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Top things to do in Kilkenny this Halloween

Halloween in Kilkenny

Halloween has come a long way since apple dunking and turnip carving days; there is now a range of spooky themed activities and events to enjoy across the county! At Visit Kilkenny, we have put together our top family friendly seasonal activities in the County that are guaranteed to both haunt and thrill all ages.

Norw Valley Marshmallows

Nore Valley Farm

Nore Valley Farm Park, Kilkenny is holding their annual torchlight treasure hunt from Monday 28th to Thursday 31st of October 2019, starting each evening at 7pm. Tickets are on sale now online.
This is a fun, family-oriented evening for all ages. Search the farm in the dark with your torches to find the reflective markers and pick up clues, then solve the puzzle to win your prize! Afterwards, enjoy toasting marshmallows on our bonfire and test your nerve in the infamous and truly terrifying scare maze.
Also, this Halloween season you can pick your own pumpkin from the pumpkin patch as part of normal farm entry; one free pumpkin per family. Visit: www.norevalleypark.com

Savour Kilkenny

Savour Kilkenny takes place over the Halloween bank holiday weekend from October 22nd to 28th 2019. With masterclasses, tasting events, interactive displays and a bustling market there will be something for everyone in the family. For something different outdoors, how about an afternoon of hunting the forest to look for plants, herbs and fruits. This family foraging event will involve walking around the woodlands of Castlecomer Discovery Park, foraging for wild food and learning to identify plants.  This will be followed by a cooking demonstration from award-winning chef Keith Boyle from the Lady Anne Restaurant. Keith will take the foraged finds and give a cooking demonstration. Tips, recipes and information sheets are provided and you can take home everything that you find and cook-up! Visit www.discoverypark.ie or www.savourkilkenny.com

Kilkenny Ghost Tour

Why not try a ghost tour through the ‘Medieval Capital of Ireland’. Take a trip down spooky  narrow lanes and uncover terrifying tales and horrid histories. Scares await at every turn.

This one of a kind ghost tour takes you trough Kilkenny’s narrow cobbled lanes, remnants of its city walls and with its mystic charm, it should be no surprise that Kilkenny is bursting with tales of the paranormal. Its people have told stories for generations, handed down to become far more than hearsay. Kilkenny’s ghostly tales all have one very important thing in common they are all based around fact and arise from genuine historic tragedies. Full details can be found here.




Castlecomer Discovery Park: Harry Potter Day

Grab your wand and broom for a day of fun and magic. On 19th October Castlecomer Discovery Park will host a Harry Potter day. This is a special Harry Potter themed walking trail for young wizards and witches to explore. Solve the clues along the trail and discover the magic of the Discovery Park. “The wand chooses the wizard,” says the worlds best wandmaker Mr. Ollivander. Learn what it takes to make the most important tool to a magical person-a wand. Wand lore is highly advanced magic, that usually requires years of study but for one day only you can learn how to make a wand. Flying is the mode of transport most wizards prefer. While it’s not as fast as some other modes of transport, it is the most fun. Grab a broom as the Discovery Park is providing lessons for you to take to the sky. On the day you can meet Snowy the Owl, try your hand at Quidditch and maybe meet some characters that you know and love from the book and movies. Visitors are encouraged to come dressed as their favourite Harry Potter characters, and we will be giving prizes for the best costumes. All activities will be open to everyone-even muggles. Please note that this is a largely outdoor event so dress for all weathers. Place are limited so..BOOK NOW!

Time: 10.00 & 1.00 (2 sessions)
Price: €15 per child /Adults & Kids under 3 FREE
• Harry Potter Themed Trail 
• Fancy Dress Competition 
• Learn About Hedwig With Raven Haven Aviaries 
• Play Quidditch 
• Be A Nature Detective 
• Wizardly Crafts 

Visit: www.discoverypark.ie

Spooktacular Halloween Competition

Win a two night family stay at the Newpark Hotel Kilkenny, including one evening meal and tickets to the fantastic Accio Adventure: Harry Potter Day at Castlecomer Discovery Park.
Enjoy this two night Halloween Break at the Newpark Hotel Kilkenny with breakfast daily and dinner on 1 evening for 2 adults and 2 children. Children can join in all the fun at our Newpark Camp and delight in Halloween themed exciting activities and additional complimentary on-site activities such as Krazy Kats Kids Club, Adventure Trail, Tree Top Adventure Playground with Zipline,  Mini Wildlife Farm, Falconry Experience and so much more. All Guests may enjoy complimentary use of our Escape Health Club with Thermal Suite & Outdoor Infinity Pool during their stay. To top off this fantastic prize Castlecomer Discovery Park are giving a lucky family of 4 tickets to their Accio Adventure: Harry Potter Day on October 19th!