Did you know Bram Stoker was a Dubliner? He lived in Clontarf, on the north side of the city (close to Bram Stokers Castle Dracula, which you should defo go and check out when you are in Dublin) and wrote Dracula in 1897. Dracula is an epistolary novel, written as a collection of realistic but completely fictional diary entries, telegrams, letters, ship’s logs, and newspaper clippings, all of which added a level of detailed realism to the story. You may want to read it (or at least see the movie), if you are a fan of gothic and horror. In his honor, Dublin is organizing yearly Bram Stoker Festival. It is on over October Bank Holiday Weekend, celebrated by 4 days if Living Stories and 4 Nights of Deadly adventures. Very suitable for Halloween!
Expect large scale scary parade, Victorian fun park, comedy, live music, film screenings and whole range of unusual events! Some of our favorite events for this year’s Bram Stoker Festival in Dublin are:
Macnas Parade – Oct 29th, 6pm
This is unmissable! Parade takes in North City Centre of Dublin, traversing through Henry & Mary Street, as well as little lanes around. Our tip – try to find a spot closer to the end of the route for the best views. Make sure to wear your best Halloween outfit for this, you will fit right in! We can’t stress how amazing this free parade is enough, so just make sure you check it out, ok?
Movie Screenings at Botanical Gardens, daily over the weekend
Wouldn’t you love to see a cheesy classic horror movie in a picnic like setting of eerily red lit Botanical Gardens? We love the idea of this! Check out Invasion of Body Snatchers, Little Shop of Horrors or Arachnophobia.
The Horrors in the Black Church, daily over the weekend
Dublin Castle’s hauntingly beautiful Chapel Royal, catch a terrifying theatrical treat: The Horrors in the Black Church, a seventy-minute combination of three short horror plays within one show.
A firm family favourite, Stokerland will once again take over St. Patrick’s Park for two days of Victorian fun. With one of Dublin’s most stunning cathedrals as a ghoulish backdrop, this Gothic gathering of fun and games will present the macabre talents of world class street-performers alongside rides and attractions to ensure a fangtastic time for all.
There is so much more to see! Make sure to check our official website for Bram Stoker festival. Keep in mind, some of the events require prebooking of tickets so book them on time or you may miss out. And that’s just not fun!
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