Halloween at Bunratty Folk Park
28 October 2013
Bunratty Castle and Folk Park, Bunratty Village, Co Clare
Shannon Heritage invites all ‘ghastly ghouls’, ‘grisly gremlins’, ‘scary fairies’, ‘wicked witches’ ‘devilish demons’ and ‘hair-raising warlocks’ to go a haunting at Bunratty Folk Park, Co. Clare, on Bank Holiday Monday 28th October 2013 to get into practice for Halloween. This year in addition to their spine chilling programme of scary happenings, a new 18th century swashbuckling Pirates of the Caribbean influenced show, complete with scary pirates, an inflatable pirate ship and a mesmerising laser lights show, is being unveiled at the event.
Also new this year is a Celtic Halloween experience through music. Wearing Iron Age costumes members of Pre-History Music Ireland will be on hand to demonstrate a variety of ancient musical instruments. They will take visitors on a journey from the first habitation in Ireland circa 8,000 BC through to the Early Medieval period 700 AD. In addition to musical time travel, the group will regale children and adults with scary Halloween stories from legends.
Among the other spin chilling, fear wrenching features during the Folk Park’s Halloween event include an opportunity for young and old spooks and goblins to come face to face with a tarantula spider, part of an array of scary creatures making a guest appearance at the Folk Park during the event. Snakes, lizards, scorpions and owls will literally ‘be on hand’ as visitors will be offered an opportunity to view these creatures up close and personal!
So all the children can get into the ‘spirit’ of things, Shannon Heritage have planned a fun packed day for all the family. Free face-painting will be provided in the barn on arrival so haunting can be at it’s scariest during the afternoon.
Haunting will take place between 1.00pm and 5.00pm. The young ‘spooks’ can travel back in time to enjoy favourite games of times past including snap apple, coin bobbing, and story telling in different farmhouses around the Folk Park. Beware though, the village R.I.C. policeman will be on duty to give any misbehaving ‘spooks’ an arresting experience! “The great Padini”, the magician will perform shows throughout the afternoon, displaying an array of magical tricks to impress even the most accomplished witches and warlocks.
The highlight of the afternoon will be the fancy dress competition taking place in the ‘hayshed’. Prizes galore will be awarded at 4.30pm, to the children whose costumes are adjudicated to be most in keeping with the theme of the day.
The Folk Park is located within the grounds of 15th century Bunratty Castle and visitors will also have an opportunity to explore this historic castle.
Whilst the children are getting into the ‘spirit’ of things, parents will have an opportunity to enjoy traditional Irish music on the Village Street, or they can revel in the sights of the Folk Park, such as milk separating, butter making, baking and milling demonstrations, stroll around the grounds, take a break with tea and scones in the tea room, or have a sumptuous lunch in Mac’s Pub.
A full listing of events and the times for each will be on view at the reception to Bunratty Folk Park. A family ticket will be available.