If you’re looking for some spooktacular Irish, foodie events to take part in this festive season, then you’ve come to the right place. While Halloween is widely associated with kids in fancy dress, running around rampantly on massive sugar highs — it’s not necessarily known for its wide array and celebration of fine cuisine.
However, we’ve found some fantastic events which are both hauntingly entertaining and sure to satisfy the tastebuds.
Can you solve the case and find the killer? There’s something spooky happening in The Happy Pear Church Road this Halloween! If you love a good mystery then get yourself down to The Happy Pear, on the 27th of October for a dinner party experience like none other. This 1920s themed fancy dress Murder Mystery evening includes a delicious three-course vegan meal, with prizes for the best fancy dress, best detective, and more! Tickets are priced at €42.49 per person, and are limited, so book early to avoid disappointment.
Feel like switching it up this year? Instead of celebrating the tricks and treats associated with Halloween, why not celebrate Dia de los Muertos! 777 is throwing their 8th Annual Dia de Los Muertos Costume Party on Sunday, October 27th. The costume theme is ‘Day of the Dead’ (naturally), and there will be spot prizes for the best dressed. The evening will include a dinner, a complimentary show, a DJ and some amazing cocktail specials — all for €30.74 per ticket.
If you’re a horror movie fan, then this is the Halloween event for you. 2015 period supernatural horror film, The Witch, written and directed by Robert Eggers in his directorial debut, will be shown in the atmospheric Lismore Castle on October 30th. The Witch follows a Separatist family encountering forces of evil in the woods beyond their New England farm, forces that may be either real or imagined. Viewers can sit back, relax, and take advantage of the bar by indulging in a cold beer or wine to go along with their popcorn. Tickets cost €15, plus booking fee, and include snacks and complimentary soft drinks.
Pumpkin patch activities at Ballycross Apple Farm, every Saturday and Sunday in October, plus the week of 26th October – 3rd November, Co. Wexford
If you’re looking for more of a family-friendly Halloween themed event, then check out the pumpkin patch at Ballycross Apple Farm. Families can enjoy a ride out to the pumpkin patch on their very own tractor and trailer, where they get to pick their own pumpkins to buy and take home. While you’re there, don’t forget to visit the Witches’ Village and meet their resident Ballycross Witch! The farm opens from 12-6pm each Saturday and Sunday in October, and from 12-6pm daily from 26th October to 3rd November. The price of admittance to the pumpkin patch is €4.50 for a child and €5.50 for an adult, which includes the tractor and trailer ride — however, they also do family deals.
This is a dinner party with a difference! Guests will first be welcomed into a drinks reception, where they will meet their hosts, Morticia, Gomez, Fester and Lurch. You’ll then get to enjoy a delightfully spooky three-course meal, featuring menu items such as devils on horseback, eye of newt and toe of frog, wool of bat and tongue of dog. While you’re dining, you might notice some wolves howling outside… and children in the graveyard? You’ll have to wait and see what that’s all about. In the meantime, enjoy your dinner with a show as Lurch performs The Monster Mash! All guests are invited to attend in fancy dress and join in with the singing and finger clicking — but if that’s not your thing, don’t worry, it’s not required. Tickets are priced at €37.50 for adults (3 courses) and €17.50 per child (2 courses).
Looking to kick off your Halloween night out a bit early? Then this is the event for you! Enjoy a scrumptious brunch at Opium, sipping away at your one-hour of bottomless mimosas, while jamming out to some sick beats, including the likes of Hip Hop, R’n’B, Afrobeats and Grime, from new school to old school and everything in between. The party keeps on going though, as your €30 (plus booking fee) ticket includes entry to venue, a brunch dish, an hour of unlimited mimosas and entry to the after party.
This dinner party experience takes you back in time to 500BC and tells the tale of how Halloween first began. From there you will travel to the next stop on the history timeline — the 1900s. Throughout the evening you will be told historical tales, customs and traditions. You can take part in traditional Halloween games, which the whole family can enjoy. This is followed by a Halloween feast, featuring dishes from 1900s Ireland and traditional Halloween cuisine such as Samhain stew, pan-fried boxty pancakes and a choice of toffee or chocolate-covered apples. Ticket prices for this event cost €43 for adults and €15 for children.
Dublin foodies should definitely check out the Bite of Dublin Walking Tour and enjoy a variety of food inventions, inspired by the creator of Dracula, Bram Stoker. Starting off the tour at Dublin Castle, expert historian Valeria Cavalli takes you on a tour of Dublin, telling stories of Stoker’s life in the city and the history behind some of his written work. All the while, you’ll get to devour specially developed culinary treats by some of Dublin’s best eateries, including Loose Canon Cheese and Wine, Seafood Cafe and Dawson Lounge. Tickets for this unique experience cost €40 (plus booking fee) and the event is strictly over 18s.
Book your Halloween foodie experiences now — you won’t want to miss out!