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Spooky Midterm Madness – the top Halloween events this October

<strong>Spooky Midterm Madness – the top Halloween events this October</strong>

Whether its face paint, carving pumpkins or winning the prize for the best fancy dress costume, Halloween is always an exciting time of year for families. Here, at Getaways With Kids, we have compiled some of the top witchy events to mark on your calendar this midterm break.

Tayto Park After Dark, Meath

Take on Tayto Park’s best attractions at night…if you’re brave enough!

Tayto Park After Dark runs from the 21st of October to the 30th of October.

Experience the thrill of the Cú Chulainn Coaster in the dark, brave the Rotator or take to the night sky on Endeavour and much more! Tayto Park After Dark promises to be a no-scare zone, so little ones who get a bit spooked by witches and ghouls can enjoy the night fear free!

The event runs on October 21st, 22nd, 28th, 29th & 30th from 6:30 pm to 10 pm and costs €16 per person.

Boo! at Leahy’s Open Farm

Take a trip through the woods on the haunted hayride or Find your way to the witch’s lair and help our little old witch make a magic spell by gathering the special ingredients.

Boo is back at Leahy’s Open Farm, this October and promises to be a spooky treat for all its visitors. Both mummy’s and daddy’s are expected to dress up too so you better get brainstorming your costumes now!

The ‘Boo’ Experience will take place on Saturday 22nd to 31st of October from 10.20 am to 4.20 pm. Admission to the open farm is also included in your ticket and all of the farm’s year-round activities will also be available to families this midterm break. These include crazy golf, a maze, the petting zoo, digger rides, go-karts and more.

Boo! at Leahy’s Open Farm

The Dublin Ghostbus Tour For Kids

The Dublin Ghostbus Tour For Kids is one of Ireland’s newest and spookiest attractions. All aboard the Dublin Ghostbus and set out on a adventure to uncover the darkest and most gruesome tales of Dublin’s past.

“Hear of Mad William and his acquired taste… for human brains, listen to the story of Dublin’s Count Dracula, discover the spine-chilling secrets of the infamous Dublin Bodysnatchers and learn the terrifying history of Misery Hill and why its name is so apt.”

The Dublin Ghostbus Tour is aimed for kids aged 10-14 and includes both interactive games and educational stories. Your tour guide, Dr. Ghastly will truly put on a spooky show but don’t worry, its more fun than frightening.

The tour departs from Bus Stop 271, located beside the O`Connell St & Abbey St junction, and costs €15 per person or €55 for a family of two adults and two kids.

Pumpkin Picking

Synonymous with Halloween and this time of the year, are pumpkins. From your lattes in Starbucks to the decorations in your house, pumpkins are everywhere come October. Rising in popularity in Ireland are pumpkin patches and pumpkin picking. It’s a fun day out even before you and the kids attempt to DIY a Jack-o-lantern.  Here are some of the best pumpkin patches around:

  • Tipperary, Kingstown Farm Pumpkin Patch Cashel
  • Limerick, Curraghchase Pumpkin Patch
  • Galway Pumpkin Patch
  • Meath, Alright Pumpkin
  • Kilkenny Pumpkin Picking, Hughes Farming Pumpkin Festival.
Wicked Walk at Jurassic Newpark

Running from Saturday, October 28th to Sunday, November 6th is Wicked Walk at Jurassic Newpark. On a regular day, the park is scary as it is, as it is home to five life-size, moving dinosaurs! But at Halloween, it gets even better.

Hear the roar of the Tyrannosaurus, see the size of the Brachiosaurus, and marvel at the cunning of the Velociraptor. With face painting, a costume competition, Halloween-themed games, and scary stories from a wicked witch, your family with have plenty of entertainment at Jurassic Newpark. Come in your best costume and immerse yourself in our interactive experience as the ghosts and ghouls come alive!

Wicked Walk at Jurassic Newpark

Malahide Castle as Diabolical Dorothy

The Halloween Spook-tacular Treasure Trail is back at Malahide Castle as Diabolical Dorothy transforms the castle’s Fairy Trail into an exciting family experience. You won’t be able to recognise Malahide Castle’s well-known fairy trail, as it morphs into a spooky treasure hunt this Halloween. If your family is seeking a fun-filled midterm, why not follow the Diabolical Dorothy Dreadful Brew haunted trail, from the 29th to the 31st of October. Follow the creepy clues and the interactive map to follow the trail and find Dorothy and her Dreadful Brew.

This a family friendly event and is suitable for even the smallest members of your clan. Dress up in your best costume and follow the trail from 10 am-4.30 pm this midterm.

Malahide Castle as Diabolical Dorothy

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