Minecraft helps this 17th-century town get spooky for Halloween

Something wicked this way comes. It was just yesterday that we saw the release of the eerie Campfire Tales DLC pack for Minecraft Pocket Edition and Windows 10. No doubt, the popular game of fighting off zombies and traversing through deep dark depths can have its  own spine-tingling chill. It’s perfect for Halloween.

Carrickfergus, a town in Northern Ireland, embraces the holiday and is hosting an event with the help of Minecraft Education Edition. On October 29 from 10am to 5pm local time, kids from the ages of eight to twelve are invited to join a 17th Century version of the town in the virtual world. Each ticket costs £5 for a 45 minutes session. There will also bee a Spooky Treasure Hunt, Best Costume contests and face painting.


This is similar to the original virtual tour that students from the St. Nicholas Primary School helped create earlier in the year. The museum workshop was a hit, fully booking most sessions weeks in advance. Mayor Audrey Wales explained the spooky version to the press (via Larne Times):

“The Museum has been working with STEMaware – the organisation that creatively brings Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths to life – to realise what Carrickfergus looked like in the mid-1600s. Those participating will be using historical maps and documents to visualise Carrickfergus as it once was, with the town given a spooky makeover to celebrate Hallowe’en”, she said.

The event is intended to be very family friendly. Attendees can pick up tickets through the Carrickfergus Visitor Information Centre.

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