Halloween is just around the corner so make plans to discover the history and mystery of the 800-year-old Hook Lighthouse and celebrate a traditional Samhain Festival from October 27th to 29th.
On Saturday, Sunday and Monday evening (Oct 27 to 29) from 4 pm to 7pm an ‘Evening of Fire’ based on the ancient tradition of Samhain of extinguishing old and lighting anew will take place. Age-old tales of Samhain will be shared by ‘Druids’ around the circles of fire at Hook Lighthouse; families are invited to gather around the blazing fire baskets beneath the ever-present beam of the 800-year-old lighthouse to hear stories of druids and ancient Irish Samhain customs and heritage in the graveyard of one thousand ships. A family evening with children’s entertainment and Halloween stories. These events are on offer free of charge and no pre-booking is required.
During the evening special ghastly lantern-lead Halloween tours only for those who like the ghoulish and ‘sphooky’ will be on offer from 5pm to 7pm. Venture into darkness as you ascend the 115 steps of Lighthouse tower for a night-time view of the graveyard of 1,000 ships, explore the original keepers’ quarters and learn about the Ghostly tales behind Hook Lighthouse and its grounds including the paranormal experiences of previous guests and staff. Atmospheric lighting and creepy nooks and crannies along the way create an experience, which is not for the faint-hearted. These tours are suitable for brave adults and braver kids but are not for any one of a nervous disposition. Pre-booking is advised and available on www.hookheritage.ie
Art workshops will be open daily with Halloween specials
Hook Head Lighthouse is the oldest intact operational lighthouse in the world and they will be offering three evenings of ‘Samhain Feile’ and thrilling tours from October 27th to 29th. The ‘Samhain Feile’ celebration evenings are free of charge and available to families from 4pm to 7pm from October 27th to 29th. Ghostly Halloween evening tours at Hook Lighthouse tickets are available online at www.hookheritage.ie at €10 per person.
The Lighthouse café is open every day 9.30 to 5 pm and will be open each evening Saturday to Monday the 29th to 7 pm serving traditional seasonal fare. The lighthouse visitor centre is open every day year-round; to book your Sunset Experience and Halloween tour places at Hook Lighthouse; for further details see www.hookheritage.ie