Looking for somewhere spookily fun to take your child this Halloween? We have rounded up 25 Hauntingly Good Halloween Hangouts for Kids in Ireland this year! Visit them if you dare!
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This list is in no particular order, just places we think are too ghastly not to mention!
#1. Halloween at Birr Castle, Offaly
Birr Castle in Offaly promise tricks and treats for all the family this Halloween midterm including; a family quest with a spooky twist, dress up competitions, face painting, pumpkin trails, and seasonal arts & crafts. Halloween events take place daily from October 26th to November 3rd 2019.
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#2. Halloween Spooktacular Bugs & Slime at King Johns Castle, Limerick
Hallowe’en Spook-Tacular Bugs ‘n’ Slime Labs at King Johns Castle October 29th 2019. Planet Science Kidz Presents: Gooey Bugs n Slime, Giant Slime bubbles, Slime monsters, Slime falls; Spooky Trick or Treat Science & Test tube potions.
- Session 1: 11:00am – 12:00pm
- Session 2: 12:20pm – 1:20pm
- Session 3: 1:40pm – 2:40pm
Price €20 per child. Limited spaces available so booking in advance is highly recommended
#3. Halloween at Cool Planet Experience, Wicklow
Cool Planet Experience, Wicklow are open for tours during the Halloween mid-term break and are also hosting Spooky Science Workshops. Kids can release their mad scientist and explore the spookier side of chemistry & physics.
Workshops take place from Saturday 26th to Monday 28th October at 11am & 2pm & from Tuesday 29th to Thursday 31st October at 11am, and are suitable for ages 6 to 12 years.
#4. Halloween Treasure Hunts at Belvedere House & Gardens, Westmeath
Belvedere House and Gardens will have a host of spooky and not so spooky Halloween events for families. They include Belvedere Halloween Treasure Trails which take place on October 26th to 28th. Expect lots of fun and treats. Or, as we say to the children, expect:
“Witches and Zombies and Ghouls of all kinds
are waiting for you and your family to find
There’ll be a few frights and hard work for your treats
and laughter and fun with the Ghouls that you’ll meet
Be a little afraid and deep breaths do inhale
To prepare for the Belvedere Halloween Trail”
Booking essential. Call 044 9349060 to book your place.
#5. Creepy Creator Tours at Croke Park, Dublin
Croke Park’s GAA Museum is marking the ancient Irish festival of Samhain with Creepy Creator Tours this Halloween. Meet Cluasóg and enjoy a child-friendly stadium tour which includes a visit to the dressing rooms and a pitch-side walk where you will learn all about Croke Park.
Your creepy creator tour tickets includes entry to the GAA Museum and Interactive Games Zone. Here you can enjoy a spooky arts & crafts session and you can create your very own ceramic Halloween masterpiece, to take home, enjoy seasonal scratch art, temporary tattoo’s, test your skills in the interactive games zone and see the original Sam Maguire & Liam MacCarthy trophies!
Tickets for the Creepy Creator Tours must be booked in advance online. The tours take place from Friday October 25th to Thursday 31st 2019.
Visitors are encouraged to wear their Halloween costumes and upload their photos to instagram. The GAA Museum will give a goody bag to the three best Halloween photos!
#6. Halloween Spooktacular at The National Stud
October 26th to 31st 2019, 11am to 3pm daily – Halloween Spooktacular at The National Stud, Kildare is always great fun. Spooky Free Pony Rides on Prince, Dipper & Bertie, Terrifying Face Painting, Scariest Outfit Competition, magic shows and spooky slime workshops, the spooky tunnel experience & the opportunity to Experience the Life of a Thoroughbred, balance on the stepping stones in the Japanese Garden and take the fairy trail in St Fichara’s Garden there’s plenty of family fun to be had this Halloween at the Irish National Stud & Gardens!
#7.Lough Key SpooKey Halloween Fest, Mayo
Lough SpooKey Halloween Fest takes place this year over the Halloween mid-term break from October 26th to November 3rd at Lough Key Forest Park, Boyle, Co Roscommon.
All usual activities will be open for the mid-term break – Boda Borg becoms Boda ‘Booo’ for the week…. Adventure Play Kingdom and the Tree Canopy Trail… Zipit Forest Adventure and Lough Key Boat Tours (weather permitting) Bike Hire with Electric Bike trails and Woodland Segway glides. A Pumpkin Patch expedition with Woodland Safari
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#8. Dracula’s Disco, Dublin
Monday, 28th October 2019, 2pm – 4pm – This Halloween, The Ark presents Dracula’s Disco 2019. Dracula’s own DJ Will Softly will be back spinning the decks and scratching vinyl for the annual dance party in Meeting House Square, Dublin.
Go along in costumes and dance or listen to some mysterious Bram Stoker children’s tales! This is a free event.
#9. Halloween at Powerscourt Estate, Wicklow
Create awe-inspiring pumpkins that will enchant your neighbourhood at Powerscourt dates for 2019 TBC
All little goblins and ghouls are welcome to dress up in their Halloween finery and get into the festive spirit.
Enjoy some delicious treats as part of the event and take your carved pumpkin creation home to scare the neighbours!
Pre book early as this event usually sells out!
#10. Halloween Activities at Nore Valley Farm Park, Kilkenny
Nore Valley Farm Park, Kilkenny is holding their annual torchlight treasure hunt from Monday 28th to Thursday 31st of October 2019, starting each evening at 7pm. Tickets are on sale now online. Please note, Saturday night is only for those camping on the farm.
This is a fun, family-oriented evening for all ages. Search the farm in the dark with your torches to find the reflective markers and pick up clues, then solve the puzzle to win your prize!
Afterwards, enjoy toasting marshmallows on our bonfire and test your nerve in the infamous and truly terrifying scare maze (tbc). There is also a fancy dress competition on the night, so prepare your best farm-themed costumes! Highlights include:
- Treasure hunt by torchlight (bring your own torch!)
- Bonfire with marshmallows (marshmallows provided, feel free to bring your own too!)
- Horrifying scare maze
Choose to come to Nore Valley Park for Halloween and enjoy a family day of fun!
This Halloween season you can pick your own pumpkin from the pumpkin patch as part of normal farm entry; one free pumpkin per family. Get creative and carve your pumpkin on the farm, or you take it home with you!
Just turn up to our Reception during pumpkin picking season to enjoy all the fun of the farm, with the added bonus of picking lovely locally grown pumpkins! Pumpkin picking season runs from October 19th, daily Monday to Saturday, during daylight hours.
#11. The Happy Halloween Experience, Cork & Limerick
The Happy Halloween Experience 2019 at Dunnes Stores, Jetland Centre Limerick & Patrick Street, Cork promises to be Spooky Not Scary!
The experience welcomes children of all ages on October 18th to 20th and 25th to 31st 2019 to visit Witch Hattie O’Goodspell, the good witch of Munster, in her spooky home! Here you will meet other trainee witches along with Hattie and see Hattie’s hat & broom collection and inside her lair where she creates all her magic spells and potions!
The cost is €6 per child (adults free) and children will receive a small treat. A professional photographer will be on hand to capture the spooktacular visit and your can purchase a framed print afterwards if you wish.
#12. Creepy Crawl – Halloween Ramble at Fota House & Gardens, Cork
This October bank holiday weekend, Saturday October 26th to Monday October 28th & 31st, 11.00am to 3pm, bring the family along to Fota House for an Creepy Crawl Halloween Trail. This is a fun self-guided, day time trail around the Arboretum and Victoria Working Gardens. Take the trail and discover the darker side of Fota – you’ll never know who or what you might bump into!! Halloween costumes encouraged.
IF you survive the trail, head back to the House to pick up your treat by the open fire. The Bakestone caravan will also be open, serving creamy hot chocolate and wonderful treats to warm you after your ramble.
There is no need to book this self-guided trail – just come along between 11am and 3pm from Saturday 26th to Monday 28th and also on Halloween, Thursday 31st. Children €5. Adults FREE!
#13. Family Halloween Festival at Slieve Aughty, Galway
From October 26th to November 3rd 2019 from 12pm to 6pm daily it will be a spooky time to visit Slieve Aughty for their annual Family Halloween Festival Galway. With ghosts, goblins, haunted houses and of course a visit to the enchanted woods, are you brave enough to join in? Fun is guaranteed for all ages.
#14. Féile Samhain at Hook Lighthouse, Wexford
Discover the history and mystery of the 800 year old Hook Lighthouse, the oldest intact operational lighthouse in the world, this Halloween with activities at 2pm & 3pm daily on October 26th, 27th, 28th and 31st. And for the brave souls who want to enjoy a ghastly lantern lead Halloween tour you can join one at 5.30pm, 6pm, 6.30pm & 7pm on October 26th to 28th 2019.
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#15. Halloween at Wells House, Wexford
Wells House and Gardens Wexford have fun events planned for all the family this October 25th to 31st. With ghostly train rides, Halloween themed scavenger hunts and costume discos.
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#16. Halloween in Kilkenny
Savour Kilkenny takes place over the Halloween bank holiday weekend from October 24th to 28th 2019. With masterclasses, tasting events, interactive displays and a bustling market there will be something for everyone in the family.
#17. Halloween at Lullymore Heritage and Discovery Park, Kildare
Lullymore Heritage & Discovery Park hosts its now infamous “Halloween Happenings” for SEVEN spooky days. October 2019 dates TBC.
There are lots of ghastly ghouls and terrifying treats in store at Lullymore including Haunted Holograms, Terror Train Trips (be prepared for Zombie Attacks!!), Terror Treasure Hunts and freaky fun in the devilish den of play—the Funky Forest.
Prepare for the Fright of your Life. Come in fancy dress (optional) – Prizes for best Fancy Dress costumes in the Indoor Centre (Halloween prizes start at 2pm daily). One Terror Train Trip per family included in admission.
NB the Terror Train Trip may not be suitable for younger children and parent discretion is advised. However, Indoor and Outdoor Play areas and Halloween fun / games in Indoor Play Centre are suitable for all age groups. There is no extra cost for the halloween activities and you can’t book in advance. So come early!
#18. Halloween at Delphi Resort, Mayo
Delphi Resort invites all vampire villains, wicked witches and ghoulish ghosts to join them for a week of spooky halloween activities including:
- Delphi Dungeons of Doom
- Visit the Forest of Fear
- Take part in the Little Monsters Kids Club
- Take part in up to 20 Activities a day…sure to tire out even the most energetic little monsters!
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#19. Spooky Tours at Haunted Huntington Castle, Carlow
Enjoy a Spooky Tours at the Haunted Huntington Castle, Co Carlow from October 25th to 31st 2019.
#20. Halloween Fest at Westport House, Mayo
Halloween Fest is back at Westport House for 2019 from October 26th to 31st 2019, with frightening fun for all the family! Get ready for ghastly ghouls, jumping Jack O’Lanterns and hair-raising hocus pocus.
#21. 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 27th 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.
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#22. The Spooky Express, Waterford & Suir Valley Railway
Get into the Spirit of Halloween with a trip on the Waterford & Suir Valley Railway open daily from October 27th to November 6th.
Each year brave families visit the railway and take a thirty minute trip through the haunted area in the dark, where anything can happen! The content of the trip may be too scary for some children, tickets will be sold at parents discretion only. Strobe lighting will be used. Wrap up well to keep warm and snug on the train.
#23. Spook-tacular Steam Train Experience, Laois
Are you brave enough to take a journey on the Spook-tacular Steam Train Experience this Halloween? Trains leave from Stradbally Woodland Railway, Laois at times from 12pm 4pm on October 27th & 28th. Rides last approx 30 minutes.
#24. 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 October 26th and November 1st 2019 and Guildhall Square is the focus for many of the events.
#25. 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 27th 2019. Head along to the Titanic Slipways for Belfast’s biggest Halloween celebration with an evening of spooktacular theatre, macabre music, fascinating fireworks!
Do you plan to or did you visit any of these hauntingly good Halloween places with your child? Tell us in the comments below