Halloween Fun in the Boyne Valley

By Rebecca Meade

Halloween Fun in the Boyne Valley

Now that September is well under way and the leaves are slowly turning golden thoughts turn to Halloween. 
Halloween is something we take very seriously here in the Boyne Valley as according to legend, Samhain, the ancient Celtic Festival that we now call Halloween, originated here in County Meath more than 2,000 years ago. Samhain was said to mark the harvest and a time of transition, with feasting and celebration as the long winter nights approached. 
This year we are looking forward to the return of our headline Food Festival- Samhain A Celebration of 5000 years of Food and Culture in Kells on the 6th & 7th of November, of which there will be more news about very soon but there are lots of fantastic Halloween activities and fun to enjoy throughout the Boyne Valley.
Here we have put together some information on various events that our members are hosting for Halloween.

Bee Wise

Bee Tricked and Bee Treated!

The Bee Wise Halloween event- Bee Tricked and Bee Treated, is taking place at Bee Wise Nature Trail this October 2021. The event will be run over the following days – Sunday 24th, Tuesday 26th, Thursday 28th, Saturday 30th and Sunday 31st October. Bookings are essential and can be made through  www.beewise.ie. Timeslots are every 5 minutes with a maximum of 10 persons from the one pod. Book early as they sold out last year!
This is a fully Outdoor (dress for the weather!), socially distanced event. Have a fun walk around Bee Wise Nature Trail where you’ll visit different houses along the walk and meet some witches, ghosts, skeletons, etc.  and receive some treats from their cauldrons.
This event is suitable for children from 1+years of age.
The price is €18 per child (treats at each house and small pot of honey) and €5 per adult (no treats except one small pot of honey).
Everyone is encouraged to come dressed in their best Halloween Costumes!


Alright Pumpkin

Pick your own pumpkin! The Alright Pumpkin patch has been growing pumpkins since 2013. They started after they saw their first field of pumpkins while working on farms as a harvester in America. They thought they looked so cool and colourful in the fields and wanted to bring some of those bright colours back to Ireland. It also helped that the area they live in, in Fordstown Co. Meath has very close ties to the origins of Halloween.
Farmer Tom and his family grow all their own pumpkins and have a huge variety of shapes, sizes and colours for you to choose from.
Tickets are selling fast so book yours now!

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Rock Farm Slane

Halloween SpookFest

A Halloween Show not to be missed!
Taking place in the Barn at the Rock Farm Slane, you are invited to wear your fancy dress costume and party with the WonderWorld crew as they celebrate the Spooky season with the craziest characters of Halloween
To top it off every child will receive a treat bag filled with WonderWorld Halloween goodies.
Tickets are €12.50 per person or a family of 4 pass will cost €40. ( Eventbrite booking fees will apply )
This event is child friendly, not scary and suitable for all ages
Please contact wonderworldproductions@outlook.com with any questions

Book here

Causey Farm

Pooka Spooka

This Halloween the team at Causey Farm have created another super family event with lots of fun activities including
  • Traditional Games and Crafts
  • Scarecrow Corn Maze
  • Mirror Maze
  • Magician
  • Hayride
  • Limb Throwing
  • Broomstick Ride
  • Story telling
Open Sunday 24th -Monday 25th October & Wednesday 29th- Saturday 30th October
Note: Closed Tuesday 28th OCT
12:00pm – 4:00pm 

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The Bunnery 

The Bunnery online Halloween camp

This is a fun and interactive cooking/baking class live on Zoom each day from 10.30-12.00 for 2 days, Tuesday 26th and Wednesday 27th October. Each day you will cook/bake one savoury item and one sweet item, with a bit of spooky Halloween fun too. By following along, your child will learn some great new recipes along with developing their mathematical, comprehension and fine motor skills without even knowing it. They will have to count, measure ingredients, read and interpret recipes and instructions which will all develop their concentration. They will also become familiar with using Zoom. 
This camp is suitable for 6-13 year olds and they ask that an adult is present if needed to help especially with the younger kids. 
You will be emailed an ingredient list and the zoom link the week beforehand. There is one charge per device so more than one child can take part together. The cost of this camp is €25.

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Slane Castle

 Púca: The spirit of Púca inhabits Slane Castle
Slane Castle will become home to the mischievous spirits of Púca, Boann, The Morrigan and Fear Dearg as they roam the woodlands, with spectacular illuminations and installations this Halloween.
The Púca Festival returns to Meath and Louth from 23-31st October. 
A 1km walk through the grounds takes the audience past Stephen James Smith’s ‘Our Darkest Night’, Mark Anderson’s ‘Fireflies’, Matthew Nolan’s Samhain Whispers and a special Halloween weekend performance by the aerialists of LUXE.
On hand to keep festival goers warm and satisfied will be a whole host of local food and drink producers. Slane Distillery will be serving up a specially created Púca Punch.
6.30pm - 12.30am (23–28 Oct)
5.30pm - 12.30am (29–31 Oct)
Ticket is for 100min slot
Price per car
23–28 October – €60
29–30 October – €90
31 October – €110
Max 5 persons per car