Halloween at National Museums NI

Enjoy frightful family fun at National Museums NI this Halloween.

We've spooktacular events for all ages at the Ulster Museum, Ulster Folk Museum, Ulster Tranport Museum and Ulster American Folk Park each Halloween guaranteed to give you a fright.

Experience the customs, traditions and stories of Halloween and harvest-time. Hear the story of Jack O’Lantern. See pumpkins and turnips carved by hand in the candlelight. Follow bespoke Halloween trails to learn more about our objects - but beware of witches, ghosts and gouls lurking in the shadows!

Find out more about Halloween events at National Museums NI below. Check back for more information and dates later in the year.

Halloween events at the Ulster American Folk Park

Reconnect with harvest traditions from 18th and 19th century Ulster and Frontier America this Hallowe'en.

Wander the Old and New Worlds listening to stories from bygone years. See old-fashioned fare cooked on the griddle. Experience traditional crafts, from wool-spinning to forge work, and learn Halloween customs from across the pond.

Cast your eyes on a magnificent Jack O’ Lantern pumpkin display at our Pennsylvania Log Farmhouse and go home with some pumpkin carving ideas of your own. Beware of our Pennsylvania Log Barn - you never know when Jack O’ Lantern might appear!

Halloween events at the Ulster Transport Museum

Inspire little monsters with the story of transport and social change this Halloween.

Have a hoot with some feathered friends in the iconic surroundings of our Rail Gallery. Wander our historic transport collection learning the history and heritage of transport in this part of the world. Beware of the Wicked Witch of the Transport Museum hiding among our objects - she's ready to cast her spell!

Halloween events at the Ulster Folk Museum

Journey back in time to Ballycultra to experience a Halloween and harvest from years gone by.

Hear lesser-known stories and traditions associated with Halloween in Ulster. Learn the legend and superstitions of Jack O'Lantern. Watch turnip carving demonstrations in Kelly’s Coal Yard, see turnip lanterns carved by hand and take one home to make your own. 

Beware of creepy characters lurking in the shadows - the undertaker will quickly get the measure of you!

Halloween events at the Ulster Museum

There's fun for all ages at Ulster Museum this Halloween.

Explore unique art, history and natural sciences collections. Follow a bespoke Halloween-inspired trail to learn about mysterious objects in our collection perfect for making a witches brew. Settle in for spooky storytelling sessions or unleash your crafty claws in our Discovery Zones. 

Discover more scares, superstitions and stories from our collections