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.
- Best Halloween events Ireland has to offer
- Best Halloween Events, Northern Ireland
- Best Halloween Events, Ireland (Republic)
- Tayto Park, Meath
- Luggwoods, Dublin
- Lullymore Heritage & Discovery Park, Kildare
- The Nightmare Realm, RDS, Dublin
- Clissmann Horse Caravans & Glamping, Wicklow
- Birr Castle, Offaly
- Hidden Valley, Wicklow
- Land of Light, Wells House, Wexford
- Andean Alpacas, Westmeath
- Long Acre Alpaca, Louth
- National Botanic Gardens, Dublin
- Smock Alley Theatre, Dublin
- Clonfert Pet Farm
- Leahy’s Open Farm, Cork
- Causey Farm, Meath
- Nore Valley Park, Kilkenny
- Slane Castle, Meath
- Spirits of Meath Halloween Festival, Meath
- Halloween walking tours
- Other pumpkin patch venues across Ireland
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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.
Best Halloween Events, Northern Ireland
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 over three days, ending on Halloween night.
Derry Halloween will unfold across five different Worlds, each representing a different spirit of SamhainDerry Halloween
with events taking place around folklore, feasting, and festivity. 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, including a Halloween Hay Trail, fireworks display, and more.
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.
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.
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 Halloween Wild Raven Walk through illuminated parts of the castle grounds where you might learn about the spooky past of the castle.
The second event is an event for those aged 14 and over, and is a Friday Fright Night, taking place on the Friday before Halloween. This is an immersive ghost walk in the castle grounds that is scarier than the Raven Walk.
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 – More information.
- Newtownards Halloween Walking Tour – More information.
Other pumpkin patch venues across Northern Ireland Ireland
Here are some additional venues for pumpkin picking in Northern Ireland this Halloween season.
- Woodview Garden Centre – 3 Cloughan Road, BT61 8RF, Co. Armagh (UK). More information.
- 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.
Best Halloween Events, Ireland (Republic)
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, children will love (depending on how tall they are), there is lots going on at Tayto Park this 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 will receive a free trick or treat bag and there will be 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 Halloween night event
For information about the Tricky Trail click here and for the After Dark event click here. This link will bring you to the ticket booking page. Pre-booking is essential. Tayto Park has plenty of visitor facilities including parking, toilets, and refreshments.
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 nine days leading up to the main day itself.
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. More information can be found on the website, and you can click here to book your tickets. Pre-booking is essential to avoid disappointment.
The Nightmare Realm, RDS, Dublin
Address: Royal Dublin Society, Pembroke Rd, Rathmines, Dublin
This adults-only, award-winning Halloween event is back in 2021. 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.
The event runs for 19 nights during October, and you must pre-book your tickets. For more information or to book your tickets, click here to visit the website.
Note: This is an indoor event so proof of vaccination is required and capacity will be limited in line with government 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 as this is a ticketed event, you are advised to pre-book your tickets for the pumpkin patch event at Clissmann Horse Caravans. Click here for more information and to book your visit.
Birr Castle, Offaly
Address: Townparks, Birr, Co. Offaly
Birr Castle are holding a Halloween event this year that includes a Family Quest, Pumpkin Trail, and Gallery Challenge. These will run for the nine days leading to Halloween. The playground and Courtyard Cafe will be open during this event.
Birr Castle also has toilets and parking. More information about the Halloween event can be found 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 over two weekends, 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, Wells House, Wexford
Address: Wells House & Gardens, Ballyedmond, Gorey, Co. Wexford, Y25 CF96
If you are looking for alternative Halloween events for children, or just for the adults, then why not head to the Land of Light at the Wells House and Garden in County Wexford.
Running every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from the weekend before Halloween to the weekend before Christmas, 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.
Visitor facilities include toilets, parking, and on-site catering. For more information and to book your tickets, visit the website.
Other events also taking place at Wells House and Gardens this Halloween include a spooky woodland walk, nutty scientist workshops, and a spooky glow show. For information about these events and to book your tickets, click here.
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 9 days where visitors can explore the Halloween trail, pick and carve their own pumpkin, and meet the alpacas too.
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
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.
National Botanic Gardens, Dublin
Address: Glasnevin, Dublin 9, D09 VY63
The National Botanic Gardens in Glasnevin, Dublin are holding an adults-only walking tour Halloween event leading up to October 31st. Discover the darker side of the Botanic.
From poisons and hallucinogens to dark ritual and magic, discover some of the spine-chilling stories encapsulated by our collectionsBotanic Gardens
Booking for this Halloween event is essential and can be done here.
Smock Alley Theatre, Dublin
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.
Click here for more information or to book your tickets. Seating is allocated on a first-come-first-served basis.
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. They are holding a week-long event that includes a Haunted House, Kids Carnival, Pumpkin Patch, Kids Disco, and Arts and Crafts.
Visitor facilities include parking, toilets and a café. Pre-booking tickets is essential. Check their website for more information.
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 nine 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 more information can be found 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.
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.
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.
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 the day there is a pumpkin patch open to both campers and day visitors to the park.
During the evenings there will be other Halloween events which include a scare maze, bonfire, and torchlight treasure hunts. Members of the public can attend these events and adults 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.
Slane Castle, Meath
Address: Slane, Co. Meath, C15 XP83
Slane Castle are holding two Halloween events this year. The first is a family-friendly Spookfest in which kids will get a goodie bag.
The second Halloween event at Slane Castle is not suitable for young children or nervous teens. This event takes place in the evening and sees the ground transformed into a playground for Halloween spirits including the Puca and Fear Dearg. This is part of the Puca Festival. There are additional events taking place in other locations for the Puca Festival. To find out more click here.
Spirits of Meath Halloween Festival, Meath
Address: Various locations in County Meath
The Spirits of Meath Halloween Festival takes place from the 3rd of October to the 7th of November. There are various events taking place throughout County Meath and includes:
- Farmophobia (see Causey Farm above)
- Ghost tours of Millmount Museum
- Tricky Trail at Tayto Park (see above)
- Medi-evil at Trim Visitor Centre.
For a full list of the Spirits of Meath Halloween events and locations, click here.
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.
- Dublin Haunted History Walking Tour – More information.
- Gravedigger Ghost Bus Tour of Dublin – More information.
- Northside Walking Ghost Tour – More information.
- Cork Ghost Tour – More information (larger groups for private tour only at the moment).
- Kilkenny Ghost Tour – More information.
- Limerick Haunted Halloween Walking Tour – More information.
Other pumpkin patch venues across Ireland
Here are some additional venues for pumpkin picking in Ireland this Halloween season.
- 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.
- 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.
Some of these venues are among the best pumpkin patches in Ireland.
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.
Cath is an Irish expat now living in Portugal. She regularly returns to Ireland to explore more of the wonderful island with her family.