Fun Family Events for October and Halloween in Dublin

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 events that caught our eye, in Dublin, for October and Halloween.

The Ark Storytelling

Enter a world of books, illustrations and words in The Ark’s Telling Tall and Tiny Tales experience, running during the mid-term break from 29th Oct – 2nd Nov, and every weekend in November.

During the midterm there will be Halloween-themed storytelling every day, spooky books to read and a special Halloween storytelling event in The Ark’s theatre with Niall de Búrca. Come dressed up in your Halloween costume! See for more details.

A Trip to the Wax Museum

The Chamber of Horrors will be brought to life!  Real live characters telling stories of Count Dracula & Frankensteins monster while the count lies sleeping in his coffin & come alive before your very eyes!!

Halloween at the Chocolate Warehouse

For a truly tempting treat during mid-term – the Chocolate Warehouse are having 2 hour interactive Chocolate Workshops.  Walk down Spooky Lane if you dare before viewing the mini chocolate factory.  Visitors get to decorate & package chocolates to take home!

Butlers Chocolate Experience

All treat and no trick is on at the Butlers Chocolate Experience in Clonshaugh from Saturday 26th October – Thursday 31st October. 

This ghostly gathering promises to be frightfully enjoyable fun for all the family!  All visitors should come dressed in their scariest Halloween costume to be in with a chance to win a prize!



UCD Sports are running their Halloween Camp again this year.  It promises to be a week full of Tricks & Treats, introducing sports/activities for kids in a safe and fun environment.

Learn about the animals of Halloween at interactive workshops in Dublin Zoo.  You can even make your own witch's broomstick.  Suitable for 6-12 year olds & pre-booking is essential.

David Lloyd Riverview are running their popular Halloween camps.  Full of tricks and treats, including musical games, arts & crafts, costume competitions & prized for the best dressed.


There are some interesting festivals happening around Dublin in October. The Bram Stoker Festival  is a 3 day festival for all the family with walking tours through the lane-ways and hidden steps of the Victorian macabre aspect of the city.  Plus literary workshops on horror writing suitable for teens and adults.

The Children's Book Festival also takes place again this October, with many events taking place across Dublin.

More Halloween Fun…

Dublin Zoo’s annual Boo at the Zoo takes places on 27th & 28th October. Two fun filled days full of special tricks and treats for families and friends. Creepy arts and crafts, spine chilling keeper talks & spooky face painting

Why not try pumpkin carving at the Seamus Ennis Cultural Centre in Naul?  On 29th October, each child will carve a pumpkin for their doorstep using stencils.

Applegreen Motorway Service on the M1 Lusk are holding a free Family Fun Day on 27th October. With face painting, balloon modellers, childrens entertainers & spot prizes for the best Halloween costume – from 11am-3pm.

The National Print Museum are holding Mini Monster Printmaking.  Children will use their hands, craft paint & materials to print and create some fearsome mini-monsters! Suitable for ages 4-7.

OWLS Children's Nature Charity are holding some fun events this October, including a Conker Championship, Birdfeeder Making and a Halloween Camp. What a lovely way to enjoy our natural surroundings this Autumn.

See the fabulous display of decorated pumkins at the Spooktacular Pumkin Exhibition in the Botanic Gardens on 30th October.  Lots of additional fun family events such as Meet the Witch & Web of Wonder with some Spine-Chilling Storytelling!

Are you planning or did you get to any of these events? 

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