With the Halloween half-term holiday just around the corner, we check out ten of the best Halloween activities on offer for kids in Northern Ireland.
Please always confirm details with the individual events before attending or travelling to these events, and don’t forget to book in advance when required!
In the Night Garden Pyjama Party
Location: Ulster Museum, Belfast
Dates: Saturday 26th October
Cost per ticket: £5.00 + 50p booking fee
Description: Get ready for the annual Cinemagic Pyjama Party! Get your PJs on and bring your favourite bedtime toy to enjoy an afternoon of storytelling. After milk and cookies, settle down to watch two exciting episodes of In the Night Garden. Storyteller Jo Britland will be telling bedtime stories too with the help of a special guest!
To find out more visit: https://cinemagic.org.uk/event/in-the-night-garden-pyjama-party-storytelling/
To book visit: https://www.wegottickets.com/event/482005?fbclid=IwAR0h7J7khhRhERVmvawicuFmfhKSynG6HiYqaFKezuvxKYEKrghohYvXZsc#tickets
Broomstick Belle – Steam Train
Location: Belfast to Whitehead
Dates: Sunday 27th October
Cost per ticket: £15.00
Description: Enjoy a trip on a restored steam train from Belfast, along the shores of Belfast Lough to Whitehead Railway Museum and back. Come along in your Halloween costume and enjoy the unique Halloween atmosphere on board. Even better, all children holding a ticket will receive a spooky goody bag from the wicked witch!
To find out more visit: https://www.steamtrainsireland.com/whats-on/50/broomstick-belle?fbclid=IwAR17Ut5KJ73X1S7Yt2Z4lY6gVXG-_VZ9ACwE7XXNn8lLfmUVlfEGAIbF4Mo
Spellbound Festival, Castle Espie
Location: Castle Espie Wetlands Centre, near Comber
Dates: Tuesday 29th October – Thursday 31st October
Cost per ticket: Part of standard admission prices, which you’ll find here. Description: Head down to Castle Espie for all of the usual fun at this superb wetlands centre but with added spooky fun this half term. Learn how to fly a broomstick, make potions in the woodlands, and enjoy storytelling, face painting and crafts. Don’t miss the new gruesome nature trail throughout half term and learn about the dark side of the natural world!
To find out more visit: https://www.wwt.org.uk/wetland-centres/castle-espie/whats-on/
Mountpanther Farm Park Halloween Extravaganza
Location: Mountpanther Farm Park, Clough, Downpatrick
Dates: Sat 26th, Sun 27th, Tue 29th, Wed 30th & Thur 31st October
Cost per ticket: Lots of different price options including family tickets, but prices from around £7 – book online to get a free pumpkin included for kids!
Description: You’ll find loads of festive and spooky activities this half term at Mountpanther Farm Park, including pumpkin carving from their pumpkin patch, a ghost train, fancy dress competition and loads of animals to feed and cuddle.
To find out more visit: http://mountpanther.com/
Galgorm Castle Spooky Hallow Trail
Location: Galgorm Castle, Galgorm, Ballymena
Dates: Wednesday 30th October – Friday 1st November
Cost per ticket: £9.50
Description: This spooky trail will enchant both young and older visitors to Galgorm Castle. Enjoy a character-filled trail, spooky storytelling, and a disco for the kids with best-dressed prizes too. Tickets include hot food and a drink.
To find out more visit: https://www.galgormcastlefairytrail.co.uk/
Pumpkinfest, Seacoast Garden Centre
Location: Seacoast Garden Centre, Limavady
Dates: Saturday 26th October and Monday 28th October
Cost per ticket: £10 per child, £2.50 per adult
Description: Welcome to the first pumpkin patch at Seacoast Garden Centre. Kids can grab a mini wheelbarrow and search the pumpkin patch for their perfect pumpkin. Staff will be on hand to help them carve it! Kids can also enjoy making slime and the family can enjoy festive Halloween foods, including toasting marshmallows and making s’mores over an open fire.
To find out more visit: https://www.facebook.com/events/2146457988984204/
Rosepark Farm Halloween Extravaganza
Location: Rosepark Farm, Ballymoney
Dates: Friday 25th October – 4-8pm, Saturday 26th – 3-7pm, Sunday 27th – 3-7pm, Monday 28th – closed, Tuesday 29th – 3-7pm, Wednesday 30th – 3-7pm, Thursday 31st – 3-7pm.
Cost per ticket: 1 year old and under – free, children – £7, adults – £7.
Description: This year’s theme for the Rosepark Farm Halloween event is Heroes and Villains! Enjoy live performances, marshmallow toasting, Halloween crats and exotic creatures and this super Halloween extravaganza!
To find out more visit: http://www.roseparkfarm.co.uk/home/whats-on/
Spooky A-scare-ium at Exploris Aquarium
Location: Exploris Aquarium, Portaferry
Dates: Sat 26th October 2019 – Sun 27th October 2019
Cost per ticket: Standard admission charges apply, which you’ll find here
Description: Happy Halloween! Follow the trick and treat trail but watch out for those pesky pirates who have captured all the treasure. Don’t forget to dress the part, mermaids and pirates, witches and wizards, ghost and ghouls…all are welcome for the family fun at the A-scare-ium! Prizes are up for grabs for best dressed boys or girls. This is a great Halloween activity for kids in Northern Ireland this year!
To find out more visit: https://www.explorisni.com/events/spooky-a-scare-ium/
Creatures of the Night – W5
Location: W5, SSE Belfast
Dates: Weekends from 28 September and daily from 28 October – Sunday 3 November.
Cost per ticket: Free with standard admission to W5.
Description: As well as being able to enjoy all the usual fun and activities at W5, this Halloween you can also enjoy their Creatures of the Night experience. Prepare for a bone-chilling encounter with some of the weird and wonderful ghouls, ghosts and monsters that stalk the shadowy corners of our land after dark. For centuries storytellers have frightened listeners with tales of ghostly, thundering horsemen, howling werewolves and screaming banshees. W5 warn that although this is a family activity, it may be frightening for small children or those of nervous disposition and that strobe lighting is used.
To find out more visit: https://w5online.co.uk/whats-on/creatures-of-the-night
Pumpkinfest, Castle Ward
Location: Castle Ward, Strangford, Downpatrick
Dates: Saturday 26 and Sunday 27 October
Cost per ticket: Standard admission charges apply, plus pumpkin charges: Small £2, Medium £3, Large £4
Description: National Trust property, Castle Ward is always a lovely autumn day out, but you can also enjoy the annual pumpkinfest again this year. Pick your pumpkin and carve a spooky face or an artistic creation, and also enjoy the scarecrow festival too! After your Halloween activities, you can enjoy an autumnal walk around Castle Ward and the adventure and woodland play areas.
To find out more visit: https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/castle-ward/features/pumpkinfest-2017
We hope that’s given you some ideas for Halloween activities for kids in Northern Ireland! If you’re thinking further ahead to Christmas, don’t forget to check out our guide to Where to Visit Santa in Northern Ireland this year!