Youghal4All have lined up a Spooktacular Sechedule of Events in the run up to Hallowe'en. The Festival takes place from Thursday, 25 October through Sunday 28 October.
Thursday, 25 October (in association with Cork County Council and Pure Cork)
- From 5-10pm Millennium Park will be transformed into the Forbidden Forest. Taking inspiration from the Harry Potter stories, the Park will be overrun with all manner of ghouls, ghosts and mystical, magical creatures. Secrets, sorcery, wizards and witches bubble together for a fantastic cauldron of fun. Entry is free and open to all, no booking necessary.
Friday, 26 October
- 7.30pm heralds in the Opening Ceremony at The Mall Beach. The witches will perform specialrites and rituals to conjure and welcome An BheanUisce from across the waves of the dark Blackwater onto the Mall beach. From there she will head the Drum and Lantern p
Parade around the town and back to the Mall in time for all the magic of the fireworks display.
- 8.30pm Spooktacular Fireworks display!
Saturday, 27 October
- 1-7pm “The Leaky Cauldron” Market forms the haunted hub of activity at Barry's Lane. Fine food and drink will stir your senses for the exciting mix of entertainment- from fairground amusements to schools of Witchcraft, Wizardry and ancient Viking Rituals. Ghostly clues are hidden around town for a spine-chilling scavenger hunt (sponsored by Youghal Community Health Programme). Story telling starts at 4.30pm – no scaredycats allowed! There is much more on the cards – should you dare to brave a hand.
- 1pm to 4.30pm: Walk the Labyrinth at the College Gardens (also open on Sunday)
Come and walk the beautiful Labyrinth in the peaceful surroundings of the College Gardens. Take a break from the ghostly goings-on and rediscover your powers of mind and spirit as you take a leisurely stroll. No better setting to think about new spells!
- 1pm-6pm Tynte'sCastle magically becomes Hogwart'sMuseum. Discover all the hidden depths of the Wizarding World. Is your name in the book of acceptance to Hogwarts?
For it is written, that when a child is born in the wizarding world, a magical quill detects it and writes it in a book. The Youghal4All Wizard said, “If you would like your child's name or even your own name to appear in our "Book of Acceptance" in the Hogwarts Museum please send Youghaloween Spooktacular a pm with name and date of birth.” €4 entry free with all proceeds going to Youghal4All.
- 2pm Mystery Tour around Youghal from Tynte'sCastle. Tour also on Sunday. Bring an umbrella in case of rain.
Sunday, 28 October
All Saturday's activities continue as well as:
- 11.30am – 4pm BelieveShop, North Main Street hosts a Celtic Connections Convention. Entry fee €10 all day or €5 per speaker. There will be a range of topics covering different aspects of the Celts, their beliefs as well as the origins of Samhain. See their Facebook page for more details.
- 4:30pm Fun and frolics at the Children’s Hallowe'en Party in the Red Store. Prizes for the best costumes and plenty of traditional Hallowe'en games make for a recipe for frightening family fun. A parade to the Mall Beach follows.
- 6pm Closing Ceremony Mall Beach
An event not to be missed. Hauntingly beautiful farewell to An Bhean Uisce as she returns to her watery underworld under the supervision and protection of the Witches and Knights of Youghal. Come along and witness this magnificent event, not to be missed