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.

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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.spir­it­ 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.spir­it­

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