Appearance by Joan Scales Travel Writer with The Irish Times
*Prices are subject to change at short notice
Now all the kids are back in school and the holidays are fast fading it is time to look forward to the Mid Term holiday and Halloween. Book early to get best prices and have something to look forward to.
Newpark Hotel, Kilkenny –
Is having a Hogwarts Halloween with lots of great activities for the children
Forbidden Forest Treasure Hunt
The Chamber of Arts activity room
Treetop adventure playground with Zipline
Newpark Childrens Camp every day from 10 – 4pm with lunch and
Krazy Kats Kids Club in the evening from 7.00– 10.30pm
From €169 per adult for 2 nights B&B 1 dinner, 2 children under 12 free, €25 each for next children
Sheen Falls – Kenmare, Kerry
The lovely historic town of Kenmare has a special event for the week, “Halloween Howl in Kenmare” where you can expect the unexpected. There will be events every day like scary walks and ghoulish gatherings. The highlight will be the Halloween Night parade with everyone dressed up.
Townhouses to rent €695 per week and €175 per night based on 3 nights minimum.
Do something different - hire a camper van and tour the country visiting places like haunted woods, Greenan Maze, Tayto Park, the Zoo and lots more spooky places. Your van is your home with everything on board for a go anywhere trip and safe places to stay each night.
Bunk Campers – family size vehicle from €410 for three days, bunkcampers.com
Alton Towers have Scarefest during mid-term and there will be some frightful things to experience like two haunted mazes, a freak show and the House of Monsters as well as all the great rides.
Two adults, two children with a car on Irish Ferries, and two nights hotel with a Family ticket to Alton Towers costs €595
Irishferries.com, 1850 300400
Portaventura in Spain near Salou on the Costa Daurada is a fun theme park based on the Sesame Street characters. At Halloween the park is decorated with a scary creatures theme and every night there is a parade with music and lots of strange characters.
The weather is still pleasant at the end October and a week with flights and staying in the Medplaya Pirimide Hotel will cost from €320pps with Abbeytravel.ie, (01) 8047100.
Halloween Parade video
The biggest event in Orlando is the Universal Halloween Horror Nights that begins on September16 until Halloween night but not midweek. Rated as the best Halloween event in the US. The award winning Universal entertainment team create intense experiences that you will never forget. Menacing scary actors will stalk you and incredibly details haunted houses will bring your nightmares to life.
Take a trip from Ireland to Florida, stay at Universal’s Cabana Bay Resort, with park tickets for a week from €849pps.
Lots of videos on Youtube.com.
Touramerica.ie (01) 8173535, reference 519887.