This Autumn almost feels like a fresh start as we dive into the glow of October with its red and orange backdrop. The midterm break is a favourite time of year when we can wrap up and continue exploring as the season turns.
With so much to do as Halloween takes over, we have a few great and memorable family adventures to consider this mid term.
Go Conker Hunter
Every Autumn, without fail, we have the opportunity to go conker picking, and it’s not just the small children who enjoy this activity. You’ll find yourself searching the forest floor under the horse chestnut trees as eagerly as your little ones who could rival the squirrels. The best part is picking the conkers out of their green spiky cases and marvelling at the different shapes and textures. You could create a nature table with your spoils, teach your kids to play conkers, or drop them back under the tree for the squirrels.
Go Pumpkin Picking
Buying a pumpkin in the supermarket is almost out of the question for most of us these days. There are so many opportunities to get out there and have a fun-filled family day out as you search for that perfect pumpkin.
Alongside pumpkin picking, most places include great Halloween activities for kids. There are plenty of places to choose from, including Alright Pumpkin in County Meath (Now SOLD OUT), Nore Valley Park in Kildare, Kilruddery House and Gardens, Wicklow, The Pumpkin Patch at Mollies Farm in Laois, and The Farm Grenagh in Cork.
On Thursday 28th October, the Farmers Market at Slane Castle will have a Halloween feel to it, so you could pick up a pumpkin and try carving your very own spooky jack o’lantern.
Be sure to check your local pumpkin farmers and keep up to date with their guidelines.
Spots always get booked quickly, so be prepared to book early.
And remember to keep the fun going by carving your own freshly picked pumpkin!
Explore a Halloween Experience
Halloween is taking over across the country as Halloween experiences are popping up to make the midterm an exciting adventure for kids and adults alike.
Tricky Trail at Tayto Park in Meath
Tayto Park has a spook-tacular treasure hunt for kids as they cross paths searching for items in hidden locations.
Halloween at Luggwoods in Dublin
Luggwoods, nestled in the Dublin mountains, is once again opening the woodland to a spectacular Halloween event for the whole family. With Hooky Spooky characters along the woodland trail, you are guaranteed to meet the Luggwoods witch who may have a trick or treat in store for you.
Kia Ora Mini Farm in Wexford
Meet the witches and ghouls at this year’s spooky farm in Kia Ora Mini. This family-run open farm is a great favourite with families and a fantastic treat for the kids, especially at Halloween with its creepy transformation.
Halloween Happenings at Lullymore in Kildare
This year, the famous Halloween Happenings is back at Lullymore with nine spooky days full of treasure hunts, ghostly happenings, haunted holograms, and possible zombie attacks!
Magical Plants at the National Botanic Gardens in Dublin
Find out how to make potions and what plants are the most magical at the National Botanic Gardens, which is genuinely an autumnal wonderland.
Spookfest at Fota House and Gardens in Cork
Dress up and make your way to Fota House and Gardens this Halloween and enjoy the interactive Halloween show with music, dancing and lots of spooky fun. And for an added Halloween adventure, head down the self-guided Halloween ramble through the gardens.
Halloween Fun at Birr Castle in Offaly
Find your way to Birr Castle this Halloween midterm break and make your way along the Halloween pumpkin trail, take the Gallery Challenge, and don’t forget the Halloween Family Quest for a spooky adventure.
Clonfert Pet Farm in Kildare
Clonfert Pet Farm has long been a family favourite and even more so on special occasions, including Halloween. This year make your way to their haunted house, the pumpkin patch, the kids carnival, and so much more.
Halloween at Rathwood in Carlow
Halloween comes alive at Rathwood with a spook-tacular Hansel and Gretal Halloween Pantomime. So ride on the spooky train through the enchanted forest and pick out a pumpkin for a memorable day out this midterm.
The Annual Macnas Parade in Galway
Masters of storytelling and spectacle, the annual Macnas parade in Galway coincides with the city’s Halloween festival, a sight to behold. So dress up and join in the festival fun with free events happening across the city.
Puca Festival in the Boyne Valley
The hugely popular Púca Festival springs to life in the Boyne Valley from 23rd to 31st October. This year, for the first time, Slane Castle is part of Púca as well as the towns of Drogheda, Athboy and Trim. It’s a fantastic programme of music, fire, mischief and spectacle. Book tickets here for the Slane Castle event.
Rock Farm Spookfest
The Boyne Valley has some claim to be the home of Halloween and for thousands of years our ancestors have celebrated the living and the dead on the night of Samhain.
Venture to Slane Castle for the Rock Farm Spookfest where the hay barn is transformed into a hallowed hall of Halloween. Attend in your best, scariest fancy-dress costume to celebrate with the craziest characters of Halloween. Fancy dress isn’t compulsory but strongly encouraged and there will even be prizes for the best dressed grown up. An interactive show includes dancing, games, and loads of Halloween fun. It’s child friendly, not scary, and suitable for all ages. Everyone goes home with their very own trick and treat bag, filled with Halloween goodies. Spookfest takes place on the Friday 29th and Saturday 30th October at 12pm and 2pm. Advance booking is essential. Remember to book your tickets for Rock Farm Spookfest.
Why not go all out and take the family on a short break at Rock Farm Slane this Halloween – it’s a central spot for all the spookiest and scariest celebrations. Stay on Rock Farm either glamping or in Lime House, Ireland’s biggest haybale house, and try out a few of the festivities. It might be scary – but it will definitely be fun!