Spooky Journeys to Hallowe’en’s Birthplace
Ireland is known as the birthplace of Halloween and its hotels take every opportunity to celebrate this heritage!
Ashford Castle in Cong County Mayo has several great options for adults and kids! The Hogwarts Family Midterm breaks are particularly appealing. Day one includes a family Forbidden Forest Treasure Hunt, a visit to the home of Dingle the Owl, and an afternoon at the Chamber of Art. Day two starts with a Hidden Garden Treasure hunt, House Elves cookery school, and an afternoon in the Chamber of Witchcraft & Wizardry. Each night ends with a kid’s dinner in the Ardilaun Suite, followed by a Harry Potter movie evening with sitters while Mom and Dad enjoy dinner at the George V Table d’Hote.
The Lodge at Doonbeg in County Clare has Halloween breaks ranging from one- to three-night stays that cater to slightly older set. These breaks include pumpkin carving, a Halloween treasure hunt, a Wicked Witch face painter, movies, popcorn, marshmallows by a bonfire, and a Skeleton Bus to the House of Horrors. They also offer rooms with fully equipped kitchens for a self-catering option.
If you are just looking for a day trip, Killruddery in Bray County Wicklow offers a creative outlet. You can choose and carve your own pumpkin from their garden pumpkin patch and erect the winning scarecrow in the scarecrow competition. They supply all you need to create spooky master pieces which you can take home or let Killruddery find a local home for your scarecrow.
By Jenna Storey