Trick or Treat? Spooky Halloween ideas for the whole family

Mwah ha ha…Halloween is a time to get your spook on and stock up on plenty of sweets and ghoulish costumes. But did you know it is widely believed that many of our Halloween traditions began here in Ireland? Trace it right back to its origins and you’ll be in the mists of Celtic Pagan Ireland over 3,000 years ago when the ancient festival of Samhain was celebrated to mark the beginning of winter.

Many of today’s familiar traditions such as pumpkin carving and dressing up come from this festival. ‘Trick or treating’ seems to have been a Druid ritual of collecting eggs, nuts and apples from the individual homes of the community.

To keep up the tradition of sharing treats, we thought it’d be a great opportunity to share our ideas for a fun-filled Halloween.

Our top 5 craft activities to do with the kids

Bake some spooky treats: has some great spooktacular recipes!

Design a shadow maker: Minieco has some great shadow maker templates.

Try your hand at making satsuma lanterns: Red Ted Art has a simple guide to creating these fab little lanterns.

Create a Jack O’ lantern Jar:

Carve your own pumpkin

Halloween would not be Halloween without a carved pumpkin! We’ve got some tops tips for carving your own pumpkin:

  • Choose a pumpkin with smooth skin, this will make applying your template so much easier.
  • Choose the flattest side of your pumpkin to carve. It doesn’t matter if it’s not pretty, it won’t show up in the dark.
  • If it’s windy outside, cut the hole in the base of your pumpkin rather than the top and pop the pumpkin over the top of your candle.
  • When you start, carve the smallest sections first, then start in the middle and work towards out outside of your design.

Need some inspiration? the video below will give you further spooky ideas.

Looking for a template? The Pumpkin lady has over 700 templates and designs for you to choose from – visit:

If you fancy picking your own pumpkin, look at these popular places:


Our 5 top events to go to this Halloween 


Halloween at Wells House, Co. Wexford

Get your broomsticks and fangs at the ready and enjoy a Halloween themed scavenger hunt through the haunted forest followed by a fancy-dress disco for your little monsters to enjoy.


Bram Stoker Festival, Dublin
The Bram Stoker Festival 2019 has something for everyone in its gothically inspired programme of events. Get ready for four days of living stories and four nights of deadly adventures as Dublin gets gloriously gothic this over the October Bank Holiday Weekend (Friday 25th – Monday 28th October).
From unforgettable, spectacular parades to pop-up Victorian fun parks, with intimate performances in unusual spaces, live music, workshops, theatre, podcasts, audio tours and a whole range of film, literary and one-off events, Bram Stoker Festival is full of surprises. Including Stokerland, a pop-up Victorian fun park for families and the eternally young, opening its gothic gates on Saturday 26th and Sunday 27th October in one of Dublin’s most beautiful green spaces, St Patrick’s Park.


Púca Festival
Taking place from October 31st – November 2nd see stunning light installations and performers, playful interactives and awe-inspiring bespoke projections at the sites of Ireland’s Ancient East, and a new music festival across unique venues in County Meath and County Louth.


Macnas Halloween Parade, Galway
The annual parade is expected to take place on Sunday 27th October, although the exact theme is yet to be confirmed. Expect the signature Macnas giant creations, pyrotechnics and epic performances, dress up in your spookiest halloween costume.


Samhain: Limerick’s Halloween Festival
Family friendly workshops, tours and a parade are some of the events taking place over the three days 24th to 26th October, celebrating, re-imagining and retelling local Halloween stories through history, folklore and traditions. Culminating with a light filled lantern parade.


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