Halloween midterm is just around the corner and with the kids off school, it can be an expensive time for parents. We have done our research and have 15 Frighteningly Free Halloween Things for Families to Do this Midterm in counties around Ireland.
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Experience great shopping, dining, special offers, free fun and family entertainment in the Heart & Soul of the city this Halloween. Come to Jervis Shopping Centre on Saturday 27th October for Topps Festival of Fun which runs from 10am to 4pm and come early to shop and socialise ahead of the spectacular Bram Stoker Festival Macnas Parade at 7pm on Monday 29th October. And don’t forget All Day Parking in Jervis Shopping Centre Carpark is just €13.
#1. Free Halloween Disco at Meeting House Square, Dublin 2
Get in the spooky spirit at Dracula’s Disco on October 29th 2018 from 2pm – 4pm 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 outdoors at Meeting House Square. This fun-packed and energetic DJ set will be perfect for young zombies, ghosts and all music-loving monsters. So put on your costume, get on your feet and have a blast! Suitable for ages 5+, entry is FREE but places are limited, so get there early.
#2. Free Halloween Events at The National Museums
Check out the Free Halloween Events and Workshops at the 4 National Museum of Ireland sites, Collins Barracks, Merrion Square, Kildare Street in Dublin and Country Life in Mayo. Including – Sacred Spells, Mummy Riddles, Val-halloween Mask Making, Spooky Stories and Something Wicked!
Also in Dublin this Halloween you can enjoy Samhain 2018, a free haunted forest walk in Marlay Park on October 28th. The event is free but you must collect a wristband at dlr Co Co Markets in Marlay Park from October 20th to 27th. The Haunted Woods will be open between 3.30pm and 8.30pm on October 28th. You can also enjoy free Candlelit Tales for Samhain at dlr Lexicon on October 30th from 7pm to 8pm.
#3. Free Halloween Events at the Virginia Pumpkin Festival, Cavan
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:
- Artisan Food & Craft Fair in the Church of Ireland grounds.
- Street Entertainment, Grand Carnival Parade and a Spectacular Fireworks Display.
- Monster Bingo Night at the Virginia Show Centre
#4. Free Halloween Ghost Trail Knocknagoshel, Kerry
Now in it’s 25th year and 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 takes place on October 28th from 6.30pm to 9.30pm
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 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.
#5. Macnas: Free Halloween Parade, Galway
Enjoy the spectacle that is the Macnas theatre company, when they return to the streets of Galway on October 28th 2018 with their spectacular giant models and a host of characters straight form your imagination. The parade departs from NUIG at 5.30pm and this year the theme is Out of the Wild Sky.
#6. Imagine Arts Festival Waterford
The Imagine Arts Festival takes place from October 18th to 28th 2018 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
- Interactive Experiences
- Music and more
#7. The Dragon of Shandon Festival Cork
The Dragon of Shandon Festival includes a Halloween Parade on October 31st 2018 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
Head to Kilkenny this Halloween midterm, October 25th to 29th, for all things food at the Savour Kilkenny Festival of Food. There are a host of events including some free events for kids and families to enjoy.
#9. The Spirits of Meath Halloween Festival, Meath
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 halloween things for families to do during the festival which takes place from October 6th to November 4th 2018.
#10. The Galway Aboo Festival, Galway
The Galway Aboo Festival takes place from October 26th to 29th 2018 in The Latin Quarter. There will be a host of free events for children and families to take part in or just come along and soak up the spooky atmosphere!
#11. Wexford Fringe Festival, Wexford
The 66th Annual Wexford Fringe Festival takes place from October 19th to November 4th. There are in excess of 300 events taking place over the duration of the festival and some free options include comedy, circus, dance, theatre, puppet shows, music, art and film.
#12. Sligo Live, Co Sligo
The Sligo Live Festival of Music takes place from October 24th to 29th 2018. 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. Conamara Sea Week, Galway
Conamara Sea Week runs from October 21st to 29th 2018 and includes events for families and kids. The highlight is the After The Light Parade, a spectacular event full of magic, mayhem and myth that is free to attend.
#14. Banks of the Foyle Halloween Festival, Derry~Londonderry
One of Europe’s largest Halloween festivals, the Banks of the Foyle Halloween Festival takes place in Derry between 25th – 29 October 2018. 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 with a monster dash, movies and an amazing Halloween Carnival Parade with fireworks over the river Foyle.
#15. Halloween Monster Mash & Fireworks Display, Belfast
Join in the Halloween fun at this year’s Halloween Monster Mash and Fireworks Display in Belfast on October 31st 2018 from 6pm to 8pm. Head along to the Titanic Slipways for Belfast’s biggest Halloween celebration with an evening of spooktacular theatre, macabre music, fascinating fireworks!Over to you now.
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