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14th October 2016


Up Coming Halloween Events and Festivals


Killruddery House Wicklow

Saturday 29th October until Sunday 30th October

If ghosts and ghouls aren’t your kind of thing this Hallowe’en, bring the family to Killruddery for a weekend of bright and seasonal fun! Choose a pumpkin of your own and have it carved out by a master craftsman in the Pumpkin Patch or build your own scarecrow in the Scarecrow Plot to enter into the scarecrow competition!

An ideal day out for all the family and a great chance for the children to get creative outdoors before winter sets in.

Cork and Dublin

The Nightmare Realm

Dublin – Thursday 29th September until Saturday 5th November

Cork - Friday 30th September until Saturday 5th November

Ireland's most terrifying Halloween attraction, where your darkest nightmares become a reality!  The Nightmare Realm have interactive sets with vivid special effects and live creatures that will prey on your deepest fears and push the boundaries of your sanity.  It is strictly over 13s and not for the faint hearted!  Do you have what it takes to face your fears?

Those brave enough to venture into the Realm are advised to keep their wits about them as danger lurks in every shadow. It’s a thrilling experience for all horror enthusiasts and Halloween fans, and you will even spot references, characters and moments from iconic classic horror films along the way.

The Nightmare Realm has been petrifying Cork since 2009, and Dublin can no longer hide. Due to popular demand, they are invading the Capital for the first time this year to instil horror.



Step inside the world’s first & original Ghostbus and be transported into a world of ghostly happenings, comedy horror, and terrifying histories.

The new Ghostbus will drive you into your nightmares, taking in some of Dublin’s most haunting sights along the way. Visit the Hellfire Clubroom and haunted museum downstairs, and play a hand of cards with the devil himself. Next take your seat upstairs in the Victorian Theatre with its blood red velvet curtains and begin a thrilling ride tracing Dublin’s creepiest mysteries. You will be led through this ordeal by a sinister guide and driver, two men in tune with the afterlife, who will do their best to put you at your unease.

Image credit to Failte Ireland - Ireland's Content Pool

Did you know that Dublin was home to one of horror fiction’s most famous names: Dracula author, Bram Stoker? Your creepy host will give you an unnerving insight into his origins as the tour creeps through Dublin’s darkened streets. At the College of Surgeons, a certain Dr. Clossey is still said to roam the corridors carrying a bucket of human entrails.

Having heard some twisted tales aboard the Ghostbus get ready for a lesson in grave digging and bodysnatching in the grisly surroundings of the haunted graveyard. 

More grizzly dealings are unleashed at the harrowing St. James’s Graveyard before hearing the story of the ghost of Darky Kelly, the Madame of Dublin’s notorious Maiden Tower who is said to wander restlessly.

Don’t be surprised if the supernatural occurs as you delve inside the medieval crypt at Dublin Castle. Designed to spook your imagination, the spine-tingling, nerve-racking Dublin Bus Ghostbus Tour will be a journey of hair-raising frights you will never forget.

Check out their video here.

Spooktacular Boo – Dublin Zoo

Sunday 31st October

To celebrate Halloween, Dublin Zoo has announced a spooktacular line-up of activities taking place on Monday, 31st October. From 12–4pm, visitors are invited to Dublin Zoo for an unmissable afternoon which will include a creepy animal trail, festive keeper talks as well as spooky arts and crafts!

Face painters will be on hand to give trick or treaters the exciting opportunity to transform into friendly or scary Halloween characters for the annual monster themed disco on the Great Lawn.

What’s more, children who come to the Zoo dressed in costume can get in for half price!

Image credit Failte Ireland - Ireland Content Pool

ScaryTales at Malahide Castle

Thursday 27th  October until Monday 31st October

Join Malahide Castle’s Housekeeper Hattie for some ghostly castle capers as she prepares for the annual Halloween Party. Hattie will take you on a tour through the castle where strange things have been happening. Afterwards you can party with the Monster Mash Masters and show off your scary dance moves!


Galway Aboo Halloween Festival

Friday 28th October until Monday 31st October 

The Galway Aboo Halloween Festival takes place in Galway’s Latin Quarter from Friday 28th to Monday 31st of October. It is the country’s largest Halloween Festival and plays host to a number of activities and free events making it the perfect Halloween Festival for all ages.

The annual Halloween parade will take place on Sunday 30th October at approximately 5.30pm.  This year’s parade is called 'Saving Grace' by the internationally renowned street theatre group, Macnas, who will be putting on a street-hopping, traffic-stopping party with a host of new giants, performances, bespoke costumes and live original music all drenched in their award-winning design.

The annual Monster Dash in aid of On The Road Again (OTRA) will take place on Halloween, Saturday 29th October at 7pm. The event starts and finishes outside The King's Head and the route will take participants around the streets of Galway with prize for the best costume.


Saturday 8th October until Monday 31st October

Are you feeling brave? Are you feeling nervous? Are you looking for something to test the limits of your courage, and are you prepared to look deep into the abyss? Are you prepared for the abyss to look back?

Carnevil is the West Of Ireland’s first scare attraction, housed in the haunted Printing Press of the Connacht Tribune, where, over 150 years ago, a seemingly innocent travelling carnival came to the city, only to leave its citizens so scarred and terrified, that all memories of it have been stricken from official records, never to be spoken of again. Until now…

Photo credit Carnevil Facebook Page

Carnevil begins its terrifying run on October 8th and will end at midnight on Hallowe’en night.


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