Friday 28 July 2017

Haunted hay rides set tone for week of frights

A host of family activities are guaranteed to frighten and entertain in equal measure this week
A host of family activities are guaranteed to frighten and entertain in equal measure this week

Sam Griffin

Only the bravest souls should venture out this week - as a host of family activities are guaranteed to frighten and entertain in equal measure.

Events ranging from creepy waxworks to spooky parades and ghost trains are planned in counties around the country to coincide with the Halloween school mid-term break.

Many of the planned events are indoors, which will come to the relief of parents, as Met Éireann forecasts further scattered showers and low temperatures for the coming days.

In the capital, Dublin City Council has organised a "spooktacular programme of safe family friendly events", with the Ballymun OtherWorld festival on Halloween night the biggest and boldest of the lot.

The event is expected to attract over 5,000 people, who will be thrilled by fireworks, live music and even a circus.

Other events north and south of the city are planned with a full list of activities on the council website.

Lord Mayor Críona Ni Dhálaigh said crowds "have increased enormously over recent years as dangerous and illegal bonfires are on a downward trend".

Supernatural

Elsewhere, the World Ghost Convention takes place in Cork Gaol on Friday.

The event, now in its 15th year, is a unique gathering of international speakers offering their expertise on all things supernatural.

The conference also hears form those who have experienced their own supernatural occurrences.

There'll be scares of another kind in Midleton, at the Boo Experience on Leahy's Open Farm, which runs until Monday and where children and parents can take a ghoulish trip on a haunted hay ride and journey to the witch's lair while watching out for the evil 'farmhands' who have been transformed into spirits and villains from the worst of nightmares.

Halloween Fest in Westport House is the stand-out attraction in the west of the country this week, where creepy waxworks will set the tone for a frightening experience.

There is also a log flume water slide and a pirate adventure park - promised to rival any Harry Potter novel. The festival concludes on Saturday.

In the Midlands, the Rathwood Halloscream Train will take children on a perilous journey through the woods.

Participants will also get some expert lessons in how to craft the perfect pumpkin and take their designs home.

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