Wexford Ghost Tour
Hear tales of the supernatural and sinister – learn the legends of Wexford’s ghostly ghastly past. (Not suitable for very young children). Pre-booking essential. Ghosts appear in all weathers and are not affected by weather. www.wexfordwalkingtours.net

Thurles Halloween Arts Festival
Tipperary comes alive this Halloween, as Thurles’ annual festival includes art exhibitions, drama, music, comedy, film, street entertainment, fireworks, street parade, cycle race, workshops, family shows, fire shows, lunchtime concerts, poetry readers and much more. www.thurleshalloweenfestival.com

Fri 20th – Tues 31st Oct
Happy Halloween Cork & Limerick
Witch Hattie O’Goodspell, the good witch of Munster, will entertain visitors in her magical spooky home with her friends, the spooky skeletons, bonkers bats, and friendly ghosts and ghouls enjoying their annual Halloween party! Meet a friendly trainee witch, who will guide you through spectacular spooky sights to Witch Hattie O’Goodspell’s house. Hattie will give you a tour of her magical and spooky lair and show you where she makes her magic potions! Everyone leaves with small sweet treat, entrance €5 per child - adults go free.  Visit Hattie O’Goodspell at Dunnes Stores, 105 Patrick Street Cork or at Jetland Shopping Centre, Limerick. Optional 8”x10” photo €12; additional prints €6 each. Open 12noon -6pm. Find on FB/happyhalloween

Fri 27th – Sun 29th Oct
Youghaloween Spooktacular Festival
Celebrate the ancient Irish Festival of Samhain with genuine pagan witches performing a real ceremony on the beach in the heart of medieval Youghal. Watch as the Witches of Youghal call An Bhean Uisce (The Woman of the Water) from her watery home and follow a lantern walk led by drummers, witches and ghostly knights. Creep through the Haunted Town Centre with gravestones, entertainment centre, old funfair games, fire shows, belly dancers, and plenty of local talent. The Historic Ghost Tour is not to be missed taking you to the Clock Gate, St Mary's Collegiate Church and through the town's medieval lanes.  FB/YoughalSpooktacular

Sat 28th Oct
The Spooky Express
If you are brave enough, get into the spirit of Halloween at the Waterford & Suir Valley Railway in Kilmeadan Co. Waterford. Each year brave families visit the railway and take a thirty minute trip through the haunted area in the dark, where anything can happen! Note: the trip may be too scary for some children and at parents’ discretion. Pre-booking essential for this sought after Halloween trip! 051 384058 www.wsvrailway.ie

Sat 28th – Tues 31st Oct
Spleodar Halloween Arts Festival Nenagh
A family-focused arts festival now in its 17th year, catch the stage show Secret Garden by Broken Crow from Cork, a comical music event, and a special Little Piggy story with a Nenagh connection. Don’t miss the Firework Spectaular on Halloween night! 067 34400 www.spleodar.ie

Sat 28th – Tues 31st Oct
Halloween at Hook Lighthouse
Halloween is just around the corner so make plans to discover the history and mystery of the 800-year-old Hook Lighthouse and celebrate a traditional Samhain Festival. Opening with a guided Sunset Tour Experience on Sat 28th at 6.30pm; and Evening of Fire from 6-9pm on Sun, Mon and Tues. Pumpkin carving, family BBQ, children’s entertainment and Halloween stores. No booking required. 051 397055 www.hookheritage.ie

Sat 28th Oct – Weds 1st Nov
BOO! Leahy’s Open Farm
Take a trip on the haunted hay ride, find your way to the witches’ lair in the spooky forest to make a magic spell, and enjoy fun Halloween games and scary stories (not too scary) at Leahy’s Open Farm, Dungourney Co. Cork. Spectacular family fun at this truly unique Halloween event that parents will love just as much as the children! Book early to avoid disappointment by calling 083 8488142 E: info@leahysopenfarm.ie   www.leahysopenfarm.ie

Sat 28th – Sat 4th Nov
Kenmare Halloween Howl
Expect the unexpected at Kenmare’s Halloween Howl in Co. Kerry this mid-term break! Go wild and be prepared to be entertained and alarmed by ghostly things that go bump in the night in the scariest of places in Ireland for Halloween in this week - long festival. www.kenmare.ie

Sat 28th Oct - Sun 5th Nov
Lough Spookey Fest
Halloween Lough Spookey Fest at Lough Key Forest & Activity Park in Boyle, Co. Roscommon takes place from 28th October – 5th November 2017!  Fun family events include a themed Visitor Centre, Halloween crafts, pumpkin carving, witch and monster treasure hunt, ghoulish treats in the Lakeside Cafe and more… Open all year round, Lough Key is home to Ireland’s only tree canopy trail, with caravan & camping park in landscape mixed woodland, adventure play kingdom, Boda Borg and Lakeside café.  Check out their Lough Key Spooky Halloween events on www.loughkey.ie  

Take a tour through 19th century servant tunnels on the Lough Key Experienceexplore the Moylurg Viewing Tower and Ireland’s only Tree Canopy Walkway! Challenge the family to quests in the energetic Boda Borg, with over 50 individual challenges and new Quest Quiz Show - suitable for adults and children over 7 yrs. Enjoy the outdoor Adventure Play Kingdom for children of all ages and sample homemade food at the Lakeside Café.  Other activities include a Mini Jeep experience for kids, bike hire and boat tours. Overnight stays available in the Caravan and Camping Park in a spacious scenic woodland setting. New showers, toilet facilities, recreation room and cooking facilities are located 100 metres from all the fun activities. Call Lough Key Forest & Activity Park on 071 9673122, email bookings@loughkey.ie visit www.loughkey.ie and find them on Facebook.

Sun 29th Oct
Knocknagoshel Halloween Festival
Are you brave enough to walk the famous ghost trail? If you’re feeling brave, join in the family fun annual ghost trail at the Knocknagoshel Halloween Festival in Co. Kerry. As seen on TV, only €5 entry from 6.30pm - 9pm sharp.  FB/Knocknagoshel Halloween Group

Sun 29th & Mon 30th Oct
Spooky Space Camp
Join in a Junior Space Camp with a Halloween twist for kids aged 5-7 years in CIT Blackrock Castle Observatory Cork.  Make Monster Moons, Monster Volcano’s and Lava Lamps as well as the usual Magnet Painting and Mentos Rocket! Junior Space Campers pay €10 for their space adventure and can bring their parents for free!

One parent per child or group of children is required. Booking essential on 021-4326120 or E: info@bco.ie 

Mon 30th Oct – Fri 3rd Nov
Halloween at Cork City Gaol 
Cork City Gaol should be a definite on your list of things to do with the kids this Halloween mid-term break. Visit in fancy dress and join in the Black Cat treasure Hunt, face painting, balloon making and storytelling all in the historic surrounds of Cork City Gaol. Step back in time to the 19th century. Wandering through the wings of the Gaol, the atmosphere suggests you are accompanied by the shuffling feet of inmates, each representing their particular period in Irish history from pre –famine times to the foundation of the state. The cells are furnished with amazingly life like wax figures; original graffiti on cell walls tell the innermost feelings of some inmates while a very spectacular audio visual tells the social history and contrasting lifestyles of the 19th century Cork and why some people turned to crime, and some ended up in Australia. This exhibition fascinates visitors of all ages and nationalities and the tour is available in up to 13 languages. Halloween is their favourite time of year! Only €5 admission per child.   021-4305022 www.corkcitygaol.com 

Tues 31st Oct
Dragon of Shandon Parade
Beasts, visionaries, ghouls and misfits: come feast your eyes with wild spectacles and ignite your imaginations. The renowned Dragon of Shandon is a spectacular celebration of Samhain taking place along the historical spine of Cork City to walk amongst the living in one of Ireland's largest night-time street parades. 

Tues 31st Oct – Thurs 2nd Nov
Kids Pumpkin Fun Class
Halloween is a family favourite and the humble pumpkin can be transformed into delicious food, seasonal art and gorgeous lanterns. Harvest & carve your own pumpkin and enjoy Halloween art & crafts in these hour-long workshops for children at GROW HQ Waterford City 051 584411. www.giy.ie

Tues 31st Oct – Fri 3rd Nov
Spooky Science Workshops
Are you brave enough for some spooky science this Halloween? Anyone 4 Science are running one day spooky science workshops for primary school age children in Midleton Educate Together NS (October  31st) Lifetime Lab Cork (Nov 1st & 2nd), and Davis College Mallow (Nov 3rd ). Fun hands-on science, engineering and maths activities with a spooky theme for Halloween... Call Christine on 087-6749608, 0404-40563 E: info@anyone4science.com www.anyone4science.com