Ideas for Halloween with Toddlers in Ireland 2018

Looking for spooky stuff to do with your children this Halloween? Check out the best events around the country that are sure to keep your little ones entertained!!

Spooky Town, Fota Island Resort, Cork

Spooky-townSpooky Town  is a brand-new Halloween experience at Fota Island Resort. Spooky Town is a “not so scary” event suitable for the young and the young at heart. Meet Spooky Town residents such as Derekula, Friendly Frank, Wendy the Witch and lots of new characters to guide you on your way. Expect to be entertained for approximately 45mins to 1 hour. You can find Spooky Town in Fota Island Resort, a 15 minute drive from Cork City Centre and its on from October 12th until November 4th. Tickets are 16.50 per person, kids under 2 go free. 

Halloween Train – Rathwood, Carlow


Take a journey through the spooky forest on the Rathwood Express and pick out and carve your very own pumpkin! The event runs  from the 20th of October until November 12th and tickets are €10 for children (babies under 12 months are free) and €6 per adult. The spooky journey takes approximately 1 hour.

Virginia Pumpkin Festival, Cavan

In Cavan, the Virginia Pumpkin Festival will be held on the bank holiday weekend and there’s lots to see and do for all the family, young and old. Events includes a haunted forest walk, artisan food & craft fair, children’s fancy dress party, walking treasure hunt, street entertainment, live music, a grand carnival parade and spectacular fireworks display, Ireland’s largest fancy dress party, a theatre night, a junior disco and much more.

Bunratty Castle and Folk Park, Clare

Bunratty Castle and Folk Park in County Clare has lots of fun activities planned for Halloween on Bank Holiday Monday including favourite games of times past like snap apple, coin bobbing and story telling. You can also enjoy traditional music, the annual favourite fancy dress competition and Captain Jack’s Spooktacular Show. Bunratty Castle & Folk Park will feature its ever popular Halloween Fun & Games on Bank Holiday Monday October 27th  from 12 pm – 6pm – See more at: 

Leahy’s Open Farm, Cork


In Dungourney, Co. Cork Leahy’s Open Farm will host the “Boo” experience. Take a trip on the haunted hay ride through the farm. Find your way to the witch’s lair and help our little old witch make a magic spell by gathering the special ingredients. The ‘Boo’ Experience will take place on Saturday 20th and Sunday 21st of October and from 27th to 1st November from 11.30am to 4.30pm. 

Spirits of Meath Halloween Festival, Meath 


In Meath, the Spirits of Meath Halloween Festival runs from the 6th of October to the 4th of November. In fact, Samhain, the ancient Celtic Festival that we now call Halloween, originated in Co. Meath more than 2,000 years ago. With over 35 events to chiise from you are certainly going to find something for all the family.

Kennedy’s Pumpkin Patch  

Kennedy’s Pumpkin Patch will be open this year on the 21st, 22nd 28th, 29th and 30th of October from 11am to 5pm each day. No booking necessary. Pumpkins are priced based on size SMALL- 5euro, MEDIUM- 10euro and LARGE 15euro. Tea/coffee and cupcakes, pumpkin carving sets, face painting and other HALLOWEEN TREATS, all individually priced are on offer every day. All little ghosts, witches and goblins welcome!

Galway Aboo, Galway


The Galway Aboo Halloween Festival takes place across Galway from Friday 26th to Monday 29th of October 2018. It is the country’s largest Halloween Festival and plays host to a number of activities and events so promises to be a superb weekend for all ages.

Spooktakular Boo, Dublin Zoo

Dublin Zoo hosts its annual Spooktacular Boo on Saturday the 31st October from 10am to 5.30pm. Creepy arts and crafts, spine-chilling keeper talks and spooky face painting are on offer with monster music on the Great Lawn as well as many other festive activities.