Frighteningly cheap Halloween fun

Halloween isn’t just for party-goers and trick-or-treaters, so if you’re strapped for cash or don’t feel like covering yourself in face paint and wearing controversial costumes, the following fun festive activities may just be your cup of tea.

Tayto Park After Dark is set to take place from October 27th to November 1st. It is ideal for those on a budget, at €18 per ticket for evening entry from 6-9pm daily. Who wouldn’t want to brave the Cú Chulainn Coaster in the dark of night or tiptoe into the House of Horrors? It is the perfect night out for those in search of a good scare.

If you seek to be scared and thrilled, then look no further than Farmaphobia, a very different Halloween experience that you certainly will not forget any time soon. Ireland’s most horrifying event is now in its seventh year and has scared over 100,000 people to date. If nights out aren’t your scene, you should take a trip to Causey Farm. If you opt for the full experience, be prepared to pace through three terrifying haunts dubbed ’13’,’Mutation Morgue’, and ‘Field of Screams’, before witnessing Causey’s new haunt, ‘The Scarecus’, which is mastered by resident clown, Chucking Charlie. Be sure to book in advance and be aware that groups may avail of a discount when booking.

Why not learn something about the history of Halloween while you willingly submit yourself to a good old-fashioned fright? ‘Bram Stoker’s Castle Dracula’ opens daily until October 31st and boasts ‘a tour of Bram Stoker’s ‘CASTLE DRACULA’ with characters from ‘Dracula’, ‘Renfield’ and ‘Van Helsing’ bringing you through the tunnels of the castle, bridges, gargoyle courtyards, haunted library and, of course, Ireland’s only Graveyard Theatre. Tickets can be purchased at a concession price if booked in advance with shows at 6.30pm on Saturday and Sunday, as well as 7pm shows on Friday and daily for the week in the run-up to Halloween at Westwood club, Clontarf.

If all else fails, why not plan a Halloween-themed movie night complete with classic spooky films such as ‘Hocus Pocus’ and ‘Halloweentown’. Skip the tricks and go all out on the treats.

Áine Marie Monk

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