Local treats just the trick for Halloween fun

Bobbing for Apples, Trick-or-Treating, and scary stories may be some of the memories that come to mind at Halloween time, and whatever you love about All Hallow’s Eve, there’s plenty on offer in our local area to help you and the family make the most of this magical holiday. These top activities and attractions all taking place in Dufferin Coaching Inn’s neighbouring towns and villages are a must for the family during the Halloween season. 


Head to Newcastle for its annual Hallowtides festival which runs from Friday 28th – Monday 31st October throughout the coastal town. Full of fun activities for ghosts and ghouls of all ages, the long-weekend programme includes the Twilight Mourne Markets, a Haunted House, fancy dress competitions, parades and of course an enchanting fireworks display along the promenade.

Spooky Halloween Sea Safari

Take a special Halloween voyage on Strangford Lough. Get in the spirit and come dressed as pirate or a mermaid for a tour of the lough’s spooky history including attractions like the Angus Rock Lighthouse and whirlpools at the famous ‘Routen Wheel’!

Spooktacular Week at Rowallane Gardens

Bring your little pumpkins along to Rowallane Gardens, Saintfield for a half-term of autumn antics and spellbinding activities. Say boo to the characters of the Premier Circus at the Ghosts and Gourds Spooktacular’s ghost trail! Let your little monsters take part in pumpkin carving and poison chocolate apple dunking while you relax and enjoy a bonfire latte.

Peninsula Food Showcase: Ghostly Grey Abbey

The ‘Ghostly Greyabbey’ event located in the mystic Grey Abbey Graveyard Grounds invites all you foodie fiends to an evening of Halloween themed food, drinks, tours and much more in this antique village.  Taking place on 29th October from 5pm-9pm, what better way to spend Halloween during Northern Ireland’s Year of Food and Drink?

Host your own Halloween Party!

If there’s nothing on the social calendar that tickles your fancy, why not host your own pumpkin bash at Dufferin Coaching Hall? Hire our 17th century banqueting hall for an enchanting setting to gather friends and family for a bespoke and exclusive masquerade party. Visit our venue hire page here.