15 Frighteningly Free Halloween Things for Families to Do this Midterm


May 10, 2019

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Halloween midterm is just around the corner and with the kids off school, it can be an expensive time for parents. We have done our research and have 15 Frighteningly Free Halloween Things for Families to Do this Midterm in counties around Ireland.

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#1. Free Halloween Events at The National Museums

national musuem of Ireland at halloweenCheck out the Free Halloween Events and Workshops at the 4 National Museum of Ireland sites, Collins Barracks, Merrion Square, Kildare Street in Dublin and Country Life in Mayo. Including – Sacred Spells, Mummy Riddles, Val-halloween Mask Making, Spooky Stories and Something Wicked! 

#2. Free Halloween Disco, Dublin

Draculas-Disco-at-The-Ark Things to do around Ireland at Halloween 2019

Monday, 28th October 2019, 2pm – 4pm – This Halloween, The Ark presents Dracula’s Disco 2019. Dracula’s own DJ Will Softly will be back spinning the decks and scratching vinyl for the annual dance party in Meeting House Square, Dublin.

Go along in costumes and dance or listen to some mysterious Bram Stoker children’s tales! This is a free event.

#3. Free Autumn Squirrel Trail at Fota House & Gardens, Cork

Squirrel at fota house Things to do around Ireland at Halloween

This October bank holiday weekend, Saturday October 26th to Monday October 28th, 10.30am to 3.40pm, bring the family along to Fota House for an Autumn Squirrel Trail. There are clues to solve along the way of this self-guided trail and once you have found all the squirrels and solved all the clues, bring you sheets back to Fota House for some treats!

#4. Free Halloween Ghost Trail Knocknagoshel, Kerry

Visitors to the Ghost Trail in Knocknagoshel on the night of Halloween can once again expect another chilling production. The one night only event takes place on October 27th 2019 from 6.30pm to 9.30pm.

The Ghost Trail is organised by the Knocknagoshel Halloween Group which is a community-based non-profit organisation. All funding raised is distributed among the local participating community groups and charities. Since it began the Ghost Trail has raised over half a million for charities. Every year on average they collect €15,000.

The ghost trail begins at the church in Knocknagoshel. People are then taken down to meet all types ghosts, ghouls and monsters along the way until the finish up quite aptly at the funeral home.

#5. Macnas: Free Halloween Parade, Galway

Enjoy the spectacle that is the Macnas theatre company, when they return to the streets of Galway on October 27th 2019 with their spectacular giant models and a host of characters straight form your imagination. The parade departs from NUIG at 5.30pm.

#6. Imagine Arts Festival Waterford

Free Halloween Things for Families to Do Imagine Arts Festival

The Imagine Arts Festival takes place from October 23rd to 27th 2019 and aims to bring exciting multi-disciplinary events showcasing the best of local, national and international arts to the streets of Waterford. Visitors can expect to see art in unusual places and on offer and suitable for all ages will be:

      • Live performances
      • Exhibitions
      • Interactive Experiences
      • Comedy
      • Storytelling
      • Music and more

#7. The Dragon of Shandon Festival Cork

Free Halloween Things for Families to do Dragon of Shandon Festival

The Dragon of Shandon Festival includes a Halloween Parade that will start at St. Anne’s Shandon and will cross the river in to the city centre. Guaranteed free halloween fun for all the family. DATES FOR 2019 TBC

#8. Savour Kilkenny Festival of Food

Savour Kilkenny takes place over the Halloween bank holiday weekend from October 24th to 28th 2019. With masterclasses, tasting events, interactive displays and a bustling market there will be something for everyone in the family.

#9. The Spirits of Meath Halloween Festival, Meath

spirits of meath festival

The Spirits of Meath Halloween Festival takes place in venues across the county this Halloween. With the tag line ‘Fun by Day….Fright by Night’ it is sure to be fun for all the family. There is a small cost to some of the activities but there are also some free halloween things for families to do during the festival which takes place from October 6th to November 3rd 2019.

#10. The Galway Aboo Festival, Galway

Free Halloween Fun for Families Macnas Parade Galway

The Galway Aboo Festival takes place from October 26th to 29th 2019 in The Latin Quarter. There will be a host of free events for children and families to take part in or just come along and soak up the spooky atmosphere!

#11. Wexford Fringe Festival, Wexford

Wexford Fringe Festival Free Things to do in Ireland at Halloween

The 67th Annual Wexford Fringe Festival takes place from October 18th to November 3rd 2019. There are in excess of 300 events taking place over the duration of the festival and some free options include comedy, circus, dance, theatre, puppet shows, music, art and film.

#12. Sligo Live, Co Sligo

Sligo Live 2019 Free Halloween events in Ireland


The Sligo Live Festival of Music takes place from October 18th to 28th 2019. There is music to suit all tastes and ages with over 100 performances by more than 400 musicians over the six day festival.

And best of all – 80% of the Festival events are free of charge!

#13. Conamara Sea Week, Galway

free halloween things for families to do Conamara Sea Week

Conamara Sea Week runs from October 20th to 28th 2019 and includes events for families and kids. The highlight is the After The Light Parade, a spectacular event full of magic, mayhem and myth that is free to attend.

#14. Banks of the Foyle Halloween Festival, Derry~Londonderry

One of Europe’s largest Halloween festivals, the Banks of the Foyle Halloween Festival takes place in Derry between October 26th and November 1st 2019 and Guildhall Square is the focus for many of the events.

#15. Halloween Monster Mash & Fireworks Display, Belfast

halloween monster mash 2017 Belfast

Join in the Halloween fun at this year’s Halloween Monster Mash and Fireworks Display in Belfast on October 27th 2019. Head along to the Titanic Slipways for Belfast’s biggest Halloween celebration with an evening of spooktacular theatre, macabre music, fascinating fireworks!

Over to you now. Do you plan to or did you visit any of these Free Halloween Events with your child? Tell us in the comments below

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