Halloween Spirit is Alive and Well in Wexford
For many of us Halloween conjures up images of trick or treating, dressing in ghoulish costume, pumpkin carving or bobbing for apples!
However, these contemporary Halloween activities are based on practices dating back to the darker origins of Halloween, or Samhain. Around 2,000 years ago in Celtic Ireland, Samhain was the division of the year between summer and winter. During Samhain, the divide between this world and other domains was at its thinnest which gave spirits greater opportunity to pass through to this world.
This week we take a look at what one of Ireland’s most haunted houses ‘Loftus Hall’ ,has on offer for Halloween. Next week we will bring you news of a Gorey Halloween Festival plus some fantastic events taking place at Wexford top attractions for Halloween
Nestled on the Hook Peninsula in Co. Wexford in barren and austere surroundings, Loftus Hall’s heritage dates back 665 years to 1350. It is now a magnet for tourists, historians, and paranormal enthusiasts, who continue to document evidence of frequent paranormal activity in the house. Highlighting some of this activity, Loftus Hall will feature on TV3 this Halloween, with a fascinating account of an Irish Ghost Hunters Investigation.
According to Aidan Quigley, Owner of Loftus Hall, Loftus Hall is a very special, but unpredictable, place to be during Samhain. “We observe strange phenomena in the house throughout the year, but at Halloween, the house often surprises us.”
“At Loftus Hall, there is no need for overstated gory props or effects. The house has a very twisted and tortured history, and so naturally speaks for itself. We have had reports from many ghost hunting groups and spectre seekers who recount rather unsettling results, such as significant temperature drops, particularly in the Chapel and Tapestry Room, and spikes in electro-magnetic fields, indicating an unseen energy source. Visitors to Loftus Hall continually experience and qualify these findings, and many encounter things that they can’t quite explain. ”
The Loftus Hall Samhain Tours open to the public from October 17th and visitors should expect some strange and inexplicable goings-on.
If you want to experience Samhain in an authentic haunted house, Loftus Hall Hall’oween tours commence from October 17th with a range of family tours each day, adult night tours on October 24th, 25th, 30th and 31st, and the ultimate Halloween Paranormal Investigation Lockdown on the 7th November.
To find out more about the Daily Halloween Tours, Adult Night tours, or the Loftus Hall Halloween Lockdown at Loftus Hall call 051 397728 or see http://www.visitwexford.ie