IN PICTURES: Ten spooky things to do this Halloween

Up and down the country everyone is getting their costumes ready and looking forward to some trick or treating.

Friday, 18th October 2019, 12:51 pm
Fire and Light Walk, Hillsborough Castle, October 31-November 3
See Hillsborough Castles Gardens in a different light this Halloween, follow an immersive illuminated trail through the gardens as part of this new evening experience for all the family. Meet some ghostly characters, listen out for the wild ravens and be amazed as the gardens are transformed into a magical world of sound and light. Get creative and come in a creepy costume. There will be spot prizes for the best dressed!  Enjoy a well-deserved hot drink after your walk and take in the atmosphere of the castle setting with circus entertainment taking place in the Stable Yard area. Advance booking required, £7 admission. Under 4s go free.  Hot beverage included.
Fire and Light Walk, Hillsborough Castle, October 31-November 3 See Hillsborough Castles Gardens in a different light this Halloween, follow an immersive illuminated trail through the gardens as part of this new evening experience for all the family. Meet some ghostly characters, listen out for the wild ravens and be amazed as the gardens are transformed into a magical world of sound and light. Get creative and come in a creepy costume. There will be spot prizes for the best dressed! Enjoy a well-deserved hot drink after your walk and take in the atmosphere of the castle setting with circus entertainment taking place in the Stable Yard area. Advance booking required, £7 admission. Under 4s go free. Hot beverage included.

If you want to get into the spooky spirit of things, try some of these fantastic Halloween events.

Magic by Moonlight, Lilian Bland Community Park, Newtownabbey, October 26 Enjoy a fantastical family evening where youll be mesmerised by the bewitching world of the little folk who make a brief appearance on Halloween to trick and treat all that they meet. This event will feature an immersive fantasy trail around the park, fire entertainers, dance and street theatre performers, wand making, pumpkin carving, mask making as well as artisan stalls with themed food and drink.
Wyrd Sisters, Larne Museum. October 31 What better way to spend Halloween than listening to Larne Drama Circle present a reading of Terry Pratchetts Wyrd Sisters, which was adapted for the stage by Stephen Briggs. Its all there  a wicked duke and duchess, the ghost of the murdered king, dim soldiers, strolling players, a land in peril. And who stands between the Kingdom and destruction? Three witches. Granny Weatherwax (intolerant, self-opinionated, powerful), Nanny Ogg (down-to-earth, vulgar) and Magrat Garlick (naïve, fond of occult jewellery and bunnies). This event forms part of the programme for the Paul Kidby, Discworld and Beyond - Touring Exhibition which will be on display until Thursday October 31. This is a free event, however places must be booked in advance.
Halloween Hullabaloo and Travelling Treeluminations, Ballylough Estate, Bushmills, October 25-31 This years event includes several new features, as well as appearances by master magician Rodd Hogg on the Monday and Tuesday nights. This is a family friendly Halloween event. All routes, however, end up at the dunking for apples, story telling and toasting marshmallows department. Full details are at halloweentt.com.
Hay sculpture trail, Strabane, until October 31 Embark on a journey of mystery and spooks and get yourself into the Halloween spirit during the returning Strabane hay sculpture trail. Taking place in venues across the town and the surrounding area until October 31, the trail features exciting sculptures at every stop, with lots of other activities on offer. Co-ordinated by Derry City and Strabane District Council, the sculptures have all been produced by the local communities, schools and farmers.
Halloween Harvest Market, Comber Road Dundonald. October 26 Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council has announced a brand-new market to its 2019 calendar of Food & Drink events, the Halloween Harvest Market due to take place in the heart of Dundonald on Saturday October 26. The Halloween Harvest Market will set up within the square outside Cordners Spar on Comber Road and will give visitors the chance to explore lots of the foodie delights.
Home of Halloween, Ulster Folk Museum. Cultra, October 25-31 A week of Samhain and Haleve Nicht activities await with the Home of Halloween event over the mid-term break as you take a spine-tingling journey into the past and, at the Halloween Family Fun Day, its creepy crafts and traditional games galore with free entry for kids wearing their scariest costumes. For more information and pricing, visit nmni.com/whats-on. Pic by Press Eye/Darren Kidd
Halloween Monster Mash, Titanic Slipway Belfast, October 27 With hauntingly good live music, creepy street theatre, wicked workshops and much more, this eerily good event is perfect for the whole family. Witches, wizards, ghouls and vampires are all invited to come along dressed in their most imaginative costumes. Of course, there will be prizes for the most terrifying outfits so be as scary as you can. The firework display will take place at 6.45pm.
Mini Halloween Festival, Flowerfield Arts Centre, Portstewart, October 26-30 The mini festival will begin with Halloween Howlers arts and crafts workshops for children aged 5-11 on October 26 and October 28 from 11am - 1pm. On October 29, Artist in Residence Corrina Askin, will lead a puppet making workshop inspired by her characters Mr Bones and the Hungry Ghost. Why not make a day of it by calling in to visit raconteur, entertainer and singer Paul Brady as he takes us on a whistle stop tour of Halloween around the world. Flowerfield opens its doors to all with a free Family Fun Day on October 30 filled with Halloween treats from art and craft workshops, live music and face painters from 12 noon to 2.30pm followed by the Flowerfield Fancy Dress Parade led by Chip Chipstick Bailey from 2.30pm to 3pm.
Derry Halloween, Guildhall Square Londonderry, October 26-31 Saurus, giant street walkabout dinosaur creatures who thrill crowds with their distinctive animal sounds and explosive fire performances, are returning to Londonderry this Halloween. They will be in Guildhall Square on October 26 and 27 and will take part in the Awakening the Walls trail from October 28 - 30 before appearing in Guildhall Square on October 31. Photo by Tom Heaney, nwpresspics
Fire and Light Walk, Hillsborough Castle, October 31-November 3 See Hillsborough Castles Gardens in a different light this Halloween, follow an immersive illuminated trail through the gardens as part of this new evening experience for all the family. Meet some ghostly characters, listen out for the wild ravens and be amazed as the gardens are transformed into a magical world of sound and light. Get creative and come in a creepy costume. There will be spot prizes for the best dressed! Enjoy a well-deserved hot drink after your walk and take in the atmosphere of the castle setting with circus entertainment taking place in the Stable Yard area. Advance booking required, £7 admission. Under 4s go free. Hot beverage included.