The Boyne Valley has long been considered as the home of Halloween. According to legend, Samhain, the ancient Celtic Festival that we now call Halloween, originated at Tlachtga (also known as the Hill of Ward) in Co. Meath in the Boyne Valley! So what better place to celebrate Halloween than a trip to the Boyne Valley to experience the Spirits of Meath Festival 2022 which will run from the 1st October to 6th November.
A brand new website launched recently that provides a one stop shop to view all the events happening for the festival as well as a great selection of accommodation offers in Boyne Valley hotels and guesthouses.
This year’s line-up is full of exciting (and scary) events and activities that will appeal to all age groups. One of the highlights of the Spirits of Meath Festival is always Farmaphobia at Causey Farm which will take place from the 1st October to the 1st November. The event is always very popular and features a variety of spooktacular events. Last year the event featured “Purge Night”; “CarnEvil” and “Momma’s Murder Maize” so you can be sure of plenty of scaretainment this year! Farmaphobia is strictly 13+ and all 13–16-year-olds must accompanied on site by an adult.
From Saturday 23rd October to Sunday 31st October, Bee Wise Nature Trail at Kilmessan will host the Forest of Doom! A specially themed Halloween walk where you can visit different scary houses and meet some witches, ghosts and skeletons while receiving some treats from their cauldrons! They will also be hosting Bee tricked and Bee treated on Sunday 23rd, the three days of the October Bank holiday weekend and on Wednesday the 2nd of November.
Do you want to carve your own pumpkin? Then you won’t want to miss Pumpkin and Fun 2022 which will take place at Navan Adventure Centre on October 22nd, 23rd, 29th, 30th and 31st. There will be magic shows, pumpkin carving, a Halloween disco, activities (such as football golf) and so much more.
This Halloween, you can explore Tayto Park After Dark! On the 28th, 29th or 30th October take a trip to Tayto Park to experience the Cú Chulainn Coaster in the dark, brave the Rotator or take to the night sky on Endeavour and much more! Note this is a non-scare event. Also, brand new for 2022, check out Dino Dash at night and watch out for twists and turns avoiding the grasp of the Raptors. Tayto park will also be hosting the Tricky Trail this year which will feature fun interactive games, spooky storytelling, potions, spell casting and magical performances by a whole host of characters!
If you like your Halloween to have more treats than tricks, then the Samhain Food Festival might be for you. Taking place from the 4th – 6th November in Kells the festival will feature cookery demos, food & drink tastings, farm tours, producer visits, farmer’s markets, panel discussions, kids workshops & more. The festival will feature award winning chefs, bestselling cookery book authors, culinary experts, food writers & thought leaders.
Of course, it wouldn’t be Halloween without the Púca Festival, which is returning from the 28th – 31st October in various locations across Trim and Athboy. The festival will be four days of music, feasting and much more. Headliners for this year include Gavin James, Imelda May, King Kong Company, Block Rockin’ Beats, The High Kings, Blindboy, Joanne McNally, Neil Delamere, David O’Doherty, and Jason Byrne.
Killmount 2: Murder on the Mound
Let ghostly figures regale you with tales of murder and mayhem. Tours for over 12’s take place on October 13th, 14th, 20th, 21st, 27th and 28th.
Join Trisha from Creative Genie for this two part Halloween prop-making workshop on the 20th and the 27th of October. Materials will be included to make a Halloween haunted house style scene and lots more.
On the 26th of October, Dunboyne Library will be hosting a spooky parent and toddler storytime and craft session. They will also be holding a Halloween arts and crafts session on the 28th of October at 3.30 and 4.30pm.
Circus Gerbola will roll into Athboy on the 28th, 29th, 30th and 31st of October with their ever popular Celtic Voyage circus. A dizzying display of circus performers with an Irish twist awaits. Part of the Púca festival in Athboy!
Ross from Boyne Boats is going all out this year with the Púca Paddle mythology experience. Learn about the mythology and history of Halloween that are all around this magical place as you paddle. Running from Saturday the 29th of October to Sunday the 6th of November. Book your ticket today.
The Central Bar in Navan hosts an amazing Halloween event every year and this year will not disappoint! With spot prizes for fancy dress, ghoulish cocktails, live music and more. This is an adult event not to be missed.
Join the team at Ashbourne Library on the 01st of November at 3pm and the 4th of November from 11am for a seasonal arts and crafts afternoon. Booking is essential through the library. The Library will also host their film club on the 02nd of November at 3pm for children aged 6 and upwards.
Join the team at Trim Library for seasonal storytelling on the 02nd of November from 10.30am to 11.30am. All are welcome and no booking is required.
Suitable for children aged 7 to 10years. Join Mags Suggs at Navan library from 11am to draw and create your very own Bat house.
Suitable for children aged 7 to 10years. Join Mags Suggs at Dunshaughlin library from 2pm to draw and create your very own Bat house.
One of the last events on the Spirits of Meath Halloween festival calendar is the Loughcrew Lights dress rehearsal. A fantastic winter event every year- we are getting a sneek peak this year on the 5th of November from 6 to 7pm.
You can enjoy a one or two night ‘Navan Adventure Centre Halloween Family Package’ in The Ardboyne Hotel. You can stay for one or two nights, and you’ll get tickets to the family Halloween Festival in the Navan Adventure. You’ll also get to enjoy a main course meal for two adults & a kid’s meal for two children on an evening of your choice.
You can stay two nights at Knightsbrook Hotel, Spa and Golf Resort with its Halloween package. You’ll get to enjoy two nights in a family room, a full Irish breakfast each morning, a two-course evening meal and a family pizza night. There will also be a trick or treat goodie bag for every child on arrival.
Or you can stay two nights at the Trim Castle Hotel and experience its Halloween Family Breaks package from €380.00. You’ll get treats in the room for the children and the kids eat free while dining with parents each evening in the hotel. You’ll also get complimentary use of the Aura Leisure Centre.
Visit the Newgrange Hotel this Halloween and enjoy a one or two night ‘Navan Adventure Centre Halloween Family Package’. You can stay for one or two nights, and you’ll get tickets to the family Halloween Festival in the Navan Adventure. You’ll also get to enjoy a main course meal for two adults & a kid’s meal for two children on an evening of your choice.
Caravogue Bed and Breakfast also have a great special offer running for the Spirits of Meath Halloween Festival. Their spooky family package is available to book now on their website.
The Spirits of Meath Halloween Festival is shaping up to be a great month of fun, scares and high jinks. Start planning your trip today.
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