Our Halloween traditions can be traced back to the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain, which marked the end of harvest season and the onset of winter darkness. This was seen as a transitional time in which the boundaries between this world and the next were weak, allowing spirits to commune with the living. To this day, people still wander the haunted landscapes of Ireland’s Ancient East at Halloween in search of the supernatural – and we know some of the best places to find it!
Thanks to those enduring traditions, Ireland is the true home of Halloween and The Púca Festival celebrates this with three breathtaking nights of music, food and spectacle at a time when light turns to dark and the veil between realities draws thin.
At The Feast of Samhain@Púca you can sample award-winning Boyne Valley food and drink across restaurants, cafés and pubs in Athboy, Trim and Drogheda. Dishes created especially to celebrate Samhain feature amazing local produce and are paired with local craft beverages. Whether you enjoy a Theatre of Food experience with free talks and information sessions from food producers, foragers and artisans; grab a snack from the Púca vendors; or partake in a once-in-a-lifetime fine dining experience – there's a cornucopia of seasonal delights with something for everyone. For tickets and full event details, visit the Púca Festival website.
Féile Samhain at Hook Lighthouse
Travel back in time to explore the ancient celebrations of Samhain in Wexford. Discover the history and mystery of 800-year-old Hook Lighthouse at a ritual where age-old tales of Samhain will be shared by ‘Druids’ in the graveyard of one thousand ships. Also on offer is children’s entertainment with Captain Hook and Pirate Pat, and Samhain Art with resident Hook Lighthouse artist, Rose. The Lighthouse café will serve traditional fare and special Samhain platters.
Spirits of Meath
Meath is the birthplace of Ireland’s Ancient East, and host to Ireland’s biggest and scariest Halloween festival – the Spirits of Meath. Whether you prefer Fun by Day or Fright by Night, from Haunted Hills to Eerie Graveyards; a Tour of Shadows to Friendly Witches & Spooks and Spells; Thriller Nights to Terrifying Terror Houses – The Spirits of Meath will delight and fright equally!