Happy October to all! The spooktacular season is officially upon us. As of October 22nd, hopefully the majority of COVID-19 restrictions will be lifted. With that in mind, there is a ton of fun things to do with the kids this mid-term break all around Ireland! Sit back, relax and have a read-through of the top 10 places we have picked where you could go with your children.

1.       Rathwood, Co. Carlow 

Rathwood has it all, from beautiful gardens, restaurants, and for this month, a Pumpkin Patch! You will be sure to create a magical Halloween experience with your little ones with the Spooktacular Pumpkin Train Ride Adventure, pumpkin carving, hot chocolate and much more! Click here to learn more: https://www.rathwood.com/events

2.     Tayto Park

Why not check out Tayto park this midterm break! With spooky treasure hunts, magic shows and amazing rides, the whole family will have a ball! For more information and to book tickets please click on the link below. https://taytopark.ie/

3.      Halloween Themed STEM Camps

Does your child fancy a STEM-themed camp this Halloween break? These camps are suitable for ages 6 to 12 years. Children can expect to play with slime, eyes, vampire blood, and much more! To see the list of camps and the areas they will be in please click on the following link. https://junioreinsteinsscienceclub.com/science-camps/

4. Magical Plants Guided Tours at National Botanic Gardens


A family fun day that has promised not to be missed! Here the whole family gets to use plants to make spells and potions. To book your free ticket and for more information, please click here. https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/magical-plants-guided-tour-for-families-tickets-171899384687?aff=ebdssbdestsearch

 5. Halloween Spookfest at Fota House & Gardens

If you are in Cork this midterm break, we have an interactive show in Fota that is sure to be a big hit with the family. From dancing to games, it will be an hour and 15 minutes of sheer fun. Don’t forget to dress up as there will be a prize for the best dressed grown-up! For more information, click on the following link. https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/halloween-spookfest-at-fota-house-and-gardens-sunday2pm-tickets-170257919019 

6. Waffles the Witch’s Tricks & Treats


An Táin Arts Centre in Dundalk, Co Louth is having a fantastic show that will be full of spells and magic. Children will learn about magic while also learning about the vital importance of working together and being happy. For more information, please click on the following link: https://www.visitlouth.ie/whats-on/events/waffles-the-witch.html

At Child Paths we are very aware that Halloween is not for everyone. That is why we have found four places to bring the kids this midterm break that is equally fun for the family but without the spook and gore.

7.      Kilkenny Pumpkin Picking 2021

If your family are looking for a fun day out and to pick a few pumpkins, you have to check out Kilkenny Pumpkin Picking over the midterm break! Great place to take an autumnal family picture! For more information please visit their Facebook page.

8.       Hooky Spooky Halloween Experience at Luggwoods 2021

To get you and the family in the Halloween spirit, we strongly recommend visiting Hooky Spooky Halloween Experience at Luggwoods over the midterm! Set in a safe outdoor surroundings, you and your family will get to do many fun things here such as dressing up and taking family pictures whilst enjoying the fun! For more information and tickets, please click on the link below:  www.luggwoodsevents.com

9. Dublin – Bounce n Beyond

Does your child love trampolines? Why not bring them to Bounce ‘n Beyond, located in Ballyboughal, just 5 mins past Swords in North County Dublin. This is a new, state-of-the-art Trampoline Fun Park! They have more than 20 play areas that are all a great source of exercise and fun! Click on the following link to learn more: https://bouncenbeyond.ie/bounce-n-beyond-homepage/

10. Galway Tourist Train


If you are in the Galway region this midterm break, you have to check out the Galway Tourist Train. It will bring you and your children all around the historical places in Galway. An enjoyable and educational day in the heart of one of the most beautiful cities in Ireland! Call Terry on 0872188314 and check out the Galway tourist train Facebook page for more information by clicking the following link: https://www.facebook.com/GalwayTouristTrain/

We hope you all have a safe and healthy midterm break! As always, please feel free to tag us on any of your adventures from the list. We would be delighted to see them!