Next Monday, October 31, ghouls, ghosts, witches and wizards will come together to celebrate the 6th annual Dead of Night Hallowe’en Festival in Longford town. The festival centres around a vibrant parade followed by a night of partying at Longford’s Connolly Barracks. The parade, which meets at the Market Square at 6pm, promises to be bigger and better than ever before.
“We warmly invite you or a bunch of your friends, or your family, to dress up (or down) and star in the parade and walk way with the Grand Prize of €500, come second and win €250 or third and win €150,” said a spokesperson for the Health Services Executive (HSE), joint-organisers of the event. “The only guidelines are lots of imagination and creativity.”
Meanwhile in Connolly Barracks an evening of entertainment is also planned. Gates open from 6pm with admission and amusements free of charge to all. Among the many spooky delights that visitors will encounter are: Extreme Trampoline, Bungee Run, Giant Super Slide, Roden Bull, thrilling music and the DJ from hell.
There will also be mouth-watering hot and cold foods, treats and confectionery – much of which will be supplied by local suppliers. Laser Quaser and Gladiator Jousting will also feature on the itinerary, alongside face-painting.
For smaller children there will be a special section that will include a soft play area, ballpond and Morphy Playcenter.
Organised by the HSE in association with Longford’s local authorities, An Garda Siochana and the community and voluntary sector, the Dead of Night Hallowe’en Festival aims to promote safety and well being for all at Hallowe’en time.
“The festival achieves this by providing an evening of fun and entertainment for the community of Longford...This in turn provides a safe and credible alternative way to celebrate Hallowe’en,” said the spokesperson. “Building on the success of previous years, this year hopes to be much bigger and more spectacular than before.
“So don’t miss out – dust off your ghoulish costumes and join in the Hallowe’en festivities and remember admission and amusements are free to all on Hallowe’en night.” For further information on any aspect of the festival contact 043-3342031.
Also on Hallowe’en (Monday October 31) there will be face-painting, music and children’s enterainment in Kelleher’s Bar and Bistro, Main Street, Longford. The festivities will swing into action from 3pm until 5pm. The restaurant will also be serving a normal Sunday menu on that date.
On Tuesday November 1 at 11am the Longford Branch Library will host its annual Hallowe’en Show. This show is suitable for younger children who will be entertained by some spooky story-telling by Chris Thompson and friends. As always come in fancy dress on the day to win a prize! Further detailsll can be obtained by contacting the library on 043-3341124.