Halloween Days Out!

Halloween is almost here so get planning where you are going to go with the Primary Times Guide to the best Halloween events in the West!


Fri 24th Oct – Sun 2nd Nov
Belvedere Scarecrow Festival

Ensure your favourite characters get a good stuffing at the Annual Scarecrow Festival Lots of prizes are on offer for this fun competition where all the Scarecrows will be on display over Halloween Mid term break.  Belvedere House Gardens & Park, Mullingar, Co. Westmeath 044-9349060 or check outwww.belvedere-house.ie


25th Oct - 3rd Nov.
Lough Key Forest Park

Why not visit Lough Key Forest & Activity Park during Halloween for some Spooky Fun & Activities for all the family. Frightful fun, not to be missed. From the 25th October, experience all the scares and lots of fun at the Halloween Festival in the themed Lough Key Visitor Centre.  Themed Visitor centre • Crafty Classes • Colouring Competitions, Face painting • Boda Booooo - with some extra guests • Pumpkin Carving. Lots to keep everyone frightfully entertained…View website for full details www.loughkey.ieor telephone 071 9673122. Lough Key, Boyle, Co Roscommon


Sat 25th Oct – Sun 2nd Nov
Loughwell Farm Park

With acres of outdoor fun and over 12,000 square feet of indoor entertainment including the best selection of slides in the West of Ireland, Loughwell Farm Park is full of family friendly horror this Halloween and you are guaranteed a spooktacular time whatever the weather.     Running on Sat 25th, Sun 26th, Mon 27th, Thurs 30th, Fri 31st Oct, Sat 1st and Sun 2nd November 2014. Open from 11 am to 5.30 pm. Go along in your ghoul, ghost, witch or whatever scary outfit you want and be guaranteed screamingly good time! The Halloween parties go on all day and you can arrive anytime to enjoy a fantastic day of family friendly horror. Prices are €10 per child and €5 per adult. All activities are included in the admission price so its great value. For more information call 091 969631, email: info@loughwellfarmpark.ie  or  check out  www.loughwellfarmpark.ie .


Sat 25th October

The underground experience takes a spooky turn for Halloween Underground on Sat 25th Oct. from 2pm to 4pm. Full entertainment details to be confirmed but it will be a spooktacular, fright fest for all the family! Arigna Mining Experience, Co Roscommon.www.arignaminingexperience.ie 071-96 46466


Sat 25th October
Jack-o’-Lantern Upcycling

Kids can make their very own glowing pumpkin, goblin or ghoul Jack O’Lanterns in our two hour workshop at The Hunt Museum, Limerick. 2-4pm Ages 4+ Booking Essential Tel: 061 312833www.huntmuseum.com


25th - 27th October
Galway Aboo!

Something spooktacular is taking place in Galway’s Latin Quarter this Halloween Weekend. From Sat 25th to Mon 27th, the city’s medieval streets will host the country’s biggest Halloween Festival with many fun and free events planned for the weekend with high-spirits guaranteed.


Sat 25th October
Gross & Gruesome Tour

Come join the Hunt Museum team and learn about the gross and gruesome secrets hidden in the Museum’s collection! This frightening tour may not suitable for boys and ghouls under 13. ages 13+only. 3 pm Tel: 061 312833 www.huntmuseum.com


Sat 25th Oct – Sun 2nd Nov
Glendeer Pet Farm

Spooky fun at Glendeer. 090 64 37147 Drum, Athlone. Exit 13 off M6. www.glendeerpetfarm.ie


Sat 25th Oct – Sun 2nd Nov
Slieve Aughty Halloween Festival

Annual Halloween Festival at Slieve Aughty Centre.  Pony rides, forest walks, walks with a donkey, pumpkin treats, arts and crafts, dressing up (don’t forget the camera), face painting and more!  090 97 45 246 www.riding-centre.com.  Kylebrack West, Co. Galway


Sat 25th Oct – Fri 31st October
Westport House Halloween Fest

The Halloween Fest, which will run from October 25 -31st, is the perfect place to go for fiendish family fun. Voted Best Halloween Event in The West by Primary Times readers, The 18th century historic house will be transformed into a (not too) scary haunted house for the week (suitable for little ones), and the attractions and activities on offer are guaranteed to cast a spell over your little witches and warlocks!  The cauldron of festive fun includes the White Witch’s story time and ghastly face painting. Carve a Jack O’Lantern, do the Zombie Shuffle at the Kiddies Disco and learn some gruesome new recipes at the ‘Spooky Spoons’ workshop.

At the Pirate Adventure Park, travel into another world on the mysterious Westport House Express train ride and have more fun than you can shake a broomstick at while on board the swinging ship and pedal Go Karts before a final wicked trip on the log flume water ride. The Haunted House will be open from 11am to 5pm daily, with park open from 1pm -5pm.  The not too scary Spooky Train Tour (suitable for little ones!) runs from 11am-2pm daily.  www.westporthouse.ie


Sun 26th & Mon 27th October
Belvedere Halloween Treasure Hunts

On Bank Holiday weekend Sun and Mon at midday Belvedere hosts its NEW Halloween Treasure Hunts through the ancient whispering woodland where clues will lead you loads of goodies on completion of trail.  Belvedere’s normal entry fee applies. For more details phone Belvedere House Gardens & Park, Mullingar, Co. Westmeath 044-9349060 or check out www.belvedere-house.ie


Fri 24th – Mon 27th Oct
Belvedere Spook Walks in the Forest of Fear

Guided walks through ghostly scenarios along a 1.5km trail trough the ancient whispering woods. Wear appropriate clothing and footwear for an outdoor walk and bring a small torch.  Booking essential as numbers on walks limited.   Spook walks begin at 7pm. Suited for Children over 8 only. Children must be accompanied. Belvedere House Gardens & Park, Mullingar, Co. Westmeath 044-9349060 or check outwww.belvedere-house.ie


Sat 25th – Mon 27th Oct
Spooky Halloween Fun at imecofarm

Forest Trails, Pony Rides, Archery, indoor maze, treasure hunts, indoor bouncy castle, crazy golf, pedal carts, cafe, feed the animals and lots more. www.imecofarm.com Phone: 065 6841552 Clarecastle, Co Clare.


Sat 25th Oct
FREE Family Fun Day

Break your journey and stop off at Applegreen Motorway Services at M1 Lusk, M1 Castlebellingham, M4 Enfield and M11 Wicklow for a Halloween Free Family Fun Day! Children’s entertainers, facepainting, balloon modelling and lots more! Prizes for best Halloween Costume 11am -3pm. www.applegreen.ie


Sun 26th October
Westport House Fireworks Extravaganza

Join Westport House for an explosive evening of treats and tricks on October 26 at 7pm at the annual Fireworks Extravangza.  Not only will you see the skies light up but you can practice your Thriller dance moves at the Halloween dance in the front lawn of Westport House.  Make sure you look scarily good to be in with a chance to win some fantastic prizes in the costume competition. Entry is €5 per person.  Gates open at 6:30pm.  October bank holiday Sunday. www.westporthouse.ie


Sat 25th – Fri 31st Oct
Samhain Abhainn!

Looking for someplace new to visit this Halloween? Why not visit Ballina – with lots of scary events at the Halloween Festival. www.discoverireland.ie/ballina


Mon 27th Oct
Halloween at Bunratty Folk Park

The ever popular annual Halloween Holiday Horror event at Bunratty Castle and Folk Park, Co. Clare, takes place on Bank Holiday Monday October 27th from 12 - 6pm.  Bunratty Folk Park.www.shannonheritage.com 061 711200


Tue 28th October
The Farmyard

Situated on a family run farm nestled in the heart of the stunning Burren landscape, The Farmyard promotes a healthy way of living through fun farm activities and educational workshops. Visit during the mid-term break, meet the animals, explore a working farm or see a cob oven in action. Or if you just fancy a cup of tea and a bite to eat, call into the tearooms, where you can enjoy a range of delicious, locally sourced artisan fare. www.thefarmyard.ie Dabrien, Corofin, Co Clare. 087 7413618


Tue 28th - Thurs 30th October
Craft Camp

Kids Create Craft Camp at The Limerick Craft Hub, Limerick's largest craft shop with a craft gallery, craft classes and open studios the public can visit to see craft in action! The Create Craft Camp runs from 10am-3-pm at 9 Lower Cecil Street, Limerick info@limerickcrafthub.ie 061 315 668 www.limerickcrafthub.ie


Wed 29th – Fri 31st October
The Hunt Museum Halloween Camp

Kids spend a spooky day doing wicked arts and crafts, ghostly gallery activities and fiendishly fun art! 10am-4pm.  Booking Essential Tel: 061 312833 www.huntmuseum.com


Mon 27th  –  Fri 31st October

Nenagh's Halloween Festival. Spleodar brings light, sound and excitement to the streets of Nenagh around Halloween time with drama, workshop and street entertainment for families and children. 067 34400


Thurs 30th October
Halloween At Brigit’s Garden

Halloween bonfire and story-telling evening- A special Samhain Evening for all ages – come in your spookiest fancy dress! Do you Dare?' Spooky treasure hunt
Ghostly and wondrous stories and music
from the Wacky Witch and others
Mask-making with natural materials
Halloween Bonfire with the Puca Pizza, Finnerty's burgers and more available in the Café. 4-9pm www.brigitsgarden.ie


Thurs 30th October
Five Star Fun

Halloween Party & Kids Disco from 7pm at Five Star Fun in Grange, Co Sligo.  The best Party Venue in the west as voted by Primary Times readers! 071 917315 www.fivestarfun.ie


Fri 31st October
Halloween In The Haunted Gardens

For families with children 10 years and younger. Experience thrills and chills at Birr Castle Demesne’s annual Halloween Night. Birr Castle Demesne, Birr, Co Offaly. 057 9120336  www.birrcastle.com


Fri 31st October
The Horror Express

Visit the Cavan & Leitrim Railway for 0.4km Train ride on Ireland’s most haunted Railway, Visit the C&L Graveyard, Cinema- Showing some short Halloween Animations, Cafe- for some ticks & Treats (Mostly Treats!). Age: 4- 12 Years old. 6-9pm Dromod, Co Leitrim www.cavanandleitrim.com


Fri 31st October
Gross & Gruesome Tour

Come join the Hunt Museum team and learn about the gross and gruesome secrets hidden in the Museum’s collection! This frightening tour may not suitable for boys and ghouls under 13. ages 13+only. 3 pm Tel: 061 312833 www.huntmuseum.com

Fri 31st October
Darren Shan

Darren will be reading out some of the especially grisly passages from his books and answering questions from fans. All ages are welcome, but the content is most appropriate for teenagers upwards. 69 O’Connell Street 2pm. 061 774 774 www.limetreetheatre.ie

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