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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2020 Update – many places are still deciding if they will open this year. We will try to keep this article up to date as we hear, but please check their website or facebook page.
This list is in no particular order, just places we think are too ghastly not to mention!
Halloween Hangouts for Kids in Ireland
#1. Halloween at Birr Castle, Offaly
Birr Castle in Offaly promise tricks and treats for all the family this Halloween midterm including;
- Fun Halloween spooktacular science workshop on Monday, October 26th
- Family Quest during opening hours
Halloween events take place daily during the midterm break.
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#2. SpookTacular Science Halloween Camp at King John’s Castle, Limerick
Planet Science Kidz have a SpookTacular Science Halloween Camp taking place at King John’s Castle on Saturday 31st October 11am – 12pm for ages 5-12. Numbers are extremely limited, book quickly.
#3. Halloween Spooktacular at The National Stud
Halloween Spooktacular at The National Stud, Kildare is always great fun. 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 Fiachra’s Garden. There’s plenty of family fun to be had this Halloween at the Irish National Stud & Gardens!
#4. Halloween Treasure Hunts at Belvedere House & Gardens, Westmeath
Belvedere House and Gardens have a host of spooky and not so spooky Halloween events for families. They include Belvedere Halloween Treasure Trails where you can 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”
Please check the website for booking information and updated event information. Call 044 9349060 for further information.
#5. Creepy Creator Tours at Croke Park, Dublin
Croke Park’s GAA Museum marks the ancient Irish festival of Samhain with Creepy Creator Tours. 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!
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 at Clonfert Pet Farm, Wexford
Clonfert Pet Farm in Kildare are open this Halloween and from October 24th to 31st 2020, visitors can enjoy a haunted house, pumpkin patch, treasure hunt, reptile room and much more!
#7.Lough Key SpooKey Halloween Fest, Mayo
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#8. Bram Stoker Festival, Dublin
Dates: Friday 30th October to Monday 2nd November 2020
The Bram Stoker Festival will bring fun and adventure to Dublin for all ages over the Halloween weekend.
Check out the website and social channels for a full list of events and experiences for 2020.
#9. Halloween at Powerscourt Estate, Wicklow
#10. Halloween Activities at Nore Valley Farm Park, Kilkenny
Nore Valley Farm Park, Kilkenny is their annual Halloween activities including Pumpkin picking from October 17th 2020 during opening hours. Get creative and carve your pumpkin at the farm or take it home with you to work on.
In addition the annual Halloween Torchlight Treasure Hunts will take place on specific dates from Monday October 26th to Friday October 31st 2020 from 7pm each evening.
Please note Nore Valley Farm Park is not open to the public on Sundays. Do check all events online before attending.
#11. The Happy Halloween Experience, Cork & Limerick
Unfortunately it looks like the Happy Halloween Experience won’t go ahead for 2020.
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 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!
#12. Creepy Crawl – Halloween Ramble at Fota House & Gardens, Cork
Bring the family along to Fota House for a fun day out and a ramble around the Arboretum and Victorian Working Gardens this Halloween. Look out for events taking place closer to the time.
#13. Family Halloween Festival at Slieve Aughty, Galway
From October 24th to November 1st 2020 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 including Feile Samhain Pumpkin art and Spooky Tours from October 31st to November 2nd 2020.
#15. Halloween at Wells House, Wexford
Halloween events will not go ahead in 2020. The team at Wells House are taking the time to carry out maintenance on the house and grounds and look forward to welcoming visitors in 2021.
Wells House and Gardens Wexford usually have fun events planned for all the family at Halloween with ghostly train rides, Halloween themed scavenger hunts and costume discos.
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#16. Halloween in Kilkenny
Savour Kilkenny will not take place in 2020. But the team are looking at running mini events during October and November so do keep an eye on the website.
#17. Halloween at Lullymore Heritage and Discovery Park, Kildare
Lullymore Heritage & Discovery Park, Kildare hosts its now infamous “Halloween Happenings” for SEVEN spooky days from October 24th to November 1st 2020, 10am to 6pm daily Booking essential.
#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 family friendly Halloween treasure hunts at the Haunted Huntington Castle, Co Carlow from October 24th to November 1st 2020. Booking is essential. Due to current restrictions, there will be no ghostly house tours this year.
#20. Halloween House Tours at Johnstown Castle, Wexford
Halloween Mid-term – Johnstown Castle have enlisted the help of some of their resident, friendly ghosts, to offer spooky house tours over the Halloween mid-term break. Sir John Esmonde will take visitors on a tour of the dungeons and through the gothic, ghoulish castle.. book if you dare!
#21. Ghost Trail Knocknagoshel, Kerry
2020 Update: it looks likely that the Ghost Trail will not go ahead.
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 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 during Halloween mid term break.
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 is used. Wrap up well to keep warm and snug on the train.
#23. Spook-tacular Steam Train Experience, Laois
2020 Update: the organisers have cancelled all running days at the Stradbally Woodland Railway for 2020.
Are you brave enough to take a journey on the Spook-tacular Steam Train Experience this Halloween? Trains leave from Stradbally Woodland Railway, Laois and rides last approx 30 minutes.
#24. Derry Halloween
One of Europe’s largest Halloween festivals, the Halloween Festival takes place in Derry between 28th October and 1st November 2020 and Guildhall Square is the focus for many of the events.
#25. Halloween Monster Mash & Fireworks Display, Belfast
The annual Halloween Monster Mash and Fireworks Display in Belfast usually takes place around the Titanic Slipways, where you can enjoy 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