Time-travelling twists, creepy crypts and pagan roots abound at Bunratty Castle and Folk Park this year, for a special Halloween festival to mark the traditional Irish Samhain.
This Halloween midterm, Bunratty Castle and Folk Park will mark the festival of Samhain in its own unique way. Focusing on the old Irish traditions and a few modern twists associated with this time of year, visitors are invited to come and experience Samhain from 29 October to 2 November.
Explaining the festivities, Bunratty Castle and Folk Park’s events manager, Marie Brennan, said, “Halloween is always an exciting time for us here at Bunratty Castle and Folk Park, with lots of activities for all the family to enjoy, from the Creepy Crypt and ‘Head Will Roll and Thriller’ mini-disco to the Halloween Spook Train ride and our Fearsome Fairy Village, where unpleasant creatures abide.
“In the weeks leading up to Halloween, primary schools from the local area have been busy creating lifestyle scarecrows, which we will have on display in the park over midterm, for our Scarecrow Competition. We will be asking visitors to rate their favourite scarecrow based on design, originality, and, of course, ‘scary-ness.’ The school with the winning scarecrow will receive a special prize.
“We are also asking our visitors to get creative and dress in costume, to join the village characters who will be dressed in traditional Halloween attire.”
Throughout the duration of the event, visitors are warned to be on the lookout for the weird and wacky creepy characters who could just appear out of nowhere.
Visitors to the park will hear from the bean an tís, who will explain the types of food that typically would have been eaten in Samhain of old.
Tickets are now on sale at bunrattycastle.ie/halloween.