A host of Halloween family-based festivities have been lined up across the county this week.
Spooktacular fireworks displays are set to take place in Dungannon and Cookstown on Friday, while Omagh and Strabane will light the fuse on Saturday night.
Omagh’s Halloween festivities will this year take place at the new OASIS Plaza on Saturday. The programme of fang-tastic entertainment, includes spooktacular street entertainment, fire jugglers and creepy characters from 6pm.
There will also be song, dance, drama, music, face painting plus much more. The spectacular fireworks display will be launched from Strule Arts Centre roof top at 7.30pm with a designated viewing area for the first time at the OASIS Plaza.
Children and adults attending the ‘Halloween Comes to Town’ event are encouraged to get into the Halloween spirit and to don their best costume. Spot prizes for fancy dress will be awarded throughout the evening. Limited car parking, including disabled car parking spaces, will be available at the OASIS Plaza.
Meanwhile the Ulster American Folk Park’s hugely popular Halloween Trail is completely sold out.
The Forbidden Forest Wail offers a Halloween experience like no other! Set in the atmospheric, eerie forest of Pomeroy on the edges of the local village it is the perfect location for a proper Halloween experience.
The combination of the local terrain and trees along with the imagination of the team behind the event ensure the experience is one not to be forgotten, certainly not for the faint-hearted and one which will hopefully bring you back year after year to undergo the many new horrors we can offer.
The Forest Wail guarantees a new experience every Halloween with the only limitations upon us being our own imaginations.
Admission £15 from The Rowan Tree Centre, 6.30pm – 10pm, Wednesday to Friday. Trails leaving every 15 mins.
See www.theforbiddenforest.co.uk for more or contact 8775 7834.
An Creagán is ‘bewitched’ this week with a series of fun Halloween half-term activities for all the family.
Celebrate the lighter side of halloween with drop in workshops for younger children and their parents from Thursday to Saturday 12pm to 3pm.
Dressing up is welcomed. Activites include themed arts and crafts, story telling, lantern making and who knows what else! No booking is required. £1 per person.
Ranfurly House provides the fang-tastic backdrop for Dungannon’s fireworks display on Friday.
The fun begins at 6pm in Market Square with a host of hellish entertainment to be enjoyed until the night sky lights up with a grand fireworks finale. Stevie King and his spooky team will be there with ghastly games, mystifying music, freaky face painting, brilliant balloon modelling, plus trick or treat stations.
The monstrous fireworks finale, sponsored by Newell Stores, will light up the skies above at 7.30pm.
On Thursday, Dungannon will also host ‘Halloween Murder on The Hill of The O’Neill’.
Set in 1601, as Hugh O’Neill leads a rebellion against the English crown, he has a spy in his midst. The interactive mystery, gets underway at 7.30pm and costs £27.95 (includes four course meal) – contact (028) 8772 8600.
Strabane’s Melvin Sports Centre will host a Mysterious Fun Day on Thursday featuring games, facepainting, workshops and a monster disco as well as some creepy Pumpkin carving. And there will be some wicked watery fun at the Riversdale Leisure Centre with a Halloween Pool Disco.
On Friday remember to check out Castlederg’s Halloween Apple Fair with lots of activities happening in the Diamond area from 1pm.
And don’t forget to visit The Haunted House at the Den, Melmount Road, where you can enjoy nightly scares from Monday to Friday.
Fancy dress is essential and there’s no need to book, visitors can pay at the door.
There will be plenty to do on Saturday with monstrous crafts in the morning and Monster Movie action at the Alley Theatre in the Spooky Cinema throughout the day.
An afternoon of arts, crafts and entertainment from 1pm – 4pm will be followed by live music and animation from 6.30pm in the Upper Main Street Carpark before the fireworks finale at 8pm, which takes place on the Banks of the Mourne.
Sion Stables in Sion Mills will hold its Halloween event on Thursday, with a storyteller on hand from 7pm with her tales of the ghouls and horrors of the local area. Limited tickets – book 028816 59772.
Cookstown’s old courthouse welcomes a uniquely frightening series of events this week.
Crumlin Road Gaol brings Belfast’s number one scare attraction to the old courthouse from Thursday to Saturday, nightly. Low light conditions, and not for the faint hearted. Not suitable for young children. Strobe lighting will be used throughout. See crumlinroadgaol.com/book for tickets and times.
The Mid Ulster Sports Arena hosts Cookstown’s fireworks fun on Friday from 6.30pm – 8pm.
For the kids there are free spooky arts activities with ‘Over the Moon’, where you can create your very own scary mask; jumping clay; jolly sands, face painting; and balloon modelling taking place inside a covered marquee.
There’ll also be outside entertainment provided by fire jugglers and the Caroline Creggan Dance School. Inside the outdoor arena, you can take part in spooky storytelling with Steve Lally. For the little (and not so little) ones there will a fancy dress competition with prizes for the best dressed, and a Caterpillar Train operating from 6.30-7.30pm.
The grand finale of course is the highlight of the evening, the annual Fireworks Display at 8pm.
The Parochial Centre on the Stewartstown Road in Coalisland hosts ‘Haunted Hall 2015’ this Friday (7.30pm to late). Tickets priced at £4 for adults and £2 for under 18s. Book on 8774 7514 (between 6pm-8pm). Maximum groups of six – tickets will have timed entry. Strictly no under 13s.
Coalisland’s Halloween fireworks display takes place at 8.15pm on Saturday in Gortgonis. Free admission.