Halloween Events by the Coast | 28th – 31st October

Halloween is just around the corner and if you’re looking for some spooky events and terrifying activities look no further – here’s eight of the best Halloween happenings taking place around the coast!

Here’s our top Halloween events worth checking out!

1. Galway Aboo Halloween Festival | 28th – 31st October

Galway Aboo Festival will bring Halloween fun to the medieval streets of Galway’s Latin Quarter. There will be a whole load of events and activities for the whole family but a definite highlight will be the annual parade taking place on Sunday 29th. Hosted by the renowned street theatre group Macnas, the streets will be alive and kicking with fantastical performances, unbelievable costumes and foot stomping music!

More info: www.galwaytourism.ie

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2. Halloween tours at Hook Lighthouse, Wexford | 29th – 30th October

Explore one of the oldest lighthouses in the world on a ghostly lantern lit tour. Find out the terrifying true tales behind the lighthouse and watch out for the ghost and ghouls awaiting around every corner! Not for the fainthearted! The tours run from 29th-31st each evening from 6pm -9pm and booking is essential. 

More info and to book: www.hookheritage.ie

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3. Bram Stoker Festival, Dublin | 28th – 30th October

Bram Stoker was born in Dublin in 1847 and became the creator of the world’s most famous vampire. Each Halloween the capital erupts in a weekend of gothically inspired events from music, theatre, street performances, film and so much more. There will be plenty of fanged fiends wandering the streets to scare and delight!

For more info: www.bramstokerfestival.com

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4. Youghaloween Spooktacular Festival, Cork | 27th – 29th October

The witches are coming to Youghal Co. Cork to celebrate the ancient Irish Festival of Samhain. The weekend is packed with activities from ghost tours, old fun fair games, fire show, street performances and a witchy parade! Watch as the witches of Youghal call up An Bhean Uisce, the woman of the water, in their ghastly parade led by lanterns, drummers and ghostly knights.

More info: www.facebook.com/YoughalSpooktacular

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5. Derry Halloween Festival |  28th – 31st October

Head to Derry for a four day celebration like no other, filled with ghoulish events and frightful fun for all the family. Major highlights include the parade and spectacular fireworks display that will light up the River Foyle

More info: Derry Halloween

6. Halloween at Wicklow Gaol | 27th – 30th October

Experience one of the most haunted places in Ireland by candle light. The Wicklow Goal has a long and horrid history of punishment, torture, starvation and death. Hear the compelling tale brought to life by the excellent guides and watch out for ghosts lurking in the shadows! This tour is for adults only. There will also be paranormal tours, spooky games and horror movie screenings.

For more info: www.wicklowshistoricgaol.com

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7. Fright at the Light – Halloween Walk at Fanad Lighthouse | 29th October 5pm – 9pm

Take an evening stroll at Fanad lighthouse on Sunday 29th when the ghosts and ghouls will be on the prowl. Come along but keep your eyes open and your wits about you…you never know who is lurking in the shadows…

More info: fanadlighthouse.com

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8. Mayo Dark Sky Festival | 27th – 29th October

If you are looking for something different this Halloween check out this wonderful festival celebrating the majestic night sky. There will be a number of talks, workshops, walks and of course stargazing throughout the festival.

More info: Mayo Dark Sky Festival

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