Find some of the perfect Halloween hotspots across Ireland, a country known for its mystical past and some spooky experiences!
While Halloween may be synonymous nowadays with Trick–or-treating, black and orange-coloured products and fancy dress, the roots of the holiday in fact go back to the Celtic pagan festival of Samhain, which signalled the end of Summer and a celebration of the harvest. What we now know as Halloween first began on the beautiful island of Ireland, which makes it the perfect place to celebrate the holiday!
Whether you’re looking for an authentic celebration of Celtic traditions, something fun for the kids or something darker for the adults, there are plenty of festive experiences and Mystical Irish destinations to be found. Here are just some of the spooky things you could get up to during a trip to Ireland this October:
Halloween Under the Samhain, Derry, NI
The world’s biggest Halloween party takes place every October in Derry, spanning four days filled with music, performances, costumes, sculptures and celebrations. There are plenty of free things to do during the festivities, which culminate in a street carnival and fireworks show. This is a celebration not to be missed for anyone who loves Halloween and the autumn season.
The Giant’s Causeway, Co. Antrim, NI
One of the most iconic geological features in the world, the Giant’s Causeway is an area steeped in myth and legend. While many will look at the set of volcanic rock formations solely as an incredible feat of nature and science at work, the site is also famous for its place in Irish history – folk stories tell of the Irish giant Finn McCool, who hurled chunks of the Antrim coast into the sea to build this bridge over to Scotland, in order to settle a grudge with another giant. Whether you come for the magic and stories or to simply appreciate the majesty of the geology, the Giant’s Causeway is sure to be an unforgettable stopping point to make on your trip around Ireland.
Many counties in Ireland and Northern Ireland are home to sacred Celtic sites that make for interesting and spiritual experiences. You can find many features such as stone circles and fairy trees around Donegal, Dublin, Kildare and Armagh – some are simply landmarks, while others have guided tours and tourist experiences. If you’re looking to learn more about the mythology and folk tales of the Emerald Isle this Halloween, then you’re sure to love some of these spiritual sites. What will you discover?
Vaults Live, Dublin
Take a gruesome and funny tour through Irish history with this interactive experience that combines theatre, audience participation and plenty of special effects. This actor-led experience is one of Dublin’s newest tourist attractions and is the perfect place to visit if you have a taste for the macabre. Whether it’s meeting famous author Bram Stoker and his literary creation, Count Dracula, or hearing gruesome stories from some of the country’s most infamous figures, there’s plenty of chills and dark comedy to be found at Vaults Live. This is definitely one for any fans of Horrible Histories and a must-visit attraction around Halloween.
One of the best ways to experience some of these fantastic Irish destinations is with the Mystical Ireland package from Best of Scotland Holidays.
A land of saints and giants, leprechauns and fairy trees, explore the mysteries of Ireland’s colourful history with our detailed and unique touring itinerary.