Halloween in Dublin and in Ireland as a whole has become a bigger celebration in recent years and this year there are countless spooky events for the whole family. From bats to vampires and pumpkins and ghosts – this Halloween you can be sure to find a celebration to suit everyone.
Believe it or not – Bram Stoker, the author of Dracula, which was published in 1897, is actually a Dublin native and this year marks the 2nd Annual Bram Stoker festival (26-28 October). The 3 day festival has spine-chilling street theatres, a city-wide Vampire Hunt for families, walking tours and more.
For those of you interested in walking around our Fair City, why not take a particularly ghoulish trip with Hidden Dublin Walks. They will take you to the infamous Hellfire Club, a remote 18th century haunt of blackguards in the Dublin Mountains. Held nightly from 22-31 October.
A little less scary is the Spooktacular Boo (27 & 31st October) or Halloween Camp (30-31 October) held at the Dublin Zoo. Visit all the creepy crawly residents of the zoo and enjoy walking around the zoo in general – there are two new additions to the zoo, a pair of male okapis.
At the Glasnevin Cemetery there is a special tour for children with a guide called Ace of Spades. You’ll find lots of surprises in store in this amazing place steeped in Irish history. Located near the Botanic Gardens visit the website
In Marlay Park there is the Samhain Halloween event. Take a tour of the Haunted Forest with eery fog, lots of spooky creatures and plenty of scare factor. While this is a free event – please check their website for times. It is also an outdoor only event.
The staff here at Ariel House would be happy to help you get to any of your spooky celebrations and of course we’ll give you a safe haven from any ghost and goblins floating around. Happy Halloween.