Ghoulish Halloween trail at Johnstown

By Esther Hayden

There will be plenty of spooky goings-on at the Irish Agricultural Museum celebrating Halloween and the mid-term break.

The celebrations kick off on Saturday, October 29 and run until Sunday, November 6.

The displays at the museum have been specially decorated for the occasion and families are encouraged to take a spooky trail around the museum.

Taking place in the 200 year old former farm buildings of the Johnstown Castle Estate, the trail features 13 special Halloween displays including the haunted forge, the terrifying tailor's shop, the monster's bed and the witch's kitchen. Children are encouraged to look out for the cats, bats and witch's hats hidden amongst the displays to win a little prize.

A bonus question gives families the chance to enter a prize draw to win their choice of either a family ticket for two adults and two children to see Santa at the Castle or Afternoon Tea for two in the Castle.

There's no need to book for the Spooky Trail, visitors can just turn up anytime between 11am and 4pm to take part. All children completing the trail will receive a Halloween treat at the end.

On Sunday, October 30 and Bank Holiday Monday, October 31, the Spooky Trail will include free face-painting by Oddsocks as well as the opportunity to see, hold and be photographed with real live owls and birds of prey, and a range of creepy crawlies and other creatures.

The spooky trail is an indoor family-friendly event and is not intended to have a high scare-factor.

The trail is included in the usual museum entrance fee. Usual admission charges also apply to adults, seniors, students and children not taking part in the trail. For families there is an excellent value family ticket for two adults and up to four children for €24.

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