Visitors on Wednesday 31 October should arrive dressed to scare as they embark on a mysterious adventure through the museum’s misty rural dwellings and dark train carriages. Budding detective skills will be tested in Ballycultra town as sinister goings-on need investigation.
Fears have arisen that a ghost known as Billy King haunts the graveyard of Kilmore Church and visitors will have to track down clues and question costumed characters to reveal the truth behind this eerie tale.
After all the ghost-hunting, visitors can warm up by tasting traditional All Hallows’ Eve treats as well as broth and bread baked on the open hearth. There will be plenty of traditional Hallowe’en entertainment to enjoy including dunking for apples, watching a hair-raising movie in the old cinema and having a go at a creepy craft activity. There will also be lantern carving workshops where families can scoop out traditional turnips and adorn them with scary faces to take home and ward off evil spirits.
Topping off a magical Hallowe’en at the Ulster Folk & Transport Museum will be magic shows at the Parochial Hall and the recounting of the traditional tale, Girl in the Graveyard, by Curator of Folk Life, Linda Ballard.
For families that want to join in the Ghost Mystery Hunt, packs will be available to download from nmni.com/uftm the day before the event. The event runs between 10am and 4pm. Major event day pricing will apply. For those who can’t make it along to the main celebrations on the 31 October, there will still be activities to enjoy on Tuesday 30 October and from Thursday 1 to Sunday 4 November. Additional activity on these days will include apple games, seasonal food tasting and a Hallowe’en film showing in Gilford Picture House. For more information about the week’s activities, visit www.nmni.com/uftm/halloween