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Halloween map of free & cheap things to do this weekend!

  1. Dublin
  1. Metropolis Festival 2018
Saturday 27th October - Sunday 28th October
The one and only Metropolis Festival is back once again at the RDS. If you like your music with an alternative edge, this city festival will be right up your street. Now in its fourth year, organisers are delighted to announce Irish indie folk band Villagers in the headline slot. The band will also be in charge of curating the line-up, so be sure to stay tuned as this incredible gathering of musical energy comes together over the coming months. You’ll be carried away on a wave of great dance, indie, rock and more, so clear your schedule and get down to the RDS this October bank holiday weekend.
Admission: From €35
  1. Get Your Wish On
Saturday 27th October - Sunday 28th October
Looking for an evening of magical, mystical entertainment? Your wish is Westside Performing Arts' command. Bring the family and join the fun at the much-anticipated return of Get Your Wish On, The Helix's trademark show in two parts. Act One will see a dazzling celebration of music from your favourite Broadway, West End and silver screen productions before Act Two sweeps in like a magic carpet to transport you to the enchanting land of Agrabha. Here you'll witness the tale of a young boy, a cave of wonders and, of course, a mysterious lamp. Only those who are honest and true can release the genie from his spell and receive his magic. Can the plucky street urchin become the hero he's always wanted to be? Can the nefarious Jafar's evil plans be stopped in time? Find out this October at The Helix.
Admission: €18-22
  1. Halloween at Dublinia
Saturday 27th October - Monday 29th October
Delig Inis theatre group present their annual performance. Hear about the supernatural and ghostly happenings around medieval Dublin. Meet the Medieval Dublin chancer, Bran the grave digger, who has the gruesome job of hauling poor souls to the local graveyard. Listen as Bran, and his wife Ita who specialises in ‘alternative’ methods of healing, tell you all about the dirty streets of Dublin, from unruly pigs to unruly people! Also, find out all about the strange tale of Drunken Thomas’s encounter in St. Michael’s graveyard, and just how much he manged to upset the dead at Halloween! Running between 11 and 1.00pm and 2.00pm and 3.30pm. every day from Saturday the 27th of October to Monday the 29th of October.
Admission: Adult €9.50, Child €6.50
  1. Dublin Animation Film Festival 2018
Friday 26th October - Saturday 27th October 2018
Celebrating the 8th Animation Film Festival in Dún Laoghaire and Blackrock, County Dublin this year! One of this year's highlights will be a screening of CARTOON SALOON‘s Academy Award© nominated feature THE BREADWINNER with a Q&A with a special guest from Cartoon Saloon after the screening. Another special guest is expected over from the UK – so keep checking this website for updates or you can follow on twitter @DUBLINANIMATION or FACEBOOK. The festival started in 2011, Ireland was suffering from the global recession. The first festival was a one-day event, which received 45 entries and the first festival screenings were held in a former Methodist Church in Blackrock, now known as the Urban Junction (animation workshops for children are still held there). The 2018 programme of Irish and international shorts is anticipated to be the best one yet – so enter your film now!
Admission: €9
  1. Scarefield at Airfield Estate – The Princess and Uncle T
Saturday 27th October - Sunday 4th November
This Halloween immerse yourself in Scarefield, featuring the fictional spooky love story of The Princess and Uncle T at Airfield Estate. Discover the tale of the Overends sisters, their beloved Uncle Tommy and his princess fiancé in a transformed Victorian/colonial Scarefield House where there will be story-telling, crafts and lots of spooky fun along the way! Pre-booking is required for Scarefield: The Princess and Uncle T. Tickets for this event are free with your membership or normal daily admission ticket. Places are limited so book now before they are gone!
Admission: €0-10
  1. Carlow
Spooktacular Pumpkin Train Adventure
Friday 26th October - Sunday 28th October
The whole family is invited to Rathwood Home and Garden this Halloween to help the Terrible Twins, Wizzie and Lizzie, beat the evil Wicked Witch. Jump on board the Rathwood Express Train with Wizzie and take a trip to visit The Whacky Wizard, which can only mean one thing: trouble! Then continue into the spooky forest to find Treasure Island and save the twins and head to the Magical Pumpkin Patch. Rathwood will be a magical experience for the little ones over this Halloween break.
Admission: €6-10
  1. Kildare
Halloween Happenings
Saturday 27th October - Sunday 28th October
Venue: Lullymore Heritage & Discovery Park. Lots of ghastly ghouls and terrifying treats in store at Lullymore including haunted holograms with the weird but wonderful witches, terror train trips (be prepared for zombie attacks!!), terror treasure hunts and freaky fun in the devilish den of play, the Funky Forest. Prepare for the fright of your life. Come in fancy dress (optional), there will be prizes for best fancy dress costumes in the Indoor Centre from 14:00 every day! (Halloween prizes start at 14:00). One terror train trip per family included in admission.
Admission: Adult €9, Children €7.50-9, Family packages available
  1. Kilkenny
Savour Kilkenny 2018
Saturday 27th October - Sunday 28th October
Savour Kilkenny is back for its 12th edition this October all across the city of Kilkenny. This is one of Ireland’s very favourite food festivals, and it will turn this beautiful medieval city into a foodie haven across the four days of the Halloween Bank Holiday Weekend. There will be interactive cooking demonstrations and masterclasses with award-winning chefs, culinary delights and quirky dining events, beer and wine tasting occasions, live entertainment and best of all, a bustling food market full of the best produce and food that the country has to offer.
Admission: Free
  1. Laois
The Spooky Express
Saturday 27th October - Sunday 28th October
A train ride within the dark foreboding woods, who knows what will be hidden within and what may come to life on Halloween. With lots of other great activities to do the Spooky Express experience will be fun for the whole family, if you are brave enough.
Admission: €11
  1. Longford
Halloween Fancy Dress Parkrun
Saturday 27th October
Halloween is fast approaching and as per last year we'll encourage participants to wear fancy dress whilst running. I've got my costume at the ready! If fancy dress isn't for you- come in whatever. Treats will be waiting for kids and big kids at the finish
Admission: Free
  1. Louth
Halloween Haunted House
Saturday 27th October
Come on down to the Redeemer Family Resource Centre to visit the spooky Halloween Haunted House. Pop by on Saturday the 27th October. It will be great fun for all the family.
Admission: Free
  1. Meath
Trim Trad Festival
Friday 26th October - Monday 29th October
The inaugural Trim Trad Festival takes place October 26th - 29th. Why not start or finish your Spirits of Meath by staying in Trim for the weekend festivities. From Céilé Dancing , Busking , Trad Sessions , headline concerts and lots more in between, the town will be alive with entertainment. The event is in association with Brú Brewery, Castle Arch Hotel , Trim Tourism Network and Brogans Bar and guesthouse.
Admission: €0-5
  1. Offaly
Playtown Tullamore's Baby & Toddler Halloween Party
Saturday 27th October
Playtown Tullamore will host a baby & toddler Halloween party on Saturday 27th October from 10am To 11:30am. There will be prizes for best fancy dress. On the day there will also be Halloween Arts & Crafts, Spooky Singalong & Marching Band. There will be no Tricks, just Treats. Only €8 (Sibling Discounts Available), adults are free (this includes Juice & Treats For Children)
Admission: €8 per child, Adults free
  1. Westmeath
Humpty Dumpty's Big EggVenture
Sunday 28th October
Humpty’s Big EggVenture! For the first time ever, the classic nursery Rhyme Humpty Dumpty is brought to the stage in this wonderful live interactive all singing and dancing production. Humpty is going on a big adventure to climb the highest wall in the Kingdom, but Humpty needs your help! Sing along; solve puzzles and meet lots of famous children’s charters along the way including, The Three Little Pigs, Little Bo Peep, all the animals on Old MacDonald’s Farm and many more! With amazing costumes, dazzling stage sets and a host of colourful characters to bring you on the journey of a lifetime. When Humpty climbs the highest wall in the Kingdom, who knows what might happen next…?
Admission: €11
  1. Wexford
Féile Samhain at Hook Lighthouse
Saturday 27th October - Monday 29th October
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 from October 27th to 29th. On Saturday, Sunday and Monday evening (Oct 27 to 29) from 16:00-19:00 an ‘Evening of Fire' based on the ancient tradition of Samhain of extinguishing old and lighting anew will take place. Age-old tales of Samhain will be shared by ‘Druids' around the circles of fire at Hook Lighthouse; families are invited to gather around the blazing fire baskets beneath the ever-present beam of the 800-year-old lighthouse to hear stories of druids and ancient Irish Samhain customs and heritage in the graveyard of one thousand ships. A family evening with children's entertainment and Halloween stories. These events are on offer free of charge and no pre-booking is required.
Admission: €5-15
  1. Wicklow
Night Tour
Sunday 28th October
Take an eerie night tour of Wicklow Jail – one of Ireland’s most haunted building. Wicklow Gaol was, for many years, a place of horrendous atrocities in which prisoners were subjected to torture, starvation and death. Why not join a special night tour to see for yourself? Wicklow Gaol runs a night tour event for adults only. Event times: 19:00-21:00
Admission: €8 Adult
  1. Clare
Hallowe’en Violin Recital 2018
Sunday 28th October
Beginner and junior violinists from Clare Music Makers playing some spooky songs and spine-tingling sounds! This will be held at the Treacy West County. First recital is at 2pm and the second recital is at 4.30pm.
Admission: Free
  1. Cork
Youghaloween Spooktacualar
Friday 26th October - Sunday 28th October
Presented by the Youghal4All group, Youghaloween Spooktacular is a festival celebrating the ancient festival of Samhain. This is a festival with Soul! So much going on that weekend – here’s just a little taster of what you can expect. Spend the weekend in the beautiful town of Youghal and be brought back to a time when the ancients believed that the spirits walked the land. Watch as a gathering of witches perform a ritual on the beach to welcome home An Bhean Uisce. Join in the lantern parade around the medieval town of Youghal and see an amazing firework display. Dare to visit the haunted town centre and walk through the enchanted market? Will you be brave enough to wait for the headless horseman as he gallops through the streets of Youghal? Take some time out and visit the Harry Potter Museum and listen to some ghostly stories. Make your own pumpkin and visit the witch-ling school and Knight school. Bring the kids along to a Halloween party. There is also a spiritual convention on the Sunday if you wish to attend. Join the Ghostly walking tour around our town. There is so much going on over the weekend, something for everyone – No other place in Ireland celebrates Samhain like we do.
Admission: €5-10
  1. Kerry
Haunted Hall at Kerry County Museum
Saturday 27th October - Wednesday 31st October
Visit the Haunted Hall at Kerry County Museum this Halloween for a thrilling, heart-stopping, blood curdling experience. Guides will help you navigate your way around Medieval Tralee but be aware, the place has been taken over by an army of Irish ghouls, ghosts and goblins! So, keep your eyes peeled at all times and always expect the unexpected. Our Nightmare tours are definitely not for the faint-hearted! All bets are off as with nightfall, The Haunted Hall truly slips into the realm of the spirit world and its malevolent inhabitants. Be warned, your safe return is not guaranteed.
Admission: €5, Under 18s €5
  1. Limerick
The Richard Harris International Film Festival
Saturday 27th October - Sunday 28th October
Each October bank holiday weekend, The Richard Harris International Film Festival takes place in Limerick city. Join film fans and film-makers as they flock to Limerick city to enjoy Irish and international feature and short films. With director/producer and cast Q&As accompanying screenings, The Richard Harris International Film Festival is the perfect opportunity for filmmakers of the Irish Diaspora to showcase their work in Ireland. 2018 also welcomes a new category for student film-makers so you can be sure you'll be the first to discover exciting new auteurs at the beginning of their careers. There’ll be music, poetry, a cultural trail around Limerick landmarks, as well as the Red Carpet Awards to celebrate our filmmaking culture so make sure you’re in Limerick for the eagerly anticipated and much loved Richard Harris International Film Festival.
Admission: €5-25
  1. Tipperary
Pumpkin Festival 2018
Saturday 27th October
Our ever popular pumpkin festival returns for a much anticipated 8th year this Halloween bank holiday weekend! Come along and help celebrate the story of Spookley the Square pumpkin who showed us all that it’s ok to be different! A hugely popular, fun-filled day for all the family. Activities on the day include: Pick and Carve your own Pumpkin, storytelling- the story of Spookley is brought to life! Meet Spookley in person along with some of his good friends, traditional Halloween games, fancy dress competition. This popular event continues to grow each year and we have made a few alterations to allow it to continue to grow. Due to space restrictions we are now running our festival over FOUR days with two different 2-hour time-slots each day. For health and safety reasons each slot is strictly limited to 250 children. Pre-Booking is required, and we encourage you to book well in advance. We anticipate that all sessions will sell out before the event. Booking is available in store and online
Admission: €10
  1. Waterford
Halloweeen - In Ghostly Japan
Friday 26th October - Saturday 27th October
Three Ghostly Performances: 'The Story of Aoyagi', A young Samurai happens upon a cottage surrounded by willow trees. Here, he falls in love with a girl named Aoyagi (Green Willow). They spend many happy years together until the girl begins to suffer terrible pain. 'Fragment' Two men find themselves climbing a mountain, one (The Bodhisattva), beckons the other to continue, even though the path is a terrible one. When they reach the top, they see only a mountain of bones and skulls. 'Mimi-Nashi-Hoichi’, A blind musician who lives in a temple is summoned before a royal court to perform each night in secrecy. The priests of the temple notice his disappearance. He is found playing in an old haunted graveyard before some tomb. Find out what happens in these stories as you are taken into Ghostly Japan. Wrap up well, bring a torch!
Admission: Adult €5, Children U12 €2
  1. Galway
Hocus Pocus
Saturday 27th October
They’ll put a spell on you – as part of our Season of the Witch, we’re resurrecting the notorious Sanderson Sisters as they blaze a trail of destruction across the town that put an end to their wicked antics centuries before. One for all the family! Hocus Pocus will be screened at Pálás Galway.
Admission: €8.50-11
  1. Leitrim
Fear in the Forest
Saturday 27th October - Sunday 28th October
The veil between worlds is getting thin, letting all the monsters in, walk the path and there you'll find, fiends of a friendlier kind. But further in, where things get cold, out crawl horrors dark and old… Do you dare to enter 'Fear in the Forest'? Dates & Times:
Saturday 27th, Sunday 28th, Wed 31st Oct. 5pm to 7pm (Kids: Ghost stories, Cartoons, Face painting, Campfire, Halloween Crafts), 7pm to 11pm (Scare Trail Over 14's, Under 18's must be accompanied by an adult).
Admission: Adult €10, Children €5
  1. Mayo
Wednesday 24th October - Monday 29 October
Westival is Westport's official music and arts festival, taking place this October and inviting audiences to take a front row seat at the cusp of creativity on the Wild Atlantic Way. This year's Westival programme will be released in early August and will showcase all the best live music, late night antics, world-class theatre, artistic adventures, family-friendly events, visual arts and free performances for all the family. Don't miss it.
Admission: €5-30
  1. Roscommon
Halloween Spooktacular parkrun
Saturday 27th October
Dress up fun for everyone - young and old! Fabulous raffle on the day AND a prize for the best dressed! Join us at the starting line for a 5KM run at Lough Key Forest Park at 9.30am. If this is your first run, please register beforehand.
Admission: Free
  1. Sligo
Halloween Party & Fancy Dress Competition
Saturday 27th October
Halloween break kicks off at Quayside, Sligo on Saturday October 27th with a Halloween Party and fancy dress parade. Dancing to DJ Dracula's spooky tunes, family fun, mask making, free face painting and prizes for the best costumes! All the family are welcome, and you may be joined by some haunting characters!
Admission: Free
  1. Donegal
Halloween Comic Fest 2018
Saturday 27th October
Halloween Comic Fest is the celebration of Halloween and comics! The event takes place October 27th at participating comic shops. Free Halloween themed comics will be available, along with the chance for fans to participate in "The Greatest Halloween Costume Contest Ever!" It is a great event for comic and Halloween fans of all ages! Come and celebrate Halloween this year with Free comics!
Admission: Free
  1. Cavan
Halloween Fright Night
Saturday 27th October
After the success of last year’s fright night, we are very busy planning this year’s event. It will be held on Saturday 27th October @ 5.30pm, It will run slightly different to last year where you will gather at the GAA ground and upon payment you will be escorted around the haunted walk, you will be given a token to gain entry to the community hall for complementary tea/coffee and hot chocolate for the kids and kids disco. For anyone who only wants to attend the disco it will be €5 per person at the community hall. So please tag and share this event to help spread the word. Please see poster for more details.
Admission: €5
  1. Monaghan
An Evening With Cantemus Chamber Choir
Saturday 27th October
Cantemus Chamber Choir will present an evening of singing and music with special guests Cairde String Chamber Group, dancing from Lorcán Murphy and the children of Monaghan Autism Parents Support group. Tickets are €10, and proceeds are in aid of MAPS (supporting local children with Autism). Available from Keegan’s Newsagents.
Admission: €10
  1. Fermanagh
Hidden Autumn Estate
Saturday 27th October
Experience Crom like you never have before by taking a trip on water using the 100-year-old traditional wooden craft, followed by an unseen hidden Autumn walk! Autumn is one of the most beautiful times of year to explore Crom with its array of woodlands, historic ruins and wildlife such as deer and red squirrels. Join our rangers for an unseen guided tour of the many different hidden areas and secrets of Crom, that are only accessible by water!
Admission: £15
  1. Tyrone
Half Term Halloween Fest
Saturday 27th October - Wednesday 31st October
Look no further for things to do this half term. Come see our Pumpkin Patch at The Agory, pick and carve your own pumpkin, explore our Halloween trail, enjoy craft activities, make a magical wand and try some ghoulish treats in the café.
Admission: Adult £5.90, Children £2.95
  1. Derry
Little Horrors Storytelling
Sunday 28th October
Where would one wearily wander when one wants witchy wonder? Why, Winifreds wicked wardrobe (w-obviously!) Join wacky Winifred as she tells tales of flyaway broomsticks, poisonous potions and crooked cats!
Admission: £2.21
  1. Antrim
Purple Turnip Festival
Saturday 27th October
The Purple Turnip Festival returns to Lisburn for its 9th year in October. There will be fun for all the family. Enjoy kids’ entertainment including animal encounters, creative craft workshops, face painting and outdoor games. Join in the hunt; find the turnips and be in with a chance of winning a great prize. Lisburn City Centre Management is encouraging everyone to come dressed in their best fancy dress costume as there will be spot prizes for the best dressed. Get up close and personal with a wide range of “spooky” exotic animals, if you’re brave enough and experience an “enchanted” autumn market where you will find fresh produce from local suppliers and hand-crafted goods.
Admission: Free
  1. Down
The Boulevard Halloween Spooktacular
Friday 26th October - Monday 5th November
Kick off the week-long celebrations with a Frightful Friday 26 October, hosted by Q Radio Breakfast Show’s Stephen and Cate, with: Fireworks display hosted in partnership with Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council. Fairground rides and circus acts, including glow-juggling duo The Zombrothers, stilt-walking Morcant the Wizard, unicyclists, acrobats and more. Fancy dress competition. Lantern parade by children from local primary schools. Halloween goodies and giveaways. Special early bird meal deals from 17:00 – 18:00. And for the big kids, The Boulevard is offering unbeatable deals this Halloween of up to 70% off high street prices and designer brands, including: Adidas, Skechers, Kurt Geiger, Next Outlet, Nike Factory Store, The Perfume Shop, Asics, Toytown, Beauty Outlet, Gap, L.K. Bennett and more. Shoppers can also delve into a lucky dip cauldron at Guest Services for the chance to win bronze, silver and gold prizes throughout the mall. The celebrations will continue with haunting half-term entertainment on the mall from Saturday 27 October – Sunday 4 November, with circus acts, fairground rides and much more.
Admission: Free
  1. Armagh
Little Spooks
Saturday 27th October
Little Spooks is the perfect Halloween experience for boys and girls who aren’t afraid of enjoying some spooky surprises! A Halloween Bride & Gloom Story! Do you have the courage to be witness at the ceremony? Emma Goner is no ordinary bride in this most extraordinary of wedding days! With an undead bride and ghostly groom, join the hapless couple on the most memorable day of their lives (or afterlives). The witch’s cabin is just a short walk away along the winding path. Discover what ghastly ingredients go into a witch’s cauldron and, if you are brave enough to torture your tastebuds, there will be a truly gruesome brew freshly prepared just for you! Proceed along the path to the Palace of the Pumpkin Prince. There, you will hear some startling stories sure to put a shiver up your spine! Pre-booking is essential. Event recommended for Children ages 4-9 years, children aged 3 and under free. Each show lasts 1hr & 20mins.
Admission: £7, U3 Free
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