October is here and giving us full permission to indulge in all things spooky – but we’re going to ease you into those festivities. From charity events to help mental health organisations to teaching the future generation about sustainable food choices, we have everything you need to have a great week.
Stand In Aaagh Of All Mná At Pálás

Pálás cinema are celebrating the very best horror films by women filmmakers with their Halloween season Samhain na mBan. From Mary Harron’s cult classic American Psycho to Karyn Kusama’s Jennifer’s Body, Pálás will be playing them all from the 18th to 31st October. Fancy dress throughout the season is very much encouraged. For the full line-up of films and to purchase tickets visit www.palas.ie.

Cook Along With JP McMahon

JP McMahon, owner and chef of Michelin-starred Aniar Restaurant is passionate about the importance of teaching children life-long skills. Following the success of his previous 8-week culinary course for kids, he is back again with another one to teach children the importance of sustainable food, nutrition and culinary skills. Ideal for children and teenagers aged 9-16 already showing talent in the kitchen and those that need a little encouragement. The course will not only teach kids how to cook traditional meals and recipes but will also teach must-know culinary skills in a fun and relaxed environment. Budding chefs will learn some crowd-pleasing foods including breads like Waterford blaas and treacle scones, as well as family favourites like meatballs, ratatouille and beef ragout. Sessions will be held virtually via Zoom on Saturday or Sunday mornings from 11 am to 1pm. Students have the option of cooking along with JP or tuning into the class later and putting the learnings into practice on their own when it has finished. To view the full itinerary and to book your place visit their website here.

Take A Dip For Coldtober

Dr. Easkey Britton is a surfer, writer, artist, film-maker, coach and marine, social scientist, with a PhD in Environment and Society who believes the sea has incredible powers. This year, she is endorsing the national, month-long sea swimming fundraiser Coldtober challenge to raise money for Helplink Mental Health. Coldtober will begin on Friday October 1st, each day over twenty sea swimming locations across Ireland will see participants take part by doing a sea swim to help Helplink meet their mission; to support children, young people and adults with their mental health. If you’re not around a sea, no worries as you can participate with taking a 30 second cold shower. When you register you will receive a goodie bag with a Coldtober Portwest beanie and a delicious and unique Solaris Tea to warm you up after your sea swim! To register click here.

Rise To The Challenge Of The Big Dip

Wherever you are around Ireland, take a dip on October 10th and raise vital funds for The RISE Foundation. RISE do tremendous work to support families impacted by a loved ones addictive behaviour through awareness, education and therapy. The Big Dip challenge is a fun virtual fundraiser for people to complete, whenever and wherever suits, and at their own pace and target distance. To participate or contribute, click here.

Try The Tricky Trail at Tayto Park

A brand new exhibition has landed at Tayto Park. A 45 minute treasure hunt will be filled with spooky stories, spell casting and magical performances suitable for all ages. Set off with your very own Tricky Trail Treasure Map to uncover the lost items throughout the Halloween trail, visit the Scarecrows Barn and the Vampires Castle before entering the Freaky Forrest and Witches Layer to find your own Halloween trick or treat bag. Book your tickets at www.taytopark.ie.