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!
This list is in no particular order, just places we think are too ghastly not to mention!
#1. Halloween Fest at Westport House, Co. Mayo
Halloween Fest 2016 is back at Westport House October 29th – 31st with frightening fun for all the family! Get ready for ghastly ghouls, jumping Jack O’Lanterns and hair-raising hocus pocus.
The annual Hallowe’en Fest at Westport House is bringing back the black cats and broomsticks for a fangtastic fright fest from 10am to 6pm daily. Watch as the House is transformed with webs, wizards and witchcraft – it’s guaranteed to rival even the latest Harry Potter novel!
Tickets to Halloween Fest cost €10 per person and include: Admission to the Haunted House, Face-painting, Storytime with the White Witch, Spooky Spoons Workshop, Thriller Dance Workshop and Moving Statues Disco
#2. Halloween at Powerscourt Estate, Co. Wicklow
Create awe-inspiring pumpkins that will enchant the neighbourhood! Come along to the pumpkin patch at Powerscourt Garden Pavilion in County Wicklow and join us for a Halloween Party to remember. Kids will love the chance to prepare, design and carve a pumpkin into something festive and fun at this family-friendly event!
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. Afterwards, you can bring your pumpkin home with you and enjoy it during the festive period. Places are limited and can be booked online in advance.
#3. Halloween at Brigits Garden, Co. Galway
Enjoy a special Samhain Evening at Brigits Garden on Sunday 30th October 2:30-6.30pm, where kids can enjoy
- Lots of ghostly fun and games
- Spooky Treasure Hunt
- Mask-making with natural materials
- Apple fishing
- Spooky Celtic Tales in the Hazel Room with master story-teller Rab Fulton and others, and
- Special Parade with the Púca and the lighting of the Halloween bonfire .
Suitable for all ages – come in your spookiest fancy dress!
#4. Halloween at Imaginosity, Dublin
There’s lots of fun at Imaginosity Dublin Children’s Museum this Halloween:
- Trick or Treat for Temple Street Party at Imaginosity – Friday 28th October @ 5.30pm, keep an eye on their website and facebook page as details are unveiled and tickets are released! All proceeds from the evening will go Temple Street Children’s Hospital.
- Monday 31st October Halloween! Come and visit Imaginosity in your best spooky attire to explore the museum, prizes will be awarded at each session for the ‘Best Dressed’ kiddies on the day!
- Witches & Wizards Mid-Term Camp at Imaginosity: Camp will run for 4 days from 1st-4th November, children aged 4-6 (9-1pm €100) and children aged 7-8 (9-2.30pm €115). Come and join the Imaginosity Camp Team and explore the magical world of witches, wizards and enchanted realms – campers will also get the chance to explore Imaginosity’s 3 floors and 18 educational interactive exhibits with daily supervised ‘free’ play in the museum.
#5. Dracula’s Disco at The Ark, Dublin
Get in the spooky spirit at Dracula’s Disco at The Ark on Bank Holiday Mon 31 Oct 11.30am-2pm 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 while surrounded by the disco lights of The Ark’s theatre! This fun-packed and energetic DJ set will be perfect for young zombies, ghosts and all music-loving monsters. So get on your feet and have a blast!
Go along in costumes of any kind and make up your own graveyard dance moves. If you get tired from dancing you can take a break in their chill out area and you might even get to hear some mysterious Bram Stoker children’s tales! For ages 5+
#6. Halloween at The Hunt Museum, Limerick
Come join in the Halloween fun on Saturday 29th October at The Hunt Museum Limerick to hear some of the more ghastly and hair-rising ‘tails’ it has to offer including:
- Horror Hunt: Probe through their collections and learn about the spookiest objects!
- Halloween Tours, 3pm and 5pm to see the more gruesome items in the collections! Tickets: €5 Adults, €3.50 Students/Seniors, €2.50 Children. Booking is recommended.
- Pumpkin Carving Workshop for teenagers/adults, 3pm, €6. Special offer! Book on 5pm Halloween tour and get both for €10!
- Drop in Arts and Creepy Crafts, 12pm-1pm: They’re brewing up some exciting ideas for Halloween themed arts and crafts that will have you cackle in your shackles! €2 for one craft, €3 for both. No booking required. Kids 2+ welcome. Parents must stay with children at all times.
- Poetry Writing Competition: Suitable for kids aged 5-13, they’re just dying to hear some rotten rhymes and vile verses!
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#7. Halloween at Bunratty Castle & Folk Park, Co. Clare
Halloween horror is the order of the day at Bunratty Castle and Folk Park on bank holiday Monday the 31st of October from 12 to 6pm, with something for all the (Addams) family including
- The terrifying 9ft Grim Reaper that will chill even the bravest of souls.
- Halloween Spook Train ride
- The Hallow Scare Haunted House where ghosts and goblins will appear when you least expect it and a face to face with a ghastly talking head.
- Visit the spooky crypt of Bunratty Castle, where a famous blood-sucker lies in his coffin, waiting…
- See creepy creatures close up: spooky snakes and scorpions, lizards and owls, and a terrifying tarantula.
- Free face-painting
- Traditional Halloween games such as snap apple and coin bobbing
- Captain Jack’s Spooktacular Show
- The annual Thriller tribute, a performance of Michael Jackson’s legendary dance routine by the amazing Zara
- Spine-tingling story telling and haunting melodies by costumed Celtic characters
#8. Halloween Treasure Hunts at Belvedere House & Gardens, Co. Westmeath
Halloween Treasure Hunts at Belvedere take place this year on Saturday 29th, Sunday 30th and Monday 31st October from 12 noon until 2pm. Pre-booking is a must.
“No more explaining or showing the way,
your treasure hunt booklet is the guide for the day.
Work out where to go and get all the answers right,
for nice Halloween treats and hopefully no frights!”
NB you can only take part if you have booked your tickets in advance, and no late entries are permitted as the events finish daily at 3pm. Call 044 9349060 to book your place
#9. Halloween at Wells House, Wexford
The acclaimed “Dare to Scare” Halloween Tour returns to Wells House and Gardens this October, when the past comes to life again this Halloween, are you brave enough to take this tour?
Please note a section of this tour will take place outdoors so they recommend you wear warm clothes, wellies, rainwear, hats and torches are also recommended but fancy dress adds to the atmosphere of this great Halloween event!
As this show is a celebration of Halloween parents should decide themselves if their children might be too nervous for a night time adventure.
They also have Ghoulish Storytelling and other fun events during the mid-term week.
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#10. Halloween at Tayto Park, Co. Meath
This year’s Halloween events at Tayto Park includes the House of Horrors (Daytime) open between Saturday 29th October to Sunday 6th November 2016 from 11am to 4pm. Recommended for over 8 years (no pre-booking required) with Halloween Fun Activities such as Halloween themed face painting and arts/crafts included in the entry price to Tayto Park.
If you have older teens, then they might enjoy the Tayto Park After Dark (Night Event) which takes place October 22nd, 28th, 29th, 30th and 31st from 6.00pm – 9.00pm and includes a Night Ride on The Cú Chulainn Coaster, Air Race, Rotator, Windstar & Endeavour, 5D Horror Movie, the terrifying House of Horrors – Will You Survive? Pre-booking is essential, last admission 7.30 pm. Recommended for guests 14 years and over. Under 18s must be accompanied by adult.
#11. Halloween at Glendeer Pet Farm
Glendeer Pet Farm’s SPOOKTASTIC Halloween Event takes place Saturday 29th October – 6th November 2016, where kids can cast spells with a scary witch, toast marshmallows over an open fire, enter the eerie maze but be warned, it’s at your own risk. Enter the forbidden forest and be scared by lots more ghosts and ghouls at Glendeer Pet Farm this Halloween!
Children can also race on the new double obstacle course or lose themselves in the new timber maze this year along with the slides, swings, seesaws and very popular glider swing in the large outdoor playground or they can avail of the indoor adventure area with lots of slides and bridges, so Glendeer is perfect even on those wet days.
#12. Lough Key SpooKey Halloween Fest
Lough SpooKey Halloween Fest takes place this year from October 26th to November 3rd. Here are some of the SpooKey things in store:
- Visitors of all ages! We encourage you to enter into the spirit of Halloween and dress up in Costume throughout the Halloween fest. Spot Prizes will be given out ad lib when we see a costume that impresses!!
- Halloween Colouring Competition throughout the week & all pictures will be displayed
- Boda Booo….. with some extra guests daily….
- The Visitor centre will be themed and decorated in Halloween spooky scenes!
- The Lakeside Café will be offering some festive homemade ghoulish delights
Let the SpooKey Fun commence………
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#13. Trick or Treat Trails at Croke Park
Trick or Treat Trails hosted by the GAA Museum are back! Led by stadium tour guides, families follow clues around the stadium, walking pitchside along the way, before collecting a treat in the GAA Museum. Come in fancy dress and join in the fun!
Trick or Treat Tours of Croke Park last approx. one hour and are suitable for children of 10 years and under accompanied by an adult. Tours take place at 11.30; 12.30; 14.30 and 15.30 on Saturday October 29th, Sunday October 30th and Monday October 31st. Advance online booking is advised to avoid disappointment.
And during Mid term break you can take a Family Tour at the GAA Museum from Tuesday November 1st to Sunday November 6th or soar to new heights and see Dublin from a whole new perspective on the impressive Etihad Skyline tour at Croke Park. For the Halloween break, they have added extra tours to meet demand and their tour guides might even throw in some creepier Dublin tales to mark the ghostly season! See crokepark.ie/Halloween for more information.
#14. Halloween at Lullymore Heritage and Discovery Park
Lullymore Heritage & Discovery Park hosts its now infamous “Halloween Happenings” for SEVEN spooky days Saturday 29th October to 4th of November 2016 10am to 6pm daily.
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 from 2pm every day! (Halloween prizes start at 2pm). 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 online booking available for this event, call 045 870238 for more information and bookings.
#15. Halloween at Wooly Wards Farm
Have fun this Halloween at the Halloween Experience at Wooly Ward’s Farm taking place Saturday 22nd, Sunday 23rd, Saturday 29th, Sunday 30th & Monday 31st October from 2-5pm. Activities include:
- Halloween Show
- House of Horrors
- Creepy Creatures
- Fuinneamh Drum
- Pumpkin Carving
Suitable for under 8s.
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#16. Halloween on the Rathwood Express
Take a journey through the spooky forest on the Rathwood Express. The magical Land of Oz is being terrorised by the Wicked Witch of the West! On this ghoulishly, scary and very exciting adventure you will meet friends of Dorothy for fun, frolics and surprises along the way.
With the help of some Good Witches each participating child will design and carve their very own pumpkin to take home! And for their help they will each be rewarded with a free hot chocolate with yummy marshmallows!
The event lasts 1 hour and is suitable for children ages 9 and under.
#17. See Hocus Pocus at the UCH Limerick
This classic Halloween film is ideal for all the family! Hocus Pocus stars Bette Midler, and Sarah Jessica Parker.
Three hundred years after they were sentenced to die in Salem, a trio of witches return to gain their revenge. Terrorising the town’s trick-or-treaters on Halloween, riding on vacuum cleaners instead of broomsticks, the only thing that can stop them is a black cat – in fact a boy who was turned into feline form on the day of the witches’ original execution.
#18. Spooktacular Boo @ Dublin Zoo
This year’s Halloween fun Spectacular Boo @ Dublin Zoo takes place on Monday October 31, 12pm – 2pm. Amongst the spooky fun activities planned are
- Creepy arts and crafts
- Spine-chilling keeper talks
- Spooky face painting
- Monster music on the Great Lawn as well as many other festive activities.
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#19. Hair raising Halloween ‘Sphooky Tours’ at Hook Lighthouse
Discover the history and mystery of the 800 year old Hook Lighthouse, the oldest intact operational lighthouse in the world, this Halloween with two evenings of thrilling tours on Saturday and Sunday, October 29th and 30th. Hook Lighthouse is worth visiting at any time of year, but these special Halloween tours are only for those who like the ghoulish and the terrifying.
- Venture into darkness as you ascend the 115 steps of the Lighthouse tower for a nighttime view of the graveyard of 1,000 ships
- Explore the original keepers’ quarters
- Learn of the true terrifying tales behind the Lighthouse and its grounds including the paranormal experiences of previous guests and staff.
- Atmospheric lighting, hanging spiders and creepy nooks and crannies along the way create an experience which is not for the faint-hearted.
Three ghastly lantern lead tours take place each evening at 7pm, 7.45pm and 8.30pm, each tour takes you through the darkened lighthouse where ghost and ghouls await and there are frights around every dark corner. Arriving in the dark at the lighthouse, with the waves smashing against the rocks, sets the scene for all that awaits.
The faint light thrown periodically by the lighthouse beacon adds to the atmosphere of terror, these tours are suitable for brave adults and braver kids but are not for anyone of a nervous disposition.
Halloween tours at Hook Lighthouse must be booked in advance; tickets are €10 per person with no concessions, no money back and appropriate footwear is recommended…. for running away! During mid-term Halloween themed art workshops will also be on offer for kids and wimps. To book your tour place this Halloween call 051 397055; for further details see www.hookheritage.ie
#20. Ghost Trail Knocknagoshel, Co. 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 will be celebrating its 21st anniversary this year and takes place on Sunday, October 26.
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 22 years ago 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.
#21. Halloween Disco at Fota Wildlife Park
Join our Fota Wildlife Park Activity staff in the small marquee for the mid-term break in October where we will be doing spooky arts & crafts and creating little monsters with our face painting!
Remember this is all free and included in your entrance to the park.
- 11am – 2pm – Spooky Arts & Crafts
- 3pm – 5pm – Face Painting
- On Monday 31st the activities team will be face painting 11-5pm to help all the little vampires, ghouls and werewolves are ready for their trick or treating!!
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#22. The Spooky Express, Waterford & Suir Valley Railway
If you are brave enough, get into the Spirit of Halloween with the Waterford & Suir Valley Railway’s ‘Spooky Express’ 2016 which runs on Saturday 29th October 2016 Times: 5.15pm, 6pm, 6.45pm, 7.30pm, 8.15pm and 9pm
Spooky, kooky, creepy, and fun!
Halloween is the time of Ghosts, Goblins, Gravestones and Graveyards.
Of Spooks and Spirits and silly-fun tricks.
Of Witches and Warlocks and Scary Black Cats.
And Peanuts, Toffee Apples, Pumpkins and Bats.
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. Virginia Pumpkin Festival, Co. 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:
- Forest of Fears on Friday 23rd October – Can your nerves last the distance 2km of spine chilling fun for all the family?! The tour starts at 7.30pm Virginia Rugby Club.
Shuttle bus from Main Street
- Children’s Party (for up to 10s) on Saturday 24th October 11am-1pm with Bouncy Castle, Disco, Games, Haunted Pumpkin Patch
at the Virginia Show Centre
- On Sunday 26th October there is Street Entertainment, Grand Carnival Parade, Spectacular Fireworks Display and Ireland’s Largest Fancy Dress Ball
#24. Banks of the Foyle Halloween Festival, Derry~Londonderry
One of Europe’s largest Halloween festivals (this year is the 30th anniversary), the Banks of the Foyle Halloween Festival takes place in Derry between 27 – 31 October. 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.
Attractions include the Hall of Horror and a Family Funday with fortune telling, scary story telling, dance performance, face painting, arts and crafts, games, apple bobbing, gunge dipping and much more! Highlight Events of the festival include:
- Into the Square and Out of this World 29th-31st October with Live Music, International Street Theatre, Speciality Markets on the city’s Guildhall Square from morning to night
- Awakening the Walls 29th and 30th October, when the City’s historic Walls give up their ghosts as over two evenings light, fire, sculpture, music and performance rouse the Walls awake in a supernatural animation trail on and around the City Walls.
- Street Carnival Parade and Fireworks Display 31st October
- Little Horror’s Halloween Festival 27th-31st October with a unique programme of interactive theatre, storytelling, film and music for children and young people.
- Trick or Treat! 27th – 31st October, with local chefs and food suppliers celebrating the harvest with speciality markets, food and drink trails, interactive food tasters and demonstrations celebrating local produce.
#25. Halloween Monster Mash, Belfast
Join in the Halloween fun at this year’s Halloween Monster Mash in Belfast on Sunday 30th October. Head along to the Titanic Slipways for Belfast’s biggest Halloween celebration with an evening of spooktacular theatre, macabre music, fascinating fireworks! Events include
- haunting street theatre
- fire jugglers
- music and
- a stunning fireworks display.
Over to you now. Do you plan to or did you visit any of these hauntingly good Halloween places with your child? Tell us in the comments below