There are plenty of Halloween happenings along the sea louth trail this spooky season, from pumpkin patches, farmers and crafts markets, to ghastly parades and terrifying ghost tours. There are plenty of treats along the way, too, with a wide choice of Louth restaurants serving the very best in seasonal local seafood.
Carlingford Ghost Bus Tour
1. Lú Festival of Light, Drogheda is an immersive visual experience running over two long weekends (29-31 October and 2-5 November). Vistors can expect a magical mix of lights, colour and sound as historic landmarks including St. Laurence’s Gate and St. Peter’s Cathedral, are brought to life in an amazing display of urban animation. The event is free of charge and suitable for all the family.
2. Carlingford Ghost Bus enjoy a tour of Medieval Carlingford with a creepy twist. “Our ghost bus has spared no expense in putting you at unease as we explore one of the most haunted areas in Co. Louth,” according to the organisers. Board the bus if you dare at 5pm and 7pm on Fridays and Saturdays from 14th October, with bonus bank holiday weekend outings on 30th and 31st October. Pre-booking is essential.
3. The Harvest Festival at St. Nicholas Parish Church (Green Church) on 22nd and 23rd October provides a welcome change from all the ghoulish goings on, with an array of market stalls, food and live music, suitable for all the family.
4. Killmount - Murder on the Mound makes a return to Drogheda Museum, from 13-28 October. Tours cost €10 and are suitable for age 12 and up – expect to meet ghostly figures and hear tales of murder and mayhem. Booking early to avoid disappointment! While at the Museum, be sure to pick up your Drogheda scenic viewpoint stamp.
5. Don’t miss the annual Halloween Scarefest at Fitzpatrick’s Restaurant in aid of local children’s charity, Maria Goretti Foundation. With more amazing decor & scarers than ever before… you’re really in for a treat (or trick)! Early booking is advised. We also recommend you book in for dinner, as Fitzpatrick’s is one of the restaurants and champions of local seafood participating in the sea louth trail.
6. Ravensdale Country Market continues throughout October, with a variety of handmade crafts and home-made bakes on offer. Make an afternoon of it, with a meal out at the Carrickdale Hotel or Rosewood Country Club, two nearby sea louth restaurants.
7. The Spooks Parade in Drogheda is organised by Droichead Arts Centre in partnership with Kada Ka Boom Arts as part of Leanbh Children’s Festival. Children from local schools work with Kieran Gallagher and choreographer, Tracy Martin, to stage this ghoulish event, which marches through town at 4pm on Friday 28th October.
8. Pick and carve your own pumpkins at Corderry Fruit Farm. This family-friendly event will also feature pony rides from The Pony Party Company, and their on-site farm shop and coffee trailer will be open for treats and refreshments.
9. The Halloween Cottage Market takes on a Halloween theme at the Scotch Hall event, Saturday 29th October, with artisan food and crafts galore. Refuel at one of six Drogheda restaurants taking part in the sea louth trail.
10. Brought to us by Dundalk’s An Táin Arts Centre, ‘Into The Dark’ is an original, haunting promenade theatrical experience around the grounds of Anaverna House, Ravensdale. Performances take place at 7pm and 9pm on 29th and 30th October and tickets are free (plus €1.50 per person booking fee).
Don’t forget to bring along or download your sea louth passport and collect those all-important scenic viewpoint and restaurant stamps whilst out and about in Louth this Halloween. No tricks, just a special treat in store for those who complete their passports!
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