Things to Do With Kids Around Ireland at Halloween

Things to do around Ireland at Halloween

Are you looking for fun family things to do in Ireland this Halloween? This is our spookiest ever roundup of Family Events and Things To Do With Kids Around Ireland At Halloween!

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You will be spoiled for choices of things to do in Dublin this Halloween 2017 with everything from:

alliance francaise halloween camps 2017

Alliance Française Halloween School Holiday Camps take place from October 31st to November 3rd. There are 3 classes to choose from:

Younger children will learn French through arts & crafts, songs, games, and many more spooky activities!

For the teen workshops the focus is on preparation for the French Oral and mock exams to prepare for the Junior Cert.

All classes are be led by qualified and child-friendly French-native teachers and take place in dedicated spaces at our school in Kildare Street, Dublin. All children are welcome, whatever their level of French!

Halloween at Croke Park 2017

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. Take part in a treasure hunt to find Séamus the Scarecrow, enjoy tales from Eddie Lenihan and 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 two hours for the experience. Samhain Tours & Tales Performances at 5pm, 6pm & 7pm on October 28th to November 1st inclusive.

national musuem of Ireland at halloween

Don’t forget to check out the Free Halloween Events and Workshops at the 3 National Museum of Ireland sites, Collins Barracks, Merrion Square and Kildare Street. Including – Sacred Spells, Mummy Riddles, Val-halloween Mask Making, Spooky Stories and Something Wicked!

dracula disco the ark

This Halloween enjoy music workshops, discos and gigs for kids and families at The Ark in Temple Bar including Dracula’s Disco at Meeting House Square on Bank Holiday Monday, 30th October 2017 from 2pm – 4pm with Dracula’s own DJ Will Softly spinning the decks and scratching vinyl. Come along in costumes and dance or listen to some mysterious Bram Stoker children’s tales!

  • Bricks4Kidz Halloween Camps are taking place in Sutton, Castleknock, Malahide, Donabate, and Santry this mid-term. The workshops are geared towards science, technology, engineering and maths (S.T. E. M), with kids using LEGO® to build models and play games.
  • Discover + Imagination = Fun Science Camps take place at Imaginosity from October 30th to November 3rd 2017.
  • Wild Lights at Dublin Zoo opens on November 3rd 2017 and runs until January 2018. Inspired by wildlife, Wild Life promises to be an illuminating experience for all the family.
  • The annual Bram Stoker Festival promises 4 nights (and days) of deadly adventure from October 27th to 30th 2017.
  • Children aged 5 to 8 years can participate in 2 Halloween Camps at Airfield this Halloween from October 31st to November 3rd. Fearsome Forest Camp and Spooky Young Chef Camp.
  • Have fun this Halloween at the Halloween Spectacular at Wooly Ward’s Farm taking place from Saturday October 21st to October 31st 2017.
  • Enjoy A Ghost Story on October 23rd (rated 12A) and for younger members of the family Jackula will be at the Pavillion Theatre on October 31st


This Halloween 2017 there are plenty of things to do for families in Galway including:

ireland at Halloween Brigits Garden Bonfire

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 a spooky treasure hunt, mask making, apple fishing, spooky Celtic tales with Rab Fulton, Puca parade and the lighting of the bonfire. Hot food will be available from the Garden Cafe and you are encouraged to come along in your spookiest fancy dress!

night at the Aquarium Ireland at halloween

THIS EVENT IS NOW BOOKED OUT. Are  you brave enough to take part in Night at the Aquarium? Galway Atlantaquaria are inviting families to come join them for a haunted hunt through the Aquarium, where the fish get frightening! It takes place on November 1st from 7pm to 8.30pm Book your place if you dare!

delphi halloween

Delphi Resort have up to 20 activities a day running over the Halloween Mid-term break including:

Why not book the family in for an Adventure Break where you can avail of the Little Monsters Kids Club and take part in some spooky family fun?

  • The Galway City Museum have a fun Art Class – Birds in Polish Folk Art for children aged 7 to 12 years on October 21st from 2.30pm to 4pm.
  • Look out for details of the Galway Aboo Festival takes during the October mid-term in the Latin Quarter and the annual Macnas Halloween Parade  going through the streets of Galway on October 29th 2017.
  • The annual Vodafone Comedy Carnival is back in Galway from October 24th to 30th 2017. With life comedy for adults and kids taking place throughout.
  • The Howl-O-Ween Family Festival takes place at Slieve Aughty Centre on dates from October 28th to November 5th 2017. Enjoy a fancy dress disco, spooky witches walks and Bloody Mary’s Haunted House along with charity horse rides.


If you’re in Cork this Halloween 2017, there’s a variety of things to choose from, including:

the happy halloween experience 2017

The Happy Halloween Experience 2017 at Dunnes Stores, Patrick Street promises to be Spooky Not Scary!

The experience welcomes children of all ages on October 20th to 22nd and 25th to 31st 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 €5 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.

  • The Dragon of Shandon Festival includes a Halloween Parade on October 31st 2017.
  • Lord Ghoulsley’s Manor, hosts an interactive Halloween experience in Cobh on dates from October 21st to 31st 2017.
  • Book Halloween Activity Days at  Fota Wildlife Park which run from November 1st to 3rd 2017.
  • The Nightmare Realm will be back for Halloween 2017 at Albert Quay. Come along and face your fears….if you dare. Runs on dates from October 6th to November 5th 2017.
  • Youghaloween Spooktacular Festival takes place in Youghal over the October bank holiday weekend.

Limerick & The South West

Lots to choose from for families in Limerick & The South West this Halloween 2017. A few inspiring ideas:

strange feathers
Fidget Feet Aerial Dance Theatre, Riverbank Arts Centre and the Bird and Bat (Iceland) presents Strange Feathers at glór on Sat 28 Oct 12 & 2pm €8 Adults/€6 Children Suitable for 18 months – 7 years, children with special needs and their parents/guardians.

Join two birds hatching into the world, on a journey of discovery, as they hear the sounds of nature, see colours for the first time and learn how to fly. Mixing exciting aerial circus, dance, live music, soft colourful lighting, and soothing sensory sounds, these friendly birds and their feathers will enthrall the whole family! Strange Feathers is an engaging and humorous interactive, non-verbal show, specifically designed and created for young children.

Fright Night at Carggaunowen Halloween events for families in Ireland at Halloween

On Saturday October 28th from 4-9pm delve deep into the dark and spooky setting of Craggaunowen for a jaw dropping & spine tingling Halloween Fright Night experience like no other!

Explore this eerie attraction at night but BEWARE of ghostly happenings & spooky holograms in the castle & meet the spooky séance & amazing talking head! With face painting, goodie bags & more this is a Halloween horror show like no other!

BOOK ONLINE or call the central reservations office at 061 360788

the happy halloween experience 2015 things to do in Ireland at Halloween

The Happy Halloween Experience 2017 at Dunnes Stores, Jetland Centre and promises to be Spooky Not Scary! The Happy Halloween experience is open for children of all ages on October 20th to 22nd and 25th to 31st.

You will visit Witch Hattie O’Goodspell, the good witch of Munster, in her spooky home! You will be greeted by trainee witches and they will escort you to see Hattie’s hat & broom collection and inside her lair where she creates all her magic spells and potions! Then you will get to meet the great witch herself!

The cost is €5 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.

unratty at Halloween events for famlies in Ireland at Halloween

Halloween horror is the order of the day at Bunratty Castle and Folk Park on bank holiday Monday, October 30th from 12 to 5pm. There’s something for all the (Addams) family, with new events for 2017 including the terrifying 14ft Wolf Man that will chill even the bravest of souls!

Back by popular demand is Halloween Spook Train ride and Hallow Scare Haunted House where ghosts and goblins will appear when you least expect it.

Don’t miss your chance for a face to face with a ghastly talking head or engage in a mystifying séance. Brave visitors will also relish the opportunity to descend into the basement of Bunratty Castle to visit the spooky crypt, where a famous blood-sucker lies in his coffin, waiting…

Children will enjoy free face painting upon 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 in advance. Contact Reservations at Bunratty Folk Park 061-360788 for further details.

  • The Hunt Museum, Limerick will run Halloween Workshops for children on November 2nd & 3rd 2017.
  • See Halloween classics, E.T. & Shaun of the Dead at UCH, Limerick on October 29th & October 31st 2017.
  • The annual Spleodar Family Arts Festival is on in Nenagh from October 28th to 31st 2017.
  • The annual Knocknagoshel Halloween Group Ghost Trail takes place in Knocknagoshel, Co Kerry on October 29th.
  • Moher Hill Open Farm in Liscannor is hosting a fun Halloween event on October 29th 2017.
  • Kenmare Halloween Howl takes place from October 27th to November 4th 2017. Expect the unexpected!

The South East

From Pumpkin Carving to Food Festivals, you won’t be short of things to do in the South East this Halloween 2017.

stretch and grow Wicklow Halloween Camp

Looking for a fun Halloween Camp for your little ones? Check out Stretch-n-Grow Wicklow.
They have fun, inclusive, action packed Halloween camps with an emphasis on participation as opposed to competition.  The camps will take place from October 31st to November 3rd at Powerscourt National School, Enniskerry from 9.30am to 12.30pm and are suitable for 3 to 7 year olds.

The children will participate in a wide variety of activities planned including Stretch-n-Grow classes, obstacle courses, messy play, pumpkin carving, parachute fun, mini Olympics, team building, mindfulness, wacky races and lots more.

To book a place please call Lisa on 0877813980 or email:

Halloween in Ireland pumpkin carving at Powerscourt HalloweenCreate awe-inspiring pumpkins at Powerscourt on Oct 28th & 290th 2017. THIS EVENT IS NOW BOOKED OUT 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!

  • Head to Kilkenny for the annual Savour Kilkenny Festival of Food from October 27th to30th 2017..
  • Bricks4Kidz Halloween Camps are taking place in Wexford Town this mid-term. The workshops are geared towards science, technology, engineering and maths (S.T. E. M), with kids using LEGO® to build models and play games.
  • The acclaimed “Dare to Scare” Halloween Tour returns to Wells House and Gardens Wexford this October, when the past comes to life again this Halloween, are you brave enough to take this tour?
  • Halloween Brick Flicks workshop at the Mermaid Arts Centre , Wicklow runs on Thursday & Friday November 2nd & 3rd 2017.
  • Kilruddery House, Co Wicklow have a pumpkin patch guarded by scarecrows and are inviting you to come along and design your own pumpkin for Halloween this midterm on October 28th & 29th 2017.
  • 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 28th and 29th.
  • 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.
  • The Wexford Spiegeltent Festival takes place from October 13th to 31st 2017 with entertainment for all the family.
  • The 65th Wexford Fringe Festival take place from October 19th to November 5th 2017.

The Midlands

whats-on-halloween-blog-img-4From a Children’s Festival in Offaly to Spook Walks in Westmeath, we have lots of ideas on things to do with the family in the Midlands this Halloween 2017, including:

belvederes halloween treasure hunts 2017

Belvedere House and Gardens will have a host of spooky and not so spooky Halloween events for families. Including Halloween Treasure Hunts on October 28th, 29th & 30th 2017. Booking essential. Call 044 9349060 to book your place.

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.

Halloween events in Ireland

Come along to Wallaby Woods in Kildare on October 29th & 30th to meet witches in the Wallaby Woods Cavern. Enjoy the rush slide, bouncing on the spooky castle, music by DJ Damien and marshmallow s’mores around the camp fire. Be sure to dress up and you could win a spot prize!

  • 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 4pm to 8pm on Sunday October 29th. Rides last 30 minutes.
  • Lullymore Heritage & Discovery Park, Kildare hosts its now infamous “Halloween Happenings” for SEVEN spooky days Saturday 28th October to Friday 3rd of November 2017, 10am to 6pm daily.
  • Have a Halloween Pirate Adventure on the Rathwood Express, Carlow. Meet Captain Jack and Penelpoe Sail and help them find treasure while avoiding Captain Hook! Runs form Ocotober 21st to 31st 2017.
  • Find the Pûca of Birr Castle this Halloween and enjoy all the Halloween events taking place on October 29th & 30th 2017.
  • 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.
  • In Offaly, the Hullabaloo! Children’s Arts Festival returns from Nov 1st to 4th 2017.
  • It wouldn’t be Halloween without Jackula! The show is on at the Moat Theatre on October 29th 2017
  • Enjoy a Spooky Tours at the Haunted Huntington Castle, Co Carlow from October 27th to 31st 2017.
  • Delta Sensory Gardens in Carlow will host a Halloween Festival on October 28th 2017 and promises to have lots of ghoulish goings on for you to enjoy.

The North East

Things to do in the North East this Halloween 2017 include:

pumpkin picking Events in Ireland at Halloween

  • The Virginia Pumpkin Festival is an annual event held in the town of Virginia, Co Cavan taking place at the bank holiday weekend in October.
  • Tayto Park Morbid Manor is back for the October mid-term and runs on dates from October to 30th from 6pm to 9pm.
  • The Spirits of Meath Halloween Festival takes place in venues across the county this October on dates from October 7th to November 5th 2017.
  • Monaghan County Museum have a Halloween History Mystery Trail on October 31st and learn about The Murders at Wildgoose Lodge on October 29th & 30th.
  • Lough Muckno Leisure Park have a Halloween Festival from October 28th to 30th.

The North West

Some of the things to do with Kids in the North West this Halloween include:

Things to do for families in Ireland Halloween Fest at Westport House

Halloween Fest 2017 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.

Watch as the House is transformed with webs, wizards and witchcraft – it’s guaranteed to rival even the latest Harry Potter novel!

Lough Spookey Halloween Event

Lough SpooKey Halloween Fest takes place this year from October 28th to November 5th at Lough Key Forest Park, Boyle, Co Roscommon.

Spot prizes for the best costumes, face painting, pumpkin carving, baking classes, Halloween movie afternoon, enter a Halloween Colouring Competition and enjoy extra fun at Boda Boooo!

  • Bricks4Kidz Halloween Camps are taking place in Donegal this mid-term. The workshops are geared towards science, technology, engineering and maths (S.T. E. M), with kids using LEGO® to build models and play games.
  • The Haunted Barn at the BID Red Barn in St Stephen’s Car Park, Sligo Town is open from October 18th to November 1st with 8 Halloween themed rooms and spooky fun for all ages to enjoy.
  • The RoolaBoola Children’s Arts Festival takes place at the Linehall Arts Centre, Co Mayo from Friday October 13th to Monday October 30th 2017.
  • The Achill International Harp Festival takes place from October 27th to 330th 2017 and will feature workshops, music and more.
  • The Mayo Dark Sky Festival takes place from October 27th to 29th and will feature talks, workshops and stargazing in Newport, Mulranny and Ballycroy.

Northern Ireland

Things to do with Kids in Northern Ireland this Halloween include:

  • One of Europe’s largest Halloween festivals, the Banks of the Foyle Halloween Festival takes place in Derry between 28th – 31st October 2017 and Guildhall Square is the focus for many of the events.
  • Join in the Halloween fun at this year’s Halloween Monster Mash and Fireworks Display in Belfast on Sunday 29th October. Head along to the Titanic Slipways for Belfast’s biggest Halloween celebration with an evening of spooktacular theatre, macabre music, fascinating fireworks!
  • Bricks4Kidz Halloween Camps are taking place in Belfast this mid-term. The workshops are geared towards science, technology, engineering and maths (S.T. E. M), with kids using LEGO® to build models and play games.
  • Palace Stables in Armagh are running a Halloween Arts & Crafts Club on October 30th 2017.
  • Little Spooks – only for the very brave! takes place at Navan Centre Armagh this Halloween on October 28th & 29th 2017.
  • Monster Manor returns to W5 Belfast on September 30th until November 5th 2017.
  • Enjoy Ghoulish treats, pumpkin carving and a Halloween Trail at The Argory, Dungannon this Hallowen midterm from October 26th to November 1st 2017.
  • The Mac Belfast have a full line up of Spooky Halloween Events and Workshops for ages 0 to 100 years from October 28th to 31st 2017.
  • The Marble Arch Caves and Geopoark have some fangtastic Halloween Events running from October 28th to 30th 2017.
  • Take a Halloween Torchlight Tour at The Ulster American Folk Park from October 28th to 31st 2017.
  • Boo at the Zoo is back at Belfast Zoo on October 28th so dust off the costumes and join them for some fiendish fun for all the family!

If you run a Halloween Event and would like to include it, please add it to the comments box below.

Things to do around Ireland at Halloween

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