Here's a selection of some of the top destinations and events happening around the country in the run up to Halloween.
1) Halloween Experience at Tayto Park
For families with younger kiddies, Tayto Park are running a child-friendly daytime House of Horrors which will run from 11am to 4pm, until Sunday November 1, 2015. The park will be transformed for mid-term with everything from ghosts, goblins, zombies and a whole spook-fest of delighted on offer. For bigger kids (age 14 plus) the Tayto Park After Dark Experience has just been launched and guests can ride the mega Cú Chulainn Coaster...in darkness! It's not like the ride isn't scary enough racing along at 100km an hour without doing it in the dark!! For more information, opening hours or to book click here.
2) Embark on a Halloween Holiday
Delphi Adventure Resort and Spa in Co Galway is the perfect place to spend a spooktacular mid-term break! Their ‘Halloween Holiday’ package is guaranteed to please the bravest of them all, with Halloween-themed activities including the ‘Forest of Fear’ and ‘Dungeons of Doom’ experiences, as well as horror movie nights for over 18's and a ‘Little Monsters’ kids’ club. Guests are also encouraged to don their finest fancy dress attire for a party on Hallowe’en night.
The package includes three nights in their 4-star accommodation, one hour of complimentary access to the spa, breakfast each morning and one three-course evening meal. Delphi adventure centre also has everything from abseiling to bog hole jumping, so there’ll never be a dull moment!
3) Get lost in a haunted maze
Prepare to be petrified in the haunted maze in Greenan, Co. Wicklow! For the first time ever, the maze is coming to life after dark, plagued by ghosts, zombies, demons and sorcerers. Kids and adults alike will have to figure their way out, solving puzzles, riddles and avoiding traps along the way. Beware of the nightmares in the Museum, the phantoms in the farmhouse, freaky Farmer Fred and the Banshee in the bed!
4) Join the fun at a Halloween fest
The gruesome good fun continues this year at Westport House’s annual Halloween fest! The heritage attraction will transform into a house of (harmless) horrors, with plenty of fun and games and activities for the little ones. Listen to the wily white witch’s spirited stories, learn how to carve a Jack o’-Lantern, try out some repulsive recipes, and bust a move at the Thriller dance workshop. There’s also the usual outdoor theme park attractions, including the Pirates Plunge and the Westport House Express train.
5) Worship the pumpkin!
A long-time family favourite stateside is picking out your family pumpkin before carving out the spookiest face and making pie with the innards. The trend is catching on here with many places from Scalpwood in Wicklow to Virginia in Cavan inviting people to join their pumpkin festival. In Cavan the locals will be taking to the streets for their annual pumpkin festival. The night sky will be transformed into a blaze of colour during the fireworks display on Sunday November 1, while the grand carnival parade will dazzle you with its aerial performers, mechanical horses, and dancing girls – and of course, the famous giant pumpkin!
6) Vamp it up
Learn all about the creator of Dracula at the Bram Stoker festival in Dublin. Embark on a scary trail in Marsh’s library, go to an educational talk at the National Library, or watch some vampire-themed movies in the Light House cinema. You can also visit Castle Dracula for an interactive learning experience (click here for more) and graveyard theatre performance. Be afraid...be very afraid!