This year is the 10th year of the Spirits of Meath festival in the Boyne Valley. A celebration around the birthplace of Halloween and our rich local history. Samhain, the ancient Celtic Festival that we call Halloween, originated here in the Boyne Valley more than 3,000 years ago. Samhain marks the end of the old Celtic Year and the beginning of the New Year. The Celts believed that this was a time of transition, when the veil between our world and the next came down, and the spirits of all who had died since the last Oíche Shamhna (Night of Samhain) moved on to the next life.
Every year the Boyne Valley region plays host to plenty of events for all of the family to enjoy over Halloween! The festival this year runs from the 6th of October to the 04th of November. These are our top 5 activities to take part in over the month.
1.Pumpkin Patch and Bounce @ Navan Adventure sports
This Halloween themed day out is happening on Saturday the 20th and Sunday the 21st, Saturday the 27th through to Monday 29th October. €15 per child (plus booking fee). Each time slot is 2.5hrs.
Firstly each child will get to pick their own Pumpkin from the Pumpkin Patch, then they get a round of MiniGolf AND a round of FootGolf. They also get to hop, skip & bounce in our Inflatable Park with over 13 inflatables such as Obstacle Courses, Disco Domes, Super Slides, Combi Castles & good old standard Bouncy Castles. There is a toddler zone set up for the younger kiddies and toddlers. There will also have a Pumpkin Carving area set up so the kids can carve and decorate their own Pumpkins. Adults have FREE admission and there is free parking onsite. The Ardboyne hotel have teamed up with Pumpkin and Bounce to include a nights stay with breakfast and an evening meal for the adults for €169 in total. Click here to book.
2. Flame of Samhain festival Athboy
On Halloween night, the birthplace of Halloween or Samhain is definitely the place to be. Join the people of Meath in a retelling of the story of Samhain and how it has its ancient origins just up the road on the hill of Tlachtga or the Hill of Ward. Soak up the atmosphere and join in the procession of light up to this historic site in the Boyne Valley.
3. Halloween fancy dress in Rowleys Bar.
On Sunday the 28th of October head on down to Rowleys Bar in the Newgrange Hotel for their annual fancy dress party. There will be lots of spot prizes on the night as well as well as a fantastic prize for best dressed. The McGarry brothers will keep you entertained for the night also!
4. Fun spooky nights at the Museum
The Irish Military war museum is holding its fun spooky nights this year again. The tour includes the following – the maze of madness, the terror zone full of gravestones, ghosts and ghouls and when the kids have done the Haunted Attractions they can head off and pick a pumpkin from their pumpkin patch, and then Hop, Skip & Bounce in the Bouncy Castle Park, while the parents calm themselves down 😊. Check out their website here for opening times.
5. The Rocky horror picture show at the Solstice Centre
Who doesn’t like a comedy horror at Halloween. Celebrate the Spirits of Meath Halloween Festival with a special screening of this legendary cult classic, in which sweethearts Brad and Janet, stuck with a flat tyre during a storm, discover the eerie mansion of Dr. Frank-N-Furter, a transvestite scientist. As their innocence is lost, Brad and Janet meet a houseful of wild characters. Through elaborate dances and rock songs, Frank-N-Furter unveils his latest creation: a muscular man named Rocky. Dressing up and audience participation is highly encouraged! To book tickets just click here.
So where better to come to this Halloween than the Boyne Valley and Navan. Packages for the Ardboyne hotel are available to book here and you will find a list of all events for the Spirits of Meath Festival in the Boyne Valley here.