This years Halloween weekend in Newry sees plenty of free fun events and activities for all the family to enjoy.

Newry Market will once again transform into a food and drink heaven and play host to the popular Twilight Market 28 October from 5pm to 11pm. Soak up the atmosphere and enjoy a wide selection of pop-up restaurants, craft beers and ciders, entertaining cookery demonstrations and food tastings plus workshops and activities for children from 5pm to 8pm. There will be prizes for best costumes and an opportunity to see the City fireworks display.

Newry, Mourne and Down District Council Chairperson Cllr Gillian Fitzpatrick and friends launches Twilight Market as part of Hallowtides 2016 programme.
Newry, Mourne and Down District Council Chairperson Cllr Gillian Fitzpatrick and friends launches Twilight Market as part of Hallowtides 2016 programme.

This year’s firework display will commence at 8pm and the viewing area is the William Street/Mary Street Junction; the perfect spot to see the crackle and sparks of spectacular fireworks before returning to the warm and welcoming atmosphere of the Twilight Market.

Newry Town Hall will provide a full day of children’s arts and crafts on Saturday 29 October.

Dare to climb the stairs and enter the ghostly realm of ‘The Theatre of Nightmares’. Come and make some dastardly decorations for your room, get your face painted in spooky style, learn creepy dance moves and star in your own “greenscreen” movie still. Transform into your very own caricature version of a vampire, werewolf or goblin! Visit the costume-makers’ table and have them run up a design for you, then make your way to the special effects experts, who will make you look ghastly for the evening. Garry McIlherron will also excite children and adults alike from 11am to 5pm with from MourneQuest – legend and fantasy characters based throughout the mystic mountains of Mourne and neighbouring lands. 

Newry and Mourne Museum provide family fun with Halloween themed children’s arts and craft on Saturday 22 October and Spooky Cup Cake decorating with Linda McMahon on Saturday 29 October. Plus ‘Eamonn the Storyteller’ will weave tales of strange goings on, witches, ghosts, vampires, pookas, silkies and all sorts of fairy folk on Monday 31 October.

At Slieve Gullion on Saturday 29 October brave souls are asked to assist the fairies as the Forest Park is the setting for ‘Escape from Witch Mountain’- a free guided walk taking place in the forest at 10am, 11am, and 12noon. There are limited places available so booking is essential.  For further information or book please contact Newry Visitor Information Centre on 028 3031 3030.

Newry, Mourne and Down District Council Chairperson, Councillor Gillian Fitzpatrick said, “Halloween Celebrations this year will be a real treat for all. I am looking forward to another Twilight Market as the atmosphere and venue will be the perfect place to gather before and after the fireworks display on Mary Street. Newry Town Hall is another fantastic place for all the family to enjoy and I am particularly excited about the Mourne Quest element of this year’s programme.  All of the events at Newry Market and Town Hall are free so I look forward to seeing everyone at their gory best over the festival”.

For more information check out www.visitmournemountains.co.uk