Spooky Tunnels and Samhain Processions… Ghostly Fun for the Kids This Halloween

Waterford is set for some spooky shenanigans to celebrate Halloween. Get the kids in the spirit of things over the mid-term break with spine-chilling activities all around the city and county.

The Spooky Tunnel at Ballyvoyle on the Waterford Greenway returns this year for the kiddies to enjoy an errie experience in a dark and mysterious tunnel!

The 2023 Spooky Tunnel experience will be in place from Friday, October 27 to Thursday, November 2.

The Halloween installation is free so bring the kids along for some fun and frights. It is a “walk through experience” that promises to be a sight to behold for all age groups!

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Ballyvoyle Tunnel is an almost 400-metre-long brick lined tunnel, which was constructed during the 1870’s. It’s dimly lit recesses and arched ceiling are atmospheric at any time of year and form the perfect backdrop for a “spooktacular” Halloween themed display.

2018 was the first year of the experience, organised by Waterford City and County Council, and people were blown away by the sights and sounds of Samhain!

Word of mouth quickly spread about the experience and an increasing number of visitors have flocked to the tunnel every Halloween since. All involved are anticipating a similar response from members of the public this year.

Commenting in advance of this year’s Spooky Tunnel, Cllr. Joe Conway, Mayor of Waterford City and County said he is, “Looking forward to the 2023 edition of the Spooky Tunnel. It is fast becoming a Halloween tradition to visit the tunnel with family and friends over the mid-term break. Undoubtedly it is a Halloween event which is unique to Waterford Greenway. It highlights how the Greenway has continued to evolve over the years and offer a visitor experience that sets it apart from other amenities. Best of luck to all involved!”

The Spooky Tunnel is also part of a wider series of haunted happenings across Waterford city and county this Halloween.

From spooky storytelling and pumpkin carving to scary movie screenings and haunted trails, there is something for everyone. Hold on to your broomsticks as Waterford promises a jam-packed schedule this Halloween in locations as diverse as Lismore Heritage Centre, Waterford Museum of Treasures, Lafcadio Hearn Japanese Gardens, Mount Congreve and Christ Church Cathedral.

Spraoi is hosting a Samhain Procession on Friday, October 27. The show will begin at John Robert’s Square at 8 p.m. and proceed via Broad Street, Michael Street, Lady Lane and Colbeck Street. It will conclude with a fantastic finale of music, dance and performance on The Mall.

If you would like to dress up, wear your costume and take part meet us at John Robert’s Square at 7.45pm. Alternatively you can just pick a point on the route to enjoy the show!

Check out Waterford Greenway social media for updates on the Spooky Tunnel and click on www.visitwaterfordgreenway.com for more information and to plan your visit to Waterford Greenway this Halloween.

Check out www.visitwaterford.com and related social media for more information on Halloween events across Waterford.

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