Spooktacular Things To Do In Ireland This Halloween

By Liberty Insurance Ireland on 28 October 2016
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Still haven’t decided what you’re doing this weekend? Don’t panic. There are hundreds of events happening up and down the country, just some of which we’ve listed here. And if you’re planning on driving anywhere this weekend, then please remember, as well as being dark, there’ll be lots of little goblins, ghouls and witches about too. So please take extra care on the roads #DriveSafer

Connacht

Galway Aboo Halloween Festival, Galway Latin Quarter, 28th – 31st October
Best for: all ages

What is it? The country’s largest Halloween Festival, it includes a Monster Dash on Saturday and a petrifying parade on Sunday. Dress up!

Vodafone Comedy Carnival, Galway, 26th – 31st October
Best for: over 18s, plus some family shows available

What is it? Get some light relief from spooks and scares at this annual laugh-fest, taking place in various venues around Galway city. Just some of the big names include Tommy Tiernan, Jason Manford, David O’Doherty and the Rubberbandits. Booking essential.

Bonfire & Storytelling at Brigit’s Garden, Galway, 29th – 30th October
Best for: families

What is it? Samhain fun for all the family with fancy dress, ghostly games, spooky Celtic storytelling and a special Halloween bonfire with the Púca. Booking essential.

Mayo Dark Sky Festival, Newport, Co Mayo, 28th – 30th October
Best for: all ages

What is it? For stargazers and astronomers, it’s a festival to celebrate Ireland’s first Gold Tier International Dark Sky Park. Activities include talks from renowned astronomers, evening observation at the dark sky venue, hourly planetarium shows and activities for budding astronomers of all ages.

Halloween Fest 2016, Westport House, Westport, Mayo, 29th – 31st October
Best for: families

What is it? Frightening fun the whole family, including a haunted house, face painting, story time with the White Witch, Spooky Spoons Workshop, Thriller Dance Workshop and a Moving Statues Disco. Booking essential.

Spooktastic Halloween Event, Glendeer Pet Farm, Curryroe, Drum, Co Roscommon, 29th October – 6th November
Best for: families

What is it? Family fun where you and the kids can cast spells with a scary witch, toast marshmallows over an open fire, enter the eerie maze and be scared by ghosts and ghouls.

Scare in the Park, Sligo Folk Farm, Millview House, Riverstown, Sligo, 28th & 30th October
Best for: families

What is it? Spread out over the Park, organisers promise plenty of scares and surprises, including fancy dress, trick or treating, arts and crafts, games and prizes, music and dancing, pumpkin carving and the must-see haunted Millview House.

Lough SpooKey Halloween Fest, Lough Key, Boyle, Co Roscommon, 29th October – 6th November
Best for: families

What is it? Festive homemade ghoulish delights, spot prizes for the best costume and a Halloween Colouring Competition throughout the week are just some of the SpooKey things in store.

Shadow Play Halloween Workshop, The Dock, Carrick-on-Shannon, Co Leitrim, 29th October
Best for: families

What is it? A family fun Halloween workshop, full of mystery, which explores the wonderful world of shadows and uncovers what lurks in the dark. Booking essential.

 

Ulster

The Virginia Pumpkin Festival, Virginia, Co. Cavan, 28th – 31st October
Best for: all ages

What is it? A Grand Festival Parade, a Fireworks Display along the lakeshore and what organisers say is Ireland's largest Fancy Dress Party.

2016 Pumpkin Carving Competition & Pumpkin Parade, Bundoran, Co Donegal, 1st November
Best for: all ages

What is it? Exactly what it says on the tin. A pumpkin carving competition and parade, with prizes for the best costume too.

A Traditional Celtic Halloween, Glenveagh National Park & Castle, Co Donegal, 30 October – 4 November
Best for: all ages

What is it? Visit the enchanted castle, enjoy a torch-lit nighttime walk, see what the craft stalls have to offer and get up close and personal with real birds of prey.

 

Leinster

Huntington Castle, Clonegal, Co Carlow, 27th – 31st October
Best for: all ages

What is it? A candlelit tour of the 17th Century castle and dungeons, where ghostly monks have been known to wander. Bring a torch and wear a costume. Booking essential.

Hook Lighthouse, Hook Head, Wexford, 29th & 30th October
Best for: teens and adults

What is it? Ghostly lantern-led tours of the oldest intact lighthouse in the world. You’ll hear tales of the paranormal and get a nighttime view of the graveyard of 1,000 ships. Definitely not for anyone of a nervous disposition. Booking essential.

Pooka Spooka, Causey Farm, Co Meath, 29th October – 1st November
Best for: families

What is it? An eclectic collection of spine-tingling events around the farm, including a broomstick ride, tunnel of terror, magician, games and crafts, a scarecrow maize, hayrides, pumpkin carving, limb throwing and more.

Samhain Fire Festival, The Fair Green Athboy, Co. Meath, October 31st
Best for: teens and adults

What is it? Samhain, the ancient Celtic Festival that we now call Halloween, originated at Tlachtga more than 2,000 years ago. The Celtic ceremony has been revived, starting with a torch lit procession from the Fair Green in Athboy to the top of the Hill of Tlachtga, where fires will be lit and the pageantry will take place.

Dublin Marathon, Fitzwilliam Square to Merrion Square, 30th October
Best for: all ages

What is it? A feel-good day out for the whole family, even if you don’t know anyone taking part. Starting at 9am from Fitzwilliam Square and finishing up at Merrion Square, expect lots of smiles, cheering and goodwill along the route.

Bram Stoker Festival, Various Dublin venues, 28th – 31st October
Best for: all ages

What is it? Taking the legacy of Dublin horror novelist and Dracula author Bram Stoker as inspiration, horror fans can enjoy four days and nights of living stories and deadly adventures including music, poetry, a pop-up park and a horror expo.

Children’s Twilight Tales, Glasnevin Cemetery, Glasnevin, 27th – 31st October
Best for: families

What is it? A tour of the famous cemetery, with plenty of spooky surprises along the way. For children with a taste for the macabre.

Halloween Happenings, Lullymore Heritage & Discovery Park, Kildare, 29th October – 4th of November
Best for: families

What is it? Haunted Holograms, Terror Train Trips, Zombie Attacks, Terror Treasure Hunts and freaky fun in the Funky Forest are just some of the activities on offer. There are also daily prizes for the best fancy dress costumes.

Shankhill Castle Scarefest, Paulstown, Kilkenny, 29th – 31st October
Best for: all ages

What is it? A genuinely scary night time ghost tour and a murder mystery dinner for grown-ups, a terrifying twilight tour for teens and a magical ghost tour for the kids, there’s something for everyone at this haunted Kilkenny castle.

Pumpkin Trail, Birr Castle, Co Offaly, 29th – 31st October
Best for: kids

What is it? A Halloween trail of pumpkins that will lead you through the enchanted gardens of Birr Castle. There’s a “fangtastic” treat for those who can find all of the pumpkins and solve the Halloween mystery, free face painting and prizes for the best fancy dressed boy and girl.

Belvedere Halloween Treasure Hunt 2016, Mullingar, Co Westmeath 29th – 31st October
Best for: kids

What is it? All participants are be given a treasure map and clues that will lead them around the estate, where they will encounter ghoulish characters along the way.

 

Munster

Halloween at Bunratty Castle and Folk Park, Bunratty, Co Clare, 31st October
Best for: families

What is it? Something for all the family, including a terrifying 9ft Grim Reaper, the Halloween Spook Train ride, the Hallow Scare Haunted House, creepy creatures including snakes, scorpions and lizards, traditional Halloween games, spine-tingling story telling and haunting melodies by costumed Celtic characters. And don’t miss the annual Thriller tribute, a performance of Michael Jackson’s legendary dance routine.

The Spooky Express, Waterford & Suir Valley Railway, Co Waterford, 29th October
Best for: families

What is it? A spooky, kooky, creepy, and fun thirty-minute haunted train ride through the dark, where anything can happen! Wrap up warm.

Knocknagoshel Halloween Festival, Co. Kerry, 30th October
Best for: adults and teens

What is it? Beginning at Knocknagoshel Church and finishing up at a funeral home, it’s a chilling ghost trail where participants can expect to come face to face with some truly terrifying creatures along the way. Only for the very brave.

Cork Jazz Festival, Cork, 28th – 31st October
Best for: over 18s

What is it? Some scarily good music (not just jazz) at over 60 venues around the city. Top performers include the James Taylor Quartet, Ham Sandwich, Bell XI, Picture This and Rodrigo Y Gabriela. Expect good vibes and a party atmosphere.

Oktoberfest Beag 2016, King John’s Castle, King’s Island, Limerick, 27th – 31st October
Best for: over 18s

What is it? One for the grown-ups, it’s an authentic Bavarian beer festival with everything from tasty beers to authentic German dishes to famous Bavarian Oompah Bands.

However you plan on spending the bank holiday, remember to slow down, stay alert and stay safe. #DriveSafer

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