Jacqueline shares her pick of Spooky Halloween events across the North this week!


For those who are feeling brave, bring your little monsters along for a whole week of Halloween events at Castle Espie.   Face painting, haunted tours, storytelling, lotion, potion, smells and spells demonstrations, arts and crafts, owls, fancy dress competition and lots more ghoulish activities at the Spellbound Festival from 25th October to 2nd November.

Visitors to the Seapark Fireworks display in Holywood wrap up warm and make use of the hot and cold snack food stalls whilst enjoying the children’s funfair, all from 4pm, and live music by local band, The Jukes, (from 6pm) until the start of the spectacular fireworks display at 8pm. The atmosphere is fun, friendly and lively with a buzz of anticipation in the cool air and certainly not an event to be missed to keep the winter blues at bay.  4pm :Food stalls & Children’s Funfair, 6pm: Live music by local band, The Jukes,  8pm : Fireworks. Holywood train station is just a few minutes walk from the recreation grounds, so don’t let the worry of parking get to you, take the train if you can!


The Mystery of the Men on The Hill – Haunted Tours, Ranfurly House Dungannon, 27th to 31st October.  Two bodies have been excavated on modern day Castle Hill, Dungannon.To unravel the story of their brutish death, you are invited to step back in time to Dungannon of yesteryear, when the town was home to public executions, bloody beatings and 19th century night crime.From the courthouse to the gaolhouse and to the gallows via the Terror Tunnel, follow this spine-tingling story and relive some of the mysteries of the men on the hill in an interactive experience of horror and fright.  Be warned…this is not for the faint hearted. The living dead will be your living nightmare…


Florence Court host their Halloween Fest and Craft Fair on Sunday 28th October 12pm – 4pm.  Come along for an afternoon of family fun and capers. Pumpkin carving, magician, face painting, live music, spooky tours and more. Normal National Trust admission charges apply.  Gates open: 10amLast admission time: 4pm.

The Council’s annual Fermanagh Fireworks Festival for Halloween Night will be held on Wednesday 31st October 2012 at 8pm prompt. Designated viewing area for spectators in the grounds of the Fermanagh Lakeland Forum, Enniskillen. Further details available from the Bawnacre Centre, Irvinestown.


Ghosts and ghouls descend on The District of Magherafelt on Saturday 27th October 2012 as it prepares for Halloween with a Spooktactular programme of events. The freaky fun and scary shenanigans begin at 2.00pm, at Meadowbank Sports Arena which will be buzzing with ghoulish happenings at the children’s Halloween Hooley from 2.00pm to 5.00pm.  Open to all ages, children can join in the fun, watch Fizz Wizz Pop’s magic show or fancy a puppet show? Meet mischievous characters, burn off some energy on the extra-large inflatables or try out our children’s karaoke.  Be early and watch out, as you never know who is about!!!!  Then on Wednesday 31st October at 7.00pm, come along to Maghera Leisure Centre and watch the skies explode into a fantastic fanfare of colour and lights at the annual fireworks display. Admission to all these events is free of charge.


Get your monster hands on for some frightful family fun this Halloween at St. Patrick’s Trian Armagh 29th – 31st October.  “Help needed to create giant creepy crawlies and insects for our amazing web of wonder”. Are you brave enough to create gory gargoyles in our clay sculpture workshop? ‘If so we need you’! Enter our Halloween Craft competition with your favourite creature feature and be in with a chance to win some hair raising prizes. Prepare for fun and games with Aggie the Witch in the Landof Lilliput and fish in her pond of slime if you DARE! Then sit back and enjoy a special screening of Oscar nominated movie ‘Monster House’ [PG]. Dress for mess!


Head to Carnfunnock Country Park this Halloween for some spooky goings on – Saturday 27th October.  Visit our secret walled garden and discover all manners of strange creature lurking in the bushes. Make your way around the enchanted maze and find bewitching characters around every corner. We have falconry and owl displays, Magic Shows, live music, arts and crafts, stalls and much more. The fancy dress competition will take place at 4.00pm in the amphitheatre. Dress up and take part! Why not also take part in the Larne Alive pumpkin carving competition. Simply bring your carved pumpkin to the walled garden for display. Registration for this will be from 2.00pm to 4.00pm in the walled garden, with judging taking place promptly at 4.05pm. The Knights of the Damned will be back this year for the nail biting finale – a fantastic, costumed display of Medieval Jousting at its very best. Admission to the event is free; however car parking charges will apply.