By Elaine Whelan
The spookiest time of year is just around the corner! Sadly however, Halloween will be a little different this year due to the current restrictions. Our old traditions of trick or treating or costume parties might not be on the cards but there’s still plenty your family can do to celebrate Halloween safely.
Lego Halloween Camp, Various Locations
Each year Bricks 4 Kidz LEGO® run themed Halloween camps to teach Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) through play with some spooky LEGO® builds. This year the fun continues with the introduction of new measures in line with national guidelines for COVID-19 such as: assigned builder pods, daily temperature checks, individual LEGO® kits for the week so no sharing of LEGO®, enhanced hygiene and cleaning procedures and fully trained staff. The camp runs from October the 27th to the 30th in a number of locations including Dublin, Cork, Waterford, Carlow, Kilkenny, Louth, Wexford and many more. https://www.bricks4kidz.ie/halloween-camps/
The Wax Museum, Dublin
For a chilling day out why not visit the National Wax Museum Plus on Dublin’s Westmoreland Street. Located in the basement of the museum, visitors can bravely enter at their own risk and experience the weird and wonderful world of horror in the Chamber of Horrors. Be haunted by Dracula as he resides in his coffin or get spooked by Hannibal in the Silence of the Lambs. This attraction is better suited towards older families but younger members can skip the Chamber of Horrors exhibit and tour the rest of the Wax Museum instead.
Lullymore Heritage Park, Kildare
Lullymore Heritage & Discovery Park returns this year with its “Halloween Happenings” for nine spooky days beginning on Saturday the 24th of October until Sunday the 1st of November. Lullymoe has plenty in store with haunting holograms, terror train trips, zombie attacks, terror treasure hunts and much more. Fancy dress is optional but very welcome. The usual admission prices of €28.00 for a family of four still applies with no additional cost for the Halloween activities.
Birr Castle, Offaly
Are your kid’s lovers of slime, goo and all things stick? Then make sure to bring them to the Planet Science Kidz Halloween SpookTacular at Birr Castle. The camp is suitable for children between the ages of five and twelve and runs on the 28th of October costing €25.00 per child. Here they can look forward to gooey bugs n slime, giant slime bubbles, slime monsters, slime falls, test tube potions ghost cannons and bubbling potions! You have to book online and spaces are limited to allow for social distancing.
Alright Pumpkin, Meath
What says Halloween more than pumpkins? How about a whole pumpkin patch! Ireland’s biggest and best known pumpkin patch Alright Pumpkin is located in Fordstown, County Meath. Admission is just €5 and under twos go free. You can spend as long as you want here searching for the perfect pumpkin to celebrate Halloween in style.