Kids at Hallowe’en
Hallowe’en being just around the corner, many of you with children will be looking for things to do, not just on the 31st, but for the entire week, as most children will be of school for the entirety for next week.
So, what to do?
Fear not, with a host of suggestions and ideas, Sean was joined by Jill Holtz of website www.mykidstime.ie
Hallowe'en Events fomr www.mykidstime.ie
There are heaps of spooky events on around the country listed on our Halloween Events page. Here are some fun ones we picked out:
Lullymore Heritage & Discovery Park, Rathangan, Co. Kildare
The Halloween Ha ppenings Festival is back for 7 Spooky Days from October 26th to November 1st. Lots of ghastly ghouls and terrifying treats in store at Lullymore including Haunted Holograms, Spooky Train Trips, Terror Treasure Hunts and freaky fun in the devilish den of play—the Funky Forest. Prepare for the Fright of your Life. Come in fancy dress (optional) with prizes for best Fancy Dress costumes in the Indoor Centre every day! NO TIME LIMIT. Open daily 10am – 6pm (Halloween prizes start at 2pm)
Halloween Fest October 26th-November 3rd– Westport House is transformed into a not too scarey haunted house and they are running loads of workshops including Jack o’Lantern Carving and a Thriller Dance moves workshop. On Sunday 27th there is an explosive fireworks display and loads of great prizes for the best costumes.
Lough SpoooKey, Lough Key Forest Park, Boyle, Co. Roscommon
Join in the fun at the Lough SpooKey Forest Park this Halloween. Running from October 26th to November 2nd as well as the hugely popular ‘Boda Boo’ they have a host of events including, Witch & Monster Halloween Orienteering, Lantern lit walk with storytelling & yummy treats in ‘The Big Tree’, Pumpkin Carving, Falcolnry Display, Halloween Baking, Craft, Art, Music & Kayaking Classes! Many events are free but all must be pre-booked
Glendeer Farm, Athlone, Co. Westmeath
Cast spells with our scary witch, toast marshmallows over an open fire, enter the eerie maze but be warned, it’s as your own risk. Enter the forbidden forest and be scared by lots more ghosts and ghouls at Glendeer Pet Farm this Halloween! – NEW this year is the SOFT PLAY BARN for toddlers and the ALL WEATHER outdoor sand pit…just beware of the ghosts and ghouls in the Forbidden Forest on your way there! Great place to break the journey with kids if travelling Dublin-Galway, or driving North or South this mid-term.
Belvedere House, Mullingar, Co. Westmeath
On Hallowe’en Weekend Belvedere hosts its second Scarecrow Festival with local schools, groups and individuals competing for great prizes. The Scarecrows are on public display from Fri 25th until 31st October and there is a people’s choice prize. Trick or Treat Tails on 27th & 28th October. On Bank Holiday weekend Sun and Mon at midday Belvedere hosts its Trick or Treat Trail through the ancient whispering woodland where thousands of goodies are hidden on the 160 acre estate but be careful not to disturb the Yeti. Belvedere Spook on Friday 25th, Saturday 26th & Monday 28th
October 2013 from 7pm (not suitable for young children – under 8) & Spook Walk in the Forest of Fear. Pre booking essential
Brigits Garden, Roscahill, Co. Galway
Mid-term week, 27th Oct to 4th Nov open 10am to 5.30pm daily for spooky treasure hunts and more! Their Halloween Samhain Celebration takes place Thursday Oct 31st 4.00 to 8.30pm with a spooky treasure hunt, Ghostly and wondrous stories and music from the Wacky Witch and others. Mask making with natural materials, try traditional games including Apple-fishing. Halloween Bonfire with the Puca.
Hullabaloo Children’s Arts Festival, Birr,Clara & Edenderry Co. Offaly
October 30th- November 2nd
Hullabaloo! – Offaly’s Children’s Arts Festival offers a packed programme of exciting and creative opportunities for children aged 3-12 and offers workshops in arts, crafts, dance, music, story telling and much, during the October mid-term break. You can learn how to dance like a skeleton, write ghosts stories, be a human beatbox or make a scary board game to bring home.
Hawks Well Theatre, Sligo
If you want a break from Scary stuff, The Hawks Well Theatre in Sligo are hosting two wonderful events this mid-term. On October 26thThe Ukranian Clown troupe Mimrichi present Paper World a hilarious slapstick show, inviting you to the biggest paper fight of your life!
On October 27thas part of the Sligo Live Festival Dervish & the Sligo Academy of Music present Mini Proms, introducing children &families to the joys of traditional music.
Bunratty Castle and Folk Park, Clare
For a family-friendly and Halloweeny Bank Holiday Monday, October 28th look no further than Bunratty Castle and Folk Park. The Folk Park and Village Street will be adorned with Jack-o-lanterns while visitors will be entertained by the all new Captain Jack’s Spooktacular Show, Unicycle Show and the Monsieur Gusto Escapologist, a Houdini style escape act! Visitors are encouraged to dress-up in their spookiest and scariest costumes, and some amazing prizes will be on offer for the most creative and haunting attire. To complete the disguise, free face painting will be available upon arrival so that trick-or-treating can be at its scariest during the afternoon.
Powerscourt - Wicklow
The Perils of Powerscourt 28th October, 1pm & 4pm This Halloween, ghosts and ghouls are creeping out to play at Powerscourt House and Gardens &and so is Imaginosity, Dublin Children’s Museum! Any brave families hoping to enter into the spirit of the spookiest of seasons are welcome to explore the grounds of Powerscourt at their own risk! With only a map to lead them to safety, the walkers will be sure to encounter some creepy characters along their journey through Powerscourt’s haunted grounds. The walk will finish at the Pet Cemetery where your hair will stand on end and your blood will be chilled! Fancy dress is encouraged.
Imaginosity – Dublin
The Festival of Stories is back with a jam-packed schedule of events for families this Halloween. Come along and listen to storytelling, create your own stories and share them with everyone. Throughout the festival there will be a Festival Story Corner with some very special story tellers daily
and a host of workshops and activities including;
- Hocus Pocus Movie Night October 30th at 6pm
- Spooky Story-Making Halloween Workshop with authur Deirdre Sullivan October 31st at 11am