Fancy dress, face paint, pumpkins and lots of treats – Halloween might just be one of the best holidays for children, and with so many great event happening in Galway let us be your base while you explore all that is on to make this a fantastic mid-term break.
As one of Galway’s top family hotels, we’ve compiled a list of the best spooky Halloween activities in the city. Read on to plan your family break away.
It’s a spooky time at Slieve Aughtyduring the Halloween Festival, with ghosts and goblins galore, haunted houses, Halloween tricks and treats, scary stories, costumes and face painting, horses and ponies to pet and ride, arts and crafts and the Howl-o-Ween Charity Ride. A family event, enjoy the fresh air of autumn with a walk or pony ride to Bloody Mary’s haunted house and dare yourself to see her in the mirror of her ruin. The little one’s can go on a witch’s walk to Slieve Aughty’s enchanted forest. Along the way, count how many ghosts, witches and other Halloween creatures you see hiding in the forest and answer the Halloween riddles that help guide the way. Back at the centre, pet the animals, get a scary face paint, dress up in a silly costume, and make some Halloween arts and crafts.
This festival offers theatre, dance, music, puppetry and workshops for all ages to enjoy. In addition to this, you can soak up the atmosphere at the Halloween bonfire and storytelling at Saint Brigit’s Garden while experiencing the magic of well-known stories coming to life. Also the tourist train has been newly introduced in Galway and is the perfect opportunity to take a train ride through the city, this is sure to be popular with children and adults alike. There are some fantastic spooktacular workshops and kids camps going on all week at the Galway Arts Centre in Galway’s West End.
Delphi adventure centre
Delphi adventure centre has its very own Dungeons of Doom are a scaretastic extravaganza for ages 8 and up. First you’ll create your Halloween mask to scare off the Zombies, before entering the Dungeons of Doom. Once inside, you’ll need to find hidden clues that lead you to Dracula’s lair, from there you’ll pay a visit to the witches’ cottage before entering the Bog monster’s cave – where you must rescue the damsel in distress! The Forest of Fear returns this Halloween week with lots of spooky surprises. Journey through the forest encountering blood curdling frights and terrifying surprises, enter the Tunnels of Terror if you dare and gather around the campfire deep in the forest to witness and share some spooky stories.
A little further outside of the city in Ballinasloe why not part take in the Zombie Walk. The inaugural event took place last year and saw over 2,000 people of all ages descended on the woods and nature trails of Garbally Park for two nights on the lead up to the Halloween Weekend. Set in the Parkland of the historic Clancarty Mansion, complete with its own resident Ghost – the White Lady – the 3.5 km walk was bedecked with a cast of over 40 witches, zombies, goblins, pixies and Garbally House staff of the 18th Century who had left their tombs to haunt the walk.
Whatever you choose to partake in let Maldron Hotel Sandy Road Galway be your family’s base. Whether you’re into the great outdoors, or prefer to stay warm and toasty inside, you’ll be spoilt for choice. Here at the Maldron Hotel Sandy Road we love welcoming families and offer discounted family activity tickets for Leisureland, Galway Atlantaquarium, Planet Bowling and the IMC cinema to mention but a few.