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Halloween Fun & Games at Bunratty Castle & Folk Park

The Folk Park and Village Street will be adorned for the occasion with Jack-o-lanterns made out of scooped out turnips and carved pumpkins with monstrous faces. Visitors are encouraged to dress-up in their spookiest and scariest costumes, and some amazing prizes will be on offer for the most creative and haunting attire. To complete the disguise, free face painting will be available upon arrival so that trick-or-treating can be at its scariest during the afternoon. Making the event even better this year are the all new Captain Jack’s Spooktacular Show, Unicycle Show and the Monsieur Gusto Escapologist!”

“Traditional and entertaining games of snap apple and coin bobbing will be available throughout the Park. Elsewhere in the Park cackling witches will cast spells over boiling cauldrons and our resident fortune teller will spin chilling tales of vengeful spirits.  A creepy crypt awaits all who dare to enter the basement of 15th century BunrattyCastle with ghoulish characters, such as Dracula and Frankenstein, lying in wait to greet the unsuspecting guest.  Of course the Thriller Dance Group remains a firm favourite.

The “Great Padini” will perform shows in the Folk Park throughout the afternoon, displaying an array of magical tricks to impress even the most accomplished witches and warlocks. Visitors can also experience exhilarating and gut-wrenching encounters with lizards, snakes, owls, scorpions, and not for the faint-hearted, a very scary-looking Tarantula spider. Whilst the young ‘spooks’  are getting into the ‘spirit’ of things, adults will have an opportunity to take a stroll around the Folk Park, watch superb demonstrations of baking, butter-making and milling, and enjoy traditional Irish music and dance on the Village Street.  Visitors can relax with a refreshing ‘cuppa' and a slice of Barmbrack in the Village Tea Rooms or delicious meal in Mac’s Pub.

Traditional Halloween Barmbrack contained various objects baked into the brack such as a pea, a stick, a piece of cloth, a coin and a ring. Each item, when received in the slice, was supposed to carry a meaning to the person concerned: the pea, the person would not marry that year; the stick, would have an unhappy marriage or continually be in disputes; the piece of cloth, would have bad luck or be poor; the coin, would enjoy good fortune; and the ring, would be wed within the year.  

Normal admission rates will apply on the Halloween Bank Holiday Monday with no extra charge for the additional entertainment. Great value family tickets are available starting at €33.60 for two adults and two children; and €38.00 for two adults and up to 6 children.