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5 Spooky Family Events To Check Out This Halloween

It seems like they’ve only just gone back to school, yet we’re already talking about Halloween. If you have some free time around the midterm break, there are celebrations around the country all through the bank holiday weekend.

As it's the last bank holiday of the year, it's the perfect opportunity to spend some quality time together before the countdown to Christmas and the mayhem of the festive season begins.
Here are some great events that caught our eye:

1. Babaró International Arts Festival for Children

Venue: Galway City
Date: October 16th to October 22nd
Cost: Varies
Contact: 091 562667 admin@baboro.ie  Website

From its first outing as part of the Galway Arts Festival in 1994, Baboró has sought to encourage children to engage with the world through their experience of the creative arts. There are so many events scheduled for such a range of age groups at this year’s Baboró that it would be impossible to list the highlights in just a few lines. We suggest you take a look at the website and just make a list of what takes your fancy. From workshops on story making and designing your own board games to theatre, music, painting, there’s something for every imagination.

2. Bualadh Bos Festival

Venue: Limerick City
Date: October 10th – October 21st
Cost: Varies
Contact:  +353 61 774774 info@limetreetheatre.ie Website

Put your hands together for Bualadh Bos Children’s Festival, which promises a selection of quality children’s entertainment in Limerick schools and theatres this October. Events include theatrical productions such as The Assistant’s Revenge, They Called Her Vivaldi, and The Secret Garden; Dance Limerick’s Flying & Falling; the hilarious magic show Fantasmagorical; and Trash Test Dummies at the Lime Tree Theatre. 

3. Bram Stoker Arts Festival

Venue: Dublin City
Dates: 27th October – 30th October
Cost: From free
Contact: See website

One of Halloween’s best-known characters was created by a Dublin man, so it is fitting that the most ghoulish and gothic of extravaganzas should take place this bank holiday weekend in the capital.
The Bram Stoker Festival is a playful celebration of things that go bump in the night with a range of entertainment, much of which is designed to suit families. From the pop-up Victorian fun park Stokerland to Dracula’s disco and a spectacular Macnas parade, there is plenty for even the youngest horror fan(g) – sorry!

4. Wexford Fringe Festival

Venue: Various Wexford locations
Dates: 19th October – 5th November
Cost: From free
Contact: +353 53 9122226 katieoconnor@wexfordchamber.ie

This is the 65th running of the annual Wexford Fringe arts festival, and it shows no sign of getting old. Choose from more than 300 events, covering everything from comedy and cabaret to circus and puppetry. It is an open-access festival, which means anyone staging a cultural event can register, making this one of the freshest and most spontaneous festivals of its kind. Baby Rhyme Time (for the under-twos), Red Moon Spooky Halloween Face Painting Workshop, and Ghoulish Storytelling for starters are just a few of the events your kids will enjoy.

5. Spleodar Halloween Arts Festival

 Venue: Nenagh Arts Centre, Nenagh, Co. Tipperary
Dates: 28th October – 31st October
Cost: From free
Contact: +353 67 34400 director@nenagharts.com

It wouldn't be Halloween in Nenagh without the Spleodar Festival, packed full of entertainment to keep everyone spooked (in the nicest possible way) this October bank holiday weekend. Enjoy workshops, a delightful theatrical performance of The Secret Garden, and a wonderful music event. The celebrations culminate with a spectacular fireworks display on Halloween night, so fuel yourself with hot cocoa, wrap up, and enjoy the show.

If you head along to any of these fantastic events and need somewhere nice to stay, make sure to book your hotel with eumom Getways!


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