Ghosts by the Coast! Seven spooktacular events this Halloween

Halloween is just around the corner so it’s time to get planning! If you’re looking for some spooky events and terrifying activities look no further – we’ve gathered seven of the best Halloween happenings taking place all around the coast!


1. Horrifying histories @ the Irish National Heritage Park, Wexford 27th – 30th October

Keep those little monsters busy this Halloween at the National Heritage Park. Be enthralled by tales of ‘horrifying histories’ a gruesome look at some of history’s most horrible, horrifying, (and sometimes hilarious) people and events. The show is for kids of all ages and will reveal some of the nasty and horrifying things our ancestors did!

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2. Galway Aboo Halloween Festival, Galway 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. Hosted by the renowned street theatre group Macnas, the streets will be alive and kicking with fantastical performances, unbelievable costumes and foot stomping music!

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3. Youghaloween Spooktacular Festival, Cork 28th – 30th 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. 

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4. 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!

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5. Halloween tours @ 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!

Booking is essential so book your tour today by calling 051 397 055

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6. Night tours @ Wicklow Gaol, Co. Wicklow 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.

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7. Halloween Science Camps @ Galway Atlantaquaria 1st – 4th November

Looking for something fun for the kids to do this Halloween break? Why not let them try out for spooky marine science. The Galway Atlantaquaria are running their science camps where the little mad scientists can experiment with slime and goo, investigate deadly predators and explore the deep sea!

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Ann Robinson
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