The countdown to Halloween is on and there is an exciting variety of Halloween activities happening in Kilkenny city and county over the school holidays next week. From traditional fancy dress parades to cookery workshops, sports camps, ghost tours and even a torchlight treasure hunt there is something for all ages and interests. So why not embrace the occasion, brave the weather and step out the front door for a bit of Kilkenny Halloween fun with the family!
The following is your Kilkenny People’s guide to what’s on for children and families over Halloween.
Kilkenny’s 10th annual food festival, “Savour Kilkenny” has a feast of treats for children this year from grow your own vegetables workshop to cooking competitions and fun shows. Runs from Friday October 28th to Monday 31st. Many events require pre-booking. www.savourkilkenny.com.
A spooky Halloween festival in Shankill Castle, Paulstown. Pre-booking essen-tial.
Contact 087 7672656 or go to www.shankhillcastle.com.
Wand & Quill Workshop
What? Children will visit the impressive trees of Shankill and get to meet the Minister for Wands who provides them with their very own wand, wand licence and ink quill.
Who? All ages
When? Saturday 29th October to Tuesday 1st November & Thursday 4th November to Saturday 6th at 2 pm.
Children’s Ghost Tours
What? Magical daytime journey through spooky Shankhill castle and woods.
Who? Anyone under 15.
When? Saturday 29th October 1st November & Thursday 4th November to Saturday 6th at 3.30 pm.
Children’s Halloween deal for Wand & Quill workshop and Ghost Tour €22
Where? Shankhill Castle, Paulstown, Co Kilkenny
Teen Twilight Tour
What? A creepy candle-lit half light tour at dusk of Shankhill’s most haunted rooms, corridors and ancient graveyard for teenagers and families.
Who? Ages 10 to 15 and families
When? Saturday 29th October to Monday 31st October at 5 pm.
Cost? Teens €20, Adults €15
Where? Shankhill Castle, Paulstown, Co Kilkenny
Castlecomer Discovery Park
For more information call 056 4440707 or go to www.discoverypark.ie.
Moody Monster Trick or Treat Family Trail
Follow the clues on our fun-filled Moody Monster Trick or Treat Trail through our mysterious woodland. Make your way back to the Visitor Centre to receive your trick or treat – a lump of Castlecomer coal or a special treat for the family to share? No need to book.
Who? All ages
When? Saturday 29th October to Sunday 6th November, 9.30 am to 4 pm
Cost? €10 per family
Also open during the holidays, depending on the weather, are Ireland’s longest over-water twin ziplines, Octagon High Ropes Course, Tree-Top Adventure Walk, Climbing Wall, Leap of Faith and Junior Woodland Adventure Course. Pre-booking required for all activities except Junior Climbing. Age/height restrictions apply to activities.
Nore Valley Park
Halloween fun for all the family. Contact 056 7727229.
What? Treasure hunt by torchlight. Hunt for reflective letters to spell the magic word and win a prize, toast marshmallows over the bonfire, fancy dress parade and competition and a super-scary scare maze.
Who? Families. Scare maze for ages 8 and over
When? Monday 24th October to Friday 28th October from 7 pm
Where? Nore Valley Park, Bennettsbridge, Co Kilkenny
Cost? €4.50 per person.
MacDonagh Junction Shopping Centre
What? Free party with face painting, Halloween characters fancy dress parade, DJ and loads of sweets.
Who? All ages.
When? Monday 31st October from 2 pm to 5 pm.
Where? Workhouse Square, MacDonagh Junction Shopping Centre.
Tennis Halloween Camps
A fun introduction to tennis or a fun way to improve skills. Pre-booking required. Contact Brian on 086 8714941
What? Two hours tennis coaching by professional coaches.
Who? From age 5
When? Monday 31st October to Friday 4th November, 9 am to 11 am to 11.15 am to 1.15 pm.
Where? Kilkenny Tennis Club, Bennettsbridge Road, Kilkenny
Cost? €60 members, €70 non-members
Thomastown School of Food
Halloween kids cookery camps. To book call 056 7754397, email firstname.lastname@example.org or go to www.schooloffood.ie.
What? Cook up a variety of sweet and savoury scary treats. The camp will also include a visit to our Market Garden where the students will learn all about growing their own food.
Who? Ages 7 to 11
When? Tuesday 1st November to Thursday 3rd November, 10 am to 1 pm
Where? Thomastown School of Food, Dublin Road, Thomastown
Kilkenny Cookery School
Hands-on Halloween cookery workshops. Pre-booking required. Contact Mary on 087 9533870.
Who? Ages 6 and over and 10 and over.
When? Saturday 29th October or Monday 31st October from 10 am to 12 noon from for ages 6 and over (two individual workshops). Sunday 30th October from 10 am to 12 noon and Monday 31st October from 1 pm to 3 pm for ages 10 and over (two day workshop)
Where? Kilkenny Cookery School, Friary Street, Kilkenny
Cost? €20 for one day workshop, €40 for two day workshop
Ryeland House Halloween Cookery Camps
Halloween cookery camp with Ann Neary of Ryeland House Cookery School. Call 056 7729073 or 086 2767656 to book.
What? Two mornings of Halloween Cookery camps
Who? Ages 9 to 11 and ages 12 to 15
When? Tuesday 1st November and Wednesday 2nd for ages 9 to 11 and Thursday 3rd to Friday 4th for teenagers.
Where? Ryeland House Cookery School, Cuffesgrange, Co Kilkenny
The Icing on the Cake
What? Hands-on baking & decorating workshop. Have fun making all things Halloween, sweet and savoury then bring them home to trick or treat your family and friends. Everything supplied. Call Nicky on 086 8165587 to book.
When? Monday 31st October, 10 am to 1 pm
Who? Ages 7 to 12
Where? The Icing on the Cake, Danesfort
What? The Bookcentre will be holding their annual Halloween party with story telling, fancy dress, colouring and other activities.
When? Saturday 29th October from 3 pm
Where? The Bookcentre, High Street
Watershed Halloween Camps
For information and booking contact 056 7734620 or go to www.thewatershed.ie. Multi Activity Camp
Who? Children aged 5 to 12
When? Tuesday 1st to Friday 4th November from 9 am to 3 pm
Who? Swim levels 1 to 5
When? Tuesday 1st to Friday 4th November from 9 am to 10 am & 10.15 am to 11.15 am