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Spend this midterm get­ting your spook on, with Ciara McDon­nell’s pick of the best events tak­ing place on Hal­loween week

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Mini Chefs

Ev­ery day from 2pm-6pm the chefs at Cork Air­port Ho­tel wel­come the mini mas­terchefs of the fu­ture in pizza mak­ing classes. Kids will don a child-size set of chef whites as they help to make their pizza from start to fin­ish — spec­i­fy­ing the top­pings of course. The class costs €5.50 per child and can you can add a starter, dessert and drink for €8.95.

www.corkair­portho­tel.com/ chil­drens-pizza-mak­ing­cork.html

Pick A Pump­kin

The Farm at Gre­nagh trans­forms into a mag­i­cal pump­kin patch at Hal­loween ev­ery year.

The good witch Es­mer­alda will be on hand to help small peo­ple cast a spell to find the right pump­kin for their fam­ily and her helpers will be on hand to help make your very own witches hat, be­fore a spe­cial class in pump­kin carv­ing.

For par­ents who are feel­ing a lit­tle com­pet­i­tive on the day, there’s a daily broom race for grown-ups. En­try to the pump­kin patch is €14 per child and €5 per adult. visit­the­farm.ie/pump­kin­patch-2018/

Spooky Town

Fota Is­land Re­sort is trans­form­ing into a ghoul­ish won­der­land for Hal­loween week. Fam­i­lies are ad­vised to stay close to­gether as they travel through the streets of Spooky Town, pass grave­yards and pump­kin patches to meet the lo­cal Mayor, Count Derekula. De­signed like a Crys­tal Maze, fam­i­lies will have to solve clues and puz­zles along the way, col­lect­ing codes and stamps; at the very end, there will be a treat sta­tion where chil­dren can ex­change their stamps for treats.

The tour takes be­tween 45 min­utes to one hour and costs be­tween €10-16.50 per per­son, de­pend­ing on the day. www.spooky­town.ie

Ghoulsey’s Manor

Over the last three years, Ghoul­s­ley’s Manor has built up quite a rep­u­ta­tion for its fright­ful Hal­loween fes­tiv­i­ties. Chil­dren from the ages of four to 14 years get to im­merse them­selves in a truly spellbinding the­atri­cal per­for­mances by a creative and fun-lov­ing act­ing crew from east Cork.

In the set­ting of an his­toric manor house, the Hal­loween ex­tra­van­ganza has proven pop­u­lar for par­ties, group vis­its, school out­ings and fam­ily days out. This imag­i­na­tive fam­ily ex­pe­ri­ence al­lows kids — young and old — to get lost amidst the can­dle­light and cob­webs of Cork’s orig­i­nal spooky haunted manor.

For more in­for­ma­tion and book­ing, please visit: www.ghoul­s­leysmanor.com/ Mon­sters Mis­fits and May­hem Bun­ratty Folk Park is trans­form­ing into a world of ghouls and mon­strous grem­lins on Bank Hol­i­day Mon­day to en­sure that our small peo­ple are as hyped as pos­si­ble for trick or treat­ing the fol­low­ing day.

The Hal­loween Ghost Ride is re­turn­ing where ghosts and gob­lins jump out when you’re lest ex­pect­ing it, and kids will love the op­por­tu­nity to get up close and per­sonal with a grisly col­lec­tion of taran­tu­las, snakes, scor­pi­ons and lizards.

Tick­ets cost €7 per child (un­der 3’s go free) and adults cost €13. www.shan­non­her­itage.com/

Bal­lyma­boo

Bal­ly­maloe Grain­store is trans­form­ing it­self into a fear­some Hal­loween ex­pe­ri­ence for the whole school hol­i­days. Set like a trea­sure hunt, fam­i­lies will fol­low the clues to free a princess from a gi­ant’s cas­tle be­fore re­tir­ing to the Boo café for some much needed Bal­ly­maloe hos­pi­tal­ity and plenty of games and ac­tiv­i­ties for the chil­dren. Tick­ets are €15 per per­son and the ex­pe­ri­ence runs from 10am-6pm ev­ery day. www.bal­ly­maloe­fes­ti­vals.ie

Dragon of Shan­don Fes­ti­val

The Dragon of Shan­don is cel­e­brat­ing her thir­teenth birth­day this year as she pa­rades through Cork city. The Dragon of Shan­don Pa­rade takes place on Hal­loween night, when more than 500 ghosts, ghouls and mis­fits will take to the street to cel­e­brate Samhain. Sup­ported by Cork Com­mu­nity Art Link, this pa­rade is a won­der­ful cel­e­bra­tion of the arts in Cork and is a bril­liantly spooky way to kick off Hal­loween. The pa­rade leaves from Shan­don at 7pm trav­el­ling across the river to North Main Street and fin­ish­ing in Corn­mar­ket Street. www.drag­onof­shan­don.com

Spook­tac­u­lar Sci­ence

King John’s Cas­tle in Lim­er­ick is run­ning sci­ence work­shops for chil­dren from Tues­day, Oc­to­ber 30, to Fri­day, Novem­ber 2, with spooky ex­per­i­ments de­signed to in­tro­duce chil­dren to the fun of chem­istry. Kids will make three

types of slime, gey­sers made from Coca-Cola and fizz in­fla­tors, as well as ex­plod­ing lunch bags. Ideal for chil­dren aged be­tween six and 13, the work­shops take place each day at 10am, 11.30am, 1pm and 2.30pm. Tick­ets cost €12 per child.

www.shan­non­her­itage.com/Events/An­nu­alEvents/

A Gaol Of A Time

Cork City Gaol is go­ing full on scary this Hal­loween week, with a pro­gramme of fam­ily-friendly events tak­ing place for the whole of midterm.

Each day, the Gaol will be run­ning a spe­cial trea­sure hunt, as well as sto­ry­telling, face-paint­ing and bal­loon mak­ing, all in the heart of one of Cork’s scari­est venues.

Tick­ets cost €5 per child, €8 per adult and fam­i­lies of two adults and two chil­dren can buy a fam­ily ticket for €25. corkc­i­ty­gaol.com/

Make Your Own Hal­loween

The Toy Sol­dier Fac­tory in Kil­na­mar­tyra, County Cork, is run­ning Hal­lowthe een-themed work­shops for big and lit­tle kids through­out the midterm.

Choose from a pump­kin or a scary witch or even a Hal­loween skele­ton pi­rate and cast your very own me­tal fig­ure be­fore spend­ing an hour paint­ing your model to per­fec­tion.

The work­shops take be­tween an hour and ninety min­utes and are suit­able for chil­dren aged seven and up.

Tick­ets cost €10.80 per hour ses­sion and can be booked via the web­site. toysol­dier­fac­tory.ie

Pic­ture: Joleen Cronin

AliceBarry,artis­tic di­rec­tor, plays Winne the Witch at the first Bal­lyma­boo Hal­loween Ex­pe­ri­ence, which will take place in the Bal­ly­maloe Grain­store un­til Novem­ber 4.

Pic­ture: Brian Arthur

Or­laith Kelly age 9 and David Smith age 9 from Cor­bally at the Launch of Spook-tac­u­lar Sci­ence at King John’s Cas­tle, Lim­er­ick.

Pic­ture: Ger­ard McCarthy

Ben and Matthew O’Donoghue from Glan­mire at the chil­dren’s pizza mak­ing classes at Cork Air­port Ho­tel.

Pic­ture: Ger­ard McCarthy

The Maid Anett Ku­ruc­sai dares to tread the stair­case at the haunted Ghoul­s­leys Manor in Cuskinny, Cobh, where the 200 year-old man­sion is un­der the Curse of the Pur­ple Pump­kin for Hal­loween midterm. The spooky the­atri­cal ex­pe­ri­ence and its ghoul­ish go­ings on run ev­ery af­ter­noon and evening.

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