Halloween half-term fun

Keep the Halloween half-term horrors at bay with our frightfully fun family days out. Gather up all your little witches and wizards to take part in the Pesky Pumpkin Trail and Scarecrow Fest at Florence Court. Help find the bats who have escaped into the house at Mount Stewart or tip-toe through the Old Wood at Rowallane Garden where the fairies can take you on a magical adventure. With our local list of autumn action, it's easy to carve out fun things to see and do this Halloween.

Scarecrows at Castle Ward's PumpkinFest

Scarecrow Fest and Pumpkin Trail at Florence Court 

Friday 29 to Sunday 31 October
Calling all clever scarecrow creators. Florence Court need your fiendishly fun Frankensteins to bring Scarecrow Fest to life. Get crafty on your creations at home and bring them to the estate. We'll display them on the lawn at the front of the house and provide some prizes. Each visitor will become the judge to vote for their favourite over the Halloween Weekend. A ‘Pesky Pumpkin’ trail will also be on during the Halloween weekend through the Pleasure Grounds.

A couple standing on the causeway stones

Spooky Tales at the Giant's Causeway 

Friday 29 to Sunday 31 October 2021
Tip toe along the Causeway Coast for a special Halloween half-term tour. Hear spooky stories of lost spirits of the Causeway Coast like the wailing mermaid of Portcoon, the sea monster of Portballintrae, the frozen figure of Granny McCool and many more. This special coastal walking tour take place at 11am and 2pm over Halloween weekend. Ticket price includes access to the Visitor Centre with use of hand-held audio guides, access to the shop, café, exhibition as well as reserved onsite parking. Spaces are limited so advance online booking is essential.

Halloween fun at Mount Stewart

Terrific trails at Mount Stewart 

Monday 25 to Sunday 31 October
Hunt out a happy Halloween with the half-term trail at Mount Stewart. Help the house maids find the bats who have escaped into the house or sniff out treasure with the self led geocaching trails.

See folklore come to life this Halloween at Rowallane Garden

Folklore and fairies at Rowallane Garden 

Become lost to time and place when you investigate the folklore in the old wood at Rowallane Garden. It has been said that many fairies make their home among the trees, which is a familiar part of the local folklore here. Connect with nature and see if you can spot evidence of supernatural goings-on.

Autumn days out in Mid-Ulster

The Lime Tree walk at Castle Ward

Family activities at Castle Ward

Autumn adventures await at Castle Ward. Now is the time to visit, when the changing colours of the estate make it spectacularly beautiful. Crunching leaves, conker scavenging and foraging for blackberries and fungi, there's lots to do in Autumn at Castle Ward.