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Dublin: 19 °C Saturday 21 September, 2019

7 spooooky Halloween events for kids this weekend - from pumpkins to pop-up choirs

Here’s the best of this weekend’s gory and ghoulish goings-on.


Macnas Parade: On Sunday the famous Macnas Parade will take to the streets of Galway in a riot of colour and music. This year’s theme is a variation on the iconic Irish wake, with floats summoning the Song Of The Spirits (Port na bPúcaí). Look out for the special family-friendly viewing platforms, which have ample room for buggies. On Monday the whole show heads to Dublin to do it all again.

Suits: All ages. Time: 5.30pm. Tickets: Free. Find out more here.


The Supernatural Pop-Up Choir Family Workshop: Get your groove on en famille this Saturday at The Ark where you’ll learn to sing well-known songs and turn them into new spooky versions. If the weather is clear, singers can head out for a flash mob performance of their new tunes.

Suits: 7 years +. Time: 2pm. Tickets: €11 per child, grown-ups go free. Booking is advised. Find out more here.

Something Wicked: This Saturday Malahide Parish Pastoral Centre is hosting Wicked Kids Morning, an offshoot of the Something Wicked Crime Writing Festival. Authors Erika McGann and Matt Griffin will be running workshops specifically for young writers and illustrators.

Suits: 8 years +. Time: 12pm. Tickets: €7.50. Find out more here.

Citywide Photo Scavenger Hunt: The Clockwork Door is hosting a city-wide photo scavenger hunt this Saturday afternoon where teams of three will scour the city to take on a selection of weird and crazy photo challenges.

Suits: 7 years +. Time: Sign up begins at 1pm and the hunt begins at 2pm. Tickets: €5 per person. Find out more here.

pumpkin Pumpkins at the ready at Ghoulsey's Manor, Cobh, Co Cork. Source: Facebook


Ghoulsley’s Manor: Cobh’s Cuskinny Court has been transformed into Lord Ghoulsley’s Manor this Halloween, with an immersive and interactive spooky experience that’s just scary enough for the whole family. There are shows for the under tens and the tens and over. It’s quite a trek around so don’t wear heels!

Suits: Age 4+. Time: 4pm-7pm. Tickets: €15 per person. Find out more here.


Creepytown: This scaretastic experience at Castletown House in Celbridge is running Family Friendly Scares Before Bedtime on Saturday and Sunday. It includes a comedy Halloween performance, a dance show and a trick or treat trail.

Suits: 4 years +. Time: 12pm-7pm. Tickets: €10 each. Find out more here.


Halloween at Killruddery: If getting scared isn’t your bag, then head to the pumpkin patch at Killruddery for a weekend of super cute fun. Kids can choose a pumpkin and have it carved by a special craftsperson and then head to the scarecrow plot where they can design their own scarecrow.

Suits: All ages. Time: All weekend. Tickets: Family pumpkin ticket €35; family scarecrow ticket €40. Find out more here.

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