THIS Halloween will be a spooky spectacular feast of seasonal entertainment on offer for all visitors to Down County Museum with a packed week-long programme of themed events taking place from Monday 24th until Monday 31st October.
On Monday 24th, Thursday 27th and Monday 31st October a special event, Nightmare on English Street: the Horrible History of Halloween takes place. Those taking part will walk in the path of our Ancestors, discovering the true meaning of Halloween and its horrible History!
During the course of the event, which takes place in the Museum and on English Street, visitors can follow a journey through time meeting a host of gruesome characters and witnessing horrifying scenes from history!
This event begins at 7.15pm each night and takes in the old gaol site and other sites on English Street. It is suitable for adults and children aged over 7. Pre-booking is essential and admission is £6 for adults and £4 for under 16s.
On Tuesday 25th and Wednesday 26th October the museum is organising ghost walks which will uncover the hidden history of Downpatrick. Over time the County town has been home to some unusual characters and has seen plenty of gruesome happenings. This guided walk will bring visitors on a tour of selected sites which show that. The walks depart from the museum at 7pm. Pre-booking is essential and admission is £3 per person.
The highlight of the museum’s programme will, of course, be the Monster Halloween Party on Monday 31st October. This year the event takes place from 2pm to 5pm and features a host of entertainment for all the family. Storyteller Steve Lally will be recounting a wide variety of Irish and world stories including ghost stories, myths and legends.
Hilarious circus style entertainment will be provided by Mr H and the ever popular local artist Johnnie Kielty will be presenting his magic shows. The annual fancy dress competition is always popular with local families and this year there will be categories for under 8’s and over 8’s with great prizes on offer. During the afternoon children can also take part in craft sessions and bring home a variety of souvenirs. Admission is £2 per adult and £1 per child with a family ticket costing £5.
Further details of all the museum’s Halloween events are available by ringing 028 4461 5218.