Tuesday 23 July 2019

10 Top Halloween Breaks in Ireland for 2014

Kids with freshly carved Halloween pumpkins
Kids with freshly carved Halloween pumpkins
Owl at Ashford Castle
Donnacha O’Donovan and Emily Moloney getting ready for Halloween at the Garryvoe Hotel, East Cork. Photo: Miki Barlok
Dunbrody House, at night.
River Lee Hotel, Cork
Pól Ó Conghaile

Pól Ó Conghaile

Fancy a frighteningly good family break this Halloween? Pól Ó Conghaile rounds up 10 ghoulish getaways... at every price point.

€130: Ferrycarrig Hotel, Wexford (1 night)

The Ferrycarrig Hotel, overlooking the River Slaney outside Wexford, is a spook-tacular location for a family midterm break. Packages include a one-night stay for a family of four with full kids’ club from €130, or a two-night stay from €240.

Details: 053 912-0999; www.ferrycarrig.ie

€140: Broadhaven Bay Hotel, Co. Mayo (1 night)

One nights’ B&B in a family room, along with a ‘ghostly gastronomic dinner’ for two adults and two children is priced from €140 at this Belmullet hotel. The package also includes two tickets for the WhistleBlast Quartet.

Details: 097 20600; www.broadhavenbay.com

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Donnacha O’Donovan and Emily Moloney getting ready for Halloween at the Garryvoe Hotel, East Cork. Photo: Miki Barlok

€169: River Lee Hotel, Cork (1 night)

Wanna go wild this Halloween? Off with you, thanks to a team-up between Cork’s River Lee Hotel and Fota Wildlife Park. The package includes B&B, dinner and a family ticket to Fota, with a movie evening following the spooky safari.

Details: 021 425-2700; www.doylecollection.com/riverlee

€178: Ballygarry House Hotel & Spa, Co. Kerry (1 night)

Ballygarry House has a hauntingly good offer bundling one night’s B&B and dinner for a family of four, along with family passes to Tralee’s Aquadome waterpark and 'Playdium', Kerry's largest indoor kids play centre, from €89 per adult. Stay on Monday, October 27th, and the kids can decorate their own gingerbread man and join a popcorn and movie night.

Details: 066 712-3322; www.ballygarryhouse.com

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€330: Strand Hotel, Limerick (3 nights)

Limerick's fiendish four-star has a midterm break combining three nights’ B&B in a spacious family room with a family day pass to Delta Adventure Centre. Residents also get free access to the leisure centre (a favourite of the local Munster rugby squad).

Details: 061 421800; www.strandlimerick.ie

€350: Haven Hotel, Dunmore East, Co. Waterford (3 nights)

*NB: This offer is no longer available.*

Prepare for a horrifyingly good time at the Haven Hotel, where several family rooms, a woodland playground and lots of live music overlooking the harbour. A Halloween special bundles three nights’ B&B for €350, with a fancy dress party and kids’ disco on October 31st.

Details: 051 383150; www.thehavenhotel.com

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Owl at Ashford Castle

€370: Mount Juliet, Kilkenny (2 nights)

Mount Juliet still has availability on its two-night midterm break package, which bundles B&B, one dinner and a terrifying tour of the estate from €370 for a family of three in a clubhouse room.

Details: 056 777-3000; www.mountjuliet.ie

€410: Garryvoe Hotel, Co. Cork (3 nights)

Castlemartyr’s second most famous hotel has a three-night Halloween offer this midterm (valid October 27-30) including B&B, one evening meal, fireside storytelling, a fancy dress disco, spooky movie nights, kids’ fun time in the pool and a treat box on departure from €205 per adult with kids going free.

Details: 021 464-6718; www.garryvoehotel.com

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Dunbrody House, at night.

€470: Dunbrody House, Co. Wexford (2 nights)

Combine your Blue Book getaway with some Halloween treats for all ages… the dastardly Dunbrody House (above)  is bundling two nights’ B&B with one dinner (full autumn menu) and a free pumpkin carving class on Halloween afternoon - followed by Halloween games in The Local pub – from €235pp.

Details: 051 389600; www.dunbrodyhouse.com

€525: Ashford Castle, Co. Mayo

With its ivy clad walls and medieval turrets, Ashford Castle’s Wizard School is the perfect setting for all things magical this midterm break. It’s scarily expensive, of course, but the rate includes B&B, dinner in the George V restaurant, and activities ranging from forest treasure hunts to owl visits, kids’ dinners, movie evenings and special Gryffindor school robe and wands for the kids. A two-night package costs €995.

Details: 094 954-6003; www.ashfordcastle.com

NB: All prices subject to availability/change.

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