Halloween In Fermanagh 2017

It cannot be understated how much I love Halloween in Fermanagh.  The colours in the trees, walking in the crunchy leaves, crisp dark evenings and star filled night skies, the moon and of course, Halloween food. Yes, it is without doubt my favourite time of the year.

Autumn woodland scene. Large tree and leaf covered path. Cliff Woods, near Belleek, County Donegal

I especially love the tradition, the folklore and the spirituality of the festival. It’s a nice time for reflection before the busy Christmas season is upon us.

But there’s also the playful, prankster side to the festival that just puts zip into my day.

Phil The Zombie

This year at Gilmartin’s Craft Shop, we’ve turned upstairs into a haunted house, with a zombie who appears to be breaking out through a boarded up window. We named him Phil!

Man on ladder installs Zombie display to exterior window at Gilmartin's Craft Shop, Belleek

We got a laugh when Peter was installing Phil because it really looked like he was trying to keep him in. Okay, maybe you had to be there at the time. 
Photo of Phil The Zombie breaking out through a boarded up window at Gilmartin's Craft Shop, Belleek

You might notice a change in Phil’s hairdo from picture one to picture two. Peter gave him a wee man bun to keep the hair out of his eyes as it was hiding his face a bit.

boy looking up at Xombie Display on exterior of upstairs window at Gilmartin's Craft Shop

Michelle Duffy took this photo of her son Blake looking up at Phil. I think this photo captures the essence of Halloween.

Well hello up there!

Pumpkin Glee

Halloween food is right up my street, mandarin oranges, apple tarts, buttered barmbrack… I could go on…

I bought a humongous pumpkin! It is the largest I’ve ever seen and weighs 1 st 9 lbs.

*A note to American readers: bear with me please, oversized pumpkins are a relatively new concept in Ireland, so yeah, i’m all newfangled with its gigantic-ness

I’ve devised a little pumpkin challenge for myself. Well when I say challenge, I really mean that I am on a mission to find recipes and ideas so I can go and buy some more of the the lovely pumpkins and squashes in the local vegetable shop.

I’m thinking pumpkin pie, risotto, soup, bread… Recipe suggestions will be greatly received. Feel free to post links to good recipes in the comments or even some of your own recipes that I can try.

Large Pumpkin and Witch Legs Decoration outside house for Halloween

Right now the giant pumpkin is making a nice display at the front door.

Halloween In Fermanagh: Events In And Near To Belleek

As usual there are lots of events for everyone over Halloween weekend. Here’s a round up of what’s on in this part of Fermanagh for Halloween 2017

Sunday 29th October

Garrison Community Group Halloween Extravaganza


Best Pumpkin, Scavenger Trail, Fancy Dress Disco and Party Games

Mulleek Spooktacular Halloween Ball


Music by K Mac

Supper served and raffle on the night

Prizes for the best fancy dressed children and adults

Monday 30th October

Annual Black Cat Cove Halloween Childrens’ Party,


The wicked witch is back!

Story telling and party with Big Bear

Prizes for best dressed.

Tuesday 31st October

Mr Bloomfield’s Horrible Halloween at Belleek Pottery

12pm – 6pm

Halloween at Belleek Pottery Visitor Centre plans to be a very spooky event this year. Mr Bloomfield’s Horrible Halloween event is a great opportunity to take part in an afternoon of freaky fun with a programme of activities to keep little ones amused.

Happy Halloween to you

Pauline x

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