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What are you doing for Halloween.
Looked up some of the best Halloween night outs in Ireland.
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Some are free Halloween events, some are private and you have to pay the entrance fee.

Ballyhoura Spook, Limerick Halloween celebration
Set in Limerick's most haunted forest, Ballyhoura's Halloween shindig will be pine-chilling. The Spook begins on the medieval streets of Kilmallock, where children receive a gift pack before a guided tour takes them through the village's haunted streets. Then, as witching hour draws near, it's all aboard the Spook Bus to Ballyhoura for a trail of terror through the woods.
Hot refreshments are on standby for anyone with the chills, and the evening wraps up with a series of interactive Halloween games.
Fashion will also play a critical role and this year it's all about organic. Children are encouraged to make their costumes with leaves and branches, creating a "woodland couture" worthy of the Haus of Gaga.
Details: October 30-31 see ballyhouracountry.com.

Limerick Magic Halloween
For all those budding magicians out there why not come along to the Munster Society of Magicians “Magic of Halloween” show this October 30th at 8pm at the Mary Immaculate College Theatre, Limerick. All proceeds made on the evening will be donated to Headway Ireland.

Causey Farm, Girley, Fordstown, Navan, County Meath, Ireland
Lots of Halloween celebrations on Ireland's scariest farm.
A two-hour show of hilarious, spine-tingling, ingenious, scary and informative happenings in eight venues around Causey Farm.
* Ride a broomstick
* Learn a spell at Witch School
* Walk the dark path to the Valley of the Undead!
* Run the Gauntlet through the Tunnel of Terror
* Samhain Fire Performance
* Hear how the ancient Celtic Festival of Samhain started here in Co. Meath
* Visit the Haunted House of Clonbrehan
Suitable for families with children aged 5-15. €13 per person

Belvedere House, Westmeath Halloween celebrations
Charles Howard-Bury may not be a household name, but in 1921 the former owner of Belvedere House led a terrifying expedition up Mount Everest, and documented the first-ever sighting of the abominable snowman.
It gets worse. Local legend has it that the intrepid explorer smuggled a young yeti back to Ireland and, as bad luck would have it, the magical monster can still be spotted every October knocking around Mullingar's leafy suburbs on Belvedere's Trick or Treat trail.
Little visitors are guided into the woodland, where they collect hidden goodies. Then it's off for a tram ride to the Forest of Fear to capture Bigfoot before he does more damage to the woodland.
Details: October 24-25 €4.75-€8.75 belvedere-house.ie.

Causey Farm, Meath Halloween celebrations
Take a pinch of Ballymourey, a dash of 'Glenroe' and just a hint of 'The Blair Witch Project' and you've a rough recipe of the creepy antics on offer this Halloween at Causey Farm in Navan.
From scary stories to broomstick-riding lessons, tots to teens will love these hair-raising happenings.
There's a Ghostbusters Disco and Spooks & Spells ( 5-15 years), which takes the brave through the eerie Clon Brehan, a haunted house where the wails of widow Mary Moore still echo through its walls.
If that isn't your cauldron of soup, why not risk Causey's adrenaline-pumping Farmophobia experience (teens and adults only) -- a chilling night in Bone Valley Graveyard and beyond. This is the place where screams come true.
Details: October 22-31 €5-€15pp causey.ie.

Banks of the Foyle Halloween celebrations
Halloween Carnival,
Derry
It may be two years until Derry becomes the UK's City of Culture, but, already, all roads seem to be leading to the Maiden City. The Banks of the Foyle Carnival will be Europe's largest Halloween festival, with more than 30,000 people expected to throng Derry's walls.
From bobbing apples and pumpkin carving in Gransha Wood to movie viewings of 'The Twilight' Saga' and pirate cruises out to Culmore Bay, there's plenty on offer to keep everyone happy.
Be sure to stick around for the main event -- the spectacular Carnival of Light fireworks display which lights up the Derry sky.
Details: October 25-31

Wicklow Gaol Halloween celebration
A place of crime, cruelty, exile and misery, Wicklow Gaol ranks high on the spook scale. Even 'Ghost Hunters International' have filmed here.
During the spooky season, daily tours with costumed actors will guide you through the phantom-filled cells, sharing its gruesome history.
This event is aimed at older children, so perfect for any brooding goths or emos in your clan. And there's a prize for best costume, so dress to impress ... and distress.
Details: October 31 €4.50-€7 wicklowshistoricgaol.com.

Dublin Zoo Halloween
Watching elephants making squash out of pumpkins is just one of the attractions this Halloween at Dublin Zoo. The annual Boo at the Zoo sees the beastly behaviour of wolves, owls and all critters creepy taking centre stage.
There will be animal-themed face painting, a monster disco on the lawn and scary zookeeper talks.
The resident bats will be cheekier than ever, but an expert will be on hand to give advice about our own native species and to introduce some real live fruit-bats to little visitors.
Details: Workshops, October 27-28 Boo at the Zoo, October 31 €10.50-€15 dublinzoo.ie.

Lough Key Forest & Activity Park, Co Roscommon Halloween celebrations
The lush expanses of Lough Key near Boyle may well have a postcard setting, but come Halloween it's the just the kind of hellish haunt that would force Casper into therapy.
The park hosts a number of jaw-dropping activities, and Butler Igor and the Witch of Lough Key will set you through your paces in the haunted Rockingham tunnels and the forest Trail Blaze. Of note here is a shocking Swedish Boda Borg -- a 47-room, maze-like house which you'll hopefully escape during the Scares of the Dark challenge.
Keep in mind that Lough Key's campsite will also be open for Halloween week should you wish to overnight it -- just remember that things may go bump in the night.
Details: October 22-31 €13 loughkey.ie.

Spooky Express, Waterford Halloween celebrations
This shivery service, run by the Waterford & Suir Valley Railway in Kilmeadan, takes its courageous wee passengers from the home of Irish Cheddar to a cold sweat of terror, on a frightful ride of ghastly goings-on.
Sitting in a period train carriage, you'll grind along the abandoned tracks of the Waterford-Dungarvan railway line. The grisly jaunt is a veritable "who's who" of the undead, from Dracula to the Grim Reaper.
Brace yourself for a witches' coven along the fog-filled tunnels and swampy riverbanks of the Déise.
But be warned -- no train has ever returned to Kilmeadan station with the same number of people it set out with ... and go easy on the cheese before bedtime!
Details: October 30 €10-€12 (six departures, with daytime rides recommended for very small people) wsvrailway.ie.

Dragon of Shandon, Cork Halloween celebrations
Corkonians are taking a more traditional Celtic approach to Halloween this year. Slain by St Finbarr in the 7th century, the Dragon of Shandon will return to their city's streets for Samhain on his annual quest to escape the underworld and gate-crash the city's harvest festival.
Among 300 other participants, the 12m-long monster will be lofted through Shandon as its winding streets kindle with the glow of lanterns wielded by skeletons and ghouls.
Watch out also for the unique river parade taking place on the Lee, where traditional currachs will row down the river, and don't miss the afters -- a family-friendly Monster's Ball outside the Butter Museum.
Details: October 31 see dragonofshandon.com.

Thurles Halloween Arts Festival
Thurles is a town where a witch's preferred mode of transport is a hurley, and this year it's pulling out all the stops for All Hallows.
More than 100 events are lined up for the week's programme, which culiminates in a Halloween extravaganza next weekend. Puppet shows, street theatre and storytelling are on offer, and while your kids get down and boo-gey with the Thriller dance group, older rockers can chill out to Hot House Flowers and The Wolfe Tones.
Scarier still, there's a plan to enter the Guinness Book of Record's for the world's largest-ever gathering of zombies. Visit at your peril.
Details: October 22-31 thurlesartsfestival.com.

2 Queen’s Quay, Belfast…
W5 have a great Halloween programme lined up from Saturday the 25th of October to Sunday the 2nd of November. Children’s author, Liz Weir will be on site to tell spooky tales twice a day from Thursday, the 30th of October to and including Sunday, the 2nd of November.
Kids, why not try your hand at making your very own scary mask? Classes for this activity begin on Saturday the 25th of October. And if you need a few more suggestions, why not try your hand at "Spooky Dip" or "Spooky Snapper"?

Antrim Halloween Festival
This event runs from Saturday the 4th of October to Friday the 31st of October. The programme includes "very scary art club", "Tommy the Teddy’s spooky stories", spooky boat trips, a pumpkin party and a Halloween spooktacular! Fancy dress is encouraged, as there's a prize for the best effort. A fireworks display brings the festival to a close.

Belfast Ghost Bus Tour…
These tours, especially laid on for the witching season, run nightly (except for Sundays) from Friday the 17th of October to Saturday the 1st of November. There are 3 tours every night departing at 6.30pm, 7.30pm and 8.30pm, with each tour lasting 2 hours.
The tour begins in Castle Place, outside HMV, Belfast city centre, and will take you back in time over 300 years. Listen to the chilling tales of the Cornmarket Hangman and Rosie Walker as you tour the city. You'll also have the benefit and knowledge of 2 local historians who will join part of the tour.
The tour will end with a story telling session in one of the city centre bars. And you'll be dropped off outside HMV in Castle Place.
The tour costs £18 for an adult and £8 for a child. The tour isn't suitable for young children though!

Halloween cookery for kids… Wicklow Halloween events
Ballyknocken Cookery School, Glenealy, Ashford, County Wicklow is offering a special Halloween cookery course for kids.
This course runs from 2.30pm to 4.30pm on Saturday the 25th of October. The kids will learn how to cook Halloween favourites for example: scary spiders, colcannon, pumpkin bread and witches brew. And the beauty of it all is that the kids get the recipes to take home with them, so Moms and Dads there's no excuse!
Find out more about Ballyknocken Cookery School.

The Bram Stoker Experience… Dublin Halloween
Get into the Halloween spirit with a visit to the Bram Stoker Experience, Clontarf Road, Dublin 3.
You'll be well and truly spooked, passing through Castle Dracula. Adding to the chilling atmosphere are strategically placed bats, cobwebs, gargoyles, dripping blood – are you scared yet?

Danzon: Hallowe’een Masked Ball
The venue: 8 – 10 Harrington Street, Dublin 8.
Guest teachers, Chris Scullion and Terry Lewis will be on hand to put you through your paces. Dancers are encouraged to get in the spirit of the evening by wearing fancy dress. Prizes will be given for the best outfit/masks, so there's your incentive to dress up! All you need to do now is clear the mothballs off your favourite costume, find the dancing shoes and off you go for a lively evening.

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