Weekend look ahead: events around Wicklow

Friday 27th October

Spook-Tacular Halloween Festival

Runs until 31st October

Where?: Arklow

Arklow Municipal District is running a ‘Spook-Tacular Halloween Festival’ in Arklow town –  from Friday 27th – Tuesday 31st October.

A large programme of events will be run over the 5 days for people of all ages. A street parade for children in Halloween costume will take place on the Main Street on Halloween night at 7.30 and all parents in the area are encouraged to bring their children down to take part in this event.

This will then be followed by a ‘Michael Jackson’s Thriller Dance Off’ at the Parade Ground and a firework display at the Main Street carpark at 9pm.

For a full listing of events please check out our Programme by clicking on the following link.



Footfalls Wicklow Walking Festival

Runs until 30th October.

Where?: The Brockagh Centre, Laragh.

This festival is based in the Brockagh Resource Centre, with many of the walks taking participants through the Wicklow Mountains National Park. All walks are led by experienced walking leaders who will provide information on local history, flora and fauna.

The weekend offers a selection of choices which can be done alone, mixed or matched.

  • Climb Leinster’s highest peak, Lugnaquilla (925 m).
  • A night walk on Friday.
  • A selection of easy, moderate and challenging day walks on Saturday and Sunday.
  • A moderate walk on Monday to celebrate the completion of the weekend and summer walking season.

Note: Walks may be changed on the day depending on weather conditions or the fitness level of the group at the leader’s discretion.

For more information go to Footfalls Wicklow Walking Festival.

Prices: €15 – €20 per walk.


Monster Mash

Runs until 29th October.

Where?: Hidden Valley Holiday Park, Rathdrum.

This family fun weekend is full of excitement, costumes, treats, games and spooky goings-on. Skeletons and goblins greet goers at reception to celebrate Halloween.

Events include: trick-or-treating, best costume awards for both children and adults, spooky story-telling, haunted games, and much more.

For more information go to Hidden Valley Holiday Park.


Night Tour at Wicklow Historic Gaol

7:30pm. Last tour leaves at 8:30pm

Where?: Wicklow Historic Gaol, Wicklow Town.

Experience the compelling story of life in Wicklow Gaol since the early 1700’s, and do it in the dark. Mingle with ghosts, enter the solitude at your desire, and board the transportation ship.

Tickets: €15. Prepaid booking essential. Adults only – includes complementary glass of wine.

For more information go to Wicklow Historic Gaol.


Saturday 28th October

WAY Project Trick or Treat on the Street

12pm to 2pm

 Where?: Wicklow Town
Children and parents are invited to dress up and take a stroll around Wicklow Town’s main street for the annual Trick or Treat on the Street event.

Hosted by the Foróige WAY Project, the event runs on Saturday 28th October. Those interested are invited to register at the De La Salle Pastoral centre, from 12pm to 2pm.

Once registered, participants will receive a treasure trail featuring approximately 15 stops at local businesses. Children must answer a question at each stop before moving on to the next one.

The route will lead from the De La Salle Pastoral centre through the town, and once completed participants will return to the starting point to receive their reward.

Last year, approximately 250 local children took part in the event. For further information, please contact Sarah on 086 040 5513.


Halloween 2017 at Coolattin House

Runs until 29th October.

Where?: Coolattin House, Shillelagh.

Dorothy has once again been swooped up by a tornado and has been transported to Coolattin House. Come along and help her find her way back to Kansas. Tours include crafts, face painting and a Punch and Judy show.

Spooky tours will bring people through the nooks and crannies of the house, and you can meet some spooky characters who bring the house to life.

Adults have an added extra Sunday night with Dracula’s Ball taking place from 10pm till late.

Tickets: €10+. Booking essential.

For more information click here.


Halloween season fun

Where?: Killruddery House and Gardens, Bray.

If ghosts and ghouls aren’t your kind of thing, Killruddery are hosting a weekend of bright and seasonal fun. Choose a pumpkin in the pumpkin patch with help from the farmer, then design it and have it carved out by a master craftsman.

Participants will also have an opportunity to build their own scarecrow to enter in the scarecrow competition. Scarecrow architects and engineers can make their creations’ heads in advance and bring them along on the day.

For more information and ticket prices go to Killruddery House & Gardens.


Paranormal Investigation with PRI

9pm 28th Oct – 2am 29th Oct.

Where?: Wicklow Historic Gaol, Wicklow Town.

Paranormal Investigation is for anyone looking to discover evidence of the spirits who wander the corridors and cells of Wicklow’s Historic Gaol. The experience includes tea, coffee and refreshments throughout the night.

All participants must be 18 years of age at the time of the investigation.

Tickets: €55.

For more information go to Wicklow Historic Gaol.


Sunday 29th October

Family Fancy Dress Night Tour

6.30pm – 7.30pm.

Where?: Wicklow Historic Gaol.

For more information go to Wicklow Historic Gaol.


Halloween Fancy Dress Party

8pm 29th Oct – 2am 30th Oct.

Where?: Arklow Bay Hotel.

Arklow Bay Hotel is hosting a fancy-dress party in aid of Temple Street Hospital with two bands, Small Town Crisis and Thunderbird, followed by a DJ. All money goes directly to the charity.

Tickets: €10.

For more information go to Arklow Bay Hotel.


Monday 30th October (Bank holiday)

For One Scary Night Only

8pm – 10pm.

Where?: Wicklow Historic Gaol.

Wicklow Gaol are holding a scary movie night with popcorn and soft drinks.

Tickets: €20.

For more information go to Wicklow Historic Gaol.


A Ghost Story (Cert: 12A)


Where?: The Mermaid Arts Centre, Bray.

The ghost of a recently deceased musician returns to the home that he shared with his wife. Forced to watch as his grieving widow slowly rebuilds life without him, he finds in his spectral state he has become unstuck in time.

Starring Casey Affleck and Rooney Mara, this low-budget supernatural drama is an intimate story of legacy, loss and longing.

Tickets: €8 / €6.50 concession.

For more information go to the Mermaid Arts Centre.

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