Hurloween Tours in Croke Park

Saturday, 28 October to Wednesday, 1 November

Combine goals and ghouls in Croke Park and embark on a journey of old Celtic traditions, mythology and sporting legends to celebrate Ireland’s earliest festival. One highlight of the tour is the ‘Warriors and Hurlers Workshop’, where young visitors can learn about Setanta, the master hurler who, according to legend, used his sliotar and camán to slay the hound of Chulainn.

This year’s Hurloween Tours promise a great experience for families seeking seasonal fun rather than scares. Perfect for children aged 3-12, accompanied by an adult. Tickets for ages 3-12 are €12.05, adults are €16.43 and under 3s are free.

The Nightmare Realm.
The Night Realm at Dublin City Market

Running until Friday, 3 November

Voted this year as ‘Europe’s Best Scream Park’, this immersive experience has returned featuring five new scare mazes including Sundown Manor, BioX1ne Laboratories and Dead Carnival.

For those looking for some spooky fun, the theme park also features an expanded museum of horrors and a haunted mansion. Due to the nature of the event, the age recommendation is 13+ and tickets range in price from €22 euro to €36 depending on the ticket type and day.

Jurassic Newpark.
Jurassic Newpark, Kilkenny

Saturday, 28 October to Sunday, 5 November

See dinosaurs, witches, ghouls and goblins come to life in this cool park experience. The walk includes ghoulish face painting, a scary scavenger hunt, eerie dino talks by the Deadly Dino ranger and spooky ghost stories.

Visitors can also unearth hidden fossil bones on a dino dig and have full access to the adventure playground and animal farm. All tickets are €15 per person (under 2s complimentary).

Streamvale Open Farm.

Streamvale Open Farm Halloween Experience, Belfast

Running until Tuesday, 31 October

Visit this pumpkin patch experience, situated on Ballyhanwood Road, Belfast, where visitors can pick out their favourite pumpkin and then take it to the carvers in the marquee. Following the carving, there is a spooky maze – an immersive experience - followed by the opportunity to meet witches in their kitchens. Streamvale Farm has also added adult-only evenings ‘date nights at the pumpkin patch’ for couples and friends. Tickets for a family of four are £48 (approx €55) with options for carers, students and seniors.

Cork City Gaol Halloween Extravaganza

Saturday, 28 October to Friday, 3 November

The Black Cat Treasure Hunt gets underway from 10am-5pm daily at Cork City Gaol. Children are welcomed to dress up and come and look for all the hidden black cats.

Book your tickets at: Family ticket for four people is €50.

Pumpkin Carving, Castleview Open Farm, Laois

Saturday, 28 to Tuesday, 31 October

Unleash your creative side with pumpkin carving workshops and partake in a gripping treasure hunt around the pumpkin patch.

Tickets €8.50 per person.

Longford's Dead of the Night Festival.

Longford’s Dead of the Night Festival

Friday, 27 to Tuesday, 31 October

The scaling up of this year’s festival is the result of a partnership between Longford County Council, Fáilte Ireland, Milestone Inventive and Waterford’s spectacular street carnival company ‘Spraoi’.

Key highlights of the weekend are taking place in Connolly Barracks, Samhain Town and will include a haunted house experience. Entrance into Samhain Town is €5 per child with all activities included and accompanying adults go free.

Derry Halloween.

Derry Halloween

Saturday, 28 to Tuesday, 31 October

Said to be Europe’s biggest Halloween celebration, the programme runs over four days with a long list of events including ghoulish ghost tours, spooky-story telling, and haunted houses.

The story of Halloween is brought to life through illumination, and aerial performance. The highlight of the festival takes place on Halloween night itself, when hundreds of performers take to the streets for the traditional carnival parade, which is free (some events are ticketed, so you need to book).

Púca Festival, Co Meath.

Púca Festival, Co Meath

Friday, 27 to Tuesday, 31 October

Púca will return to Trim and Athboy with its authentic and immersive festival filled with music, food, myth and folklore.

The opening procession takes place on the Saturday in Trim and will blend outdoor theatre, street performance and music. In Athboy, a ceremonial fire will be lit on Halloween night and visitors will gather at the Fair Green in Athboy to view the closing ceremony.

This year features some of the most amazing talent in music, comedy and performance, including The Charlatans, The Waterboys, Damien Dempsey. Note that this is a free, non-ticketed event.

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