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16th Oct 2021

Midterm fun: Hook Lighthouse is hosting a spooktacular Samhain weekend

Trine Jensen-Burke

It’s hard to believe, but the October midterm is just a week away.

Thankfully, life is looking very different this time around than it did this time last year, when we were all locked inside our counties once more.

Now, the country is our oyster, and if you are thinking of a little staycation, Hook Lighthouse in Co. Wexford is hosting a fun-filled family Samhain weekend this midterm.

Throughout the day on Saturday, October 30th and Sunday, October 31st there is a host of traditional Samhain fun planned.

In fact, families are encouraged to arrive in full Halloween costume as there are prizes for the themed family costume collective from 12 to 2 pm daily and a prize for the best child’s costume. As well as that, there will be an all-day Pumpkin painting with the Hook Lighthouse resident artist Rose (€3 and €5).

For even more wholesome family fun, there will also be free games on the lawns, including family Tug o’ War with parents v children, musical statues with some frights added for good measure and some stocks where those who may have committed some crimes this year can be publically punished with some soft sponges.

Oh, and if that isn’t enough of fun for one day, there is also the graveyard of 1,000 ships treasure hunt, which will no doubt go down a treat with little people – and bigger ones.

If you get peckish, the Hook Lighthouse Café will be open from 9.30-5 pm daily serving all the usual favourites and the outdoor café will be serving snacks and hot chocolate.

And if you have never visited before, guided tours of the ancient lighthouse are also back on offer and these will be available every 30minutes from 10 am – 5 pm, offering visitors an insight into the 800 years of lighthouse keeping at the oldest operational lighthouse in the world.

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