Jacqueline from whatsonni.com shares her pick of What’s On this Halloween across the North.


Get spooked this Halloween at Castle Espie and bring your little monsters along for a frightfully fun family event, 27th October to 4th November.  Enjoy Jump, Jiggle and Jive’s Broomstick Disco, enter our fancy dress competition and have a close encounter with mini-beasts, reptiles and more! Get your faces painted and enjoy some spooky storytelling out on the reserve!


Enjoy some spooktacular family Halloween fun at the Navan Centre, Armagh 28th to 31st October.  Are you brave enough to pass through the Bone Taker’s garden and see their Palace of Bones?  Watch out for the Wicked Witch and don’t be tricked into joining Rapunzel in her tower!  Test your Halloween knowledge and follow our Spooky Riddle Trail if you dare! Booking is essential. Don’t forget to come in fancy dress – prizes in every show!


Put on your scariest fancy dress costume and journey underground on a nail biting, spine tingling guided tour of the fantastic Marble Arch Caves this Saturday 29th and Sunday 30th October.  Come and meet the ghost of Edouard Martel, the Wheathill Witch and their spooky friends! Booking is essential. Please note Caves may close following periods of heavy rain.


The Ulster American Folk Park in Omagh host their Halloween Festival this weekend.  Are you brave enough to take a stroll through the outdoor museum as darkness falls with only the light of a torch to guide you? 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 is essential for these evening tours.


This year’s Hallowe’en celebrations in Derry and Strabane promise to be “Out of this World” when the City and District throws a party like no other as it celebrates 30 years of being spooktacular.  Among the key highlights of the festival include a welcome return of the Awakening of the Walls when the ancient City Walls will come to life with music, animation and light, creating a realm of fantasy fire and flame from Friday 28 to Sunday 30th October from 6-8pm each night.  Other highlights include spooky Gothic organ recitals at the Guildhall on the evening of Sunday 30 October, terrifying haunted tours at the Tower Museum, Weird and Wonderful Witches Tales at the Guildhall, a Hallowe’en panto at Strabane’s Alley Theatre, Monstrous Halloween workshops and Storytelling at Strabane Community Library and family entertainment including mask making workshops and arts and crafts at the Craft Village.


It’s Halloween season and the Giant’s Causeway will be exploring how other cultures remember loved ones who have passed with their Mexican Day of the Dead. This event is suitable for families and will feature face-painting, a sugar skull trail and you can create beautiful floral headpieces out of tissue paper. The café will be serving tasty treats with a Mexican twist and will also have Latin music being played live in the Visitor Centre. There will be something for everyone to enjoy, all at no extra cost. This Saturday 29th and Sunday 30th October.


Join Belfast Zoo for a packed day of eerie activities, including creepy crafts, face painting, bat talks and much more at Boo at the Zoo this Saturday.  People under 18 can get in free if they come in fancy dress. Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult.

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