Here’s what’s happening in Sligo this Halloween

Pumpkins, scary costumes, eerie decorations and more sweets than you can possibly imagine, Halloween festivities are creeping up on us fast this year.

There will be lots of spooktacular events throughout the county, from scarecrow displays and haunted walks to costume parties for all ages. It’s an action-packed calendar in Sligo for the spookiest time of the year.

Get involved and join in the festive fun, here are some of this year’s highlights….

The Hazelwood Haunting is on Friday 25th and Saturday 26th October. Embark on a haunted walk through the dark and mysterious Hazelwood forest where you will encounter zombies, spiders, water monsters and all sorts of creepy creatures lurking about.

On Saturday the 26th the Hazelwood Haunting Under 9’s Event will take place from 1pm – 4pm. There will be face-painting, a kid’s disco and treats followed by a spooky tour of Hazelwood forest. Dress up as there will be prizes given for the best costume.

The Banada Banshee Bash runs from Friday 25th to Sunday 27th October. Start off in The House of Horrors before trekking through the scary woods, make sure to keep an eye out for all monsters jumping out at you. Not for the faint hearted and not to be missed.Open 6.30pm – 9.30pm nightly and groups are welcome.

The Halloween Scare in the Park at Sligo Folk Park takes place on Wednesday 30th October from 4-7pm. Expect scary skeletons, ghosts, ghouls and spooky storytelling this year. It’s a great event for all the family and an opportunity to dress up in your scariest, most creative costume to win some great prizes. Enjoy a Monster Jam Disco and listen to spine-chilling tales from the ‘Unshin Witch’. New this year is the Scarecrow Competition when you are invited to get creative and make your own scarecrow. Bring it along to the Folk Park on Thursday 24th, Friday 25th or Tuesday 29th October from 9am-4pm and it will be included in the judging and prize presentation on the day of the event.

Easkey Scarecrow Festival runs from Saturday October 26th to Saturday November 9th. Locals’ team up every Halloween to give you a spooky surprise as you pass through the village. Expect lots of fantastic (some terrifying) creations, some exhibit’s over the years includes Donald Trump, Willy Wonka, Kim Kardashian and Elvis in addition to festive favourites like pumpkins, skeletons and Frankenstein’s.

Hear some dark and ghostly stories on the Sligo Dark Tales Halloween Tour. The public tour takes places on Saturday 26th October from 7pm to 9 pm. Meeting on the Riverside in Sligo town. Pre-book tickets in advance as places will be limited – 

The Sligo Live Festival is on from the 18th to the 28th of October. This eclectic festival includes performances in many different genres including Americana, Folk & Roots, Indie, Comedy and much more. Shows will take place in venues throughout Sligo town including IT Sligo Knocknarea Arena and Hawk’s Well Theatre. Highlights include The Coronas, Wild Youth, The Blindboy Podcast Live and John Bishop.