Whether its a quick break away in Ireland or a bucket list family trip to Florida, check out my top picks for Halloween breaks as seen on TV3’s Sunday AM.
Galway – The Connaught Hotel
One of Galways’ top family hotels is offering deals throughout the mid term break. The on-site leisure club with a large family friendly swimming pool, as well as the comprehensive kids club, makes it an ideal choice for a family break away. The kids club is open from 9:30am – 1pm and from 6pm to 10:30pm daily offering supervised entertainment for kids from 3-13 years old. It costs €6 per session for the first child and €4 for additional children. They will have musical games, face painting, arts and crafts, story time, snooker competitions, table quizzes etc.
If you can travel over the weekend the Galway Aboo Halloween festival will take place from Friday the 28th – Monday 31st of October. It’s Ireland’s largest Halloween festival and offers plenty of events including the annual Monster Dash on Saturday the 29th at 7 pm. This is a 5KM spooky fun run around Galway city where people are encouraged to dress up and there are prizes for the best costume. The annual Halloween parade by Macnas takes place on Sunday the 30th. Click here for more details:
Costs based on 2 adults and 2 children from €300 for 2 nights B&B plus 1 evening meal or €450 for 3 nights B&B plus 2 evening meals.
Visit theconnacht.ie for more details.
Spain – Salou & Port Aventura
There is so much to see and do in the Spanish resort of Salou that if by chance you don’t get beach weather, the kids will still have a ball. Salou is situated just over an hour from Barcelona and only ten minutes by bus or taxi to Port Aventura, one of Europe’s largest Theme Parks. Portaventura puts on a great show at Halloween where the park is full of creepy characters and there are Halloween shows and parades daily. Click here for more details. Barcelona offers something for everyone, with great shopping, sight seeing and some of Spain’s best restaurants. Football lovers can take a tour of the Nou Camp, Barcelona’s football stadium.
Travalue are offering a package deal staying in the 4* Regente Aragon Hotel in Salou. Cost based on 2 adults and 2 children is €1560. This includes flights, airport transfers, 5 nights in the 4* Regente Aragon hotel on a bed & breakfast basis and two day park passes to Port Aventura.
Visit travalue.ie for more details.
City break – Edinburgh
With sterling at an all time low now is the perfect time to visit Edinburgh. Visit Edinburgh Castle, shop till you drop on Princes Street, and pop into one of the many pubs on Rose street to sample the great night life that Edinburgh is renowned for. Hotel prices are quite reasonable too so I chose one of the most highly rated hotels on tripadvisor , the 4* Residence Inn by Marriott, which is situated right in the heart of the old town. They offer spacious modern rooms with kitchen facilities, free wifi and free breakfast.
The cost is €292 per person which includes flights and hotel from the 1st November for three nights.
Legoland – UK.
Take the kids to Legoland this Halloween where the park has a ‘Brick or Treat’ event during the mid term break. There are shows, fireworks and plenty of spooky characters. Add on a few nights in London and visit the London Dungeon, the Harry Potter experience or the London Eye.
Superbreak are offering a two night stay in the Holiday Inn Windsor, B&B and two day park passes to Legoland, for only €368 based on 2 adults and 2 children, arriving the 30th of October. Add on flights to London from your closest airport.
There are direct flights to Dubai every day from Dublin so if you are looking for a short break with some guaranteed sun then Dubai might just be the right choice. There is so much to see and do so including the world’s tallest building, the Burj Khalifa; the world’s largest shopping mall as well as numerous sporting facilities. You can be skiing one minute and dune bashing the next, of course you can just chill out on Dubai’s incredible beaches too.
Sunway are offering trips during the mid term break to the luxury 5* Bonnington Lakes Towers for three nights for only €799 per person. This includes direct flights with Emirates and checked baggage.
Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Studios Florida
I was lucky to be able to attend Halloween Horror Nights when I was in Orlando a few years ago and it was fantastic! Although not for the faint hearted (recommended age 13+) it was one of the scariest but funniest nights I have had. Universal Studios comes alive with monsters and ghosts who chase you through the park. You will visit haunted houses and see amazing live shows, it really is a once in a lifetime experience. Your entrance ticket also allows you to visit Universal Studios during the day where you can ride the rollercoasters and experience some of the best simulator rides in Orlando. The Travel Broker are offering a package deal staying seven nights in the Rosen Inn International on International Drive which offers free shuttles to Universal Studios, just a 5-minute drive away.
Price includes flights from Dublin on the 29th of October, transfers and 2 Park Universal Ticket including entry to Halloween Horror Nights. Price for two sharing is €1,715 per person; two adults & 1 child is €4,959 and 2 adults and 2 children, €6,629.
Phuket is the busiest and largest of Thailand’s tropical islands so whether you seek a romantic break away or a lively holiday – Phuket can tick both boxes. A trip to the neighbouring island of Koh Phi Phi is a must and if you are looking for stunning beaches and mouthwatering food – then Phuket is the place to go.
Sunway have various offers to Phuket during the mid term break, with prices starting at €945 for the 4* Kata Sea Breeze Hotel. Price includes flights, hotel on a B&B basis and checked baggage.
All prices are correct at the time of issue but are subject to change.