Best Halloween Events Ireland Has to Offer

The spooky time of year is a fun one in Ireland and if you are looking for the best Halloween events Ireland has to offer, look no further. With Halloween events for children and their families and some for adults only, this is your guide to the best Halloween attractions in Ireland for spooky fun.

Note: You must check the latest prices, tickets, and availability before arriving at any venue. Many events are ticketed and with limited numbers this year. To avoid disappointment, contact the venue early to secure your tickets.

Updated September 2022 – A few venues are still to be confirmed for this year, so keep an eye on their websites/Facebook pages for more details closer to the time.

Best Halloween events Ireland has to offer

Whether you are looking for Dublin Halloween events or ones north of the border, the following list showcases some of the best across the Emerald Isle. The hard part will be choosing which ones to go to!

The events are split into two categories, one dedicated to Northern Ireland Halloween events and one for Halloween events in the Republic of Ireland.

Large pumpkin lantern with a black witches hat on surrounded by smaller pumpkin lanterns

Best Halloween Events, Northern Ireland

Derry Halloween

Address: Various locations throughout the city of Derry/Londonderry, and Strabane

If you are looking for an amazing Halloween event in Northern Ireland, then you must check out the Derry Halloween. The events take place at 14 key locations across the city over four days, ending on Halloween night.

The Walled City is coming alive with ancient spirits welcoming you to join our Awakening.

Derry Halloween

With events taking place around folklore, feasting, and festivity, visitors can enjoy events such as a City of Bones Trail, street performances, and the Forest of Shadows Trail over the Peach Bridge. Music, storytelling, chilling installations, and more will await those to dare to visit the City of Derry during their Halloween event.

Further events as part of Derry Halloween will also be taking place in Strabane and Donegal, including a Halloween Hay Trail, fireworks display, and more.

For more information visit the Derry Halloween website or their Facebook page.

Pickie Funpark, Down

Address: Marine Gardens, Bangor BT20 5AG, Co. Down (NI)

This family-friendly attraction in County Down is holding a pumpkin picking event this year. Families are invited to visit the pumpkin patch where they can choose their own pumpkin for carving. Visitors are invited to enjoy the attractions once their pumpkin has been carved.

Facilities include toilets, a playground, snack kiosks, and a café. There is no on-site parking but there is a public car park just a short walk from the park.

Find more information on the website or Facebook page. You must pre-book your tickets via this link on the website.

Colin Glen Forest Park, Antrim

Address: 163 Stewartstown Rd, Dunmurry, Belfast BT17 0HW, Co. Antrim (UK)

Head to the Colin Glen Forest Park to enjoy their Halloween Spooktacular this October. Running for nine days up to the 31st of October, families can enjoy a Halloween-guided Gruffalo walk, while teens and couples might enjoy the Skytrek by starlight. Will you be brave enough to tackle the ropes course by moonlight?

Visitor facilities include parking, picnic tables, toilets, and a visitor centre. Pre-booking is advised and can be done on the website where you will find more information too.

The Jungle, Derry

Address: 60 Desertmartin Road, Moneymore, Magherafelt, BT45 7RB, Co. Derry (NI)

The Jungle in County Derry is holding two Halloween events.

The first is a family-friendly affair with pumpkin picking and carving, a haunted haycart ride, maize maze, and more. Children’s tickets include a token for a pumpkin and four additional tokens to use for the other activities. Pre-booking is essential and can be done via the website.

The other event they are holding is Fright Night 2.0. Taking place across 9 nights in October, this one is for the teens and adults. This Trail of Terror, for those who dare to try it, takes place in the forest and isn’t the only thing happening on Fright Night. There is also a horror house, Circus Scare attraction, cornfield, and more.

All of the Fright Night 2.0 events take place from 7pm and children between 12 and 16 years of age must be accompanied by an adult. Information, prices, and how to book your ticket can be found on the website. Pre-booking is essential as the event has limited numbers and is a ticketed event. All the usual visitor facilities are available at the Jungle.

Best Halloween events Belfast has to offer

Address: Various locations

Belfast usually holds a variety of Halloween events across the city. These will include Halloween walking tours, ghost walks and more. See the following links for more information about various events across the city.

  • Visit Belfast – Information on Halloween and ghost walks as well as family-friendly Halloween events in and around the city.
  • Let’s Go Hydro – Family-friendly water sports venue which will have inflatable pumpkins, ghosts and more, a pumpkin patch, Halloween movies, floating bonfire, and a fireworks extravaganza.
  • Crumlin Road Gaol – A child-friendly scary tour of the gaol with pumpkin patch and carving station. For the braver ones there will be a Halloween Scare Attraction and Paranormal event for those wanting a ghostly experience in a haunted prison.
  • Belfast Halloween Ball – Taking place on Halloween night, this over 18s event involves fancy dress (a requirement), Mummies, Vampires, Witches and more. Tickets are limited and in pre-pandemic years, this event sold out quickly. Book your tickets for this event through this link.

Pre-booking of these events is essential due to limited numbers. Click the website linked names to find more information about prices, availability and to book your tickets.

Grimm Hotel, Beflast, Antrim

Address: Cityside Retail & Leisure Park, 100-150 York St, Belfast BT15 1WA, Co. Antrim (UK)

Step inside the Grimm Hotel this Halloween where these rooms are no ordinary hotel rooms. Accompanied by your very own Grimm Hotel bellhop, you will unlock and open some of the 210 doors to discover what lies behind. Enter a spooky fairy tale world in this walk-through theatre experience.

The Grimm Hotell is not suitable for those under 8 years of age and under 18s must be accompanied by an adult. For something a bit different this Halloween, visit the Grimm Hotel. More information and booking details can be found by clicking here.

Hillsborough Castle, Down

Address: The Square, Hillsborough BT26 6GT, Co. Down (UK)

There are two Halloween events taking place at Hillsborough Castle this year. The first is a family-friendly Scarecrow Parade in the Walled Gardens where you can see scarecrows created by local schools and groups.

The second event is a night-time event called the Scarecrow Night Walk during which the Hillsborough Castle scarecrows

come alive, possessed by mischievous spirts that have crossed through the veil to our world! Scattered throughout our spooky, illuminated gardens, do you dare to come to find them all after dark?

Come dressed up (there are spot prizes for the best costumes), enjoy autumnal hot food and drinks, and enjoy a wander through the illuminated historic gardens.

For more information about the Halloween events at Hillsborough Castle, and to book your tickets, visit the What’s On page.

Halloween walking tours

This Halloween a few towns and cities are doing a Halloween walking tour. Characters and props will provide a spooky atmosphere for these walking tours as you uncover ghostly tales and spooky happenings of times gone by in the city. Here are the ones taking place.

  • Donaghadee Halloween Walking Tour – Visit this link for details.
  • Newtownards Halloween Walking Tour – Click here for details.

Other pumpkin patch venues across Northern Ireland Ireland

Here are some additional venues that may be offering pumpkin picking in Northern Ireland this Halloween season.

  • Woodview Garden Centre – 3 Cloughan Road, BT61 8RF, Co. Armagh (UK). More information. SOLD OUT!
  • Fulton’s Pumpkin Patch – 121 Berryhill Rd, Donemana, Strabane BT82 0JS, Co. Tyrone (UK). More information.
  • Streamvale Farm – 38 Ballyhanwood Rd, Belfast BT5 7SN, Co. Armagh (UK). More information.
  • Maxwell’s Pumpkin Patch – 22 Folliard Rd, Castlederg BT81 7JW, Co. Tyrone (UK). More information.
  • The Ark Open Farm – 296 Bangor Road, Newtownards, BT23 7PH, Co. Down (UK). More information.
Halloween witch with pumpkin

Best Halloween Events, Ireland (Republic)

Secret Valley Wildlife Park, Wexford

Address: Coolnacon, Clonroche, Co. Wexford, Y21 DF85

This year Secret Valley Wildlife Park in County Wexford are holding a Halloween event called the Fall Fest to celebrate all things Autumn and Halloween. There will be a giant corn maze, a scarecrow village, pumpkin picking patch, tractor-trailer ride and so much more! 

Children will be greeted with a ‘survival pack’ and packages are available which include entry to the wildlife park and the “scare crow valley”. Packages available include

  • Boo! at the Zoo
  • Scarecrow Valley
  • Boo! at the Zoo and Scarecrow Valley

Find full details of all these packages by clicking the ‘Read More’ button on this page on the website. This is one Halloween event in Ireland not-to-be-missed.

Secret Valley Wildlife Park is located near Enniscorthy and has a cafe on-site (new for this year called the Hungry Tortoise), free on-site parking, and visitors can choose just to stop at the cafe or enter the park. Although tickets can be bought on the day, it is highly recommended that you pre-book your tickets for the Halloween events (Click here to book your tickets now).

Tayto Park, Meath

Address: Tayto Park, Kilbrew, Ashbourne, Co. Meath, A84 EA02

If you are looking for somewhere great to celebrate Halloween in Ireland, then consider heading to Tayto Park. With two Halloween events usually held annually, children will love (depending on how tall they are). There is normally lots going on at Tayto Park during spooky season.

Firstly, there is a Tricky Trail suitable for the whole family which involves a spooky treasure trail around the park taking in haunted halls, a hay bale maze, and more to delight everyone. Children receive a free trick or treat bag and there is lots more activities to enjoy along the way.

The second Halloween event at Tayto Park this season is the After Dark event, suitable only for kids over a height of 1.2m. This NO scare event involves riding your favourite attractions at night.

Details for the Tayto Park Halloween events for this season are on their website. Pre-booking is essential. Tayto Park has plenty of visitor facilities including parking, toilets, and refreshments.

Luggwoods, Dublin

Address: Crooksling, Co. Dublin

If you are spending Halloween in Dublin, then head to Luggwoods for their special Hooky Spooky Halloween event, taking place during the nine days leading up to Halloween night.

Enter the forest trail and search for ingredients for a witches’ brew, helped by special Halloween characters. Visitors can also enter the pumpkin patch and pick their own to take home to carve.

Visitor facilities at Luggwoods include toilets, parking, and an on-site coffee van. This event is a ticketed event and numbers are limited. You can find out more information on the Facebook page or website where you can also book your tickets.

Lullymore Heritage & Discovery Park, Kildare

Address: Lullymore East, Lullymore, Co. Kildare, R51 E036

If you are based in or near Kildare and have been wondering “are there family Halloween events near me?”, then check out Lullymore Heritage and Discovery Park. Their annual Halloween Happenings event takes place over ten days leading up to the main day itself and just beyond.

Visitors can expect a terror train ride (not suitable for younger children), a spooky treasure hunt, and more freaky fun throughout the park. Facilities at the park include parking, toilets, and a café/picnic area.

Visitor facilities include parking, toilets, picnic tables, and a café. This season’s event has been announced and tickets are on sale via the website. Pre-booking is essential to avoid disappointment.

The Nightmare Realm, Dublin

Address: City Market, Mary’s Lane, Dublin

This award-winning Halloween event is back in 2022 at a new venue. This immersive walk-through horror maze is not for the feint hearted. Expect to be pushed out of your comfort zone as you tetter on the edge between excitement and fear. Note that is event is recommended for those over the age of 13.

The event runs for 18 nights during October this year, and you have to pre-book your tickets. More details about this year’s event can be found on the website.

Note: This is an indoor event so if there are government restrictions in place for indoor events at the time you will be expected to follow the guidelines.

Clissmann Horse Caravans & Glamping, Wicklow

Address: Cronybyrne, Rathdrum, Co. Wicklow

Clissmann Horse Caravans, one of the best places to go glamping in Wicklow, is holding a Halloween event this year. They have a pumpkin patch where visitors can use a wheelbarrow or donkey to visit the patch and pick their own pumpkin for carving. With spooky farm trails, ghostly games, and more, if you are based in Wicklow and have been wondering “are there any Halloween events around me?”, then wonder no more.

Visitor facilities are available, and this is a ticketed event. Find more details and book your tickets via the website.

Birr Castle, Offaly TBC

Address: Townparks, Birr, Co. Offaly

Birr Castle is holding a Halloween camp this year for children between November 1st and 3rd. Suitable for those between 5 and 12 years of age, activities will include pond dipping, nature crafts and more.

At this moment, no other Halloween events are advertised for Birr Castle.

Birr Castle also has toilets and parking. For more information about the Halloween camp, click here.

A carved Halloween pumpkin sitting on the ground in a dark forest at night with lit candle inside it

Wild Ireland, Donegal

Address:

Wild Ireland in County Donegal are holding a Howl-oween event during this year’s mid-term break, between the 1st and 6th of November. There are three different themes including a Jurassic Adventure, Hogwarts Classroom and Spooky Stories.

Find out more on the Facebook page or book your tickets now for this event by clicking here.

Hidden Valley, Wicklow

Address: Lower Main St, Glasnarget North, Rathdrum, Co. Wicklow

Hidden Valley, one of the best Wicklow glamping sites, is holding a Monster Mash this Halloween. Taking place during the four days leading to Halloween night, these events are only open to those staying at Hidden Valley. Get your fancy dress, decorate your pitch or accommodation and enjoy a bonfire, Halloween dance, and more during the festivities. Prizes are on offer for best dressed, best pet costume, and more.

Note, you must be staying at Hidden Valley to enjoy the Monster Mash but pre-booking of these events is not necessary. More information can be found on the website.

Land of Light, Westmeath (Not running before Halloween in 2022)

Address: Belvedere House, Gardens & Park, Co. Westmeath

If you are looking for alternative Halloween events for children, or just for adults, then why not head to the Land of Light at the Belvedere House in County Westmeath.

In 2021, this event was running every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from the weekend before Halloween to the weekend before Christmas, and you could expect to be wowed as you wander through the forest trail. Trees, buildings, and the night sky are lit by a spectacular light show with plenty more going on. However, in 2022, this event is not running in October and starts midway in November.

Visitor facilities include toilets, parking, and on-site catering. The event is not happening prior to Halloween this year, but for more information, visit the website.

Andean Alpacas, Westmeath

Address: Culleen Beg, Cullionbeg, Co. Westmeath, N91 T8X9

If you are looking for a family-friendly Halloween experience in Ireland, then head to Andean Alpacas in County Westmeath. They are holding a pumpkin carving experience event over 6 days where visitors can enter the Broomstick Run, visit the Haunted House, pick and carve their own pumpkin, and meet the alpacas too, an event that took place last year.

Visitor facilities include parking, toilets and a café. Spaces will be limited for these events, so it is advised to pre-book your tickets. For more information and to book your spot, visit here.

Long Acre Alpaca, Louth TBC

Address: Glack, Ardee, Co. Louth, A92 P984

Head to Long Acre Alpacas if you are in County Louth during Halloween weekend for their family-friendly Halloween event. Pick your own pumpkin and get the monsters to help you carve it. There will be other activities including face painting for kids (young and old), and you can meet the alpacas.

For more information about the event and for details on how to book your visit, visit their Facebook page. Note that this event is yet to be confirmed for this year.

National Botanic Gardens, Dublin

Address: Glasnevin, Dublin 9, D09 VY63

The National Botanic Gardens in Glasnevin, Dublin are holding a number of events for this Halloween season. These events will include

  • Decorated Pumpkin Competition
  • Harvest Display in the Courtyard
  • Dress-up Day
  • Magical Plants Demonstration for Families

You can find the dates and times for these events by visiting the calendar on the website.

Smock Alley Theatre, Dublin (Not taking place in 2022)

Address: 7 Exchange Street Lower, Temple Bar, Dublin, D08 PX27

If you are looking for a non-scary Halloween event this year in Dublin, head to the Smock Alley Theatre. Those aged 10 and over can enjoy Halloween film scores and soundtracks by candlelight for an hour. For an enjoyable Halloween event in Dublin, this candlelight performance is one to book.

For information on future events, or to book your tickets, click here. Seating is allocated on a first-come-first-served basis.

Blackboard saying Trick or Treat surrounded by pumpkin and Halloween decorations

Rathwood, Carlow

Address: Rath, Tullow, Carlow

Rathwood in Carlow, home to one of the best Santa trains in Ireland, is holding a Halloween train event this October. Hop on board the Rathwood Express and enjoy a Spooktacular Pumpkin Train Adventure before enjoying the Rathwood Halloween Pantomime. Travel through the spooky forest and arrive at the Big Top to see “The Witches Of Rathwood” musical show. Afterward, pick out a pumpkin from the patch. This family-friendly event os one of the best Halloween events in Ireland and is not-to-be-missed.

For more information and to book your tickets, click here. Note, tickets are selling fast with some time slots already fully booked.

Belvedere Halloween Treasure Trails, Westmeath

Address: Belvedere House, Gardens and Park, Mullingar, Co. Westmeath, N91 EF80

Belvedere House is holding a Halloween Treasure Trails event this October for three days. This ticketed-event lasts for 50 minutes and suitable for all age groups. Visitors will get a map to follow. Solve the puzzles along the way and get treats as you go along. Tickets for this event include access to Belvedere House, Gardnes, Park and playground.

Click here for more information and to book your tickets.

Spike Island Spookfest, Cork

Address: Kennedy Pier, Cobh, Co. Cork, P24 E446

Spookfest returns to Spike Island in County Cork.

Jump aboard the fun ferry and discover wicked witches, scary spiders and pillaging pirates

Spike Island

Families can explore an island of Halloween fun by jumping on board the ferry and enjoying a Halloween-themed guided tour upon arrival. There wil be lots of Trick or Treating fun as well as spooky surprises and frightful photo opportunities.

This event is taking place over Halloween weekend and you are advised to pre-book your tickets. Find out more and book your tickets by clicking here.

Clonfert Pet Farm

Address: Clonfert, Maynooth, Co. Kildare, W23 PY05

If you are looking for Halloween events for families near Dublin, then head to Clonfert Pet Farm. This year they are holding a 1-day Halloween event that includes lots of spooky fun. Last year this fun included a Haunted House, Kids Carnival, Pumpkin Patch, Kids Disco, and Arts and Crafts.

Visitor facilities include parking, toilets and a café. Check their website for more information and to pre-book your tickets which is essential.

Waterford Suir Valley Railway Halloween Train, Waterford

Address: Kilmeadan Station, Kilmeadan, Co. Waterford, X91 DH93

The Waterford Suir Valley Railway is holding a Halloween train event this October for Halloween and the mid-term break. Book a compartment for your family and watch out for spooky scenes as you travle from Kilmeadan Station to Carriganore along the banks of the River Suir.

You are advised to pre-book your tickets either via the website or by calling them on 051 384058.

Leahy’s Open Farm, Cork

Address: Leahys Open Farm Ltd Dungourney, Midleton, Co. Cork, P25 KW14

If you are based in County Cork and have been wondering where to go for Halloween in Ireland, then Leahy’s Open Farm might be the ideal location. Their Halloween-Boo event takes place in the ten days leading up to Halloween and involves hay rides, witches’ lairs, pumpkin picking and carving, and more.

Visitor facilities include toilets, parking, and a café. Pre-booking is required and you can book your tickets and find more information on the website.

Causey Farm, Meath

Address: Girley, Fordstown, Co. Meath, C15 P83R

Causey Farm in County Meath is holding two Halloween events this year. The first is a family-friendly event that includes storytelling, traditional games and crafts, mirror maze, broomstick rides, and more. This event is suitable for the whole family and takes place during the weekend before Halloween and Halloween weekend.

The second event is Farmaphobia. Suitable for teenagers and adults, guests can expect frights and scares in

4 terrifying haunts spread over 100 acres of Fear.

Causey Farm

From Zombies, a scary Carnival, a murder maze, and purge night, you will be thrilled, entertained, and frightened, all at the same time. This second event takes place on various dates throughout October.

Causey Farm has all the usual visitor facilities including parking, toilets and a café. Click here for information and to book the Pooka Spooka family-friendly Halloween event. And for Farmaphobia, click here to book your tickets and find more information.

Nore Valley Park, Kilkenny

Address: Bennettsbridge, Co. Kilkenny, R95 RXR4

If you are based in Kilkenny or the surrounding areas, then head to Nore Valley Park for some Halloween fun this year. During select dates in October, there are fun Halloween events taking place.

Firstly, enjoy a pumpkin patch where you can pick your own and visit the animals on select Saturdays in October.

The second Halloween event includes a scare maze (for the over 8’s), bonfire, and torchlight treasure hunts. Members of the public can attend these events and adult campers to Nore Valley during the week leading to Halloween get free entry to these evening Halloween events.

Nore Valley Park has plenty of visitor facilities. Pre-booking is required for these events and can be done via the website where you can also find more information.

A picture of some Halloween scarecrows in a corn field

Slane Castle, Meath

Address: Slane, Co. Meath, C15 XP83

Slane Castle are holding a number of events as part of the Puca Festival. There are additional events taking place in other locations for the Puca Festival. To find out more about the Puca Festival click here, and for ther Slane Castle events click here.

Spirits of Meath Halloween Festival, Meath

Address: Various locations in County Meath

The Spirits of Meath Halloween Festival takes place during October and the beginning of November. There are various events taking place throughout County Meath and includes:

  • Farmophobia (see Causey Farm above)
  • Pumpkin and Fun at the Navan Adventure Centre
  • Tricky Trail at Tayto Park (see above)

For a full list of the Spirits of Meath Halloween events and locations, click here.

Red Mountain Open Farm, Meath

Address: Corballis, Donore, Drogheda, Co. Meath, A92 TN59

Red Mountain Open Farm have a Halloween event taking place over Halloween weekend and the mid-term break. Play in the Halloween barn, take a spin on the Ghost Carriage, take a photo in the witches’ den, and lots more.

Find out more information and book your tickets here.

Sandy Feet Farm, Kerry

Address: Camp, Tralee, Co. Kerry

Sandy Feet Farm in County Kerry are holding a Witchery and Wizardry school every weekend during October. Come and

learn the tricks of the trade from Wassily the master Wizard

Put on your spookiest costume and come and join in the Halloween fun including storytelling, dancing, singing, and more. There is also pumpkin carving available at an extra cost. Children must be accompanied by an adult and all adults must accompany a child. The playground and sensory garden are included in your entry ticket and a limited number of animals will be on the farm

This is a ticketed event and you are advised to pre-book your tickets which you can do HERE. More information is also available via that link.

Halloween walking tours

There are a few companies that are holding Halloween and special ghost walking tours and bus tours that are suitable for adults and older teenagers. If you fancy learning more about the dark side of Dublin, for example, get yourself booked onto one of these. Here are a few taking place this year.

Other pumpkin patch venues across Ireland

Here are lots of events for pumpkin picking in Ireland. For the best pumpkin patches in Ireland, read this post of mine. And there are additional venues for pumpkin picking in Ireland this Halloween season as detailed below:

  • Stewart Family Farm – Ballinamore, Co. Longford, N39 C6V6. More information.
  • Galway Pumpkin Patch – Castletaylor South, Ardrahan, Co. Galway, H91 V2P5. More information.
  • Ladyrath Pumpkin Patch – Wilkinstown, Navan, Co. Meath, C15 Y018. More information. (Not running in 2022)
  • Killarney Pumpkin Patch – Pumpkin Farm, Carran, Killarney, Co. Kerry, V93 HXF6. More information.
  • Mollie’s Family Farm – National School, Clonaghadoo, Geashill, Co. Offaly, R35 W427. More information.
  • Ballycross Apple Farm – Ballycross, Bridgetown, Co. Wexford. More information.
  • Joe’s Farm – Drishane More, Ballycurraginny, Co. Cork. More information.
  • Michael’s Pumpkin Patch – Bunatober, Corrandulla, Co. Galway, H91 P288. More information.
  • The Farm Grenagh – Ballymorisheen, Co. Cork. More information.
  • Alright Pumpkin – Girley, Navan, Co. Meath. More information. (SOLD OUT – email them to join their waitlist)
Halloween witch in a forest holding a smoking pumpkin

I hope this list of Halloween events in Ireland has given you some idea of what is taking place this October. There are family-friendly and adults-only events. So, whether you are based in the north, south, east, or west of the country, I hope you will find one of these Halloween celebrations in Ireland close to you so you can join in the scary fun.

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Cath is an Irish expat now living in Portugal. She regularly returns to Ireland to explore more of the wonderful island with her family.

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