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.
In Carlow, the Magical Land of Oz is being terrorised by the wicked witch of the west at Rathwood. Take a journey through the spooky forest on the Rathwood Express and pick out and carve your very own pumpkin! The event runs from Friday the 23rd of October to Saturday the 31st of October and lasts approximately 1 hour. Tickets are €10 for children (babies under 12 months are free) and €6 per adult.
In Cavan, the Virginia Pumpkin Festival runs from the 23rd to the 26th of October 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 in County Clare has lots of fun activities planned for Halloween on Bank Holiday Monday the 26th of October 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. Admission is from 12-6pm on the day and normal rates apply with no additional charge for the entertainment. Or for the spookiest Halloween party in the West, check out the vistor centre at the Cliffs of Moher (https://www.cliffsofmoher.ie/a-spooktacular-halloween-at-the-cliffs-of-moher/) where a fun-filled afternoon is planned from 12-4pm on Sunday the 1st of November.
The INEC in Killarney showcases The Ghost Story, an interactive kids show, on the 1st of November. Ticket prices are €8 for children and €10 for adults with a family of 4 costing €30. It’s free for Gleneagle residents.
From the team that brought you the Cork North Pole Outpost Experience comes something new for 2015 – Lord Ghoulsley’s Manor. Located in Cuskinny, Cobh, Co. Cork this exciting event runs from 17th October to the 1st of November daily from 3-8pm and lasts approximately 1 hour. Tickets are €13 per person (adults and children). In Dungourney, Co. Cork Leahy’s Open Farm will host the “Boo” experience from the 25th October to the 2nd of November from 2-5pm. Normal ticket prices are €9 per person and there is an extra €3 payable per child for the Boo experience.
In Meath, the Spirits of Meath Halloween Festival runs from the 16th of October to the 1st 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. It is also worth checking out Kennedy’s Pumpkin Patch near Julianstown. The Patch will be open this year on the 24th 25th, 26th and the 27th 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 plays hosts to the country’s largest Halloween Festival. The Galway Aboo Halloween Festival takes place in the medieval streets of Galway’s Latin Quarter on Saturday 24th, Sunday 25th and Saturday 31st of October 2015 and there will be a number of activities and free events so it promises to be a superb weekend for all ages.
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. They are also holding kids interactive workshops on the 28th and 29th of October for children aged 6-12 years. Or maybe take the Croke Park Trick or Treat Halloween Tour. From Saturday 24th – Saturday 31st October the GAA Museum will host these special tours which will take place at 12.30pm and 2.30pm during mid-term break (with an extra tour at 10.30 on Saturday 24th and 31st October). The tours are aimed at families and younger visitors and will involve a treasure hunt as part of the stadium tour – guess the answer to the clue to collect a pumpkin, with treats for all at the end of the tour!
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