Halloween Fun for Grown Ups

October 9, 2014

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Halloween isn’t just for kids, there’s lots of spooky events taking place across Northern Ireland for adults too!

Take a terrifying tour through the woods, go ghost hunting in Belfast or get glammed up for a masquerade ball, that’s just a few of our top picks this Halloween.

Check out our Halloween guide here and plan a spooktacular Halloween in Northern Ireland.

Halloween Horrors at Crumlin Road Gaol

Throughout October

Since it closed its doors as a working gaol in 1996, Crumlin Road Gaol has been continuously been connected with Paranormal Activity over the years, with reports of ghostly sightings, noises and unexplained happening with the walls that have seen 17 man executed over it 150 year history.

If you’re looking for some frightful fun where ghosts and ghouls are guaranteed to pop out of the shadows, then look no further than Belfast’s Number 1 Scare Attraction and get ready to scream your head off at the Jail of Horrors!

Your worst nightmares will come true as you make your way through the dark and windy wing of this famous Victorian prison that is reputed to be one of the most haunted buildings in Belfast.

For some additional spooky fun at the gaol, why not go on a Paranormal Tour where you’ll visit places such as the condemned man’s cell, the execution chamber and the underground tunnel connecting the gaol to the courthouse across the road.

This special edition 60 minute tour will take you to the various hot spots of the Gaol where Paranormal Activity has been reported where your guide will tell you some of the most harrowing stories associated with the gaol’s history.

Fright nights at The Jungle NI

Throughout October

For the brave soul in you, immerse yourself in a spine-tingling Halloween adventure at one of the Jungle NI’s featured Fright Night’s – be warned though, it is not for the faint hearted!

A Hellish Hayride will transport you and your party to The Jungle’s cursed forest whose carnivorous depths you must summon your courage to explore.
Dare to delve into the other world, where good has been long defeated and evil reigns in accents loud and clear. You and your group must follow the forest path, guided only by lanterns and the dim hope that curiosity really didn’t kill the cat.

Head to the Prom at The MAC, Belfast

31 October

‘The faculty and students of the MAC invite you to the Annual Prom – where we’ll name our Prom King and Queen, drink some punch…oh, and frighten the life out of you…’

Join in the fun and dance the night away as you relive and recreate one of the best horror films ever made – Carrie!

The MAC invites you to don your retro clothes, seventies bouffant hair do’s and shoulder pads as they celebrate this classic 1970′s cult film.

Belfast Big ‘Swing Band’ ‘Thriller Chiller

31 October
Come in costume, be it horrible or handsome to Belfast’s Big Swing Band’s ‘Thriller Chiller‘ at Shorts Recreational Club, Holywood, Belfast.
Be prepared to be *Spooked* as you dance the night away entertained by ghouls!!

If you feel peckish throughout the night, don’t fret as some Witch’s Fingers will suffice! Fancy a tipple of Halloween potions, the Witch’s Cauldron will be open until late.  

City Sightseeing Ghost Tours

27 – 30 October

Go on the fright of your life on a Haunted Bus Tour around Derry~Londonderry.
With live actors and gory theatrical props this could well be the last bus journey you will ever take! Are you brave enough?

Ghouls & Ghost in the Glens

16 –  19 October

Celebrate spooky stories and going-ons at the Ghosts of the Glens Storytelling Festival with some of Ireland’s best storytellers and musicians with specific events young and ‘old’ kids alike.

Ulster American Folk Park

29 – 31 October

As darkness falls in Northern Ireland, grab your flash light and go on a ‘midnight’ Torchlight Tour of the outdoor museum where you’ll experience ghosts, ghouls and witches as they bring the ancient story of All Hallow’s Eve to life in this spectacular evening event.

Be sure to book your tickets for this scare-tastic event as places book up fast!

Harrowing Tours at Armagh Gaol

Throughout October

Since it closed its doors in 1986, Armagh Gaol has been associated ghostly sightings and sounds – however former prisoners and officers would suggest that strange happening were occurring long before this.

Built on an old military barracks, the gaol has been witness to 3 executions and many more deaths over its 200 year old history!
Discover harrowing stories and events associated with the gaol on a torchlight tour this October.

The Forbidden Forest Trail, Tyrone

28 – 30 October

This Halloween, the Forbidden Forest will offer you a night time scare experience like no other!
Set in the atmospheric and eerie forest of Pomeroy, it is the perfect location for a proper thrill this Halloween.

The combination of the local terrain and trees along with the imagination of the team behind the event ensure the experience is one not to be forgotten, certainly not for the faint-hearted.

Hallowe’en Ghosts Themed Walking Tour in Newtownards

28th – 29th October

Prepare to be scared as you uncover the ghostly goings-on of Newtownards!

Learn of the man who was hanged in Conway Square and who can still be heard protesting his innocence in the old cell of the Town Hall or listen out for the tapping of smugglers trapped in the underground tunnels of Newtownards.

Sunglasses after Dark at The Menagerie

31 October

The Menarerie is an intimate venue with a warm, welcoming feel and a long tradition of wonderful live music and club nights and is deemed a hidden gem in Belfast’s nightlife scene.

This Halloween they’re inviting you to the Chamber of Chills where you can experience the very best creepiest cuts from the crypt and rolling Rock n Roll tunes all night.

Why Do Chicks Dig Vampyres? at the Black Box

31 October

Head to the Black Box for an evening of music as Stop Stop Start Again launch their new EP ‘Why Do Chicks Dig Vampyres‘ on the scariest night of the year with a very special DJ set from Belfast Punk and New Wave Club’s DJ Tony Spence.

With plenty of Halloween fun and spooky surprises promised throughout the night, it will promises to be a spectacular night.

Banks of the Foyle Hallowe’en Festival

25th October – 3rd November
The world famous Banks of the Foyle Hallowe’en Festival celebrations in Derry~Londonderry, Europe’s biggest Hallowe’en Carnival is bigger, better and longer than ever before in 2014!

Between October 26th and November 3rd a mesmerising week-long programme of activities featuring stacks of spooky fun and culminating in the famous carnival parade and spectacular fireworks will light up the Banks of the River Foyle on October 31st.

What better way to enjoy the thrill of Halloween, than having a screaming time at the Millennium Forum whilst watching a live stage adaptation of Bram Stoker’s classic Dracula.

With the recent release of Universal Pictures Dracula Untold, which was filmed entirely in Northern Ireland, now is the perfect time to discover the myth and legend of one of the most famous vampires ever!

Derry~Londonderry’s The Glassworks will also play host to a Gothic Ball on Friday 31st which will see the 19th century church transformed for one night only into a cavern of gothic horror.

Other spooky events occurring over the week long festival include Chateau De Fear - a House of Horrors where nervous laughter slowly morphs into suspicion, suspense and terror and is described as a nightmare realm where your worst fears become reality!

Throughout the week there will be music aplenty with rig gigs and discos, creepy tours, Hallowe’en frolics at St Columb’s Hall, Hallowe’en walking tours and special food and drink markets too.

For more information on the events happening through the Banks of the Foyle Hallowe’en Carnival visit: http://campaign.derrycity.gov.uk/Halloween-Events

Make a Break of It

Make the most of Halloween with a short break in Northern Ireland, with special offers starting from £52 / €63 per person sharing.

To view special offers visit: http://www.discovernorthernireland.com/offers/specialoffers.aspx?AttributeID=19477

The Europa Hotel
For more information on Halloween Happening in Northern Ireland visit: http://www.discovernorthernireland.com/halloween/


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