Take the family on a short break at Rock Farm Slane this Halloween – it’s a central spot for all the spookiest and scariest celebrations. We’ve our very own Spookfest on Friday 29th and Saturday 30th October and all kinds of pumpkins, pookas, witches and vampires within a short drive. On Thursday 28th October, our Farmers Market has a Halloween feel to it, you could pick up a pumpkin and try carving your very own spooky jack o’lantern.
The Boyne Valley has some claim to be the home of Halloween and for thousands of years our ancestors have celebrated the living and the dead on the night of Samhain. It’s no wonder there are so many fabulous Halloween festivals nearby. Stay with us on Rock Farm either glamping or in Lime House, Ireland’s biggest haybale house, and try out a few of the festivities. It might be scary – but it will definitely be fun!
Rock Farm Spookfest
Our Hay Barn is transformed into a hallowed hall of Halloween. Join us in your best, scariest fancy-dress costume as we celebrate with the craziest characters of Halloween. Our interactive show includes dancing, games, and loads of Halloween fun. It’s child friendly, not scary, and suitable for all ages. Everyone goes home with their very own trick and treat bag, filled with Halloween goodies. Spookfest takes place on the Friday 29th and Saturday 30th October at 12pm and 2pm. Advance booking is essential. Book your tickets here Rock Farm Spookfest.
Mischief returns as the hugely popular Púca Festival springs to life in the Boyne Valley from 23rd to 31st October. This year, for the first time, Slane Castle is part of this as well as our nearest town Drogheda, Athboy and Trim. It’s a fantastic programme of music, fire, mischief and spectacle.
A more unusual way to meet the púca is by trying the Púca Paddle, a Halloween mythology tour of the River Boyne. The tour focuses on Boann – The Goddess of the Boyne – and tells tales of magic, knowledge, heroes, and the origins of the Boyne River. The tours take place daily from Saturday October 23rd to Sunday 31st and are suitable for anyone from 3 years old. Starting just a 15-minute drive from Rock Farm, the Púca Paddle should be on everyone’s Halloween to-do list. Don’t worry – you won’t get wet!
Just 20 minutes from Rock Farm is the family favourite, Tayto Park. For Halloween, Tayto Park is transformed into Ireland’s biggest family Halloween event – The Tricky Trail. Suitable for the whole family, The Tricky Trail is a themed treasure hunt with a treasure map leading through haunted halls, the hay bales maze, along the freaky forest by the vampire’s castle and the witch’s lair. The treasure hunt ends at the treat tent where kids will receive a free trick or treat bag. The event runs every day from Saturday 23rd October to Sunday 31st from 11am – 4pm. Entry to the Tricky Trail is included in all ticket prices – simply visit Taytopark.ie to book your family tickets.
If you have young children aged 3 – 12 Navan Adventure Centre’s pumpkin and family fun festival is the place to be this Halloween. Begin by picking your own pumpkin and carving your very own spooky lantern. Make your own witchy slime before tackling the inflatable obstacles and maze. You can also ride the carousel and take a ride over the blood-filled pond on pedalo’s. The event runs on two weekends in October (16/17 and 23/24/25) and for four days around Halloween (28- 31) with activities lasting around 2 hours.
Dress up this Halloween and visit Pooka Spooka in Causey Farm, just half an hour from Rock Farm. Wander through Scarecrow corn maze, ride along on a witch’s broomstick and listen to spooky stories with your little ones. There will even be a mirror maze and a magician. Pooka Spooka takes place from Sunday 24th October to Saturday 30th October (excluding Tuesday 26th) from 12pm to 4pm.
It’s all happening within a stone’s throw of Rock Farm Slane this Halloween. Don’t miss out!