Stuck for family fun ideas over Halloween? Let UL Help!

by • October 31, 2014 • EntertainmentComments (1)641

As children across Northern Ireland start their half term break, Belfast has cast a powerful spell this Halloween with an abundance of spine-chilling, heart-thrilling events across the city for the whole family to enjoy.

The scariest part of the mid-term break for parents can be planning how to entertain the little horrors for the week. However parents needed run in fear as from the 25th October right through until the 2nd November, there are plenty of Halloween events to keep the kids spooked and entertained.

Whether you want to fill an afternoon, evening, or a full weekend, simply click on the Visit Belfast website for a full list of events and festivals or call into the Visit Belfast Welcome Centre where travel advisors are on hand to help plan your spook-tacular half-term. Alternatively just pick up the latest copy of the Visit Belfast guide which has details of a host of activities and events to entertain children of all ages.

To help you decide whether to trick or treat, Visit Belfast has put together a list of some of the best half-term activities taking place across the City:

  • Broomstick Belle Steam Train

Do you dare to step aboard the ghost train for a steam adventure? Ghosts and ghouls of all ages are invited to come along in seasonal costume to sample the unique steamy atmosphere. Children will receive spooky goody bags from the Wicked Witch.

Venue: Belfast Central Station

Date: 26 Oct 2014 ‐ 11:05 am / 1.05pm / 4.05pm

Price: £11

 

  • Monster Mash

All sorts of creepy goings-on are happening at this year’s Metro Monster Mash at the Titanic Slipways. Young and old will be enthralled by fire shows, creepy ghosts and ghouls haunting visitors throughout the night, wacky workshops and to finish the evening off, a spectacular fireworks display that will set the Belfast sky ablaze with colour. A free Metro Ghost bus will operate to The Slipways leaving Chichester Street in the city centre at regular intervals from 5.15pm-8pm with return journeys until 9pm from Queen’s Road in the Titanic Quarter

Venue: Titanic Slipways

Date: 31 Oct 2013 – 5.30pm

Price: Free

 

  • Boo at the Zoo

Join Belfast Zoo for a fun-filled day of hair-raising activities. Boo at the zoo will include creepy crafts, face painting, a spooky trail and a chance to learn about bats and reptiles. Be sure transform into your frighteningly favourite Halloween ghoul as there will be a best fancy dress and best carved pumpkin competition.

Venue: Belfast Zoo

Date: 31 Oct 2014 – 10.30am

Price: Under 18s can get in for free if they dress up!

Normal zoo admission applies

 

  • Family Fun @The Mac

Terror-ifically good workshops at The Mac this Halloween include:

 

Baby Boo!

One for the Terror Tots! Bring along your little monsters and have a ball. Crawl through spooky tunnels and spiders webs and listen to stories that go boo! Suitable for little terrors aged 0-18 months.

Venue: The MAC

Date: 1 Nov 2014 – 11am

Price: £7

 

CarnEVIL

Make sure you check out the CarnEVIL workshop and experience mystifying makeovers, become a Freakish Fortune Teller and play gory games with their MACabre artists. Suitable ages 4+

Venue: The MAC

Date: 25 Oct – 2 Nov 2014

Price: £7

 

Creepy Characters

Time to dress up in your most terrifying costume and with the help of sound, movement and drama you will transform into an almost life like creepy character that will be sure to make even the grown-ups jump. Suitable for ages 7-11.

Venue: The MAC

Date: 26 Oct – 2pm

Price: £7

 

Frightening Fables

Tell your most frightful stories to our story maker who, like Dr. Frankenstein, will piece together each element and bring to life one hair-raising fable. Suitable for ages 4-6.

Venue: The MAC

Date: 25 Oct 2014 – 2pm

Price: £7

 

  • Halloween at W5

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’.

Venue: W5

Date: 25 Oct – 2 Nov 2014

Price: £6.50 for a child, family passes from £23.80 (1 adult 3 children)

 

  • Halloween at Half Term

Come along for Halloween high jinks at Half Term at the Ulster Folk & Transport Museum. In the lead up to Halloween come and 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.

Venue: Ulster Folk & Transport Museum

Date: 28 Oct – 2 Nov 2014

Price: Children under 4 go free, child pass £5.50, family pass from £19 (1 adult and 3 children)

 

Something for the grown-ups…

 

  • Halloween Paranormal Tours

The Northern Ireland Paranormal Research Association (NIPRA) are running an exclusive series of Paranormal Tours on board SS Nomadic to celebrate the Halloween holidays. Lasting around 90mins, you will be guided around various different hotspot areas of the ship where Paranormal Activity has been reported. These tours are serious investigations into paranormal occurrences and definitely not for the faint hearted.

Venue: SS Nomadic

Date: 27th– 29th Oct 2014 – (7:30 – 9.00pm) / (9:00pm – 10:30pm) / (10.30pm – 12:00pm)

Price: £10pp

 

  • Belfast’s Ghost Bus Tour

Don’t be frightened…be very frightened on Belfast’s first and only dedicated Ghost Bus. Hear Belfast’s most famous Ghost Stores of brutal Victorian murders, learn the gruesome truth about Body Snatching and famous executions. You will be joined by Belfast characters from yesteryear who will tell you in their own words of the spookiest tales from the dark and distant past.

Venue: Tour departs from Donegall Place (Burger King)

Date: From 18th Oct 2014, 6:30pm / 8:00pm (lasts approx 1 hour 30mins)

Price: Adult – £15, Child – £8, Family – £40 (2 adults & 2 children). This tour is not suitable for children under 6.

 

  • Spooky Halloween Ball

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.

Venue: SS Nomadic

Date: 31 Oct 2014 – 8:30pm

Price: £25pp (VIP Tickets, £35pp including exclusive access from 7.30pm, Champagne Reception with canapés and other surprises, as well as all entertainment included in the General Ticket)

 

  • Fright Night at JungleNI

Fright Night is an immersive, spine-tingling Halloween adventure for those who dare to take part. A Hellish Hayride will transport you and your party to The Jungle’s cursed forest whose carnivorous depths you must summon courage to explore guided only by lanterns. You will meet a number of devilish creatures from a bygone era, some of whom will relay their twisted tales, others may simply moan, groan or howl with horror. A range of spectacular special effects, sounds and lighting assist to set the scene ensuring you experience a level of terror unique to Fright Night and The Jungle.

Venue: Jungle NI

Date: 28th Oct – 1st Nov 2014, 7:00pm (Duration: Approx 1 hour)

Price: £17pp

 

  • Little Shop of Horrors

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.

Venue: Caberet Supperclub

Date: 30th & 31st Oct 2014

Price: £27.50pp

 

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

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