Haunting Happenings in Ireland’s Oldest City

Visit Waterford welcomes a wide range of events across the city and county as we prepares for its annual Halloween celebrations. From spooky storytelling and pumpkin carving to scary movie screenings and haunted trails, there is something for everyone. Visit Waterford and hold on to your broomsticks, as Ireland’s Oldest City promises a jam-packed schedule this Halloween.

As Ireland’s oldest city Waterford has a haunting history of happenings and where best to learn more about this dark history than on a Dark History Tour with Waterford Treasures. The Dark History Tours are taking place from October 23rd Join the Curators of Waterford Treasures for a walk on the dark side. This spinechilling 90 minute guided tour will take you through centuries and explore the horrifying historical happenings of the city. Look out for Vampires, ghosts, murderers and poor creatures from Waterford’s past who will make an appearance on this special limited edition tour experience. From the Viking Triangle to Ballybricken square, the city is filled with stories just dying to get out…

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Death is well and truely in the air at the Irish Wake Museum. The museum is offering late evening tours that are sure to send a shiver down your spine. In this fully guided tour you will explore life and death, including the traditions and superstitions from early Christian times right up to the 20th century. The Irish Wake Museum offers visitors a rare opportunity to explore one of the most iconic parts of Irish culture, through the eyes of an expert. Limited spaces available. Book now to avoid disappointment.

If you’ve got it, haunt it, Waterford’s Samhain celebrations will be in full swing throughout the city and county with costume competitions, live music and of course Spraoi’s Samhain Procession on October 27th. There is a range of free atcivities for families of all ages. For more information visit spraoi.com

Creep it real and visit Lismore Heritage Centre as they show the Addams Family Values, Beetlejuice and Hocus Pocus. In keeping with the eerie theme they also have a Beetlejuice Escape Room that is a must visit. For those looking for a spine-chilling experience, head to CARNEVIL at Lismore Castle, where each step taken will feel as if descending into a nightmarish realm where reality and fantasy entwine. Visit a world that reveals itself only on the darkest of halloween nights!

For more thrills and chills visit Lafcadio Hearn Japanese Gardens. Lafcadio Hearn wrote and translated many Japanese Ghost Stories, so there is no doubt the Lafcadio Hearn Japanese Gardens is the perfect setting for an ultimate Halloween experience. For the ‘Little Monsters’, families can enjoy a unique day-time Ghostly Woodland Walk. Beware when you cross the Japanese Bridge and enter the Woodlands, as ghouls, witches and skeletons are found lurking in the undergrowth and high up in the trees. For Adults there will be a special Cotton Thread art installlation which will form cobwebs in the Woodlands, as the Japanese gardens continue to make its events more sustainable. Children and adults can enjoy storytelling of classic ghostly tales – not a trick, but a treat! For more information or to book tickets, visit www.lafcadiohearngardens.com.

You’ll be asking ‘Who ghost there?’ at Mount Congreve Gardens, as they have been taken over by spooky skeletons and ghastly ghouls this Hallowen. Dress up and follow the garden’s Halloween trail to help scare the ghouls away – happy haunting! The trail operates from 9am until 3pm. A child ticket includes a kid’s activity sheet and a pumpkin. Pre-booking is recommended as limited tickets are available. Suitable for children aged 4-10. For more information or to book tickets, visit www.mountcongreve.com.

Have a night of fright and enjoy scary movies in the ultimate spooky setting, as Christ Church Cathedral will be showing Hocus Pocus at 6pm and for the braver bunch, it will be showing The Conjuring at 8.30pm. For more information or to book tickets, visit www.thepopupmovieclub.ie.

Dare to be scared as the Spooky Tunnel makes a return to the renowned Waterford Greenway at Durrow, from Friday 27th October to Thursday 2nd November. Follow the path through the ‘spooktacular’ tunnel – entry is free, for those brave enough to enter!

This mid-term, spend an unforgettable Halloween in Waterford with a wide range ofaccomodation located around Ireland’s oldest city and mid-term offers starting from 30th October. So for now its boo to you from The Visit Waterford Crew! 

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