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 done our research and have 15 Frighteningly Free Halloween Things for Families to Do this Midterm in counties around Ireland.

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#1. Free Halloween Disco at Meeting House Square, Dublin 2

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Get in the spooky spirit at Dracula’s Disco on October 30th 2017 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.

The disco is part of the Bram Stoker Festival which takes place in various venues in Dublin from October 27th to 30th 2017. There are loads of events for families taking place during the day and at night. Check out the Bram Stoker festival page for full details.

#2. Free Halloween Events at The National Museums

national musuem of Ireland at halloweenCheck 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 2017, a free haunted forest walk in Marlay Park on October 29th. The event is free but you must collect a wristband at dlr Co Co Markets in Marlay Park from October 21st to 28th. The Haunted Woods will be open between 3.30pm and 8.30pm on October 29th. 

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

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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 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 25th 2017.

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 29th 2017 with their spectacular giant models and a host of characters straight form your imagination with the premiere of Port nabPúcái, an adaptation of an Irish Wake. The parade departs from NUIG at 5.30pm.

Macnas then travel to Dublin to perform Memory Song, as part of the Bram Stoker Festival. The parade departs Moore Street at 5.30pm and follows a route around the narrow streets of the Northside!

#6. Imagine Arts Festival Waterford

Free Halloween Things for Families to Do Imagine Arts Festival

The Imagine Arts Festival takes place from October 21st to 30th 2017 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

Drop into Banagher Library, Offaly from October 28th to 31st for FREE Halloween Arts and Crafts.

#7. The Dragon of Shandon Festival Cork

Free Halloween Things for Families to do Dragon of Shandon Festival

The Dragon of Shandon Festival includes a Halloween Parade on October 31st 2017 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 27th to 30th, 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

Free Halloween Things for Families to do 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 halloween things for families to do during the festival.

#10. The Galway Aboo Festival, Galway

Free Halloween Fun for Families Macnas Parade Galway

The Galway Aboo Festival takes place from October 27th to 31st  2017 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! As part of the festival you can also enjoy a Zombie Chase in Salthill on October 28th from 2pm.

#11. Wexford Fringe Festival, Wexford

Free Halloween Fun Wexford Fringe Festival

The 65th Annual Wexford Fringe Festival takes place from October 19th to November 5th. 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

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The Sligo Live Festival of Music takes place from October 25th to 30th. 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

free halloween things for families to do Conamara Sea Week

Conamara Sea Week runs from October 22nd  to 30th 2017 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 28th – 31st October 2017. 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.

#25. Halloween Monster Mash & Fireworks Display, Belfast

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Join in the Halloween fun at this year’s Halloween Monster Mash and Fireworks Display in Belfast on October 29th 2017. 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

Free Halloween things for families to do

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