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Fun Family Events for October and Halloween in the South West

Feels like the kids are only back in school, and we are looking forward to the mid-term break already! Here are some of the fun family events in Kerry, Tipperary & Clare, for October and Halloween.

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On 30th glór have a Halloween Masks and Storytelling Workshop with Emma Fisher.  Make a spooky story with Emma Fisher from Beyond the Bark Theatre. Make and take away a scary mask, just in time for trick or treating fun.

Workshops, Arts and Crafts, Festivals and More at The Hunt Museum

Arts Hunt LimerickThe Hunt Museum in Limerick has a great line up for October. Crafts include drop in Arts & Crafts every Saturday 10.15 – 11.15, Learning to Draw What you See Saturdays 10 – 2,  Early Years Arts and Crafts every Friday 11am – 12.30pm.

On the first Sunday of the Month is a Kids Arts & Craft Club. The “Dream & Do” – Design Through Clay Workshop is on Saturdays 1 – 2.30 with local artist Clare Jordan.  “Dream and Do” uses clay to reflect on shape, form and texture. Participants will design and create in clay, their own sculptural piece utilising ceramic skills received through the workshop.

As part of the Open House Architecture Festival , on the 20th, Ar-Kid-Tecture workshop will give kids the chance to learn about architecture through arts and crafts.

Thurles Halloween Festival

Thurles Halloween Festival has concerts, workshops, street entertainment, parades and more leading up to a Halloween fireworks display on the 31st. Great variety of events during the week!

Feile Eile Children’s Arts Festival

Organised by Music in the Glen and supported by the Arts Council and Tipp County Council, Feile Eile has a fantastic line-up of events for children (most of them free) during the 3 week period.

Clonacody House

Conacody House in Fetard are having a Halloween Howls event on 27th – 2 hrs of fun …disco ..face painting ..spooky hollow walk …baked goods and chocolate apples for sale…Goody bag for each child with accompanying adult…

East Clare Walking Festival

Come along to the East Clare Walking Festival on 4th – 6th October to experience & marvel at the wild beauty of the area. There will be 3 graded/guided walks and a boat trip/guided walk on Holy Island daily, as well as family walks in Whitegate & many East Clare villages on Sunday.

Halloween at the Hunt

halloween hunt LimerickThe Hunt Museum in Limerick knows how to celebrate Halloween in style!  Things get hairy & scary on The Spooky Tour on 26th & 30th, its the Croagh School of Music Halloween Party on 27th – Listen to their performance of Halloween hits!

Try Jack O’Latern carving – design and carve your own pumpkin on 26th, & a Family Halloween Tweasure Hunt on the 30th – tweasure hunters will tour some of Limerick’s museums to get the answers to questions and prove that you’ve completed the quests!

Dingle Food & Wine Festival

Highlights of the 2013 Dingle Peninsula Food Festival include a taste trail in over 60 outlets, live cookery demonstrations in the beautiful old St. James church along with food workshops, where you can learn about coffee, chocolate making, bee keeping, hen keeping and cheese making.

Last year’s free children’s entertainment included pizza making classes on the Big Blue bus, a Hungry Caterpillar picnic and a Mad Hatter’s tea party. There will be live music and on street entertainment. The Dingle Food Festival will once again host the finals of the prestigious Blas na hEireann, National Irish Food Awards.

Halloween at Bunratty Castle

pumpkins-250The Halloween Holiday adventure takes place at Bunratty Castle and Folk Park on the October Bank Holiday Monday from 1.00 pm to 5.00 pm. This year’s Halloween horror promises to be an action packed adventure with lots of spooky tricks and scary treats for all the family.

Children and parents can get into the ‘spirit’ of things by taking part in our scary costume competition. Free face-painting will be provided in the barn on arrival so haunting can be at it’s scariest during the afternoon.

Portmagee Sea Shanty & Pirates Weekend

The Portmagee Sea Shanty & Pirates Weekend promises a great weekend of music, pirates and all things nautical. Featuring performances by international sea shanty groups, informal bar sessions, a street parade of pirates and pipers alongwith activities for all the family. There will be activities for all the family on a nautical and smuggling theme – including kids treasure hunt, fancy dress parade, pirate ship rides, face painting etc.

Annual Spleodar Halloween Arts Festival

Spleodar brings light, sound and excitement to the streets of Nenagh around Halloween time with drama, workshop and street entertainment for families and children.  Watch out for fireworks, the famously scary haunted tour through Nenagh’s notorious old gaol and a fantastic selection of children’s theatre and hands-on arts and craft activity.

Halloween Knocknagoshel South WestKnocknagoshel Halloween Festival

Knocknagoshel Halloween Festival is a ghost trail where ghouls, vampires, were wolves and witches take over the Well Road for a few hours from 6.30pm onwards.  It is a festival of all things spooky, brought to you by Mindana and local volunteer groups. Smaller children should be accompanied by an adult.

Halloween Steam & Drama

Enjoy a Halloween Special Steam Railway Ride with seasonal children’s entertainment by The Crack’d Spoon Theatre Company at the West Clare Railway, on 31st October from 5 to 7pm. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Halloween Camp at Clares Crafty Creations

Clare’s ‘SPOOKY’ Halloween Camp runs from Tuesday 29th October – Friday 1st November. We will have lots of Halloween Fun & Games, Face Painting,Pumpkin Carving, Halloween Crafts & Baking Tasty Halloween Treats!

Halloween Howl

Come to Kenmare’s Halloween Howl for the real sprit of Halloween. Be entertained, startled by the unexpected, alarmed by ghostly things that go bump in the night as headless riders thunder throughout the town.  Experience the Haunted Forest and House, spooky bus, storytelling, fancy dress discos, scary movies or sign up for Halloween activities and camps on land and sea. Take part in the Halloween Howl parade and traditional games on Halloween Night. Ghoulish fun for everyone, it’s going to be a scream.

More Halloween Fun….

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Slugs&SnailsHalloweenTights

Slugs & Snails have been making tights for boys for a while now and have gotten very good at creating very cool designs!! Check out these ones for Halloween!!

Their tights are made exclusively from a luxurious secret special cotton which is flexible and soft and they only use yarns and manufacturing processes which are Oeko-Tex® Standard 100 certified.

The Slugs & Snails collection has 13 different designs in 7 different sizes – so treat your little man to a practical piece of fashion today!!!

Are you planning or did you get to any of these events? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below

Related : Lots more fun Halloween ideas in 50 Halloween Activities for Kids, 10 Fun Halloween Crafts for Kids, 10 Spookily Easy Halloween recipes and Spooktacular Halloween Costume Ideas for Kids.

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