If you hadn’t already noticed, it’s Halloween this weekend and there are plenty of ghostly goings on in Belfast all weekend.
The biggest Halloween event is The Metro Monster Mash. The Monster Mash will be held at The Slipways, Titanic Belfast on Friday October 31. It’s a free Halloween spectacular event which is sure to scare and delight young and old. This spook-tacular evening includes haunting street theatre, fire jugglers, music and the largest fireworks display in Northern Ireland. More info here.
Streamvale Open Farm will host Spooky Farmyard from October 25 – 31. Children and families can enjoy an evening of spooky fun with decorated animal pens, pumpkin carving, dress the scarecrow, traditional games and Halloween story telling. Children are encouraged to come dressed in their scariest outfits!
Visit W5 this Halloween for an array of activities for all ages. ‘Halloween Snappers’, a paper craft workshop is a great chance to get creative and make horrifying monsters and ghouls to frighten your friends and family. ‘Spooky Dip’ is one of W5’s great family activities bringing lots of laughter and screams as you explore the dark holes in the castle wall to discover what lurks within. For Zombie hunters of all ages, fight back an invasion armed only with a dodgeball and your own arm at the ‘Zombie Dodgeball’ or for the more inquisitive teenagers, why not take a spoof lecture on the real science behind the undead at ‘Zombie Science 1Z’.
Pop along for Halloween high jinks at Half Term at the Ulster Folk & Transport Museum. In the lead up to Halloween, get your teeth into some seasonal apple games. With a Halloween Quiz to keep you guessing as you journey around the outdoor museum’s Ballycultra town you will have ghoulishly good fun.
Kids can have a spooktacular time at the MAC and creep to the CarnEVIL workshop. Become a Freakish Fortune Teller, experience mystifying makeovers, and play gory games with our MACabre artists. Workshops cost just £7 per child, or why not get ahead and book 3 for just £15? More here
Boo at the Zoo, Belfast Zoo, October 31, will host a day of eerie activities including: creepy crafts, face painting, bat talks, a spooky trial, fancy dress and a competition for the best carved pumpkin. Best of all, anyone under the age of 18 will get in free if they come in fancy dress! Tickets for adults are priced at £8.50 whilst children age 4 to 17 cost £4.25 and kids under 4 go free. More here.
There are a number of Ghost Tours about the city this year including the Belfast Ghost Walk leaving from the City Hall at 6.30, 7.30 and 8.00pm on until the 1st November. More details at www.ghostwalkbelfast.com
And the Belfast Ghost Bus Tour runs until Halloween night at 6.30pm, 8.15pm, 10pm. www.ghosttourbelfast.com
You could try out the Crumlin Road Gaol Jail of Horror tour and experience Belfast’s Number 1 Scare Attraction. Tours run until 1st November and tickets are available here.
If you want a Halloween themed shopping experience then head to St George’s Market. Everything is going Halloween themed from the spooky market walls to the stalls and even the traders will be getting dressed up to spook up the scariest event of the year! Find out all about what’s on at the market here.
Or the Popup street food festival at Buoys Park could be you favourite Halloween treat? Project SFB at Buoy’s Park, Belfast opens Friday 31st October and will run until Sunday 2nd November. Opening times are 12pm – 1am and 12 – 6pm on Sunday. Admission is free before 7pm, Friday and Saturday a £5 admission fee will be applied. For further information visit www.projectsfb.co.uk
Tired of the usual Halloween evenings? Why not jump on board SS Nomadic on Halloween night for their spooky Halloween Ball and dance the night away. There will be 1920’s and 1930’s swing music, old fashioned Halloween games, a photo stand and not to forget, the odd fright! Other out of the ordinary entertainment during the evening includes, Michael McCoy’s Comedy Stage Hypnosis Show and watch in amazement as Michael brings your imagination out through the power of suggestion. Don’t forget to dress in your best Edwardian dress or Victorian suit as there will be a prize for the best 1910-1050’s period inspired costume.
Little Shop of Horrors at the Cabaret Supperclub. Brought to you by Hotch Potch Theatre Production, enjoy a celebration of the theatrical sensation that is Little Shop of Horrors. An evening of entertainment including a main course dinner and show.
Happy Halloween from Belfast Times everyone….and be safe!
For full details about these and other events in and around Belfast, contact the Visit Belfast Welcome Centre (9 Donegall Square North) on 028 9024 6609 or visit www.visitbelfast.com