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 and whole range of unusual events! Some of our favorite events for this year’s Bram Stoker Festival in Dublin are:
Macnas Parade – Oct 30th, 6pm
The city will be transfixed as the transcendental, the macabre, the profane and the magical is unleashed. A night time ballad populated with strange visions and ancient magic – the last waltz of light with shadow. Echoes and flickers of light appear and disappear. Be led by an old mystic, who journeys onwards from this world into the next, following the song of the spirits. This is free event, and is not to be missed!
(they will be doing parade in Galway this Halloween weekend as well!)
Bram Stoker’s Dracula Screening & Party, Oct 27th, 9pm
The party, with delicious themed cocktails and the legendary Light House soundtracks kicks off at 9pm, with the screening of Bram Stoker’s Dracula at 10.30pm. Attempt Mina, Johnathan, Van Helsing or legendary Gery Oldman’s Dracula in your costume recreations! Only €12 for the event, book here
Horror Expo Ireland, Oct 29th, 7pm
In celebration of all things gory and gruesome, Horror Expo is calling upon all fans of the horror genre to join us in an evening of Q&As, SFX demonstrations and special screenings featuring some of the most talented and celebrated experts from the world of horror. Expect night dripping with fear & blood! For tickets, go here
If you are more a day time horror fan, check out one of many lectures, exhibitions, live music trails and more! Full event listing is on the official page for Bram Stoker Festival and we have a good few brochures in our Dublin hostel to help you out.