Shannon Heritage has added new features to its popular annual Halloween horror programme at Bunratty Castle and Folk Park this bank holiday Monday (30th of October) from 12 noon to 5pm.

A special programme of chilling events with hair raising surprises await at this spooky fun filled bank holiday event, perfect for all the family. To get into the spirit of the season new elements have been added this year to create extra spooky atmosphere including a chilling séance led by a Master of the Dark Arts Steve Spade in tribute to the great Houdini who died 91 years.  Also new are terrifying creatures including ‘IT’ and the Sanderson sisters and a fab new childrens’ stage show with stories and singalong to enjoy while they have their faces painted !!

Back by popular demand is Halloween Spook Train ride and Hallow Scare Haunted House where ghosts and goblins will appear when you least expect it. Visitors will get an opportunity to come face to face with a ghastly talking head or dare to look upon Dracula lying in deep slumber.  Or is he? Fearless visitors will also relish the opportunity to descend into the basement of Bunratty Castle to visit the spooky crypt…be prepared to SCREAM……

All manner of creepy creatures will be on hand at the Folk Park for visitors to get close to, if they dare! Spooky snakes and scorpions, lizards and owls, and a terrifying tarantula. Children will enjoy free face painting- upon arrival so that trick-or-treating can be at its scariest during the afternoon. Traditional Halloween games such as snap apple and coin bobbing in the company of our wonderful Bean an Ti as well as Captain Jack’s Spooktacular Show, a mix of Halloween songs and dance along with a disco and amazing laser lights display. An annual favourite returns in the form of the “Thrill the World” Thriller tribute, a performance of Michael Jackson’s legendary dance routine follows each Captain Jack show.

Don’t forget our Hocus Pocus witches who this year have captured their cousin and are trying not to let her cast any of her spells to capture unsuspecting little children.......

There will be prizes for the ghastliest girls and boys, and of course a special something on offer for the most ghoulish adult or family costumes too.    While young spooks are getting into the spirit of things, take some time out to enjoy wonderful Halloween  treats in O’Regan’s café and Bunratty Tea Room. 

Great value family tickets are available on the day or for even better value buy on-line or contact Reservations at Bunratty Folk Park, phone: 061-360788.   





A brand new event awaits at the wild and wonderful woodland of Craggaunowen this halloween weekend Saturday October 28th from 4-9pm

Delve deep into the dark and spooky setting of Craggaunowen for a jaw dropping & spine tingling Halloween experience like no other!

This event is set to be a wonderful event for all ages and highlights will include ...


  • Explore the Haunted Craggaunowen Castle at night
  • Meet the Scary Talking Head and be amazed by his predictations 
  • Meet a host of scary characters as you explore this creepy woodland at night including witches , zombies . Dracula , Frankinstein and more
  • Enjoy a spinetingling performance of the Michael Jackson Thriller Dance
  • Meet the Spooky séance & enjoy mystical magic of all sorts
  • There will be Holograms, Ghostly happenings and ghastically goings-on
  • For the kids enjoy face painting, goodie bags, treats and more