Did you know that Ireland is the home of Halloween? The Halloween holiday has its roots in the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain. This was a pagan religious celebration to welcome the harvest at the end of the summer when people would light bonfires and wear costumes to ward off ghosts. Over time, Halloween has evolved into a day of activities like trick-or-treating, carving jack-o-lanterns or pumpkins, festive gatherings, donning costumes and eating treats. There are plenty of Halloween activities happening in Cavan this October, so why not plan your visit and spend a spooky night or three in the Lake County. Here are our top events.
Kayak from Killeshandra to Inishmore
On Saturday the 28th of October, make your way to Killeshandra in County Cavan to join Cavan Adventure Centre on their kayak to Inishmore. This is a fully guided scenic 12km kayak trail. Picturesque Killykeen Forest Park will host your mini break before making your way past Clough Oughter Castle and on to Inishmore island. Reasonable fitness level required. To book your space, visit their website here.
Halloween Moonlit Woodlands Yoga
This is a unique opportunity to appreciate the natural beauty of this Special Area of Conservation underneath the light of the moon. Awaken your senses in a guided moonlit 1km lakeshore scenic trail to Cavan’s native woodlands. Here you’ll enjoy a calming mindful moon salute yoga flow and meditation to rejuvenate the mind, body, and spirit. Complete our sense of connection with nature and relax back with hot chocolate and a sweet Halloween treat. Please wear warm outdoor clothing suitable for this activity. Wear sturdy footwear for rough terrain and bring a small torch. Find out more about this event here.
The Wicked Witch Trail at the Marble Arch Caves
Make your way to the Marble Arch Caves this Halloween when the woodland above the caves will be transformed into a spooky world of Halloween surprises. A quest awaits those who dare to explore a trail of monsters and magics and for those brave enough to help save the cave from the grips of an evil witch’s spell. Keep your wits about you on your adventure travellers, as who knows what could be lurking behind the trees or creeping up behind you! The Wicked Witch Trail runs on the 28th and 29th of October. Online booking is required on the following link.
Spooky Science at Cavan Burren Park
The Spooky Science Workshop is sure to provide a jam-packed hour of activities with Cuilcagh Lakelands Geopark staff. Children will have the opportunity to participate in interactive hands-on fun, where they will take part in spooky themed activities. You can book your one-hour session with 3 different spooky science experiments. This event is suitable for children aged 6-12. Find out more and book your tickets here.
Martel’s Candlelit tour
Discover first-hand what this exploration of the cave system would have felt like when you accompany Edouard Martel on his authentic re-enactment of the discovery of the show cave in its natural darkness (with the electric lights switched off) over 128 years ago! Your journey underground through the dark abbess of the show cave will be conducted by Martel using candlelight and lanterns to guide your way. On this 2-hour guided tour, you will be assisting Edouard Martel with his exploration and hearing about his insightful and captivating experiences as he ventured through the show cave. The tour runs on Tuesday 31st October for Adults Only from 5:00pm – 7:00pm and on Saturday 4th November for family. Find out more here.
Killinkere Visitor Farm
If you are looking for a fun day out for your family, group or school then Killinkere Visitor & Pet Farm is number one for fun, interaction with farm animals and activities such as nature walks, heritage trail, pony rides, tractor trailer rides and hands on farming fun. The farm will be open over the Halloween mid-term break. Check out their Facebook page for updates here.
Halloween is also the perfect time of the year to experience the beautiful autumnal colours in our parks and forests. Take the Castle trail at Castle Saunderson Estate, get lost at Dun and Rí Forest Park in Kingscourt or appreciate the beautiful colours at Killykeen Forest Park. Bring the bikes and let the kids go wild too! Find out more about all of our walking and cycling trails here. For special offers at our accommodation providers, read all about Mid-Term breaks 2023 on our website here.
This is your perfect Halloween getaway…This is Cavan!
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