10 things to do in Northern Ireland

Here are ten exciting things to do 30 October- 5 November

  1. Halloween Light show, Derry~Londonderry, County Londonderry, 31 October. The first of its kind in Northern Ireland! The sky over St Columb’s Park on Halloween night, will be lit with 100 drones projecting a variety of spooky Halloween themed images. Following the Halloween Carnival Parade, this new addition to the Walled City’s Halloween Festival promises to be spectacular!
  1. Kinturk Pumpkin Patch, Moortown, County Tyrone, 30-31 October. This pumpkin patch on the shores of Lough Neagh offers not just the perfect pumpkin, but plenty of fun-filled outdoor family activity! There’s a haunted maze and children’s amusements with plenty of fabulous food and drink options on site.
  2. Finn’s Frightful Fun Fest, Bushmills, County Antrim, 31 October. There’s a spooky schedule ahead at the Giant’s Causeway. It kicks off with a treasure hunt with the chance to solve the riddles and decipher creepy clues to discover the gruesome, hidden secrets that lie within this World Heritage Site. There is also the chance to hear spooky tales of the lost spirits of the Causeway Coast or some creepy crafts to get stuck into.
  3. Fermanagh Freaky Farm, Lisbellaw, County Fermanagh, 30-31 October. Grab a trolley and off you go, over the pumpkin patch field. Pick a pumpkin of your choice and take it to the carving shed, to become your very own creative designer. Have fun and get the chance to win some spooky prizes or join the local witch at her creepy cinema.
  4. Trick or treat Hazel Wand Halloween Day, Omagh, County Tyrone, 30 October. Come along to the Strule Arts Centre and make your own wand to keep the ghouls at bay! Feel free to come in fancy dress, there’ll be singing, a ghost hunt, and crafts. Super, spooky fun, suitable from 4–11-year-olds.
  1. Hallowe’een Ghost Tour of Armagh, Armagh, County Armagh, 30 October. This one-hour walking tour will be a mix of gruesome tales from long ago coupled with a few surprises along the way. Tread these narrow streets lightly, you have no idea who is waiting for you! This is suitable for over 13 + but they must be accompanied by an adult. Ticket price includes refreshments at Red Ned’s pub.
  1. Pickie Pumpkin Patch, Bangor, County Down, 30 October. The chance to pick a pumpkin but also enjoy some great family fun for the little ones. The Pumpkin ticket includes 12 tokens to use on the Pickie attractions which include, Disco Ducks, Pickie Swans, and Circus Cars.
  2. Gruffalo & Stickman Guided Walk, Belfast, County Antrim, 30-31 October. This is Northern Ireland’s only official Gruffalo Trail, endorsed by Julia Donaldson. Experience the deep dark woods of Colin Glen Forest, with a Halloween twist. Meet your favourite characters and even stop by the pumpkin patch, where you’ll pick out your very own pumpkin to carve and take home! This 90-minute event is guaranteed to enthral!
  3. Halloween Half Term at Mount Stewart, Newtownards, County Down, 30 October-5 November. There’s lots to do this midterm, covering Halloween and beyond. Head into the house if you dare and discover tales of witches and dragons. Don’t forget to count the pumpkins hidden and on your way out stop by the craft area and make your very own Halloween decoration! Explore spooky and seasonal stories or join Up to High Doh for some mythical themed drama sessions to capture the imagination. If that isn’t enough, you can rustle through the leaves on the outside trails.
  1. Hallowe’en Torchlight Tours: In the Shadow of the Bog, Omagh, County Tyrone, 30-31 October. The soil beneath your feet holds many secrets! Come along to the American Folk Park in Omagh if you are brave enough as it brings Old Halloween to life! Something long buried has been disturbed, and a dark, dreadful energy has been awakened by Patrick McSorley after a day of cutting turf at the bog! Find out more during this torchlit tour. Book tickets online.

Booking is essential for most activities. Book in advance to avoid disappointment. Subject to availability.

For more information on what’s on or to plan a short break in Northern Ireland, visit https://discovernorthernireland.com/blog/read/2023/04/bank-holiday-ideas-for-families-b262