With Halloween almost upon us, why not head into Belfast and get into the spirit of a city which is buzzing with a massive choice of ghoulishly-fun events and things to.
Belfast Welcome Centre Manager Julie Cochrane said:
“Whether you’re young or old, Belfast has a fun-packed few days of freakishly-good events over Halloween.
“Halloween really does give everyone a great excuse to get out and enjoy the city. From families on the lookout for something different to do over the mid-term school holiday to those more care free, there really is something for everyone to enjoy.”
“Why not plan your Halloween schedule by speaking to our travel advisors or by checking out our free About Belfast guide, which is available in the Belfast Welcome Centre and at venues across Belfast. You can also log in to www.visit-belfast.com for all the latest events and information.”
“Here’s just a sample of what’s on offer.”
Gaol of Horror!
Your worst nightmares will come true as you make your way through the dark and windy D wing of this famous Victorian prison – 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 jail, bringing their terrifying past back to life…
Be prepared for the most frightful scare of your life. By then it may be too late.
Venue: Crumlin Road Goal
Date: October 24-31
Belfast Film Festival- Halloween Horrors
Belfast Film Festival have arranged some scary screenings especially for Halloween, where the Beanbag Cinema at the city’s Film Theatre will be showing several cult horror classics. Come along and prepare to be scared. Screenings include Night of the Creeps and Night of the Comet, The Demon’s Rook and Goke, the Body Snatcher from Hell.
Venue: Belfast Film Theatre
Date: October 24-31
Belfast Ghost Walk
Take part in a guided journey into the dark shadows and alleyways of this haunted city. Along its dark walkways and entries, you will hear ghostly tales dragged and dredged from the files of the famous ‘Cloak and Dagger’ club. On this unique tour, you will learn Belfast’s darkest secrets, gruesome facts and horrible history of executions, disease, strange encounters, murder, body-snatching and ghostly returns from the dead. No stone is left unturned on this unique and thoroughly entertaining experience.
Venue: Tour starts from the front gates of Belfast City Hall 7.30pm
Date: October 24-31
Price: Adults £8 | Children £5
Oktoberfest does Halloween
All are invited to join the scary celebration of German food, beer and music as Oktoberfest meets Halloween at the King’ Hall. This is going to be a spookily spectacular Halloween event. Entertainment will be provided by live bands, getting the crowd on their feet and involved. With bewitching Heidi girls and scary monsters all entering into the scary fun of the stein clinking thigh slapping Bavarian Halloween Night.
Venue: King’s Hall
Date: October 24 -November 2
The Titanic Slipways is the first-time venue for this annual air-raising event which is guaranteed to get everyone in the spirit of Halloween.
Young and old will be enthralled by the walk-about entertainers, street theatre shows, wacky workshops, face-painters and breath-taking fire shows. Brilliant prizes are also up for grabs for the most ghoulish of costumes in the ‘Best Dressed’ competition.
Citybeat will be boosting the party mood with its radio roadshow and live music from Conor Scott and local band Freefall.The skies will be also be lighting up with a spooktacular fireworks display – one of the biggest in Northern Ireland – to keep the crowds mesmerised.
Venue: Titanic Slipways
Date: October 27
Dracula – The Panto!
There’s a vampire behind you! Spend an eerie night out as Gothic meets Slapstick in a fun-packed show which all the family can enjoy.
Venue: Crescent Arts Centre
Date: October 28 – November 2
Price: £10, £8, £6
Spooky Candy and Chocolate Apple Show
Little monsters will be spell bound as Uncles Jim and David make all sorts of magical treats at the spooky candy and chocolate apple show. Kids can make their own chocolate apple complete with face and hair. There is also the chance to take part in the missing finger quiz, win prizes, enjoy complimentary ticks and treats.
Venue: Aunt Sandra’s Candy Factory
Date: Oct 31 – Sep 1
Mad Scientist’s Laboratory
Have a spooktacular day at the MAC this Halloween by stepping inside the world of the mad scientist. Visit the MAC’s special laboratory and help Igor’s assistants get creative with petrifying potions, make glow in the dark creepy creatures and menacing mouthy monsters. Fancy dress is welcomed – expect plenty of eerie stories, fun games and prizes along the way. The Workshop lasts 60 minutes and accompanying adult goes free.
Date: October 26-27
Time: 11am & 1pm
Boo at the Zoo
Join Belfast Zoo for a fun-filled day of eerie activities. Boo at the zoo will include spooky storytelling with Mr Hullabaloo , a “hallzooween trail”, creepy crafts and a chance to learn about bats and reptiles. There is also a frighteningly fantastic chance to win prizes for the best fancy dress and the best carved pumkin.
Venue: Belfast Zoo
Date: October 27
Price: Under 18s can get in for free if they dress up! Normal zoo admission applies.
Night at the Museum
Why not experience a spook-tacular night-time adventure at ‘Night in the Museum’. But don’t worry, you won’t be alone as staff will be on hand to give you a torch-lit tour of the museum plus entertainment before bedding down for the night. The next morning, before the Museum opens to the public, you will have breakfast and even more fun. The spooky sleepover begins on Friday at 7pm and ends on Saturday at 9.30am the next morning. It is for children aged 7 – 11 years and must be accompanied by an adult. There must be a minimum ratio of 1 adult for every 5 children.
Venue: Ulster Museum
Date: October 26
Price: £39.95 per adult & £39.95 per child.
For full details about these and other events in and around Belfast, contact the Belfast Welcome Centre (47 Donegall Place) on 028 9024 6609 or visit www.visit-belfast.com