15 Frighteningly Free Halloween Things for Families to Do this Midterm

Halloween midterm is just around the corner and with the kids off school, it can be an expensive time for parents. We have teamed up with Maldron Hotels & Partners to bring you 15 Frighteningly Free Halloween Things for Families to Do this Midterm in counties around Ireland.

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#1. Free Halloween Disco at The Ark, Temple Bar, Dublin 2

Free Halloween Things to do for families The Ark

Get in the spooky spirit at Dracula’s Disco at The Ark on Bank Holiday Mon 31 Oct 11.30am-2pm with Dracula’s own DJ Will Softly spinning the decks and scratching vinyl. He will be spinning all the latest hits for you to enjoy while surrounded by the disco lights of The Ark’s theatre! This fun-packed and energetic DJ set will be perfect for young zombies, ghosts and all music-loving monsters. So get on your feet and have a blast!

Go along in costumes of any kind and make up your own graveyard dance moves. If you get tired from dancing you can take a break in their chill out area and you might even get to hear some mysterious Bram Stoker children’s tales! For ages 5+

#2. Free Halloween Events at the Virginia Pumpkin Festival, Cavan

virginia pumpkin festival

The Virginia Pumpkin Festival is an annual event held in the town of Virginia taking place at the bank holiday weekend in October. A fun packed programme of events includes these free options:

  • On October 24th there is an Artisan Food & Craft Fair from 10am to 5pm in the Church of Ireland grounds.
  • On Sunday 26th October there is Street Entertainment, Grand Carnival Parade and a  Spectacular Fireworks Display.
  • On October 26th enjoy a Monster Bingo Night at the Virginia Show Centre

This Halloween Midterm families can enjoy a break at Maldron Hotels from just €139.00.

Maldron Hotels

With so much to explore in so many great locations, you can enjoy it all from the doorstep of our family friendly hotels this Halloween. Maldron Hotels & Partners have some great restaurants at their hotels featuring a brand new kids menu, free Wi-Fi for the all-important kids devices, spacious family bedrooms and an all new Crafty Kids club at selected Maldron Hotels.
You can book your family break now at or lo-call 1850 885 885.

#3. Free Halloween Ghost Trail Knocknagoshel, Kerry

Now firmly established as Ireland’s premier outdoor Halloween festival, visitors to the Ghost Trail in Knocknagoshel on the night of Halloween can once again expect another chilling production. The one night only event will be celebrating its 21st anniversary this year and takes place on Sunday, October 26.

The Ghost Trail is organised by the Knocknagoshel Halloween Group which is a community-based non-profit organisation. All funding raised is distributed among the local participating community groups and charities. Since it began 22 years ago the Ghost Trail has raised over half a million for charities. Every year on average they collect €15,000.

The ghost trail begins at the church in Knocknagoshel. People are then taken down to meet all types ghosts, ghouls and monsters along the way until the finish up quite aptly at the funeral home.

#4. Free Halloween Events at The Bram Stoker Festival, Dublin

Bram Stocker Festival 2016

The Bram Stoker Festival takes place in various venues in Dublin from October 29th to 31st 2016. There are loads of events for families taking place during the day and at night including these Free Events:

  • Stokerland is a pop-up Victorian fun park for families and the eternally young in St. Patrick’s Park, Dublin 8 on Saturday 29th and Sunday 30th. There will be street performers, rides and attractions and admission is free for all.
  • Tales from the Shadows: Gothic Tales is a shadow puppet show on October 29th in Marsh’s Library, Dublin 8. Suitable for all ages and entry is free but on a first come first served basis.
  • Dracula’s Spooky Underground Sound Lab is on in The Ark, Dublin 2 on October 30th. Come along to this free session suitable for ages 5+ and make music with some of the weirdest instruments ever!  And enjoy the Bram Jam 2016 on October 30th & 31st. Entry free to both events, on a first come first served basis.
  • Take the Spooky Music Trail around various venues in Dublin on October 30th & 31st.
  • Take part in some live painting  with street artist Solus in Smithfield Square on October 31st for The Solus Art Installation: Urban Legends. This free event promises to be fun for all the family.

#5. Macnas: Sleep No More Free Halloween Parade, Dublin

Free Halloween Things for Families to do Macnas Parade

Galway based theatre company Macnas, will be back on the streets of Dublin on October 31st with their spectacular giant models and a host of characters straight form your imagination!

Enjoy the spectacle of the Sleep No More Parade on Henry and Moore Street from 6pm to 7pm.

#6. Imagine Arts Festival Waterford

Free Halloween Things for Families to Do Imagine Arts Festival

The Imagine Arts Festival takes place from October 20th to 30th 2016 and aims to bring exciting multi-disciplinary events showcasing the best of local, national and international arts to the streets of Waterford. Visitors can expect to see art in unusual places and on offer and suitable for all ages will be:

  • Live performances
  • Exhibitions
  • Interactive Experiences
  • Comedy
  • Storytelling
  • Music and more

#7. The Dragon of Shandon Festival Cork

Free Halloween Fun for Families Dragon of Shandon Festival

The Dragon of Shandon Festival includes a Halloween Parade on October 31st that will start at St. Anne’s Shandon and will cross the river in to the city centre. Guaranteed free halloween fun for all the family.

#8. Savour Kilkenny Festival of Food

Free halloween fun for families Savour Kilkenny

Head to Kilkenny this Halloween midterm, October 28th to 31st, for all things food at the Savour Kilkenny Festival of Food. There are a host of events including some free events for Kids Savour. 

#9. The Spirits of Meath Halloween Festival, Meath

Free Halloween Fun for Families Spirits of Meath Festival

The Spirits of Meath Halloween Festival takes place in venues across the county this Halloween. With the tag line ‘Fun by Day….Fright by Night’ it is sure to be fun for all the family. There is a small cost to some of the activities but there are also some free events including:

  • On October 30th dress up and head to The Halloween Haunted Garden at the Battle of the Boyne Visitor Centre, Oldbridge, Drogheda for some treasure hunt fun!
  • From October 8th to 30th you are invited to Alright Pumpkin in Fordstown, Co Meath to pick you own pumpkin and enjoy the Halloween Corn Maze. Entry is free and pumpkins are charged based in their weight.
  • On October 31st join the 17th Samhain Festival of Fire at Tlachtga. The procession sets off rom Fairgreen, Athboy, Co Meath at 7.30pm and this free event is suitable for all the family.

#10. The Galway Aboo Festival and Macnas Parade – Savage Grace, Galway

Free Halloween Fun for Families Macnas Parade Galway

The Galway Aboo Festival takes place from October 28th to 31st and incorporates the annual Charity Monster Dash on October 29th and the annual Macnas Halloween Parade going through the streets of Galway on October 30th from 17.30 and this year entitled Savage Grace!

If you are bats about halloween on October 30th you can enjoy a FREE Family Fun Day at Aughnanure Castle, Oughterard in association with The Galway Bat Group from 1pm to 5pm. Fancy Dress a must!

#11. Wexford Fringe Festival 2016, Wexford

Free Halloween Fun Wexford Fringe Festival

The 64th Annual Wexford Fringe Festival takes place from October 21st to November 6th. There are in excess of 300 events taking place over the 17 days and some free options include:

#12. Sligo Live, Co Sligo

Free Halloween Fun Sligo Live

The Sligo Live Festival of Music takes place from October 26th to 31st. There is music to suit all tastes and ages with over 100 performances by more than 400 musicians over the six day festival.

And best of all – 80% of the Festival events are free of charge!

#13. Laois Heritage Trail, Laois

Free Halloween Fun for Families Laois Heritage Trail

Download the app or check out the booklet and take the Laois Heritage Trail to discover parts of Co. Laois you may not have know about before. Using the audio trails as your guide visit castles, see wildlife, gardens and discover museums with many attractions offering free entry.

#14. Free Banks of the Foyle Halloween Festival, Derry

derry halloween

One of Europe’s largest Halloween festivals (this year is the 30th anniversary), the Banks of the Foyle Halloween Festival takes place in Derry between 27 – 31 October. Guildhall Square is the focus for many of the events, for kids there is face painting and balloon modelling in the square during the earlier hours.

Attractions include the Hall of Horror and a Family Funday with fortune telling, scary story telling, dance performance, face painting, arts and crafts, games, apple bobbing, gunge dipping and much more! Highlight Events of the festival include:

  • Into the Square and Out of this World 29th-31st October with Live Music, International Street Theatre, Speciality Markets on the city’s Guildhall Square from morning to night.
  • Awakening the Walls 29th and 30th October, when the City’s historic Walls give up their ghosts as over two evenings light, fire, sculpture, music and performance rouse the Walls awake in a supernatural animation trail on and around the City Walls.
  • Street Carnival Parade and Fireworks Display 31st October
  • Little Horror’s Halloween Festival 27th-31st October with a unique programme of interactive theatre, storytelling, film and music for children and young people.
  • Trick or Treat! 27th – 31st October, with local chefs and food suppliers celebrating the harvest with speciality markets, food and drink trails, interactive food tasters and demonstrations celebrating local produce.

#15. Free Halloween Monster Mash in Belfast

monster mash belfast

Join in the Halloween fun at this year’s Halloween Monster Mash in Belfast on Sunday 30th October. Head along to the Titanic Slipways for Belfast’s biggest Halloween celebration with an evening of spooktacular theatre, macabre music, fascinating fireworks! Events include

  • haunting street theatre
  • fire jugglers
  • music and
  • a stunning fireworks display.

Over to you now. Do you plan to or did you visit any of these Free Halloween Events with your child? Tell us in the comments below

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