Spooky season is upon us and you may be wondering, what’s on in Galway to celebrate? Lucky for you, we’ve put together a list of some of the best Halloween events in Galway for you, your family and friends to enjoy this October. This blog includes activities such as parades, bonfires, storytelling, comedy shows, and more so keep reading to find out!
1. The Vodafone Comedy Carnival:
The Vodafone Comedy Carnival begins on the 22nd of October and guarantees a good laugh! With comedians such as Ardal O’ Hanlon, Dermot and Dave, Jason Byrne, Margaret McHugh and many more, we’ll be surprised if you go home without a knot in your stomach. This limited carnival only comes once a year, so make sure to click here to book your tickets in advance before they sell out.
Date: 22nd – 28th of October 2019
Location: 18 different venues
Suitable for: Over 18’s
2. Howl-O-Ween Festival at Slieve Aughty:
It’s a spooky time at Slieve Aughty during the Halloween Festival, with ghosts and goblins galore, haunted houses, Halloween tricks and treats, scary stories, costumes, face painting, horses and ponies to pet and ride, nature walks, and arts and crafts. This is a family event where you can enjoy the fresh air of autumn with a walk to Bloody Mary’s haunted house and dare yourself to see her in the mirror of her ruin.
Date: 26th October 2019 – 3rd November 2019
Location: Slieve Aughty, Kylebrack, Loughrea, Galway
Price: €7.50 (Groups of 3 or more get 15% off)
Suitable for: Over 8’s
3. Macnas Halloween Parade:
The annual Macnas Halloween Parade is set to take place on the 27th of October at 5:30 pm. This event brings 70,000 people to the streets of Galway every year and is one not to be missed. The narrative theme of this year’s parade is ‘Danse Macabre’ which will include signature Macnas giant creations and sculptural images, pyrotechnics, bespoke costumes, and epic performances to live and original music. It promises to be strange, unpredictable and utterly mesmerizing.
Date: 27th of October 2019
Location: Galway City
Suitable for: All ages
4. Halloween Bonfire and Storytelling:
The Halloween Bonfire & Storytelling takes place on 27th and 28th of October and runs from 3.00 pm to 6.00 pm. It is a great excuse to get the family out for an afternoon of spooky arts & crafts, chilling stories with master storyteller Rab Fulton, potions and lotions with the Wacky Witch, hunting for the Púca and a grand finale of a bonfire to celebrate Halloween.
Date: 27th and 28th October 2019
Location: Brigit’s Garden & Cafe, Roscahill, Galway
Price: €8.50 – €10 per person (Family rates available)
Suitable for: All ages
5. Great Escape Rooms:
A great activity do with friends or family in Galway City this Halloween is the Great Escape Rooms. The game includes teams of players cooperatively discovering clues, solving puzzles, and accomplishing tasks in one or more rooms in order to progress and accomplish a specific goal in a limited amount of time. The Great Escape Rooms are the leader of trendy entertainment in Galway and it is an all round really enjoyable experience. The nature of the game requires a tremendous amount of teamwork and communication.
Date: All year round
Location: 27 Upper Abbeygate Street, Galway City
Price: €15-20 depending on group sizes
Suitable for: All ages (under 12’s accompanied by adults)
As you can see there is lots of things to see and do in Galway this Halloween. Whether it be child friendly events such as parades and face painting, or a night of laughter for the adults at the Vodafone Comedy Carnival, you won’t be stuck for activities. We here at Citylink hope you have an enjoyable Halloween, so get booking your activities in advance so you don’t miss out! Also, if your booking your trip to Galway with Citylink, make sure to book online at www.citylink.ie to avail of our online exclusive fares. Happy Halloween! 🎃