National Museums NI presents a series of spine-tingling events this mid-term

Ghoulishly good days out are happening from 25 – 31 October at National Museums NI’s annual Halloween festivities at the Ulster Folk Museum and Ulster American Folk Park.

Home of Halloween, a spooky festival for all ages, kicks off from Saturday 26 – Wednesday 30 October at the Ulster Folk Museum, Cultra. Visitors can find out about the customs of Samhain and Haleve Nicht and take part in a range of activities for a spine-tingling journey into the past.

Come along to the Halloween Family Day on Thursday 31 October for a frighteningly fun-filled day of creepy crafts and traditional games for all ages.

During the week of events children who come along to the Ulster Folk Museum in spooky Halloween costumes can get free admission!

There are still some tickets available for thrill seekers, aged 12 and over, who will love the Darkside Tours: Voices from the Past (Friday 25 & Saturday 26 October) at the Ulster Folk Museum. This year’s event introduces a spine-chilling twist to the ever-popular night-time walking tour of the eery streets of Ballycultra.

Paul Kinghan, Visitor Services Manager at the Ulster Folk Museum, comments: “We are really looking forward to welcoming visitors to our full programme of exciting Halloween themed activities this year. It promises to be great fun for visitors of all ages who can also learn about our Halloween traditions such as carving out turnips and apple games and the stories behind them.”

Paul shared his anticipation about the new instalment to the Darkside Tours – “This year is very exciting for the Ulster Folk Museum as we have unearthed some dark findings from our archives that will bring a supernatural element to our Darkside Tours. These will be nights like no other in the lead up to Halloween and definitely not for the faint hearted!”

The Jack O’Lantern Halloween Festival at the Ulster American Folk Park, Omagh takes place from Saturday 26 through to Thursday 31 October. Visitors can enjoy the autumnal scenery around the outdoor museum whilst learning about the origins of favourite Halloween traditions, hearing some of the centuries-old folklore and having a go at pumpkin carving.

Richard Hurst, Visitor Services Manager at the Ulster American Folk Park comments: “It’s great to see that there has been such a high demand for our Torchlight Tours, but there are plenty of other traditional Halloween activities to be enjoyed at the Ulster American Folk Park all over the mid-term break. Our Jack O’Lantern Festival is an opportunity for visitors to experience Halloween in a bygone era and learn about the origins of many Ulster Halloween customs that passed over to America in the 19th Century.”

Tickets are on sale now for all Halloween events at National Museums NI. Booking for the Darkside Tours at the Ulster Folk Museum is essential.  For further event information and to book, visit


Event Details

Ulster Museum

Halloween at the Ulster Museum

Saturday 26 – Thursday 31 October

Planning a mid-term day out in Belfast? Visit the Ulster Museum for daily Halloween activities from Saturday 26 to Thursday 31 October. Take part in Halloween activities to keep little ones out of mischief – make a mask inspired by world cultures in the Discovery Centre or pop in to Discover Art in the Art Zone to paint a creepy cloud.  Admission is free to the Ulster Museum, open Tuesday – Sunday, 10am – 5pm.


Ulster Folk Museum:

Darkside Tours: Voices from the Past

Friday 25 & Saturday 26 October

Book tickets for a terrifying guided walking tour around the lamp-lit streets in Ballycultra where strange and ghostly happenings may occur.  Hear the darkest tales from guides, and recently unearthed voice recordings of the people of the past connected to the Folk Museum’s 19th century buildings. Suitable for children 12 years and above. Tour dates and times are from Friday 25 & Saturday 26 October at 6.30pm & 8.30pm, booking is essential

The Home of Halloween

Saturday 26 – Wednesday 30 October

The spirits of the past walk the earth once more at Ulster Folk Museum, Cultra this Halloween during a week of Samhain and Haleve Nicht activities. It’s a truly spooky day out every day during the mid-term break. Come along for a spine-tingling journey into the past.

Saturday 26 & Sunday 27 October 11am – 4pm and Tuesday 29 & Wednesday 30 October 10am – 4pm. For further museum event information or to book online visit


Halloween Family Day

Wednesday 31 October

Come to the Ulster Folk Museum, Cultra for a frighteningly fun-filled day of creepy crafts and traditional games for children of all ages. Learn about Halloween traditions and the spooky stories behind centuries-old traditions such as apple bobbing and carving turnips to keep evil spirits at bay. Kids – come along in scary Halloween costume for free admission! Museum opening hours 10am – 4pm, for further museum event information or to book online visit


Ulster American Folk Park, Omagh:

Jack O’Lantern Halloween Festival

Saturday 26 – Thursday 31 October

Learn about the origins of favourite Halloween traditions and even carve a Jack O’Lantern at the Folk Park’s authentic Halloween celebrations. Included in general admission for further museum event information or to book online visit

Halloween Torchlight Tours SOLD OUT

Wednesday 30 – Thursday 31 October

Take a stroll through the outdoor museum as darkness falls with only the light of a torch as a guide – a tour not for the faint hearted as ghosts, ghouls and witches will lurk in the shadows on unsuspecting visitors. Escape from the screams and shrieks to a cosy cottage to sample traditional foods such as barnbrack, pumpkin and shoofly pie. Booking for the evening tours is essential. For further museum event information visit


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