THRILLSEEKERS and families searching for spine-tingling spooks and scares this Halloween can look to the annual Scarefest at Alton Towers from October 15 to 31. Irish Ferries is offering a package that includes a two-night stay at the nearby Holiday Inn Express Hotel for two adults and two children under 12 for €396. Bookings on 0818 300 400, or for further information visit www.irishferries.com/alton
This weekend Dublin Zoo celebrates its new Gorilla Rainforest. Visitors are invited to help Harry, Lena, new baby Kituba and the others settle into their new home. There will be fun for all the family with face painting, giant games, music workshops, free bananas, activity books and much more. See www.dublinzoo.ie or www.facebook.com/dublinzoo
TOUR AMERICA has launched an extensive dedicated brochure for Florida, with details of hotel rates and all the attractions, including Universal, Seaworld, Disneyworld and the soon to be opened Legoland. The company also features best car hire rates available this winter (from €17 a day); full details on all specials at www.touramerica.ie or call 01 8173500
LOOKING for ways to warm up this winter? There are many options obviously but amongst them is a package with WeTravel2 with deals out of Dublin (via London) to Antigua. The company has a current special pitched at €1,465 per person sharing for travel between January 5 and March 31. Accommodation is at the Grand Pineapple Beach Resort on an inclusive basis.WeTravel2, 01-2401788 or www.WeTravel2.com.
ABBEY TRAVEL is offering the chance to see a different side of Turkey this October mid-term break, with a tour that takes in Istanbul, Canakkale, Ayvalik and Kusadasi. Highlights include the Blue Mosque, Saint Sophia Museum, Troy and Ephesus and departure is October 30, with an inclusive price of €999 including hotel, selected tours and meals.
Call 01 8047100 or visit www.abbeytravel.ie