We have quite a thrilling week coming up, with the bank holiday, the mid-term break and Halloween to top it all off. Grab the kids and give them a week to remember with our guide to what’s on around the country from Sophie Amy Kane. Happy Halloween from IMAGE!
On Sunday: Spook the kids (and yourself) at the Samhain Haunted Forest Walk in Marlay Park
If there one thing we love, it’s a free event for the kids, especially when it’s one like this extraordinary Marlay park venture. At this family-friendly event, you go through Marley park at any time between 3.30 pm and 8.00 pm, before heading through the park’s forest, adorned with Halloween decorations and spooky actors. I can promise you Marley park will turn into your new favourite forest of phantasmal fright, but do keep the winter warmers in mind, as temperatures are set to drop this weekend.
On Sunday: Go north to the Belfast Halloween monster mash and firework display
This is Belfast’s biggest and best Halloween event, with eye-catching fireworks and fun activities such as the Titanic exhibition, with brilliant actors as the old crew passengers and members. This night is unforgettable every year and I can’t recommend it enough
All weekend: Catch a new play by Emily Gillmor Murphy at the Pearse Centre Theatre
Suitable for the slightly older kiddies in your life (12 and up to be exact), The Horror Writer is a new production about an ageing playwright who reveals his last tale of terror to his nurse — but this time, the gruesome story may just be true. Tickets from €18.
On Monday: Get moving around the city with the Ghostbus tour for kids
I urge everyone to bring your kids to this bus tour, an adventure they’ll never forget. The Ghostbus has a mix of educational tales and fun activities, and at only €15 per person, it’s well worth it. The spookiest and most entertaining hour and a half you’ll have this weekend.
Until Wednesday: Have some fun at Halloween at the Irish Military Museum, Co. Meath
This unique and scary journey takes place at the Irish military war museum, with tickets costing anything between €16 and €20 euro, this thrilling experience is unmissable. Running until October 30, not only does this event had a spooky walk through the ‘Museum of Terror’, they also have a family chill zone, a maze and Ireland’s largest inflatable area.
On (fittingly) Wednesday and Thursday: Get up close and personal with The Addams Family over dinner at the Pillo hotel
Who doesn’t love the classic movie The Addams Family? Well, this is your chance to get a real-life experience of what a meal with the family would be like. The event will be hosted on October 30 and 31 at the Pillo Hotel in Ashbourne, and feel free to dress up to head along. Tickets are €37.50 for adults and €17.50 for children.
On Thursday: Settle in for scares and laughs at the Celbridge Halloween Festival
A screening of Ghostbusters, followed by a neon glow ghost party — what more could you want for Halloween night in Celbridge? Another cost-free event, that’s run for a good cause — the festival is set up by Safer Celbridge community action on alcohol-related harm to promote a safer Halloween experience. A great example, and it looks like so much fun.
All week: Get some Family Frights in at the National Wax Museum
The National Wax Museums is one of Dublin’s most loved attractions, and such an amazing experience, whether young or old. This year, they are upping their game and doing a Halloween experience until November 4, with plenty of gory and ghoulish activities for everyone attending. The tickets are €15 for adults and €10 per child — and don’t forget your costume, as they’ve got prizes going for best dressed.
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