Well, it’s definitely October out there, with the miserable weather we’ve had this week, and more than enough rain to usher in chilly Autumn.

We’ve had everything but thunder and lightning in the past few days – weather that’s probably more in keeping with Hallowe’en, which will soon be here in two flaps of a bat’s wings.

With that in mind, why not start planning for a Halloween?

You’ll be saying “Fangs very much” for a stay at either of these terrific staycation destinations …

Bridge House Hotel, Tullamore

County Offaly claims the title of ‘the most haunted county in Ireland’, with a dizzying range of castles, stately homes and ancient spots to explore.

You’ll find traces of 5,000 years of history scattered about the county – and some of the best of modern comforts, too, at the Bridge House Hotel in historic Tullamore.

Itself a favourite haunt of travellers for many years, the long-established hotel has a fine history of its own, and has moved with the times to offer guests some of the best of contemporary comforts.

The Bridge House has put together a Hallowe’en mid-term package for families looking for a great break down the country.

Apart from the hotel itself, the hotel has also included tickets to Birr Castle’s Hallowe’en experience as part of its package, which includes a Pumpkin Trail, Family Quest, face painting and arts and crafts workshops daily from 9am to 5pm.

And, after a day exploring Tullamore or chasing after ghostly goings-on around the county, the whole family can enjoy the hotel’s leisure facilities, including its pool, sauna, steam room and more.

Available from Sunday, October 27 to Thursday, October 31, guests can enjoy a two-night stay with breakfast each morning and one evening meal in Balcone Italiano from just €145 per adult sharing.

Alternatively, they can enjoy a three-night stay with breakfast each morning and and one evening meal from €195 per person sharing.

Children under 12 go free. This package is based on two adults and two children under 12 sharing a family room.

For further information, see www.bridgehousehoteltullamore.ie.

Radisson Blu Hotel & Spa, Sligo

Your boys and ghouls are bound to enjoy a trip to the Radisson Blu Hotel & Spa, which offers a great base to explore the rugged west coast.

The hotel has put together a spook-tacularly tempting family package for Hallowe’en, with something for everyone.

As part of its special Hallowe’en break deal, the four-star hotel has taken the trouble to prepare a family welcome bag for guests, with colouring books, games and treats to help children settle in.

Not only that – complimentary family passes for the Omniplex Cinema Sligo are also included, as a very modern family activity for everyone.

Back at the hotel, and the grown-ups will have plenty to keep them relaxed and entertained, too, with the luxurious hotel’s comfort complimented by top-notch wining and dining options.

The spa and swimming pool are sure to help ease away the day’s tensions from exploring the beautiful Sligo countryside and coastline.

The hotel’s Hallowe’en package is available from €221 per night for two adults and two children in one of the hotel’s premium family rooms, hot chocolate and cookies for the children, and a complimentary welcome drink for the parents.

It also includes a Global Explorers Welcome Bag for each child, family passes to the Omniplex Cinema, complimentary access to Healthstyles Leisure Club, Super Buffet Breakfast on both mornings, and dinner for all the family on one evening of your choice at the AA Rosette Classiebawn Restaurant.

For further information, see www.radsligo.com.