The Halloween mid-term break is almost here, and there are lots of fun activities taking place across the country. From haunted houses to spooky pet farms, there is a huge range of things to do this Halloween with www.discoverieland.ie
The popular Galway Aboo Halloween Festival takes place in the city’s Latin Quarter from October 29th – 31st. The weekend kicks off with the Demented Carnival, featuring lots of hilarious carnival games. On Sunday, kids are invited to a fancy dress party followed by trick or treat and Halloween street games. Then that evening there will be a re-enactment of Michael Jackson’s ‘Thriller’…with a twist.
Scary Zoo Crew
Dublin Zoo is hosting a Spooktacular Boo on October 29th and 31st. There will be arts and crafts, scary keeper tales and spooky face painting. Get dressed up for the Monster Disco or join in the Halloween camp where you will make your own broomstick.
Spirit away to Meath!
Have fun by day and frights by night at the Spirit of Meath Festival from October 19th – November 4th. Tayto Park in Ashbourne will be transformed into Mr. Tayto’s Terrifying Terror Tower (October 20th – November 4th but closed October 22nd, 23rd, 24th and 25th). Causey Farm will host a two-hour show where you will ride a brookstick and attend Witch School (October 26th – 30th and November 1st)
Terror in Tipp!
Thurles Halloween Festival (October 25th – 31st) will see the Wobbly Circus in the town square and the Witches Den will be open to children between 5 and 10 with supervised interactive workshops including scarecrow and lantern making.
Westport House, Co. Mayo will host Pirate Adventure Park from October 27th – November 4th. There will be swinging ships, a cannonball run slide and a log flame water ride. Enjoy family workshops, White Witch’s story time and scary face painting.
Get Gory in Gorey
There will be blood on the streets of Co. Wexford for the Gorey Halloween Festival (October 27th – 31st). Join the Find the Ring Trail, with sweets and treats to be found along the way. The Ghost Train will be doing tours of the town and Scary Story Time will put a chill in your bones.
Bunratty Castle and Folk Park in Co. Clare will host Dracula, Frankenstein and Freddie Kruger in their Creey Crypt on October 29th. There will be Halloween fun and games as well as a fancy dress competition and magic show.
Meet the Dragon of Shandon
Cork Community Ark Link have organised Dragon of Shandon Samhain Parade (October 31st). The 36 foot articulated Sellotape Dragon of Shandon will lead the parade and will be joined by skeletons, puppets, large props, lanterns and musicians. The River Lee will be lit up with illuminated river installations too!
Take a Ghost Train
Catch the Pumpkin Train at Rathwood, near Tullow Co. Carlow (October 20th and 21st, and October 26th – 31st) and pick a locally grown pumpkin at the end of the ride. Witches will be on hand to help carve them, and kids can bring them home to light up their own trick or treating. There will also be prizes for fancy dress. The Spooky Express at the Waterford & Suir Valley Railway, at Kilmeaden, Co. Waterford (October 27th – November 27th) will have the best of spooky fun with ghosts, goblins and gravestones.
Brave a Big House!
Birr Castle Demesne in Co. Offaly will host its annual Halloween Night fun (October 31st). There will be trick or treating in ghostly gardens, with wicked witches and deadly ghouls. At Belvedere House and Gardens in Mullingar, Co. Westmeath (October 26th – 29th) enjoy freakish fun in the Forest of Fear and Cellar of Despair.
Dress it up in Virginia
Dress up for Ireland’s largest fancy dress party taking place during The Virginia Pumpkin Festival (October 24th – 29th). There will be a Haunted Forest walk and a captivating show, The Song from the Sea in the Ramor Theatre.
Scare them with stories!
There will be ghost stories a plenty at Hallowfest Libraries (October 25th – November 2st), a South Dublin family event that includes spooky walks, bonfires, arts and crafts, storytelling and mark making.