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.
Banks of the Foyle Hallowe’en Festival
26th October – 3rd November
The world famous Hallowe’en celebrations, the largest in Ireland, will be even bigger and better in 2013 as Derry~Londonderry celebrates its magnificent City of Culture year in style. Between October 26th and November 3rd a mesmerising week-long programme of activities features stacks of spooky fun for all the family, culminating in the colourful carnival parade and spectacular fireworks that light up the Foyle on October 31st. There will be extra special events to celebrate the 400th anniversary of Derry’s historic walls too, such as the Awakening of the City Walls. On October 29th and 30th you can explore Derry’s historic walls to search for all kinds of hidden surprises, frights and delights prepared by the city’s artists. New to the festival is the sensational Shapeshifters Ball, where you can dance the night away at the atmospheric Guildhall on October 31st. There’s music aplenty with rig gigs and discos, creepy tours of the Ghostly Galleons tall ship, Hallowe’en frolics at St Columb’s Hall, Hallowe’en walking tours and special food and drink markets too.
Halloween at Crumlin Road Gaol
Are you looking for some frightful fun where ghosts and ghouls are guaranteed to pop out of the shadows? Then look no further than Belfast Number 1 Scare Attraction.
Jail of Horrors
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 wings of this famous Victorian prison that is reputed to be one of the most haunted buildings in Belfast. Here you will come face-to-face with many characters that once roamed this notorious prison bringing their terrifying past back to life.
Paranormal Tours – Halloween Special
The Crumlin Road Gaol have been interconnected with Paranormal Activity since it closed its doors in 1996. There have been sighting, noises and unexplained happenings within the walls that have seen 17 men executed over its 150 year history. This special edition 60 minute tour will take you to the various hot spots of the Gaol where Paranormal Activity has been reported and the guide will tell you off the harrowing stories associated with these areas. The places you will be taken include the condemned man’s cell, execution chamber, the tunnel and the flogging room. Paranormal Tours are carried out in low light conditions and are not for the faint hearted!
Book online here: crumlinroadgaol.com/book-now
Zombie pub Crawl
The zombie apocalypse has started in Belfast and they are thirsty! A two hour tour through Belfast stopping at some of its best known pubs. Starting point The Big Fish Sculpture tour starts 3.30pm and finishes at 5.30pm.
Halloween on the Barge
November 1st, Belfast
Halloween Disco – Fancy dress DJ party at the Belfast Barge with the Dimebag DJs: 8pm, BYO Event
Halloween Torchlight Tours
Ulster American Folk Park, Tyrone, 29-31 October
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? As Ghosts, ghouls and witches lurk in the shadows, learn about traditions of Hallowe’en past and sample seasonal foods such as barnbrack, pumpkin and shoofly pie. (ticket only event)
Various dates throughout October, The Jungle NI, Co. Londonderry
Fright Night returns to The Jungle NI on 11th October 2013 with a bloodcurdling, screaming vengeance! Once more, ghoulish critters from a bygone age will lay claim to The Jungle’s enchanting forest and pour out their tales of terror to those who dare to listen. If you are brave of heart and bold in spirit then you might enjoy the heavy gloom through which you wander… you might not jump at every shifting shadow or cracking twig…you might smile in deluded imaginings, thinking the creatures which lurk are friend not foe… you may hope that your screams are loud enough to be heard…you may hope for on Fright Night hope is all you have…Fright Night 2013 will be offered on the following dates: 11, 12, 18, 19, 20, 25 – 31st October, 1 & 2 November. Sessions run every 15 minutes from 7:30pm to 10:00pm
(Booking is essential. Strictly over 12s only.)
The Enchanted Halloween Masked Ball
1st November, Killyhevlin Hotel, Enniskillen, Co. Fermanagh
Hosted by the BBC’s Bewitching Presenters Claire McCollum and Mark Simpson, enjoy an exciting evening of fantastic fashion and ghoulish glamour, magical masks (optional). The hottest Halloween party in town. (Price £35 per person and includes delicious 4 course meal, drinks reception and music)
26th-29th October,Hezlett House, Co. Londonderry
Back with all new ghoulish live action performances and other eerie delights. Set in the specially themed grounds of Hezlett House, both inside and out, this is a night you’ll not forget. Immerse
yourself in the action if you dare! Fancy dress encouraged. (6pm-10pm)
For more info on what’s on this Halloween in Northern Ireland go to: discovernorthernireland.com/events/
Make a Break of it
Make the most of the Halloween break with a short break in Northern Ireland. How about a legenderry break in Derry-Londonderry? The city’s best hotels are offering amazing deals for 1 night B&B for two people. Stay in the 4* City Hotel right on the banks of the River Foyle from just £59.50 pps or how about mixing up your city break with a country escape at the luxurious Beech Hill Country House Hotel from just £45pps. Or make a weekend of it Belfast, short breaks start from just £49 per room. Find out more here: discovernorthernireland.com/specialoffers