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CPM brings you a breakdown of the best in Spooktacular entertainment to thrill and terrify you this Halloween Bank holiday weekend.


  • Galway Abooo Halloween Festival 2012

The 'Spooktacular' Galway Abooo Halloween Festival takes place this October Bank Holiday weekend and it promises to be fun, freaky and best of all... free. The Festival kicks off on Friday 26th October with a show created for Galway Abooo called 'The Dead Arise' which is devised by Rod Goodall. This is followed on Saturday night by the 'Spooktacular Street Parade' in association with the award winning Luxe Street Theatre Company.

Then on Sunday afternoon, you can get dressed up and join us in The Latin Quarter for a fun filled family day including a Trick or Treat Trail, Babcock and Bobbins, Kids Fancy Dress Disco and a Michael Jackson Thriller Dance performance. Later that night it's the adults turn to get dressed up with many of the pubs and venues hosting fancy dress parties


  • House of Horrors – Tayto Park, Ashbourne, Co. Meath

The Tayto Park ‘House of Horrors’ is back again this Halloween and promises to be bigger, better, gorier and bloodier than ever before!

The Lodge at Tayto Park is, for 13 days, transformed into a terrifying and spine-chilling experience guaranteed to be the craziest and scariest sights around this Halloween.


  • Virginia Pumpkin Festival, Virginia, Co. Cavan

Taking place from October 26th until 31st is the Virginia Pumpkin Festival, promising this year’s festivities to be biggest and best yet. Over 20,000 are expected to attend the festival, spread over the bank holiday weekend and Halloween itself.

On Friday night, it’s family fun with a haunted forest walk at Deerpark Woods. Trevor Smyth will bring his critically acclaimed show 'Friends in Low Places – The Ultimate Garth Brooks Experience' as well. Hothouse Flowers will headline the festival at the Pumpkin Dome in Virgina, Co. Cavan on Saturday


  • Samhain – Marlay Park

Samhain at Marlay Park includes a spooky walk through haunted woods on Sunday as part of Dun Laoghaire/Rathdown’s Samhain Halloween Parade.  A great one for the Kids.


  • Thrillkenny Zombie Fest – Kilkenny, Co. Kilkenny

Thrilkenny is a two night free festival taking place in Kilkenny on Saturday October 27th and Sunday October 28th to include a “Thrill The World” Global Thriller Dance World Record, Thriller Dance Workshops and professional make-up artists on hand to zombie them up for a Zombie Walk through the city.


  • Fright Night Movie Fest – The Light House Cinema, Smithfield, Dublin 7

The Lighthouse cinema in Smithfield hosts a week of scary movies in the lead up to Halloween.

Saturday 27th October - Child’s Play & Nightmare on Elm St

Sunday 28th October – The Mist

Monday 29th October – Poltergeist

Tuesday 30th October – Halloween

Wednesday 31st October – The Shining


  • Thurles Halloween Arts Festival – Thurles, Co. Tipperary

The Thurles Halloween Arts Festival is a community based festival, which incorporates various forms of the arts. There's something for everyone with film, theatre, music, visual art, street acts, indoor family shows, fireworks, children's workshops, comedy, and much more.

The annual Guinness World Record attempt will take place on the 31st October at 6.30pm in the Rugby Club where a wonderful nights entertainment will take place including live music, a fire show, fire breathers, fire jugglers, children's clown/juggling show, and a magnificent fireworks display.


Whatever you get up to this weekend,  wishing you a fantastic, frightening and fun Halloween bank Holiday from all in CPM!