More spooky shenanigans from Jacqueline at for this week across NI.


On Thursday 31st October, North Down Museum and Coffee Cure at the Museum will be staying open until 9pm for some Hallowe’en fun – torch-lit tours of the Museum will tell of some of the myths and legends in the area, you can meet reptiles and owls up close, and members of the Northern Ireland Paranormal Research Agency will be on hand to talk about how they investigate strange happenings. There’ll be storytelling sessions and a fancy dress competition too, and best of all, it’s completely free!


In preparation for Halloween, Cookstown District Council is inviting everyone to get into a spooky party mood on Wednesday 30th October and get their Halloween celebrations off with a bang with Fun, Food and Fireworks at the Mid Ulster Sports Arena Cookstown, from 7pm to 8pm.   For the kids there is free spooky storytelling and face painting taking place from 7pm – 8pm inside a covered marquee. Also for the kids, a fancy dress competition – so encourage your little ones to get on their spookiest costume to be in with a chance to win a prize!


Halloween Howler – Family Fun Days Share Halloween Howler is back with a bang this year with more spooktacular treats and ghostly goings on! Thursday 31st – Saturday 2nd October at 4pm with Fireworks at 8pm.


Brace yourselves for the Return of The Disenchanted Forest Halloween Trail – an all ages adventure with tricks and treats along the way. Dress warm and bring appropriate footwear. Booking essential. From Wednesday 30th October to Saturday 2nd November. Situated in the Glebe Woods on the outskirts of Draperstown, a scary mix of ghosts and ghouls for a four day delight over Halloween.


On Saturday 2nd November the Market Place Theatre presents “Faerie Stories”.  A man and a Goblin [both bookworms] meet in a library. In their hunger for stories together they weave three enchanted tales from a string of dusty books. Whatever may come of it?  Fusing  Scottish Gaelic culture with puppetry, music and physical theatre, this wonderful show transports audiences into the magic and mystery of ancient faerie worlds. ‘Faerie Stories’ is a spine-tingling new production created by Round String Theatre suitable for ages 5+.

Portballintrae Resident’s Association present their 8th Annual Hallowe’en Festival. On Wednesday 30th and Thursday 31st October enjoy the Arts and Crafts Fair from 11am to 5pm. Children’s Fancy Dress Party with Babcock and Bobbins, face painting and much more on Friday 1st November.   Fancy Dress, Samba Band, Fireworks and live entertainment in the evening. Booking essential and spaces are limited


Spend a spooky night out at the Crescent Arts Centre as Gothic meets Slapstick in a fun-packed show, presented by ISOSCELES.  ‘Dracula – the Panto!’ has become a true family favourite all over the country – it’s full of irresistibly scary fun in true panto style.  Only the Dame and a songsheet stand between the naughty Count and world domination.  Songs include the fiendish favourites: ‘Bat out of Hell’ ‘Bad Moon Rising’ and ‘In the Midnight Hour’.  ‘Fun, fangs and other fab treats – a delight’  London Metro.  Every day until 2nd Nov at 7pm,  plus Saturday Matinee, 3pm Suitable for ages 8 – 80.