There are lots of spooktacular Halloween events taking place across Ireland this October Bank Holiday Weekend. There is also plenty to keep mummies (normal human ones), daddies and kiddies occupied during the mid-term break. All you’ve got to do is come up with a costume; if you’ve got it, haunt it! We’ve selected a handful to give you some inspiration. Sure, it’ll be all fright on the night.
The Bram Stoker Festival takes place from Friday (27th) to Monday. A series of family-friendly events is planned for different venues around the city including Stokerland, a pop-up Victorian fun park, Sleep No More and a Macnas city centre parade.
Cork City Gaol plays host to Halloween during the mid-term break from Monday (30th) to Fri 3rd Nov. Fancy dress is encouraged as you take part in their Black Cat treasure hunt, face painting, balloon making and story-telling. It’s sure to be frightfully good.
This Halloween, the Galway Aboo Halloween Festival takes place across the city from Saturday (28th) to Tuesday. It claims to be the largest Halloween Festival in the country with lots of themed events for ghosts and ghouls of all ages. The annual Halloween parade by Macnas will take place on Sunday at around 5.30pm. Spectators are encouraged to wear costumes too; see if you can outdo them.
If you’re around Kilkenny this Halloween, ScareFest Halloween Festival is on at Shankill Castle in Paulstown. Their night-time ghost tour is apparently so scary that it comes with a warning, but there are also lots of family events to be enjoyed. Daylight events throughout the mid-term break include a wand and quill-making workshop. There is also a children’s ghost tour for toddlers to 10-year-olds and a Twilight Teenage Ghost Tour in the early evenings. BOO-tiful!
Scare In The Park runs at Sligo Folk Park, Riverstown from Friday (27th) to Sunday, 6pm to 8pm each night. There will be lots of things happening over the weekend including arts and crafts, games and prizes, music, pumpkin carving and Haunted Millview House.
Creepy Town takes place in Castletown House, Celbridge from Saturday (28th) to Tuesday, midday to 7pm daily. Created with young families in mind, it’s an interactive experience with groups leaving every 30 minutes. Make sure you’re dressed for the weather as it is an outdoor event.
Someone in Youhgal, County Cork was definitely having a good hair day when they came up with Youghaloween which runs from Friday 27th to Sunday 29th October. It kicks off at 7:30pm on the Friday with an ‘opening ritual’ and fireworks at The Mall beach. Then on Saturday, there’s witching school plus lots and lots of activities to keep both young and old satisfied and slightly terrified.
Finally, Derry claims to be the best Halloween destination in the world, and visitors seem to agree. A record 80,000 people attended the four-day festival last year, with USA Today readers placing the Maiden City top of its worldwide poll. This year’s shindig kicks off on Saturday (28th) with the main parade and fireworks display on Tuesday lighting up with city and bringing proceedings to a close. The entire city will be in costume, so make sure you dress to distress!
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