Watch out for witches in Kilkenny this Halloween!
Kilkenny’s 12th annual food festival, “Savour Kilkenny” has a feast of treats for children and families this year including foraging, young food producers market and even a spooky slime factory! Runs from Friday October 26th to Monday 29th. Many events require pre-booking. www.savourkilkenny.com.
Castlecomer Discovery Park Halloween Events
Go to www.discoverypark.ie for information or booking. For more information call 056 4440707.
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 27th October to Sunday 4th November, 10 am to 4 pm
Cost? €10 per family
Zip of Terror
Zoom down Ireland’s longest zip wire in the dark before walking through the haunted woodland. Promises to be a spine chilling experience!
Who? Strictly over 12s
When? Saturday 27th October, Sunday 28th, Monday 29th & Wednesday 31st. Starts at 7.30pm or 8pm. Lasts 90 minutes.
Fruits of the Forest
Family foraging event and Explore the woodlands, forage for wild food and learn to identify plants. Part of Savour Kilkenny.
Who? Adults and children over 5
When? Starting at 12pm or 2.30pm
Family BBQ in the woods with family entertainment and fun activities for the kids. Part of Savour Kilkenny.
When? Monday 29th October, 1.30pm to 3pm.
Cost? €15/adult, €10/child
Kilkenny Pumpkin Picking Patch
Pick your own pumpkin straight from the field. Have fun with old school games and enjoy the scarecrows and witches. Meet Ben the St Bernard. Wellies advised! Go to KilkennyPumpkinPicking on Facebook or call 056 7722607 for information.
When? Daily until Wednesday 31st October.
Where? The Folly Guest House and Farm, Outrath, Kilkenny. Off ring road behind Woodies.
Nore Valley Park
During the day there’s pumpkin picking and carving and you can have a go at making a scarecrow. By night there’s a treasure hunt by torchlight. Hunt for reflective markers to solve the puzzle and win a prize. You can also toast marshmallows over the bonfire and there’s a terrifying scare maze. Bring a torch! Book on-line at www.norevalleypark.com . Contact 056 7727747.
When? Pumpkin picking and scarecrow making – daytime from now until Saturday 3rd November (except Sundays).
Treasure hunt & scare maze
Friday 26th October, Monday 29th, Tuesday 30th and Wednesday 31st starting at 7 pm.
Where? Nore Valley Park, Bennettsbridge, Co Kilkenny
Cost? Treasure hunt & scare maze - €5 per person. Under 2’s free.
Pumpkin picking- one free pumpkin/family included in entry charge.
MacDonagh Junction Shopping Centre
What? Free party with ghoulish games such as a spider hunt and count the eyeballs. There will also be face painting, giant Halloween characters, fancy dress, pumpkin carving workshop and live DJ.
Who? All ages.
When? Monday 29th October from 1 pm to 4 pm.
Where? Workhouse Square, MacDonagh Junction Shopping Centre.
Tennis Halloween Camps
A fun introduction to tennis or a fun way to improve skills. Tennis coaching by club coaches.
Pre-booking required. Contact Rena on 086 3060449
Who? From age 5
When? Monday 29th October to Friday 2nd November, 9 am to 11 am or 11 am to 1 pm.
Where? Kilkenny Tennis Club, Bennettsbridge Road, Kilkenny
Cost? €50 members, €60 non-members
Thomastown School of Food
Halloween kids cookery camps. Book on line at www.schooloffood.ie. Call 056 7754397 for more information
Cook up a variety of ghoulish sweet and savoury treats. The camp will also include a visit to the school’s Market Garden where the students will pick vegetables to use at the camp.
Who? Ages 10 to 14
When? Three mornings. Tuesday 30th October to Thursday 1st November, 10 am to 1 pm
Where? Thomastown School of Food, Dublin Road, Thomastown
Kilkenny Cookery School
Hands-on Halloween cookerycamps. Pre-booking required. Book on-line at www.kilkennycookeryschool.com. Contact Mary on 087 9533870.
Who? Ages 6 and over and 10 and over.
When? 2 day camps. Monday 29th October & Tuesday 30th October from 10 am to 12 noon for ages 6 and over and 1pm to 3pm for ages 10 and over.
Where? Kilkenny Cookery School, Friary Street, Kilkenny
Cost? €40 for ages 6 and over, €50 for ages 10 and over.
Watershed Halloween Camps
For information and booking contact 056 7734620 or go to www.thewatershed.ie.
Multi Activity Camp
Who? Children aged 4 to 13
When? Tuesday 30th October to Friday 2nd November from 9 am to 3 pm
Cost? €80 for 4 days or €25/day
Who? Swim levels 1 to 5
When? Tuesday 30th October to Friday 2nd November from 10 am to 11 am or 11.15 am to 12.15 am
Cost? €40 for 4 days or €12.50/day
Ghosts and Ghoulies in Castlecomer Library
Halloween Fancy Dress Pageant will take place at 6.30 on Tuesday 30th October. Open to Primary School children! Halloween Story time and crafts on Wednesday 31st at 11.30am for pre schoolers.
Costumes, Pumpkins and Candy in Durrow
On Monday, October 29, there will be an extraordinary party in Dunmore Woods from 3pm to 5pm. Arrive in costumes suitable for the occasion, follow clues and find pumpkins, have some hot chocolate and marshmallows, make slime and get your face painted. All for just €10 per child fully inclusive.
Kilmanagh Halloween Disco
A Kids Fancy Dress Halloween Disco will be held in Ballycallan Hall on Thursday, October 25, from 6pm–8 pm. Admission €5. Prepare to be spooked!
Halloween Fancy Dress in Clough/ Moneenroe
Halloween Fancy Dress Pageant will take place at 6.30pm on Tuesday, October 30. Open to Primary School children! Halloween story time and crafts on Wednesday 31 at 11.30am for pre-schoolers.
Muckalee Halloween Disco
Halloween night sees the first official function take place in the new Muckalee GFC Club Rooms with its first Teenage Disco at 8.30pm with DJ from the dead spooky and it's a first and second year disco only.
Neat dress is essential, tickets at €10, refreshments provided. Tickets from any member of the committe or at Muckalee Club Rooms on Friday, October 19 and 26 from 8 to 8.30pm. The event itself will finish at 11.30pm to ensure everyone is in time for the witching hour!
Yoga Halloween Workshop
Yoga Halloween Workshop in Muckalee Community Centre on Friday, October 26 9:30-12pm 4-7yrs; 2-4pm for 8+yrs. Lots of games, Yoga fun, Halloween crafts and a chance to learn about relaxation. Contact Karen Power 0863916728
Taking place on 25 October will be the PA’s annual ‘spooktacular’ disco! Come along to Ballyhale Hall between 7pm and 8.30pm dressed in your scariest costume and you may well win a prize!
Durrow Halloween Party in the woods
On Monday October 29, there will be a party in Dunmore Woods from 3 to 5pm. Arrive in costumes suitable for the occasion, follow clues and find pumpkins, have some hot chocolate and marshmallow’s, make slime and get your face painted. All for just €10 per child inclusive.