The Boyne Valley Samhain Fire has been lit ... Let Halloween spread throughout Ireland’s Ancient East
On Halloween day, October 31st, the town of Athboy will host a special event on the Fair Green from 2pm, in celebrating the home place of Halloween over 3,000 years ago.
Ireland’s Ancient East – Story of Halloween One of the main spiritual centres of the ancient Celts was located on the top of the Hill of Tlachtga, now called the Hill of Ward, one mile east of Athboy, County Meath. A special event will be held in Athboy on 31st October to tell the story of the origins of Halloween. This event is just one of 30 other spooky and fun events that make up the Meath ‘Spirits of Halloween Festival’
programme from Boyne Valley Tourism. Now is in its 9th year this festival offers spooky and fun events for every age group from October 7th to November 5th 2017. Fun by Day & Frights by Night The 30+ scary events that are part of the ‘Spirits of Meath Halloween Festival’ are categorised into Spooky Family Fun and Scary Adult Events that take place all over the Boyne Valley region. A full list of event dates, times and booking details can be found on the Spirits of Meath Halloween Festival website www.spiritsofmeath.ie Spooky Family Fun There is plenty for families to do during the day for the Mid-Term break. Some of the family events include: A day of picking your own Pumpkins: a Family Fun Cook Day; the ‘Muck-of-Kells’, an obstacle course race just a spears throw from the historical town of Kells; ‘Pooka Spooka’ at Causey Farm that promises magical happenings all around the farm including the Fairytale Corn Maze, Limb Throwing and Broomstick rides; Tayto Park invite you to be a ‘Ghost Hunter’ for a day; There are also lots of ghostly happenings with a Ghost Walk at Millmount Complex in Drogheda and The Ghosts of Kells in Kells town; At the Battle of the Boyne Visitor Centre in Drogheda lots of spooky games are on offer in the Children’s Haunted Halloween Garden. Or for those crafty kids, there is a Craft Workshop; Slane Tourism Hub has a magical Children’s Fancy Dress Halloween Hunt; while the Irish Military War Museum in Louth invites you to ‘Spooky Fun Nights at the Museum’. On the eve of Halloween, October 31st, the town of Athboy close to the Hill of Tlachtga where Halloween began over 3,000 years ago, will host a special celebration on the Fair Green from 2pm that is suitable for all age groups. Scary Adult Events When the day time fun and frights stop the ‘Spirits of Meath Halloween Festival’ offers lots of choice for those who are brave enough to enter. So prepare to be terrified at the ‘Haunted Spooktacular Horror Farm’. Why not dare to visit Farmaphobia, a farmyard divided into four scarezones each with its own crazy theme. Tayto Park also turn on their dark side in the evenings for those brave enough to enter. There are Murder Mystery tours and dinners and an opportunity for a Samhain Meditation on the Hill of Tara to learn about the origins of Halloween.
The ‘Spirits of Meath Halloween Festival’ takes place in the Boyne Valley from October 7th to November 5th and offers over 30 events with something for all the family. Download the festival brochure from www.spiritsofmeath.ie