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Things to Do with Kids Around Ireland Halloween 2014

Are you looking for family things to do in Ireland this Halloween? Here’s our pick of Things to Do with Kids Around Ireland Halloween 2014.

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Dublin

The ArkIt’s all about music at The Ark this Halloween. Learn to make a ghost train riff and other funky sounds at the The Ghost Train Blues Workshop, or bring your instrument along and join in the Halloween Pop Jam Music Sessions taking place. Be careful you don’t scare yourself silly, trying the instruments and making spooky sounds in Dracula’s Basement Spooky Sounds Lab! Lean to rap at the Grizzly Graveyard Rapping workshop, Make Your own Deadly Dance  Track, or enjoy the Monster Music Mash in the Halloween zone.

Plenty of Halloween Camps taking place too. The Pine Forest Art Centre is running a Halloween Art and Craft camp, and if your kids enjoy Lego, then they will love the Createschool Brick Flicks Halloween camps for 8-13yrs.

There’s a Feast of Free activities at the National Museum of Ireland, this Halloween. At National Museum of Ireland-Decorative Arts & History, learn about Irish Halloween traditions, games and more at the drop-in activity, running from 1st-31st Oct. Create your own city plan in the City Makers workshop on 30th Oct, and discover the science and magic behind glass-making at See Through History, in family activity area from 1st-30th Nov.

National_Museum_Halloween_-_Shadow_puppetsThe National Museum of Ireland-Archaeology is celebrating Valhalla’ween this mid-term in a variety of Viking workshops. Explore the exciting legends and beliefs of the Vikings through shadow puppetry on the 25th Oct; Make your own Viking brooch at the Rust in Peace workshop on 26th Oct: Meet Ragnar the Viking, and hear stories of Viking Dublin on 29th; See various characters from Viking Dublin in the Viking Nightmares workshop and make Viking Raven Masks, both on 30th Oct.

At National Museum of Ireland-Natural History get up close to some of the largest teeth and scariest skulls in the animal kingdom, at Scary Skulls activity on 25th Oct. Also on 25th, join zoologist Catherine McGuinness to learn more about elephants in Elephacts workshop to celebrate Dublin Elephant Month. Meet a zoologist and learn about all the animals hiding, from bats to creepy crawlies, in the Dead Zoo’s Creepy Creatures tour on 26th Oct.

imaginosityCalling all story lovers and book worms. Imaginosity, Dublin Children’s Museum, will host its 4th Annual Festival of Stories this Halloween mid-term, with 9 days of literary-themed events, activities, special guests, children’s authors and illustrators and lots more! Also, the HOCUS POCUS Halloween Camp runs from 25th – 31st Oct, and includes 5 days of witch-y wizard-y fun with potions, lotions and lots of interactive, creative magic.

Jackula, The Halloween Show, a fun family magic and juggling show, takes places on 31st Oct at Pavilion Theatre. There are Halloween Lantern MakingMonsters of The Sea, & Pumpkin Carving workshops at the The Seamus Ennis Centre, The Naul.


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Halloween at Powerscourt (2)Spooky Fest kicks off at Powerscourt Estate  on 25th Oct with the 3rd annual spooky walk. The ghosts and ghouls of the estate(and Imaginosity!), are creeping out into the haunted woods of Powerscourt gardens, and brave families will be sure to encounter some creepy characters along their walk! On 26th & 27th, get creative at the Halloween Party & Pumpkin Carving, where kids can prepare, design and carve a pumpkin into something festive and fun. Advance Booking required.

Spooky “Paranorman” is showing at Mermaid Arts Centre, Bray on 31st Oct, to get the kids in the Halloween mood! Escape to some nice, bright, seasonal fun at Killruddery, including selecting your pumpkin, getting it carved, and making a scarecrow. Have you got what it take to make it through Glenart Castle’s Haunted Forest & ride the Ghost Train?!

There’s tricks, treats and tons of terror for all the family at Wicklow’s Historic Gaol this Halloween, including scary spider search, face-painting, terrifying touch(yuck!), and a fancy dress competition.


midlands

belevederehalloweenspookwalksIn Westmeath, go ahead and scream at the Belvedere House Halloween Festival! Can you survive a journey through the Forest of Fear, a visit to the Cellars of Despair and a meeting with The Wicked Earl, on the guided spook walks on 24-27th Oct, at 7pm?! There’s frightful family fun at the Halloween Treasure Hunt on 26th & 27th Oct, and partake in the Halloween Scarecrow Competition, running all week.

In Kildare, if your kids enjoy Lego, then they will love the Createschool Brick Flicks Halloween workshops, taking place on 1st Nov at The Riverbank Arts Centre, where children will be able to build sets, film, edit and create soundscapes as they make their favourite Lego character come to life! Also in Kildare, head along to Lullymore for the fright of your life, if you dare!

In Offaly, the Hullabaloo! Children’s Arts Festival returns to Birr Theatre this October, with workshops and live performances for all the family.

In Laois, join Jackula on 25th Oct in Dunmaise Arts Centre, on a spooktacular quest to become the world’s most magical vampire, in this fun magic and juggling show that all the family will enjoy.


north east

pumpkins-180In Cavan, the Virginia Pumpkin Festival takes place from the 24th – 27th October this year and offers four days and nights of spooky pumpkin fun and entertainment. As well as the Giant Pumpkin Weigh-in, this festival has something for all the family including a Haunted Forest Walk, Street Theatre & Music, Children’s Fancy Dress Party, Walking Treasure Hunt, Grand Carnival Festival Parade, Spectacular Fireworks Display & Ireland’s largest Fancy Dress Party.

In Meath, enjoy some fright by night, and some fun by day, in the Spirits of Meath festival, running from 17th Oct – 2nd Nov. For family fun, pick your own pumpkin and get your face painted in Fordstown, experience Knight Fright in Trim, join in the Halloween Hunt in Slane, get spooked at Causey Farm,  and brave the spine-chilling House of Horrors experience at Tayto Park. There’s also Gooey Gruesome Art & Drama workshops, Halloween Arts & Crafts, Cookery workshops and lots more too!

In Louth, see Tumble Circus latest show, at Droichead Arts Centre, on 25th Oct – a tale about making the circus, and it’s hard annoying reality.


north west

Mad Hatter HawkswellIn Sligo, the Hawks Well Theatre hosts the Mad Hatter Festival, Now in it’s 3rd year, the Mad Hatters children’s festival of theatre, presents the finest selection of shows from Ireland and beyond in Sligo. Step into a world of theatre for young people…into a world of fun, creativity and wonder for the whole family. Events include The Tragical Life of Cheeseboy, TINY for babies, Losha, Jackula, and the Createschool Brick Flicks Workshop.

In Roscommon, don’t miss the Lough SpooKey Halloween Festival, when Lough Key Forest Park is transformed from 25th Oct to 2nd Nov. There’s a full programme of events including, Pumpkin Carving, Balloon modelling, Halloween Craft & Baking, spooky walks for 3-10 yrs, and for the over 12’s, there’s frights guaranteed as you explore the Tale of Rockingham Past. On 30th, join in the Witch & Monster Treasure Hunt, and on 31st, get dressed up and enjoy the day of Halloween activities.

In Mayo, drop into the National Museum of Ireland – Country Life, and hear about Hallowe’en customs from long ago and make spooky decorations at the Halloween Decorations drop-in workshop on 29th & 30th Oct from 2-4pm. The RoolaBoola Children’s Arts Festival takes places from 24th – 27th Nov in Castlebar, with children’s theatre, music, & dance shows, book readings, and hands-on workshops. Westport House Halloween Fest runs from 25th – 31st Oct, with lots of hauntingly-good fun planned!


galway

Vodafone_comedy_carnivalHave a laugh at the Vodafone Comedy Festival taking place from 16th – 27th Oct – there’s Comedy for Kids, the Amazing Bubbleman, Silent discos, and there’s plenty of events for the parents too!

At Galway Atlantaquaria, children will feel the Power of some spooky science, Explore the Deep Sea, Investigate deadly predators, and Experiment with slime and goo at the Halloween Camp for 7-12 yrs running October 28th – 30th.

Head to Brigit’s Garden for a spooktacular spookarific treasure hunt all week during holidays, and on 30th Oct, dress up in costume, for the Halloween Storytelling & Bonfire, which includes spooky treasure hunt, mask making, apple fishing, and music and stories.

There’s plenty to do at the Galway City Museum Halloween events line-up, including a 3-day Teen Film Camp, revisiting Galway’s Ghosts; Beady Pockets craft workshop on 29th Oct; And on 31st Oct, learn about the gruesome side of Galway’s history at the Archaeology Workshop, hearing all about skulls, plagues and sieges! Afterwards make a Halloween mask and play traditional Halloween games.

Experience a thrilling spooky wooky experience for all the family at Burren Nature Sanctuary on 25th Oct.


south west

Bunratty Castle - MunsterIn Clare, join in the fun, and be part of the “spine chilling, fear wrenching” Halloween event at Bunratty Castle & Folk Park on 27th Oct! There’s lots to do! Free face painting on arrival, then enjoy musical time travel with Celtic Halloween experience. Young ‘spooks’ can enjoy snap apple, coin bobbing, & story telling, in farmhouses around the Folk Park, & “The Great Padini”(magician) will perform shows to impress even the most accomplished witches and warlocks! There’s a Fancy Dress Competition too, so be sure to go dressed up!

At Glor Theatre Ennis, the International Picture & Words Storytelling festival(PAWS) takes place on 25th Oct, and highlights art, storytelling, literature, comics, education, the Irish language, film, theatre, traditional storytelling and other media in which stories are told. There will be bilingual PAWS workshops for 5-13yrs, and stalls from comic creators, poets, novelists, illustrators, book publishers etc. On 28th & 29th Createschool Stop Motion workshop takes places for 8 – 12 yrs. There’s Mask Making workshops on 30th, & on 31st don’t miss The Gruffalo, Live on stage.

In Kerry prepare for a fright at Knocknagoshel Halloween Festival – a ghost trail where ghouls, vampires, werewolves and witches take over the Well Road for a few hours from 6:30 onwards

In Tipperary, the annual Spleodar Festival promises a fantastic line-up of workshops and events including theatre, film, music, dance and visual art for all the family to enjoy during the Halloween midterm break, including Haunted Tour, and fireworks display.


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clarejordan-ceramics2Clare Jordan Ceramics Kids Create Halloween Craft Camp, encourages creativity, and learning new skills including Ceranics & Making Silver Jewellery. From Oct 28th – 30th.

If you haven’t yet been to visit King John’s Castle, go experience Limerick’s history as you never have before. Enjoy magnificent views and imagine a Norman soldier’s life in this medieval fortress. Reach out and touch the past through a wide range of new technologies and join in the living interpretation and re-enactment with costumed guides who reveal the secrets and scandals of castle life.

Hunt MuseumLet your kids spend some spooky days doing wicked arts and crafts, ghostly gallery activities and fiendishly fun art, at the Halloween Camp Haunted Hunt at The Hunt Museum  from 29th – 31st Oct.


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createschool brick flick halloweencampsLego-mad youngsters will love bringing their favourite Lego characters to life at the Createschool Brick Flicks Halloween workshops, taking place on 25th Oct at Lifetime Lab. Children will be able to build sets, film, edit and create soundscapes as they make their own Lego movie!

Don your boots and wellies and hike around the estate at Longueville House in search of edible mushroom varieties in a Mushroom Hunt, which is suited for all ages. Also in Lifetime Lab, there’s a spectacular spooky science camp taking place on 28th & 29th Oct.

Nightmare Realm is an extreme walk-through haunted event preying on your deepest fears and nightmares and twisting them into a deadly reality – it’s not for the faint of heart and younger people may need to be supervised by an adult.


south east

boopumpkinIn Kilkenny, the Savour Kilkenny Food Festival runs from 24th – 27th October. Nore Valley Park‘s annual Halloween event is not to be missed, it includes a torch light treasure hunt, SCARE maze, bonfire with toasted marshmallows and a fancy dress competition!

In Wexford, the Dare to Scare tours return to Wells House & Gardens from 25th – 31st Oct. If you’re brave enough, guests are invited to enter the realms of another world at the Loftus Hall Halloween Tours. A very Gorey Halloween is on offer in the appropriately named Wexford town of ‘Gorey’ this year, Halloween in Gorey is jam packed with fun events for all the family and the programme promises a spectacular celebration of the spooky season.

In Carlow, take an enchanted trip through the spooky forest, and meet lots of interesting characters, on Rathwood Gift & Garden World’s Halloween Train, and meet lots of interesting characters. Collect your free pumpkin get it carved by the witches on the train.


northern ireland

Carnevil at MACHave a spooktacular time at the MAC, Belfast this Halloween, including a CarnEVIL workshop, where your little monsters can become a Freakish Fortune Teller, experience mystifying makeovers, and play gory games with our MACabre artists. Visit the Palace of MACabre and experience all things weird and wonderful. Other events include story-telling, Creepy Characters, and Halloween fun just for tots in Baby Boo!

Head to Belfast Zoo for a fun-filled day of eerie activities at Boo at the Zoo on 31st Oct. Events include “hallzooween trail”, spooky storytelling with Mr Hullabaloo, creepy crafts, bat talks, pumpkin carving and fancy dress competitions. U18 Free admission if dressedup!

Frightening family awaits, with eerie tales around the fire at the Ulster American Folk Park from 25th – 31st Oct. Other events include traditional Halloween games, pumpkin carving, seasonal crafts, and torchlight tours(8+ yrs).

Halloween at Navan Centre & Fort  is always a special family event, with Little Spooks enjoying puppet show, boo barn, Frankenstein’s workshop and more. And for older kids there’s Extreme Spooks(14+yrs).

Related : Lots more Halloween Fun ideas here, including costume ideas, recipes, party games etc.!

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