It’s the second most wonderful time of the year! That’s right, Halloween is second only to Christmas in terms of excitement and fun events for all the family. If you won’t be spending Halloween with younger kids, you and your friends will most likely still love getting dressed up and going to some fun events for the season that’s in it.
To help get you all set for the big night, we’ve got an amazing range of affordable Halloween costumes for adults and children, face paint and even a selection of fun wigs. And lucky for you, they’re all in the one place so you don’t have to spend hours traipsing around joke shops and arts and crafts aisles.
So with all of the time you’re saving by not spending hours building a costume, you can check out some of the best events taking place this year.
Despite what the name might suggest, Farmaphobia is not for city folk afraid of milking cattle and getting their hands dirty. Instead Farmaphobia is a horrifying experience in the famous Causey Farm in Navan, Co. Meath. This place attracts thousands of visitors every year for events ranging from hen parties to school tours – and they’ve all left the farm absolutely terrified!
Definitely not for the faint of heart…
Irish Film Institute Horrorthon
The Irish Film Institute Horrorthon is probably best left for adults. Well, unless you want to be dealing with your kids complaining of nightmares for the next six months! This is a great spot for adults who want to enjoy the spookiness of Halloween but don’t necessarily want to dress up or go to a party.
The IFI Horrorthon is essentially the Mecca of Irish horror movie fans, with the very best of upcoming (and classic) horror films from both Ireland and abroad on show until October 26th. This year’s festival highlights include the Irish made The Devil’s Woods, Eli Roth’s The Green Inferno and the utterly bonkers looking Turbokid.
The Gravedigger Ghost Tour
Most Dubliners never take advantage of the many bus tours that go through the city for fear of looking like a tourist. But The Gravedigger Ghost Tour is the perfect opportunity to see the city in a new and creepy light. The Gravedigger Bus Tour combines fascinating historical facts with the almost pantomime style of enthusiastic costumed presenters to make it a fantastic starting point for a spooky night out.
The Halloween Haunted Spooktacular is another event that’s only to be enjoyed by the over 16 crowd. The usually pleasant Grove Gardens in Kells, Co. Meath will be transformed into an area where “your worst nightmares come true and anything can happen”. Oh dear, it’s the closest thing you can get to taking part in an actual horror movie – at least everyone survives though (just!).
Before there was Niall Horan or Shane Long, Ireland’s national treasure was Dracula. He perhaps wasn’t as good-looking or talented, but he sure did develop a dedicated fan base. To partake in all the fun, screams and belly laughs inspired by the man himself, pay a visit to Bram Stoker’s Castle Dracula this Halloween. It’s easy to get to (right beside Clontarf Road DART station) and is two hours of solid fun.
If that’s gotten you in the spirited mood, be sure to check out our last minute Halloween costume ideas.
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