‘GORE’Y’ Halloween Festival & Spooktacular Events on offers for Halloween all across Wexford
Wexford is planning a ‘SPOOKTACULAR’ Halloween for locals and visitors alike this year, a ‘Gorey Festival’ will host a frightful trail of events, Ireland’s most haunted house, Loftus Hall is set to host the ultimate Halloween paranormal investigation lockdown plus a family friendly fright-filled tour, a ‘Fright at the Museum’ with it a spooky trail traverses around the 200 year old Johnstown Castle Estate, a ‘Dare to Scare’ Halloween Tour is on offer at Wells House and visitors to the Irish National Heritage Park will enjoy a gruesome look at some of history’s most horrible, horrifying happenings during their ‘Horrifying Histories’ event.
Flying Witches, a street filled with Scarecrows, a Treasure Trail, Scary Storytelling sessions, Fancy Dress Parties, a Halloween drama on stage, the Amber Springs Hotel Halloween Train and lots more will see the wits of the brave and the not so brave tested in Gorey this Halloween as the town launches ‘Gorey Halloween’ a festival filled with a frightful variety of events.
Launching the festival Amanda Byrne Gorey District Manager said, “We’re planning a very harrowing Halloween in Gorey this year, visitors can come along and enjoy a good old fashioned scare with all of the businesses in the town taking part, Gorey will be a colourful place this Halloween. Visitors and locals alike can also get involved, try out building their own Scarecrow, take a trip on the Halloween Train or join our Fancy Dress competition, there’s a scare level for all ages and wits.”
At Ireland’s Most Haunted House ‘Loftus Hall’ a very grown up scare experience is on offer with the ultimate Halloween paranormal investigation lockdown for over 18’s only and for the little ones a not so fearsome daytime family tour is on offer.
At Wells House take a step back in time and hear the stories that time would prefer to forget with the ‘Dare to Scare’ show through the grounds, woodland walks and 400 years old Wells House or join their Goulish Story Telling event and meet the Wells Witch for some ghoulish fun and terrifying tales of Halloween! This story telling is aimed at younger children who want to experience the fun of Halloween.
At Johnstown Castle and the Irish Agricultural Museum visitors can take to the family friendly ‘Spooky Trail’ through the estates 200 year old grounds where along the way you will encounter some gruesome and scary-looking characters to make you jump and squirm, you will also meet Jim Screech with his ‘owls of darkness’ and other birds-of-prey offering the opportunity to learn about and be photographed with these magnificent creatures. Children will also have the opportunity to get into character with face painting and fun tattoos by the Oddsocks children’s entertainment team.
At the Irish National Heritage Park a Horrifying Histories event will entertain any little monsters this Halloween. This is a gruesome look at some of history’s most horrible, horrifying and sometimes hilarious people and events. Organisers say, “This is a show for kids of all ages that revels in all the nasty things that our ancestors used to like to do to themselves and each other, visitors will learn of lots of stuff … most of which they probably never wanted to know of!”
Other Halloween highlights in Wexford include a Halloween Half Term Treasure Hunt at Kilmokea Gardens Fairy Village, Winston and Wizard and Pat the Pirate will visit the world’s oldest working lighthouse at the Hook Peninsula and Kia Ora Mini Farm will open the gates to a fantastic Spooky Farm experience. The farm will be decorated with lots of lights and spooky decorations, nothing too scary for the little ones! The Wicked Witch is on her way to Ballycross Apple farm , visitors can enjoy this seasons apples and juices and Pumpkins galore and if you dare a visit to the Witches Cottage.
Events take place before during and after the Halloween break, for details on Halloween in Wexford see www.visitwexford.