Newry, Mourne and Down District Council has announced an action packed, family friendly, spooktacular programme of Halloween events taking place in Newry as well as MourneQuest based events in Newcastle. Mournequest is the creation of Newry man Garry McElherron.

Newry's Halloween events take place on Friday 28 and Saturday 29 October with Halloween night reserved for Newcastle and it's Hallowtides Festival.

Council Chairperson Gillian Fitzpatrick gets into the spirit of things for the Halloween festivities.
Council Chairperson Gillian Fitzpatrick gets into the spirit of things for the Halloween festivities.

Events on Friday 28 October include the very popular Twilight Market at Newry Market followed by a Fireworks Display at the Albert Basin.

The Twilight Market will have on offer the finest food and drink the area has to offer with a wide selection of pop up restaurants, food producers, craft beers and ciders available all combined with entertaining chef demonstrations, food tastings, full bar facilities and live entertainment all kicking off at 5pm at Newry Market. Children can get into the Halloween spirit by taking part in pumpkin carving from 5pm to 8pm

On Saturday 29 Newry Town Hall will be a hub of spooky fun from 11am – 5pm. Costume makers will be on hand to inspire and create, make-up artists will transform sweet cheeks into terrible terrors, there will be ghoulish caricatures drawn and the Mourne Quest adventure story will be delivered by the author himself. You might even catch a glimpse of ghostly players from days gone by!

Newry, Mourne and Down District Council Chairperson, Councillor Gillian Fitzpatrick commented, “It is fantastic to see Halloween events taking place across the district and this year the packed Hallowtides programme will provide something for everyone. This year Newcastle is set to be bigger and better than ever as the myths and legends of the MourneQuest adventure will be brought to life!”

Councillor Fitzpatrick continued, “The Newry Twilight Market and fireworks display will combine Halloween and the Year of Food and Drink in a fantastic way. Newcastle and Newry really get into the eerie spirit and I would encourage visitors to come to town and join in on the fun. 

Hallowtides not only provides entertainment for the whole community but also attracts significant numbers of visitors contributing to Newry, Mourne and Down’s wider tourism strategy.”

For further information or a free copy of the festival programme please contact Newcastle Visitor Information Centre on 028 4372 2222 or full event listings online at