CONNSWATER Shopping Centre and Retail Park has unveiled a bubbling cauldron of seasonal tricks and treats for all the family with the return of the Halloween Monster Mansion.
Arriving for a second year and located within the Connswater Shopping Centre, the fiendish delights of the Mansion will be running until 31st October.  Packed with spine-tingling costumes, little ghosts and ghouls can dress up and have a photo taken while looking their frightful best for free.
Celebrating the spookiest day of the year in style, the Belfast shopping centre will be hosting a Halloween extravaganza on 31st October, featuring a free Fancy Dress Trick or Treat with goody-bags being filled at all the shops and live entertainment promising chills and thrills for children of all ages.
Calling all would-be ghosts and goblins, Connswater Shopping Centre Manager Gerry Monaghan said: “Halloween is all about having fun and staying safe! It’s one of the few times in the year when you can dress up, unwind and play some games with friends and family.
For us, Halloween is all about making sure that everyone coming to Connswater, young and old, has a great time.  This year it is set to be bigger and better than ever with the Monster Mansion and children’s entertainers giving visitors the chance to really join in the thrills of the season.
Of course it wouldn’t be Halloween without fancy dress and trick or treat.  Our retailers will be filling up the goody-bags for children coming dressed up on the day.  We can’t wait to welcome everyone along and provide all the ‘scare-necessities’ for the prefect Halloween.”
For those children who are brave enough to venture out, Connswater’s Monster Mansion Witch Jacqueline McBride, from the Early Learning Centre and Gillian Smyth, from Tor Bank Special School spell out their top ten tips to stay safe:

  • Always travel in groups on Halloween. Never travel alone, try to stick to reasonable sized groups and stay with the crowd.
  • It’s a good idea to take a responsible adult with you if you decide to go ‘trick or treating’ but if not then always tell a parent or guardian where you will be and when you will be back.
  • Make a route around familiar well-lit areas only and stick to it.
  • Take a mobile phone and some change for a pay phone in case of an emergency.
  • Carry a torch with you at all times and try to stick to busy areas or main roads.
  • Never enter a stranger’s house to ‘trick or treat’. Stay on the doorstep.
  • Take care when crossing roads. Beware of costumes that are all black and if in doubt wear some reflective patches or carry lit pumpkins or torches.
  • Make sure your costumes are not too long and there is nothing you will trip over.
  • Masks may obscure your visibility, be careful when crossing roads and be aware of where you are.
  • Be careful what you get yourself into if ‘tricking’. Tricks can go wrong, people can be aggressive and destructive tricks will land you in a lot of trouble. Be sensible.
  • PICTURED ABOVE – James Warren from Tor Bank Special School with Connswater Shopping Centre Manager Gerry Monaghan and Monster Mansion Witch Jacqueline McBride from the Early Learning Centre.

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