Cork country house raises funds with Halloween Business idea

15 October 2015
By Bryan T. Smyth

Halloween creatures, witches, vampires and talking pumpkins have taken over the private estate Cuskinny Court in Cobh, Co. Cork.

The Halloween spell has transformed the Georgian Manor House into “Lord Ghoulsley’s Manor”, an interactive and immersive Halloween experience running from 23rd October until 1st November 2015 from 2pm to 8pm each day.

The mystical world of Lord Ghoulsley Manor will delight families with children aged between 4 years and 14 years old as well as mums and dads, grandparents and guardians. The hour long immersive and interactive experience will see families explore the ghastly manor from the basements where Dr. Frankenfurter is working on his new monster invention, to Wanda the Witch’s parlour and the Vampire coffins including Vladmir, the only vegetarian vampire in Ireland. A Pumpkin Theatre and CircoLoco spooks circus tops off the experience and guarantee a spookily fun and memorable family adventure at Cuskinny Court.

“Halloween is a fascinating time for children and the inner child in us all. With a few spells and some magic, Lord Ghoulsley has transformed Cuskinny Court and we really want to see children and families enjoying this theatrical experience in this unique setting. While it’s spooky indeed, thankfully Lord Ghoulsley isn’t too scary and he is looking forward to welcoming children from allover Munster to his new home,” said Caitriona Johansson of Cuskinny Court.

Cuskinny Court and Estate was originally the home of The Landlord of Ballymore, Sir John Charles Jackson Bennett, and sits on 17 acres of estate. In 2010, the Cuskinny Court Eco Adventure was opened on the estate, providing outdoor activities for schools, scouting and youth groups as well as corporates. In recent years, Santa Claus chose to locate “The Cork North Pole Outpost Experience” at Cuskinny near Cobh on Cork’s Great Island, and this has proved hugely popular with children in the region. This is the first year that the Cuskinny Court has been invaded by ghoulish creatures and transformed into “Lord Ghoulsley’s Manor”. A family run business by Erik & Caitriona Johansson, the estate has been carefully and thoughtfully designed to be a family experience that is immersive and interactive, while being spooky and fun.

There are almost 30 employed at Lord Ghoulsley Manor comprising local actors, screenplay writers, producers and directors. The music and lyrics for Lord Ghoulsley’s Manor have been written by Alan Kearney of Cobh, and the writer and director is Chris Doyle of Scene 1 Drama School, who has worked with the team at Cuskinny for a number of years now.

Booking is essential to avoid any disappointment, and for more information, please visit

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