Halloween has always been a popular holiday in Ireland. Kids dress up and go trick or treating to celebrate All Hallows Eve. In Irish the fesival is known as Samhain and roughly translates to the end of summer.
This year may prove to be the biggest Halloween festival ever with lots of events running throughout the country from Mayo to Thurles and Roscommon.
Probably Ireland’s larget event this Halloween will be the Westport House’s Halloween Fest that will run from Oct 19th to November 6th and features face-painting and fireworks set in the grounds of the House itself dating back to the 18th century. The house itself will be transformed into a haunted manor with White Witch’s story time and the Lord of the Darkness. Learned the moved from Michael Jackson’s Thriller video.
Sunday the 30th will see a fireworks extravaganza and a scary haunted dance floor on the front lawn. Costume competitions will be running for the kids and adults too so dress to impress. Visit Westport Halloween Fest for more information.
You could also check out Castlecomer’s discovery park in County Kilkenny. From Friday the 28th to Monday the 31st of October there will be a ghost train that goes deep into the scary woodlands which will have lots of hidden surprises. For the little ones there will be a bouncy castle, face painting, storytelling and fancy dress competitions. On Sunday there will be a trick or treat trail where the kids can explore the woods solving puzzles in order to obtain their treats.
For the older kids or young adults Kells dishes up a spooktacular attraction not to be missed. Strictly for over 16’s it is built as something from a horror movie featuring blood thirsty mutants and undead creatures. All is based in a quiet rural farm and boasts a eerie graveyard, haunted woodland and much much more. For more information go to Haunted Spooktacular Kells.