If you’re looking for something to do over the mid-term with the kids, why not check out one of these unique scare attractions over the Halloween season. Or maybe you want to leave the kids at home for the chance to be scared silly with your other half. There’s something for everyone here in these 6 Attractions to Visit in Ireland this Halloween.
Loftus Hall, Wexford
Loftus Hall is large mansion-house situated on the Hook peninsula in Co. Wexford which claims to be the most haunted house in Ireland. This year Loftus Hall is celebrating its 666th anniversary year. Now, for anything vaguely interested in the paranormal, you will know the sheer significance of this number alone! It is thought to be haunted by the ghost of a young woman ‘Lady Anne’ and legend has it that was visited by the Devil himself, who once his cloven foot & identity was discovered during a game of cards, shot up through the roof which has been irreparable ever since.
With tales of Religious statues being decapitated, the remains of an infant being discovered in the walls during renovations, the sudden unexpected deaths of several nuns at the property in previous years and the ghostly presence that is said to occupy the Tapestry Room it’s no wonder that this claims to be the most haunted place in Ireland.
I was so excited to see that they were running their paranormal Lockdown investigation only to be gutted to discover it was fully booked out before i had the chance to book tickets. Oh well, maybe next year!
They are still running their Halloween family tours though where you will be guided through the ground floor of Loftus Hall, sharing in the ghostly tales of Ireland’s most haunted house. These tours are only suitable for children over the age of 5 as some of this tour takes place in darkness and there are some scary aspects to it.
Tickets cost €13 per adult and €8 per child so to find out more or to book tickets you can visit their website here.
The Asylum, Bruff, Co. Limerick
Join what’s left of the staff and pupils of the Old Convent in Bruff, Co. Limerick which is to come back to life this Halloween. Take a lesson in FEAR in the Ghoul Room, Beware what creatures lurk in the Crypt or see what or who will be on the menu in the Skullery! The Asylum is located in the Old Convent, Convent Road, Bruff and shows run from 7 to 10pm nightly from 14th to 31st October. Tickets for the Asylum cost €15 per adult and €12 for a student and can be booked here. It is however not suitable for children under 13 and everyone under 16 must be accompanied by an adult. We visited the Asylum last year and it was a great experience, well worth a visit.
The Nightmare Realm, Cork
The Nightmare Realm has been dubbed one of Ireland’s scariest Halloween attractions that has been terrifying Cork since 2009. The interactive sets and vivid special effects are where your worst nightmares are transformed into reality. This is a walk through experience that runs nightly until November 5th. The experience takes approx. 30 minutes to complete, although I’m such a chicken i would probably been gone through it in ten! You should also note that this event is strictly for ages 13 and over.
I have yet to try out the Nightmare Realm, but it is on my bucket list. Even though i do love things like this the fact that is an audience participation event and the special effects look so realistic, does freak me out a bit. But i think, even though I’m a big chicken, this would be right up my street!
The Nightmare Realm is located in Navigation House, Albert Quay in Cork. Tickets cost €23 for the fast pass, €18 per adult and €15 per student. For more information or to book tickets you can visit their website here.
Spike Island – After Dark, Cobh
This is a unique opportunity to experience Spike Island after dark. A 20 minute ferry ride from Kennedy Pier in Cobh will transport you into the island where you will get to hear the darker side of Spike Island’s history of mass unmarked graves of the unfortunate prisoners held captive here. Visit the 1850s punishment block, the former children’s prison and even some areas which are off-limits to regular day tours. There are no forced scares or dressed up actors on this experience, you will simply join some of Ireland’s best story tellers for an evening of incredible tales about one of Ireland’s most unusual locations of heritage and history.
There are also day time tours to Spike Island if the after dark experience does not appeal to you. Tickets need to be pre-booked for this event and you can do this via their Facebook page here or for the day time tours visit their website here.
I was so excited when i saw this advertised over on Facebook and was lucky enough to get tickets so will be reporting back on my experience of this place. I have always wanted to visit Spike Island and as i have an intense interest in anything spooky and paranormal, I for one cannot wait for this! Will keep you all posted.
Leahy’s Open Farm, Midleton, Cork
Ok, now one for the kiddies! I am already a big fan of Leahy’s Open Farm so when I saw on their Facebook page that they are running a Halloween experience for kids, I thought ‘what a great idea’. The event is called ‘BOO’ where you and your family take a haunted hay ride through the farm, Navigate through the witch’s lair to help the little old witch with her magic spells and make sure to wear your costume to join in with the witches wiggle disco.
The event is running from 27th October to 1st of November. Tickets cost €12 per person which include entry to the farm as well as the BOO experience.Please note you need to pre-book, which you can do here.
Ghoulsey’s Manor, Cork
Ghoulsey’s Manor is an interactive Halloween experience for families. They offer both a day time SPOOKALOO experience for younger children aged between 4 and 8 years old and an AFTER DARK experience which has slightly scarier aspects and is aimed at children aged between 8 and 14 years.
The SPOOKALOO experience is less spooky, not quite as dark and the occupants are a lot more friendly than after dark! The show lasts approx. 45 minutes includes lots of interactive fun and comedy with a spooky although not bloody or gory twist.
The AFTER DARK experience is a bit darker and creepier and does include some startle scares and mild frights. It also lasts approx. 45 minutes and also includes some classic Halloween characters.
Ghoulsey’s Manor is running from 21st to 31st October and tickets cost €15 per child/adult. For more information or to book tickets you can do so here
So there you have it, do you know of any more scare attractions in Ireland over Halloween. Are you planning on visiting any of these? Leave a comment and let me know.