Halloween Happenings in Sligo


Halloween, which actually originated in Ireland (more about that later in another blog), also coincides with the mid-term break here in Ireland so I’ve decided to blog about some things of interest happening in Sligo.

Firstly and not just not for Halloween. Go on a drive of the Sligo section of the  Wild Atlantic Way. You may have lived in Sligo all your life but take the road less travelled and immerse yourself in the wild and vibrant landscape we have here in Sligo. There’s nothing quite like a blustery walk along a beach to awaken the senses, followed perhaps by a seaweed bath or lunch or dinner in one of the many restaurants and cafes. Topped off with a drink in a cosy pub with a roaring fire and some live music and you’ve  got an experience to remember.

Sligo Live

Sligo Live is taking place at the end of October. Lots of live music to suit everyone. This year the headline acts include The Saw Doctors and Paul Brady. Some gigs are already sold out but there is the Festival Club at the Riverside Hotel and also a host of free events taking place throughout the town.

The Thin Veil hosted by Hearts Desire Cafe takes place on the October Bank Holiday Weekend. This includes ‘The Making of a Medium‘ documentary which will be shown at The Model.

Sligo Ghost Tours – I’ve never been on one but it sounds great. Take a minibus tour of the spooky side of Sligo. Barry Fitzgerald, presenter of GHI, renowned author and paranormal investigator has joined the team so it promises to be an interesting event.

Sligo Folk Park in Riverstown will be hosting the popular “Scare in the Park” Halloween Event on , Friday 28th and Sunday 30 th October from 6pm to 8pm. Admission for Children is €5 and Adults are free.

Banada Banshee Bash is on and they will be hosting walks in their frightening forest! I heard good things about this last year. Admission is €5  7-10pm October 28th -October 31st.

Easkey scarecrow

Easkey Scarecrow Festival is also on. This is such a great idea, I loved visiting it last year and spotting all the different scarecrows.

The Hawk’s Well Theatre have The Mad Hatter Festival running so there are workshops, plays, magic and more for the kids. You can find out more here.

The Model have a Teenage Autumn Sessions on Friday 28th and Saturday 29th. For the mid-term break there is an Art and Yoga class for children.

Beltra Country Market celebrate Halloween on Saturday October 29th from 10am – 12noon. There’s a fancy dress competition for all ages (including adults), a pumpkin carving competition and a Halloween Treat workshop for the kids.


Bards In The Woods are back for  a Samhain BBQ at Dooney Rock Wood, 2pm Sunday, 30th, October.

So there are just a few ideas for you to celebrate Halloween in Sligo. Hope you have a scarily good time.


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