Town gets eerie makeover for Minecraft Spooktacular

Mayor Audrey Wales gets into the spirit of the Minecraft Spooktacular with local youngsters Joel and Ellie. (Submitted Pic).
Mayor Audrey Wales gets into the spirit of the Minecraft Spooktacular with local youngsters Joel and Ellie. (Submitted Pic).

Minecraft enthusiasts are once again being invited to discover ‘Chichester’s Carrickfergus’ in a spooky virtual exploration of the historic 17th century town this Hallowe’en.

Launching the event, which follows on from the success of Carrickfergus Museum’s educational Minecraft Days over the summer, Mid and East Antrim’s Mayor Audrey Wales said: “The Museum has again taken the innovative step of recreating the historic 17th century town in the ever popular game Minecraft, this time with a spooky twist.”

“The Museum is organising a very special family-friendly Hallowe’en themed Minecraft Day, with the public invited to take part, particularly mini Minecraft challengers aged 8-12 years.

“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.

For £5 participants can book a 45 minute slot on Saturday, October 29, from 10am to 5pm to explore spooky 17th century Carrickfergus. Tickets are available through Carrickfergus Visitor Information Centre. Hallowe’en-themed challenges will be posed for the chance to win ‘spooktacular’ prizes, including prizes for Best Costume and winners of the eerie Treasure Hunt. Face painters will also be turning Minecraft challengers exploring the virtual town into real life monsters and ghouls as part of their Hallowe’en celebrations.

Minecraft has been taking the world by storm with millions of users worldwide. Working with STEMaware to develop this project, the museum has been using the Minecraft platform and new technology to create exciting learning experiences for younger audiences.