Play Witch’s Garden, an abundance of creepy crafts and much more.

CRACKS, Newtownards, 20 October

In this darkly comical and deeply moving new play an unsuccessful suicide attempt leaves young Leanne Dowd estranged and attempting to pick up the pieces of a life still shattered by mental illness. Quinntessence Theatre uses their innovative physical ensemble storytelling techniques mingled with multimedia platforms of film to show the struggle individuals with mental illness face on a daily basis at the Web Theatre.

“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.

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.

 

Fermanagh

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.

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 hosted by Fermanagh and Omagh District Council. 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 at 8pm.

 

Halloween Fun Days, Sixmilecross, 31 October – 2 November

An Creagán will be hosting three days of Halloween fun, games, music, arts, crafts, fancy dress and treasure hunts for primary school children. Starting at 12 noon and finishing at 3pm. No booking is required.

 

Tyrone

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.

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. Have your fortune told, listen to stories by the fireside, play some traditional games and pastimes and watch out for some spooky friends as you tour the museum.

Halloween Fireworks Display, Omagh, 31 October

Fermanagh and Omagh District Council will host a programme of entertainment on the OASIS Plaza from 6pm including a Halloween fancy dress party, spot prizes, light performers, and gooey Halloween slime making. One of the highlights of the evening will see Hazel Wand Theatre School delivering a thrilling performance. The mysterious DJ and magician with his tricks and treats will entertain the family as they dodge the creepy characters and vampires roaming the OASIS plaza followed by the spooktacular fireworks display from Strule Arts Centre rooftop.

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 Hotel 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.