Magherafelt’s Halloween Treats!

Ghosts and ghouls descend on The District of Magherafelt on Saturday 27th October 2012 as Magherafelt District Council and Magherafelt Arts Trust prepare 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 join Magherafelt District Council as 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.

Sharon Arbuthnot, Arts and Events Officer with Magherafelt District Council said “This year’s variety of activities spell a weekend of themed events with enough chills and thrills to keep all the family amused.”

“The children’s Halloween Hooley which is always hugely popular is being held this year again at the Meadowbank Sports Arena to accommodate increased activities and a larger number of children.”

Sharon continued, “We would encourage families in the district to come along and enjoy the annual Fireworks Display at Maghera Leisure Centre. However, we would ask that those coming to enjoy the display will use the official car parks for parking and not main roads to help prevent traffic disruptions and to aid safety measures.”

Car Parking

The car park in front of Maghera Leisure Centre can accommodate 40 cars and will also facilitate drivers with disabilities (those who have a blue badge displayed on the windscreen, issued by the Department of the Environment).

‘No Waiting’ cones will be placed by the PSNI on the Coleraine Road to allow emergency vehicles in and out.

Information for Nearby Residents

Residents in the Sunnyside, Tamney Crescent, Crawfordsburn Drive, Coleraine Road and The Hawthorns will receive a hand – delivered letter from Magherafelt District Council advising them of safety precautions that they should adhere to before and after the display.

  • DO NOT walk across the football field on Wednesday 31st October 2012

as there will be live fireworks located in the field.  Please bring this to the attention of all children.

  • Do not watch the display from your home, particularly not from your back door.  A change of wind could mean that you could be hit by fallout.  If you want to watch the fireworks display, then you should enter the football field from the entrance on the Coleraine Road.
  • Children should not be allowed to attend the display by themselves, and therefore must be accompanied by an adult.
  • Pets could be frightened by the fireworks display.  It may be advisable to move them to another location for the duration of the display.  You may also want to discuss the issue with your local veterinary surgeon.

First Aid

The first aid organisation Emergency Medical Care will be present with an ambulance and trained First Aid Volunteers.

So make sure to come along and join Magherafelt District Council and Magherafelt Arts Trust once again with something frightful and fun for all to enjoy. To obtain further information on any of the events, please contact Magherafelt Tourist Information Office, Tel: 7963 1510,                    , visit or follow us on Facebook