It might be the time of year when ghosts and ghouls dominate family life, but there are still other options this weekend. However, you can check our list of 56 Halloween events in Ireland here!

One of the most important events takes place in Dublin and Kilkenny. With 1 in 9 women developing breast cancer in their lifetime, everybody knows someone that has been affected and the Great Pink Run helps raise vital funds for research to transform the outcome for thousands of families.

There are also art festivals, agricultural shows, music, theatre and lots more taking place this weekend.

Have fun!

1) Great Pink Run
Last year over 8,000 men women and children raised over €500,000 for Breast Cancer Ireland and this year's events are on this Saturday in Dublin and Sunday in Kilkenny. 

2) Baboró | International Arts Festival for Children
Baboró International Arts Festival for Children, Ireland's flagship festival for children and families each October in Galway City and County, devoted exclusively to children and families. Events this weekend include Jabberbabble, I Say. You Say, Wonder Emporium, Robotics Workshop and more.

3) Harry Potter Day | Castlecomer Discovery Park
Castlecomer Discovery Park will host a Harry Potter day this Saturday. You have read the books, seen the movies, now grab your wand and broom for a day of fun and magic.

4) Belfast Arts Festival
Running until November 3rd featuring artists and performers from across the globe, enjoy world-class theatre, music and visual arts. This weekend's events include music from La Dame Blanche, breath-taking aerial acrobatics from La Spire and The Playboy of the Western World.

5) Gaelforce Howth
Recently featured as one of the Lonely Planet's Epic Runs of the World, you will be challenged but you will never be bored of the sweeping views of Dublin as you make your way up hills over varied terrain on this 10k challenge on Saturday.

6) Wexford Fringe
The 67th Fringe is an open-access arts festival running until 3rd November with events this weekend including The Busquitos, Wexford Model Railway Club Open Day and guided tours of The Irish National Heritage Park.

7) National Dairy Show
The fun, family, farming day out offers something for everyone and has steadily grown into Ireland's premier indoor agricultural event. The Show always offers a wide range of attractions and this year is no different, with an extended Trade Stand area with over 150 trade exhibits, marketing agricultural-based products and equipment.

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8) Talking Walls Festival | Achill Island
Concluding this weekend, events include Historical Talk, Haiku Workshop, Keel Sheep Show, Le Céile Open Mic Night and a Historic Bus Tour of Achill Island. Celebrating the life and work of the award-winning Irish-American playwright, Eugene O’Neill in New Ross from 10th-14th October.

9) Ballina Fringe Festival
The 2nd Fringe Festival in Ballina Arts Centre concludes this weekend with No Crows in St Michael’s Church, Killala Bay Folk Club in Shambles Bar and Encounters, an exhibition featuring new works from award-winning international artist Mick O’Dea.

10) Alice in Wonderland | Wexford Arts Centre
From the time Alice falls down the rabbit hole to the hilarious and curious ending, everyone, even the adults, will be spellbound. A great holiday show suitable for families and particularly for children aged four to nine.

11) Foxford Trad Festival
A weekend of Traditional Irish Music, Song & Dance for all ages with concerts, masterclasses, workshops, sean-nós dance competitions, music sessions and lots, lots more.

12) The Ronan Collins Show | Nenagh Arts Centre
Enjoy the 'The Ronan Collins Show’ this Saturday with very special guests Gina and The Champions with two and half magical hours of fun and music featuring the giants of the Irish Showband era.

13) The Normans Are Here
Get involved in the Norman Art Project at the Presentation Centre in Wexford with a free Saturday art workshop with visual artist Nadia Corridan featuring educational talks on art & history relating to the Norman influence in Co. Wexford, Suitable for ages 7-12.

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