Thursday, October 28, 2010

Something for the weekend - basically you can't avoid Halloween

The Northern Ireland Hospice and Children's Hospice are fundraising on Friday night through a 2 mile Spooky Stroll through Belfast city centre. Organisers are promising hair-raising ghost stories and actors popping out to surprise you along the way. Strolls start at Central Hall on Rosemary Street from 7pm and continue every 20 minutes until 9.40pm, suitable for adults and children aged 7 years old and over. Booking is essential as walking slots are limited in size. Adult tickets £15, children 7-17 £7, family £40 (2 adults, 2 children, additional children £5 each). Call 028 9077 7123 or emailing laura DOT gray AT nihospice DOT org.

On Saturday 30, it's Boo at the Zoo up on the side of Cave Hill when Belfast Zoo offers (creepy) crafts, bat talks, a (spooky) trail, carved pumpkin competitions and face-painting. All the normal animals are on show too! Entrance for under 18s is free if you come in fancy dress.

The Goblin Market is back in Belfast's Black Box on Sunday afternoon between 2pm and 4pm. I've no idea what really goes on, but advertising promised "a bustling bazaar filled with foolish and fantastical strangers who have journeyed from afar ... a hubbub of hullabaloo". (Which makes it would like a political convention!) And double the normal number of puppets. £1 entrance.

And if in doubt, as soon as the sun goes down, step outside and you'll see fireworks. Most councils seem to be promising to convert rates into bangs this weekend!

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