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Forget about the kids, where can adults go to get scared this Halloween?

This Wednesday doesn’t have to be all about mini-bars (the child-friendly versions), crisps and trick-or-treating; adults can also get scared out of their wits. You just need to want to!

Scared yet?
Scared yet?
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SO HALLOWEEN IS primarily for children. We get that.

But there is nothing to say that adults can’t have the crap scared out of them too. After all, why should children have all the fun, and sweets.

With this in mind, has come up with a list of things that you can see and do – and perhaps scream at – this coming Halloween.

Scary leprechauns?

Ok, so leprechauns are nothing to be scared of. Anyone who has seen the film Leprechaun knows this.

Halloween happenings at the National Leprechaun Museum can be, however.

The best bit? It’s over 18s only, so when you scream, you can rest assured that you’ll probably never again see all the other adults who have just stopped, stared, pointed and possibly laughed – at you.

That’s infinitely better than being surrounded by a bunch of your child’s friends when the shrieking starts.

Drive-in movies

A little bit of vintage America is coming to Tattersalls Country House in Ratoath, Co Meath, which is hosting a selection of scary drive-in movies… and Toy Story 3.

Running until this Wednesday, you can watch films such as The Shining, The Omen, The Exorcist, and lots of other films that start with the word “the” (we’re not kidding, this seens to be a thing).

All this from the comfort of your own car. A word of warning, however. Whatever you do, don’t have a rug just lying there on the back seat.

If we’ve learnt anything from scary movies, this will be where the axe murderer will be hiding until the time is right – possibly at the exact same moment you break out the popcorn.

Hook Head Lighthouse, Co Wexford

Hook Head Lighthouse in County Wexford, which dates back to the 13th century. (Eamonn Farrell/Photocall Ireland)

No, our scareometers aren’t broken. We understand that there is nothing scary about this whatsoever.

Here’s a video of its interior to prove it.


Well, what about that then. Scary, no? To learn more about the “Ghostly guided tour”, click here.

Go to a jail, or should that be Gaol?

Wicklow Gaol has the potential to give you a spook or two, especially if you choose to undertake its nighttime ghost tour.

The promise of a “free spooky cocktail” beforehand can only add to the chances of completely losing it, especially if some of the stuff in these videos actually happens.

Are you planning on doing anything different this Halloween? Let us know in the comments.

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