Halloween is just around the corner and there’s something for everyone on this list of ghoulish goings-on in Galway…
Spooky Fest: Halloween at Loughwell Farm Park
Loughwell Farm Park is open for some spooky family fun from 1.00 am to 4.30 pm on Sat 22, Sun 23, Sat 29, Sun 30 & Mon 31 October 2016 . This year children can get their scare on at the Interactive Spooky House Experience.
- Halloween Show with wonky witches, Winnie & Wanda
- A hunt through secret passageways in the spooky house
- All the usual Loughwell attractions including the barrel train, Go-karts, playgrounds and indoor slides
How much? €12.00 entry per child for the full day. Adults €5.00. €2.50 supplement per child for Spooky Fest. Booking not necessary.
Top Reason to go: There’s so much to do in Loughwell. Add the Halloween festivities to the regular array of attractions and you won’t have enough time in one day!
Family Halloween Festival At Slieve Aughty Centre
Slieve Aughty Centre’s Halloween event runs from from Saturday, 29 October to November 6th and is open from 12 to 6 daily.
- Visit Bloody Mary’s Haunted House
- Take a walk through The Enchanted Forest
- Nature trails
- Arts & Crafts
- Small animal farm
- Family games
- Playground (up to 5 years)
- Pony rides (5 years plus)
- Scary stories
How much? Entry is €5 per person. Supplementary charges for pony rides. For bookings call 090 9745 246.
SUNDAY 30TH: Howl-O-Ween Charity Ride, 1pm
MONDAY 31ST: Kids Disco Fancy Dress Party and Trick-or-Treat, 5-8pm
Top reason to go: Their Eco-friendly ethos and the fact that they serve WINE!
Zombie Beauty Parlour at The Galway Arts Centre
Have your Halloween look professionally perfected by make up artist Fiona Hession at Galway Arts Centre, 47 Dominick Street. Open from 1pm to 7pm on Saturday 29th October. Suitable for adults and kids.
How much? From €10 – €30. Booking essential: firstname.lastname@example.org 091- 565886
Top Reason to go: You’ll have the best Halloween make-up in town!
Spooky Wooky at THE Burren Nature Sanctuary
Spooky Wooky runs from October 28th to November 1st between 1pm and 6pm.
- Visit the Bat’s haunted cave if you dare.
- Meet Biddy the Witch, cast a spell in her cauldron and see her dead husbands.
- Enjoy a roasted marshmallow with the skeleton.
- Visit the fairies in the forest.
- Enjoy the nature trails, playground and soft play area.
- Feed the animals.
How much? Prices: €10 per child, €6 per adult.
Spooky Wooky is not suitable for under 4’s but younger kids can use the play areas and enjoy story-time daily at 12 noon. Be sure to have lunch in their amazing cafe! They have a ‘no fizz, no fry’ policy. Winner!
Top reason to go: This place is full of surprises, so I can only imagine how much fun the Halloween event will be.
Halloween FESTIVITIES AT Brigit’s Garden
Update: While the Bonfire and Story-telling event is sold out, Brigit’s Garden remains open for the duration of the midterm break (Monday 31st October – Sunday 7th November) with a daily spooky treasure hunt overseen by the Wacky Witch. Off peak admission applies and tickets can be purchased on the door. Adult: €6.00, seniors/students/unemployed: €5.00, family (2 adults, 3 children): €18.50, child: €4.00, under 4’s are free.
STORY TELLING AND BONFIRE EVENT – SOLD OUT!
The meadows and woodlands of Brigit’s Garden get creepy after dark and this year’s Halloween Storytelling and Bonfire Event takes place on Sunday October, 30th from 2.30-6.30pm.
- Spooky Treasure Hunt
- Mask-making with natural materials
- Apple fishing
- Enjoy the Celtic Gardens at dusk
- 3.30 & 4.30pm Spooky Celtic Tales in the Hazel Room with master story-teller Rab Fulton and others
- 5.30 pm Parade with the Puca and lighting of the Halloween Bonfire
How Much? Adult/Child €8.00. Family of 4 €28. Additional Child €6. Student/senior €6.00
Top reason to go: Fantastic Halloween atmosphere! These people do Halloween VERY well.
Halloween Treat at Turoe Pet Farm
Events at Turoe kick off on Saturday 29th and run until Monday 31st October.
- Face-painting & balloon-modelling
- All-weather facilities include the Inflatable City, Jungle Town and an astro-turf pitch.
- Feed the animals.
- Fancy Dress Parade @ 4pm on the Red Carpet. Treats for participants.
- Disco with D.J. Corky.
How much? Adults €6, children €12.
Top Reason to go: A disco and treats? Sold.
The annual Macnas Parade never fails to entertain. This year’s is called ‘Savage Grace’ and is described as ‘a restless ballad, a deliriously dark and delicious waltz between love and loss.’ It will weave its way through the streets on Sunday, October 30th, kicking off at 5.30pm. The route starts at Fisheries’ Field and finishes at Fr. Burke Park near the GTI. Audience members are encouraged to dress up in costume. Expect crowds – it’s the largest free event in the West of Ireland!
Top Reason to go: The atmosphere and spectacle of the parade is unparalleled. Highly recommended but get there early to secure a good spot!
For Teenagers & Adults
‘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…’
It’s basically a haunted house for adults. Jeer not. This WILL scare you. Trust me! Carnevil is running until on midnight on Halloween night. The opening times are 7pm to 10pm (October 12-16, 20-21); 6pm to 10pm (October 22-27); 4pm to 11pm (October 28-31). The event is strictly over 16s.
Fright Fest at Loughwell Pet Farm
Fright Fest is described as ‘The West of Ireland’s first and ONLY terrifying scream park’. It boasts three scare attractions; Frightmare Manor, Terrortoriam and Walk of Fear, which promise to ‘haunt you to your grave and beyond.’
Fright Fest is an evening event running from Thursday 27th to Monday 31st of October. Not recommended for under 13s. Booking available online and tickets cost €22. A bus to the event will run from the Cathedral Bus Park on Sunday 30th Oct.
Disclosure: These are not affiliated links. Tickets for Facebook giveaways to events listed were offered following the publication of the post.
Let me know what you think of the list. Have you been to any of these? Have I left out anything ? Comments always welcome! 🙂 Have a spooky one, folks!