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 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, movies, seasonal arts & crafts and cupcake decorating. Halloween events take place daily from October 27th to November 4th. They are included in the admission cost and cannot be pre-booked, so do come early to enjoy some seasonal fun and games!
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#2. Halloween Fest at Westport House, Mayo
Halloween Fest is back at Westport House for 2018 from October 27th to 31st 2018, 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 on daily from 10am to 5pm. Watch as the House is transformed with webs, wizards and witchcraft – it’s guaranteed to rival even the latest Harry Potter novel! And this year, the Pirate Adventure Park is open all midterm long, until November 7th.
#3. Lough Key SpooKey Halloween Fest, Mayo
Lough SpooKey Halloween Fest takes place this year over the Halloween mid-term break from October 28th to November 4th 2018 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
Here are some of the SpooKey things in store:
SATURDAY 27th October
- 9.30am – Spooky park run
- A Pumpkin Patch expedition with Woodland Safari
SUNDAY 28th October
- 1pm – 5pm – Entertainer performing amazing interactive Magic Shows. Fancy dress costume prizes every hour and Balloon Modelling – FREE – (Outdoor event.)
- 2pm – 4pm – Face painter FREE
MONDAY 29th October
- 11am – 12noon – Pumpkin carving class 11-12noon €10 per child (Pre-booking is essential and suitable for ages 5-12yrs).
- 1pm – 5pm – Entertainer performing amazing interactive Magic Shows, Fancy dress costume prizes every hour and Balloon Modelling – FREE – (Outdoor event)
- 2pm – 4pm – Face painter FREE
TUESDAY 30th October
- 11am – 12noon – Spook-Tacular Science Show with Planet Science Kidz – €10.00 per child.
(Pre-booking essential and suitable for ages 5yrs to 12yrs)
- 2pm – 5pm Halloween movies showing in the Moylurg room
WEDNESDAY 31st October -Happy Halloween….
- 11am – 12noon – Spook-Tacular Science Show with Planet Science Kidz – €10.00 per child. (Pre-booking essential and suitable for ages 5yrs to 15yrs)
- 2pm – Halloween movie Special – Popcorn and treats included (because its Halloween!) – arrive early as space is limited.
THURSDAY 01st November
- 11am – 12noon – Spook-Tacular Science Show with Planet Science Kidz – €10.00 per child. (Pre-booking essential and suitable for ages 5yrs to 12yrs)
- 2pm – 5pm Halloween movies showing in the Moylurg room
FRIDAY, SATRUDAY AND SUNDAY 2nd /3rd /4th November
- All activities open as normal
Let the SpooKey Fun commence………bookings at www.loughkey.ie
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#4. Halloween Treasure Hunts at Belvedere House & Gardens, Westmeath
Halloween Treasure Hunts at Belvedere will take place on October 27th to 29th 2018 at Belvedere House and Gardens.
“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 28th & 29th 2018 from 3pm to 6pm on both days. Enjoy a host of spooky events including:
- Lots of ghostly fun and games
- Spooky Storytelling
- Hunting for the Púca
- Witchery in the Roundhouse
- 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 with a specially-created family event – Samhain Magic at the Museum – this Halloween.
Take part in a stadium tour including the dressing rooms, warm up areas and pitch before being treated to an Interactive Halloween Magic Show with Brian Daly. Visitors will get the opportunity to have a photo with the Liam MacCarthy Cup and the Sam Maguire and enjoy after dark entry to the GAA Museum and Interactive Games Zone.
Tickets for this evening event must be booked in advance online. Visitors should allow approximately 1.5 hours for the experience. Samhain Magic at the Museum Performances at 5pm, 6pm & 7pm on Friday October 26th to Tuesday October 30th inclusive.
#7. Halloween Spooktacular at The National Stud
Spooky Free Pony Rides on Prince & Bertie, Terrifying Face Painting, Scariest Outfit Competition, magic shows and craft 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! Spooktacular Activities run from October 27th to 29th 2018 daily at 11am-12:30pm & 2-3:30pm. You can book tickets online. Be sure to pop into the museum to see the greatest skeleton of all! And enjoy seasonal treats at the café.
#8. Halloween at The Ark, Dublin
Get in the spooky spirit at Dracula’s Disco on October 29th 2018 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:
- Animation Art Show and Auction from October 27th to November 4th
- Half Light from November 1st to 3rd suitable for ages 8+
- Seedlings Early Years Workshop on November 2nd & 3rd for ages 2 to 4 years
#9. Halloween at Powerscourt Estate, Wicklow
Create awe-inspiring pumpkins that will enchant your neighbourhood at Powerscourt on Oct 27th & 28th 2018 from 12pm to 3pm.
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! SOLD OUT NOW
#10. Halloween Activities at Nore Valley Farm Park, Kilkenny
Head to Nore Valley Farm Park, Kilkenny this Halloween for day and evening entertainment suitable for all ages. Each family can pick their own pumpkin and carve it on the farm, one free pumpkin per family. You can also try you hand at making a Scarecrow, all materials provided and enjoy all the farm has to offer during the day.
Once the sun goes down enjoy Halloween activities including a torchlight treasure hunt, scare maze and bonfire with toasted marshmallows. Evening activities must be booked online and take place on October 26th, 29th, 30th and 31st. For those staying on-site you can enjoy exclusive Halloween activities on October 27th.
#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 29th of October from 12 to 5pm, with something for all the family. The theme this year is Monsters, Misfits and Mayhem with gentle horror for little ones and scary horror for older kids and teens.
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 Cool Planet Experience, Wicklow
Can you save the humans? It is the year 2050 and climate change has devastated earth, come to Cool Planet Experience and help bring humans back from the brink of extinction! There will be fun workshops and you can visit the Disaster Dome….if you dare. Halloween experiences run from October 27th to November 4th 2018.
#13. Family Halloween Festival at Slieve Aughty, Galway
From October 27th to November 4th 2018 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? There will be a face painting, tricks and treats, ponies to pet and ride, arts & crafts, a Howl-o-Ween Charity Ride, a walk to Bloody Mary’s Haunted House, a witches walk through the Enchanted Wood or a pony ride for children aged 5+ fun is guaranteed for all ages.
#14. The Zip of Terror at Castlecomer Discovery Park, Kilkenny
Are you brave enough to take The Zip of Terror at Castlecomer Discovery Park, Kilkenny? Open on dates from October 26th to 31st from 7.30pm, you’ll zip through the night sky into the deep, dark forest full of frights! Only the bravest will survive!
Once you arrive, you will board the Halloween train, which will take you to the zipline. It’s pretty dark, and the experienced team of undertakers are ready to harness you up before you jump into the dark abyss. Will you make it to the end? If you do, you will then have to take the terrifying journey through the haunted forest, you never know what might pop up.
This event takes about 90 minutes depending on how fast you need to run!
This event is for 12+ (all under 16’s must be accompanied by a parent) Book if you dare!
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#15. 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? Tours take place from October 26th to 31st 2018.
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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#16. Halloween at Tayto Park, Meath
This year’s Halloween events at Tayto Park take place from October 20th to October 30th from 7.30pm to 11.30pm and the theme is Tayto Park Terrors! Suitable for ages 14+ your ticket will give you access to 3 scare zones and all the attractions open at Tayto Park. There will be genetic testing, excavation work on an underground tomb and much more. Guaranteed to be terrifying!
#17. Halloween at Lullymore Heritage and Discovery Park, Kildare
Lullymore Heritage & Discovery Park hosts its now infamous “Halloween Happenings” for SEVEN spooky days from October 27th to November 2nd 2018 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 (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. Halloween on the Rathwood Express, Carlow
Have a Halloween Spooktacular Pumpkin Train adventure at Rathwood this mid term 2018 from October 20th to November 4th. Meet Wizze & Lizzie and help them overcome the Wicked Witch! You will visit the Whacky Wizard, journey through the Enchanted Forest and visit the pumpkin patch, where you can carve a pumpkin to take home.
#20. 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 27th to 29th & 31st 2018. 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.
#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 28th from 6.30pm to 9.30pm, and this year it is 25 years old!
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
If you are brave enough, get into the Spirit of Halloween with the Waterford & Suir Valley Railway’s ‘Spooky Express’ 2018 which runs on Saturday 27th October 2018. You can enjoy regular train rides too over the midterm from October 28th to the 4th November 2018.
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 26th to 29th 2018 and offers a fun packed programme of events for all ages including a haunted forest walk!
#24. Spook-tacular Science at King John’s Castle Limerick
From October 30th to November 2nd you can enjoy spook-tacular science at King John’s Castle in Limerick with Planet Science Kidz!
#25. 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 25th – 29 October 2018. 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 with a monster dash, movies and an amazing Halloween Carnival Parade with fireworks over the river Foyle.
#26. 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 31st 2018 from 6pm to 8pm. 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.
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