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October Midterm Breaks 

October 25th - November 2nd 

Treat your family to a spooktacular holiday in Galway city with our special offer for 2 and 3 night stays in our family rooms. The offer includes; breakfast for the whole family each morning, our Friendly Fellows Kids Club,  an evening meal and access for the whole family to our leisure centre with 20 m pool and kids pool. 

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Wicked Fun Events in Galway this midterm

Galway offers no shortage of exciting activities, especially during the Halloween season. Provided below is a list of events available for all ages to enjoy and sure to fill the family scrapbook with invaluable memories.

Bonfire & Storytelling at Brigits Garden

Hallowe’en is coming to Brigits Garden, and all the family are invited to dress in their scariest Hallowe’en outfit and join in an afternoon of Ghoulish Arts & Crafts, Spooky Storytelling, Hunting for The Púca, Witchery in the Roundhouse and the grand finale, everybody’s favourite - the Bonfire to celebrate Samhain.

Due to huge demand last year, there will be two dates, 27th and 28th October this year. The event runs from 3pm to 6pm. This family event is suitable for all ages.And booking in advance is advisable.

Age Range - Suitable for all ages

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Macnas Hallow'een Parade

The Macnas Halloween Parade is a highlight of Ireland’s cultural calendar in October, and the Galway Parade is the largest free event in the West of Ireland. Over 40,000 people line the streets every year to be awed and amazed by this epic scale of storytelling, as the company unleashes creative chaos and invention.

The Macnas Parade will bring 'Magic and Mischief' to the streets of Galway on SUNDAY 27TH OCTOBER from approximately 5.30pm throughout the streets of Galway.  Macnas are master storytellers who inspire and engage audiences by creating big, bold, visual shows and performances through world-class theatrical spectacle. We're sure that this years parade will be yet again a spectacular showstopper to aww and inspire and capture the imagination of young and old with their usual energy and creative designs.

Age Range - Suitable for all ages

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Burren Nature Sanctuary

Enjoy getting out and about this autumn at Burren Nature Sanctuary. Dare to brave the haunted barn with a scary mix of spooky characters and ghost story-telling. Let the kids be transformed into their favourite spooky characters by having their faces painted. Autumn is perfect for a stroll through this natural landscape of the Burren. 

Tickets to the Spooky Wooky also give you a day pass to the Sanctuary.

Included in your admission ticket to Burren Nature Sanctuary includes; meet and feed the animals, walks through the fairy woodland, animal handling, fairy woodland walks and access to one of the best playgrounds in Galway.

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Spooky Fest at Loughwell Farm

Spooky Fest at Loughwell Farm Park, Moycullen, Co. Galway is an incredibly fun spooky house experience for children. There will be a full Halloween Show with wonky witches, Winnie & Wanda, having a fun time looking for their broom stick in their very own huge spooky house. 

The children will get to follow the witches through the secret passageways in the spooky house to look for the ingredients of a magic potion with lots of fun and games along the way.

Age Range - Suitable for all ages

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Turoe Pet Farm Halloween Treat

Hallowe’en fun for kids begins at Turoe Pet Farm’s with their indoor soft play jungles, all decorated and ready for a spooky seasonal experience.. Children can take to the slides, ball pits and rope ladders of “Jungle City”, or leap and bounce on the massive “Inflatable City”. Face painting and balloon modelling along with a fancy dress parade at 4pm followed by Disco with DJ Corky and Special Mascots. 

An afternoon of great fun and entertainment is promised along with hot food and refreshments.

Sunday 27th, Monday 28th, Thursday 31st October 2019

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Pick Your Own Pumpkins

Galway Pumpkin Patch 2019 again takes place at the Whelan family farm in Ardrahan in South Galway ( Eircode:H91 V2P5).

Come along and enjoy much more than a Pumpkin Picking experience. There are Halloween themed displays, games for young and old, farm animals, and lots of new additions to the event this year!

The Pumpkin Patch will open on six dates: Friday October 18, Saturday October 19,and Sunday October 20, and on the Bank Holiday Saturday, Sunday, and Monday October 26, 27, and 28.

This is a ticket only event, and 2018 was a sell out, therefore please ensure you book well in advance. Tickets will go on sale the week of September 16 and will be sold in hourly slots (you can of course stay as long as you like!). Please ensure you book the correct date and time slot. Tickets are non refundable. There is free parking available on site.

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Escape Rooms

Escape Room Experiences are growing in popularity and offer an exciting way to spend time together with friends and family looking for clues and trying to solve a puzzle in order to escape in the allotted time.

Galway currently has 3 city centre Escape room experiences; Great Escape Rooms on Abbeygate Street Upper, Asylroom on Dominick Street Lower and Openthedoor on Prospect Hill.

Age Range - Suitable for ages 8+

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Salthill Zombie Chase

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On Saturday the 26th of October, a crowd of terrifying zombies will once again be released onto the Salthill Prom. Their mission, to capture every human (big or small) who dares to take on the challenge of “The Village Salthill Zombie Chase” and prevent them from making it to the Safety Zone of Salthill Park! The Zombie Chase will begin at 2pm and is in aid of the National Support and Awareness Charity ACT for Meningitis.