Destination Unknown Halloween Special: Five Spooky Activities in Ireland

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As Halloween is drawing closer and I am currently traveling through Ireland, I thought that I’d cover some of the slightly more spooky activities to do and attractions to see in Ireland, in the spirit of Halloween. Many of these you can visit any time of the year, so if you are not easily freaked out and want to experience something more alternative on your vacation, read on for few tips on how to make your stay a little spooky or utterly freaky.

The Dublin Ghostbus Tour

Forget recorded guiding and headphones that don’t work, the Dublin Ghostbus Tour takes you on a two-hour ride through some of the lesser known Dublin sights with a live storyteller, once the sun has set. The tour is not suitable for children under 14 years or for the fainthearted.

More information: The Dublin Ghostbus Tour

Ghost Bus Dublin: The Gravedigger

Unearth the darker side of Dublin and hop on the 4D Gravedigger experience which will transport you back some six hundred years. Your guide will take you through the weird and wonderful events that have taken place in times gone by, unearthing legends and ghosts from Dublin’s plague-ravaged past.

More information: The Gravedigger

Farmaphobia at Causey Farm

Causey Farm is really a working farm where you can join various activity programmes all through the year suited for both adults and children and varying from milking cows to baking traditional bread. But come Halloween, and the Causey Farm Production “Farmaphobia” is sure to chill your blood.

Journey through a frightful evening of screams and laughter… eerie corners, blood-curdling frights, ghoulish entertainers, heart-pounding, adrenalin pumping, life-threatening fear… your worst nightmares come true!

Now, I’m a wuss when it comes to horror and you wouldn’t catch me at this event. But the Causey Farm does have Halloween events suited for children too, and the Tiny Terrors or Spooks & Spells Halloween specials would probably be more suited for me, too.

More information: Causey Farm Halloween Events

Hidden Dublin Walks

“Hidden Dublin Walks” sounds conspicuous enough, but if you look at the tours available your heart might skip a beat. Haunted Hellfire Excursion and Northside Ghost Walk promise to to be only for the daring, physically fit and over 16 years of age.

More information: Hidden Dublin Walks

Haunted Spooktacular Horror Farm

An annual but seasonal attraction, The Haunted Spooktacular Horror Farm has a range of horrifying attractions from spooky fun to heart pounding fear. Be aware: the creative directors are set to make each year the scariest ever! The event is said to sold out, hence book your tickets while you can.

More information: Haunted Spooktacular Horror Farm

So which one is it for you? As much as I love adventure, I think I’d rather stick to trick-or-treating this Halloween!

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About Satu Vänskä-Westgarth

Satu Vänskä-Westgarth decided to take a year off from her nine to five marketing executive life in Finland early 2009 to travel with her kayak, bike or skis and sometimes without. "One year" turned into a new lifestyle as a travel writer, accompanied with a not-so-British entrepreneur husband from Britain, who seems to spend more time outside the borders of his homeland than within, and their baby, who has already spent more months outside Norway than at their home in Norway, where the family resides at the moment. For more stories from the road, visit Satu’s blog Destination Unknown and connect with Satu on Twitter @SatuVW.

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  1. I wasn’t sure that Halloween was really celebrated worldwide. Is it mostly English-speaking countries?

    • Satu Vänskä-Westgarth :

      At least in Europe it is mainly the UK and Ireland who celebrate it. In Scandinavia, Halloween is slowly arriving but it is still quite marginal. In Finland, kids go trick-or-treating at Easter instead, dressed up as witches!

    • I think it’s slowly coming to Sweden and Finland as well, many think it’s “too American” and are against it while others love the exciting “American Holiday” :) Our kids have been excited they’ve seen some Halloween stuff in the stores, but I think it’s going to be more people having private parties etc. than trick or treating.

  2. Same here. I’m scared of Halloween. I couldn’t sleep for awhile after my spooky Halloween post.

    • Satu Vänskä-Westgarth :

      I can totally understand that!! Luckily in Norway Halloween is quite a small thing so I can be safe there :)

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