October bank holiday falls on the last Monday of the month, making it Ireland’s only autumn holiday. Since the long weekend falls on or adjacent to Samhain or Halloween, it is also unofficially known as the Halloween or Samhain bank holiday. October bank holidays were first introduced in 1977 when the Irish government decided they would serve as a welcome break between Summer and Christmas.

Here you will find great options to enjoy this break time!

Titanic Experience Cobh is open every day during the mid-term break, 10:00 am – 5:30 pm (last admission is 4:30 pm). You are invited to join us and discover the individual stories of those who travelled from Cobh in 1912. Family-friendly and accessible to all ages, we are a great tourist attraction!

Titanic banner mid-term

Visit Fota Wildlife Park and meet the first Indian rhino born in Park’s 39-year history and the first in Ireland. Mother Maya gave birth on 19th September 2022, after a 16-month gestation period. Were you interested in seeing the Indian rhino calf? Visit to book your tickets.

Fota Wildlife Park Indian rhino calf

The Boo Experience is coming to Leahy’s Open Farm for Halloween this year. The event will be held outdoors. Take a trip on the haunted hay ride through the woods. From Saturday, 22nd to 31st October, from 10:20 am to 4:20 pm. Visit to book your tickets.

Leahys Open Farm Boo Experience

Don’t miss the Spookfest at Spike Island. The little ones can explore the island of Halloween adventure aboard of fun ferry, where they will encounter wicked witches, scary spiders, and pillaging pirates. From Friday-Monday, 28-31 October. A perfect time to also do the After Dark Tour! Explore the abandoned prison, sit in a solemn prison cell, experience a place of punishment and hear the stories of the many who called the Island Home. Visit to book your tickets!

Spike island Spookfestival