Here at the Deadquarters, we’re pretty excited about Halloween and we’re far from alone in our anticipation!
All over Ireland, communities are celebrating the spookiest time of the year with festivals, tours, movie nights and lots more.
Here are just some of the events taking place across the country over the Halloween season:
If you fancy doing something a bit different this Halloween, don’t miss Púca, a brand new festival created by Failte Ireland.
Described as ‘spectacular, fun and other-worldly’, this event plans to celebrate Ireland’s rich traditions and culture that have rightfully led it to be known as the original birthplace of Halloween.
WICKLOW’S HISTORIC GAOL
Alternatively you could do a Night Tour of Wicklow’s Historic Gaol. One of Ireland’s top tourist attractions, this adult only museum experience offers the perfect setting for brave visitors who want to mingle with ghosts in one of Ireland’s most haunted buildings.
You’ll also learn about what life was like for prisoners by the passionate and experienced tour guides.
VIRGINIA PUMPKIN FESTIVAL
Co. Cavan is home to the Virginia Pumpkin Festival – an annual weekend-long event that takes place at the end of October.
It includes a pumpkin maze, a holiday parade and is home to Ireland’s Largest Fancy Dress Party!
The GAA Museum in Croke Park marks the ancient Irish festival of Samhain with specially themed tours and tales.
Families are invited to take part in stadium treasure hunts and to listen to Ireland’s leading storytellers.
Greenan Maze in Co. Wicklow hosts the brilliant Haunted Maze Halloween event every year. This successful fun-day is frequently a sell-out and tours for all the family are available.
Who knew getting lost in the Wilds of Wicklow could be so much fun?
LULLYMORE HERITAGE PARK
For a family friendly Halloween, check out Lullymore Heritage Park in Co. Kildare from October 26th to November 1st. A weeklong event of ‘Halloween Happenings’ mixes terror and fun for a spine-tingling and joy-filled experience.
Expect lots of ghastly ghouls and terrifying treats including Haunted Holograms, Terror Train Trips, Terror Treasure Hunts and freaky fun in the Funky Forest.
BRAM STOKER FESTIVAL
If you’re in the capital for Halloween, don’t miss The Bram Stoker Festival which returns this October Bank Holiday weekend.
Food and literature lovers are in for a special treat with the Bite of Dublin Walking Food Tour, a unique opportunity to explore Dublin’s food scene with specially created dishes inspired by Bram Stoker while enjoying stories about his life in the city and learning about the inspiration behind many of his early writings.
FOTA HOUSE AND GARDENS
For a bit of ghoulish fun this Halloween, you should go for a ramble in the Victorian Wicked Garden at Fota House and Gardens, Co. Cork.
The 19th Century stately home hosts an annual Creepy Crawl in the grounds and if you survive the trail, head back to the house to collect a treat in front of the open fire.
There’s no booking required but costumes are encouraged so don’t forget your masks and capes…
DUBLIN GHOSTBUS TOUR
If you’ve never experienced the Ghostbus Tour in Dublin, trust us, you’re missing out! Climb aboard Ireland’s most terrifying mode of transport and immerse yourself into a world of terrifying tales, horrible histories and all the gruesome gory secrets of our capital city.
You’ll be driven back in time to the creepy chronicles of Dracula, the magical myths of Yeats and Wilde and experience the devil’s presence at the Pepper Canister Church.
If that doesn’t freak you out, nothing will!
KENMARE HALLOWEEN HOWL
Running from October 25th to November 2nd, the Kenmare Halloween Howl is a week long community festival that has something for everyone.
You can meet Bessie the witch, visit the haunted house and even experience Nightmare on Kenmare Street! Guests are invited to take part in the famous Halloween parade on the 31st of October and enjoy some traditional games in the park afterwards.
The Nightmare Realm, one of the most iconic Halloween scare attractions in the country, will run from October 4th to November 1st at the RDS in Dublin.
This extreme walk-through horror experience is not for the faint-hearted, promising to blur the lines between fear, laughter and despair.
Prepare to be terrified….
Wicked Woods is a premier Halloween attraction, suitable for adults and children where Carriganore Wood on Waterford’s Greenway will be transformed into a spooky wonderland!
Award winning spectacle company Spraoi have put together an incredible Samhain-inspired experience complete with light, sound, effects, creatures and live performances.
DERRY HALLOWEEN ’19
When it comes to celebrating Halloween, nowhere does it quite like Co. Derry. Taking place from October 26th to November 1st and featuring over 125 events, Europe’s largest Halloween street carnival and costume party is the place to be for frightful family fun!
For dazzling fireworks and plenty of weird and wonderful activities and events, don’t miss the Belfast Halloween Monster Mash and Fireworks display!
Visitors will experience street theatre and walkabouts, wicked arts and crafts workshops, fairground rides as well as a range of hot food, drinks, sweets and Halloween tasty treats.
WELLS HOUSE, CO. WEXFORD
Create a fun and memorable Halloween experience with the brand new child-friendly Spooktacular Ghost Train Ride Adventure at Wells House, Co. Wexford!
Take a ride through the enchanted grounds and watch out for the spooky interactive characters who might just climb aboard and give you a fright!
There’s also a scavenger hunt, face painting, a fancy dress disco and lots more.
If horror films are your thing, then the movie event at Lismore Castle is perfect for you! Taking place on October 30th, guests are invited to watch the 2015 supernatural horror film, The Witch, in the atmospheric Pugin Hall.
With popcorn, beer, and lots of other refreshments available on the night, this event is a must for any film lovers looking for a scare this Halloween!
GALTYCASTLE WOOD, CO. CORK
For a Halloween event with a big difference, why not try a Yoga Walk taking place in Cork’s Galtycastle Wood on November 1st?
A celebration of mindfulness and enjoying nature’s wonder under the stars, you can also enjoy a Halloween picnic and a meditation session “when the veil between this world and the next is thin”.
THE MACNAS HALLOWEEN PARADE
Something spooktacular is taking place in Galway’s Latin Quarter this Halloween Weekend. On Saturday and Sunday of the October bank holiday weekend, the city’s medieval streets will host the country’s biggest Halloween Festival with many fun and free events planned.
The highlight of the festival is expected to be the fiendishly creative Macnas Halloween Parade that will wind its way through Galway city centre on Sunday from 5.30pm.
Don’t miss it!
For a truly terrifying experience, why not go see the spine-tingling live production of The Exorcist, taking place in Dublin’s Gaiety Theatre from the 29th of October to the 2nd of November.
Widely considered the scariest movie of all time, William Friedkin’s masterpiece saw audiences petrified to the point of passing out and went on to become one of the top ten highest-grossing films of all time.