Halloween in Ireland

Celebration of Halloween in Ireland started around 1000 AD with a pagan  festival called “Samhain” meaning the end of the summer. Celts believed that on that day, dead spirits would visit the mortal world. People used t gather around bonfires in the elaborate animal costumes to scare the bad spirits away – similar tradition all of us observe when we put our best Halloween costume on ever year (don’t have one? Check out our budget busting suggestions)

Together with the long tradition of celebrating Halloween, there is very modern tradition of going out and having fun, and both Dublin & Galway have amazing week long events planned for you!

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In Dublin, we are all about Bram Stoker and Dracula! Dublin is going Goth from Friday 24th through to Monday 27th October with plenty of activities, masquerade balls and spooky cinema!

Do not miss:

Bloodworks @ Science gallery (Trinity College) exploring our fascination with Vampires

VAMPWIRE –  Dublin’s first ever free city-centre zip wire, the VampWire is a very real and terrifically terrifying opportunity to make like a bat and zip over the city.

Goths vs Zombies Dance off – Join hundreds of participants in the Dame District and become a goth or a zombie for a blood-curdling walk with the undead across Grafton Street and George’s Street. To take part in the dance-off, sign up to danceoff@BigHouseProductions.ie

Goth Karaoke – (sounds too fun!) – Temple Bar’s Meeting House Square on 26th October – Come along for the chance to live out your teen goth fantasies by performing live on stage, or just watch others sing along to the tunes, baring their darkest of hearts.

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Camden Quarter – With plenty of free on-street live music, thrill-seekers can participate in Ireland’s biggest seance in St Kevin’s Park, do the monster mash at the Silent Disco, and indulge in the official Bram Stoker Festival Club’s showcase in Opium Rooms with Nightmares On Wax, Breakbot, Martinez Brothers, Gui Boratto, Jamie Jones, and many more performing till the wee witching hours. Admission is free!

Macnas – The Summoning! – Macnas, Galway’s award-winning theatre, spectacle and processional company celebrate the Bram Stoker Festival by taking to Dublin’s streets with wild and eerie abandon on 27th October

This is how it went down last year:

Galway is celebrating Halloween with the traditional Aboo festival this year as well, bringing mayhem all over Latin Quarter!

Do not miss:

Macnas Parade “Symphony for the restless” , Sun 26th Oct / commencing @ 4:45pm at Fisheries field



and we think you might want to party a bit as well  with Fancy Dress Party Trail – Fri 31st October / 8:00pm  The venues in the Latin Quarter will host a series of Fancy Dress parties with prizes galore for the most ghoulishly dressed.

There is a proper race as well net day – Monster Dash in aid of ‘On the Road again’ Sat 1st November / 6:30pm / Streets of Galway. 5k = 2 laps around the streets of Galway, fancy dress encouraged. Register on www.runireland.com or www.otra.ie.

We certainly hope you will come here to celebrate with us!

To make sure you get the most out of Halloween, make sure to stay in the heart of fun!

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