Looking for something to do with your family over the last bank holiday of the year? We have taken the work out of it with a list of the spookiest (not scary) things happening around the country to celebrate Halloween in Ireland.
Now synonymous with Halloween, this American tradition has crossed the Atlantic over the last number of years. Many Irish farms have jumped on board offering you and your family the chance to choose and harvest your own pumpkins.
Meath: Alright Pumpkins; inspired by their time working on harvests in the US, this family added a colourful pumpkin patch to their thriving farm. Make your way through their magical maze before picking a pumpkin from their many varieties.
Wexford: Ballycross Apple Farm - as well as apples, this family farm is home to horses, emus, alpacas and, every Halloween, a pumpkin patch just waiting for you to choose your favourite.
Cork: The Farm Grenagh - the little ones can enjoy a trailer ride at the one and only Tractor Ted Farm in Ireland, before choosing a Halloweenv pumpkin from their patch.
Once you have picked your pumpkin, there are a whole host of Halloween themed family events taking place around the country:
This festival of fun takes place on Halloween itself. Families can look forward to Halloween themed arts and crafts, spooky keepers talk and scary face-painting. If you are lucky, you may see the elephants get their annual Halloween treat – pumpkins!
Each year the streets of Dublin are haunted by the spectacularly spooky, large scale puppets and accompanying street performers. The theme varies by year, but the pyrotechnics and unique costumes are sure to wow.
The heritage and discovery park plays host to a week-long festival of seasonal fun. From treasure hunts to fancy dress competitions and Halloween themed games in the freaky forest, there is lots happening for children of all ages. Older kids can enjoy a trip on the Terror Train – complete with zombie attacks!
Kilkenny: Castlecomer Discovery Park
Are you brave enough to take the zip of terror or would you prefer a barbeque in the woods? Whether it is frights or food you are after, Castlecomer Discovery Park is the place to find it with your family this Halloween.
Waterford: Imagine Arts Festival
Although part of a wider Arts festival, Imagine Arts will have plenty of family friendly Halloween themed events including Horrible Historical Trails and Sprai Wicked Woods. Well worth checking out if you are in the area.
Kerry: Halloween Howl
Make your way to Kenmare for a week of Halloween fun. There’s lots happening for all the family, from colouring competitions to theatre and heritage walks. Harry Potter fans note, there is a chance to help some witches with their spell studies and meet Hedwig the owl at the festival. On Halloween night, dress up and join the parade followed by traditional games in the square.
If you are Cork based, Ghoulsley’s Mannor is the place to go for a Halloween themed family day. The querky haunted manor plays host to two child friendly shows, Curse of the Purple Pumpkin for 4-8 year olds and Ghousley’s Manor After Dark for children over 8.
Tips: Discover our list of fun Halloween activities for kids
Galway: Halloween at Delphi
The Connemara adventure center offers something different to those on the west coast including a haunted dungeon, forest of fear and little monsters kids club that are sure to keep young and old busy over the mid-term break.
Mayo: Westport House
Westport house will be a hive of Halloween themed activity from stories around the cauldron to a Thriller dance class, there is guaranteed to be something for every member of the family to enjoy.
Virginia Pumpkin Festival
Remember those pumpkins we mentioned earlier? Bring them to the Virgina Pumpkin festival where you can enter them into a carving competition, enjoy the annual Pumpkin Parade and soak up some Halloween fireworks at this family event in the north east.This is just the tip of the iceberg of family Halloween events taking place across the country, but we hope, wherever you end up with the family you have a spooktakular time!