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 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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#2. Halloween Fest at Westport House, Mayo
Halloween Fest is back at Westport House for 2017 from October 28th to 31st 2017, 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!
#3. Lough Key SpooKey Halloween Fest, Mayo
Lough SpooKey Halloween Fest takes place this year over the Halloween mid-term break from October 29th to November 5th 2017 at Lough Key Forest Park, Boyle, Co Roscommon.
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
- Free Face Painting
- Entertainment daily in the company of Dracula
- Craft, baking and pumpin carving classes
- Halloween Movie Afternoon
- The Witch & Wizard Expedition through the enchanting Lough Key Forest!
Let the SpooKey Fun commence………
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#4. Halloween Treasure Hunts at Belvedere House & Gardens, Westmeath
Halloween Treasure Hunts at Belvedere will take place on October 28th, 29th & 30th.
“Questions to answer,
and tasks to complete
for treats to receive
from the Ghouls that you meet!”
#5. Brigits Garden, Galway
The Samhain Halloween Bonfire and Storytelling Festival takes place at Brigit’s Garden on October 29th 2017 from 230pm. Enjoy a host of spooky events including:
- 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
- Special Parade with the Púca and the lighting of the Halloween bonfire .
Suitable for all ages – come in your spookiest fancy dress!
#6. Trick or Treat Trails at Croke Park, Dublin
Croke Park’s GAA Museum is marking the ancient Irish festival of Samhain in a new specially-created family event – Samhain Tours & Tales – this Halloween.
The Samhain festival traditionally marked the end of the harvest season and was the most important of all the Celtic celebrations. With this in mind the GAA Museum will be celebrating in style and invites families to take part in a unique experience which includes:
- Stadium treasure hunt to find Séamus the Samhain Scarecrow as he guards Harvest treasure somewhere in the stadium!
- Performance from one of Ireland’s leading ‘seanchaithe’ or storytellers – Eddie Lenihan.
- Gift for all younger guests
- Halloween drink for all adults
- After dark entry to the GAA Museum including the Interactive Games Zone
Tickets for this evening event must be booked in advance online. Visitors should allow approximately two hours for the experience. Samhain Tours & Tales Performances at 5pm, 6pm & 7pm on October 28th to November 1st inclusive.
#7. Halloween Spooktacular at The National Stud
Spooky Pony Rides, Terrifying Face Painting, Scariest Outfit Competition & the opportunity to Experience the Life of a Thoroughbred there’s plenty of family fun to be had this Halloween at the Irish National Stud & Gardens! Spooktacular Activities run from Tuesday 31st October- Friday 3rd November from 11am-12:30pm & 2-3:30pm. You can book tickets online.
#8. Halloween at The Ark, Dublin
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.
You can also take part in some fun Halloween themed activities at The Ark including:
- Make you own Deadly Dance Track Workshop on October 28th & November 2nd for ages 8+
- The Supernatural Pop-Up choir Family Workshop on October 29th for ages 7+
- Songwriting & Digital Tools Workshop on November 1st for ages 7+
- Spooky Songs & Sounds Workshop on November 3rd for ages 5+
- Fidget Feet Ariel Dance Theatre Company present Strange Feathers on November 4th & 5th for ages 2+
#9. Halloween at Powerscourt Estate, Wicklow
THIS EVENT IS NOW BOOKED OUT. 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.
#10. Fright Night at Craggunowen, Clare
A brand new event awaits at the wild and wonderful woodland of Craggaunowen this Halloween weekend Saturday October 28th from 4-9pm. Delve deep into the dark and spooky setting of Craggaunowen for a jaw dropping & spine tingling Halloween experience like no other!
- Explore this eerie attraction at night but be careful of the spooky characters that await …
- BEWARE of ghostly happenings & spooky holograms in the castle & meet the spooky séance & amazing talking head!
- Face painting, goodie bags & more this is a Halloween horror show like no other!
BOOK ONLINE or call Shannon Heritage central reservations office + 353 (0)61 360788 for further information.
#11. Halloween at Bunratty Castle & Folk Park, Clare
Halloween horror is the order of the day at Bunratty Castle and Folk Park on bank holiday Monday the 30th of October from 12 to 5pm, with something for all the (Addams) family including
- The terrifying 14ft Wolf Man 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 you may come face to face with a ghastly talking head or take part in a mystifying séance.
- Visit the spooky crypt of Bunratty Castle, where a famous blood-sucker lies in his coffin, waiting…
- Free face-painting on arrival so that trick-or-treating can be at its scariest during the afternoon.
- Traditional Halloween games such as snap apple and coin bobbing in the company of our wonderful Bean an Ti.
Great value family tickets are available on the day or for even better value buy online in advance. Contact Reservations at Bunratty Folk Park +353 (0) 61-360788 for further details.
#12. Halloween at Wells House, Wexford
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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#13. Halloween at Tayto Park, Meath
This year’s Halloween events at Tayto Park take place from October 20th to November 5th and events include:
- Morbid Manor an after dark treat for ages 14+
- Ghost Hunters a spectral forces investigation at Morbid Manor for ages 6+
- Halloween themed face painting, arts & crafts
- Kids Go Free on October 31st when they are in costume
#14. Halloween at Glendeer Pet Farm, Westmeath
Glendeer Pet Farm’s SPOOKTASTIC Halloween Event takes place Saturday 28th October – 5th November 2017, 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.
#15. Halloween at Lullymore Heritage and Discovery Park, Kildare
Lullymore Heritage & Discovery Park hosts its now infamous “Halloween Happenings” for SEVEN spooky days from October 28th to November 3rd 2017 from 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.
#16. Halloween at Wooly Wards Farm, Dublin
- Halloween Show
- House of Horrors
- Animal Petting
- Fuinneamh Drum
- Pumpkin Carving and much more
Suitable for under 8s.
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#17. Halloween on the Rathwood Express, Carlow
Have a Halloween Pirate Adventure at Rathwood this mid term 2017 from 21st to 31st October. Meet Captain Jack & Penelope Sail and search for treasure in the haunted seas. When you pass the pirate pumpkin patch you can pick and carve your pumpkin. The event lasts 1 hour .
#18. Fearfest at Loughwell Scream Park, Galway
Fearfest is back at Loughwell Farm (Scream) Park! in Moycullen, Co. Galway from October 28th to 31st 2017. It promises to give you more than you can handle terrifying thrills and spine tingling chills with
- Frightmare Manor
- Walk of Fear
This event is not recommended for younger children and costumes and masks are not permitted.
For younger members of the family Spooky Fest takes place during the daytime from October 28th to 31st 2017.
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#19. Hair raising Halloween ‘Sphooky Tours’ at Hook Lighthouse, Cork
Discover the history and mystery of the 800 year old Hook Lighthouse, the oldest intact operational lighthouse in the world, this Halloween with Féile Samhain and Evenings of Fire from October 28th to 31st 2017. 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.
#20. 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.
#21. Halloween at Fota Wildlife Park, Cork
Remember this is all free and included in your entrance to the park.
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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’ 2017 which runs on Saturday 28th October 2017.
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 October 27th to 30th 2017 and offers a fun packed programme of events for all ages.
#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 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
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.
Do you plan to or did you visit any of these hauntingly good Halloween places with your child? Tell us in the comments below