The top 5 ways to celebrate HALLOWEEN in DUBLIN (2023)

October is here, which means Halloween is just around the corner! If you plan on spending the occasion in the capital, take a look at the five best ways to celebrate Halloween in Dublin.

The top 5 ways to celebrate HALLOWEEN in DUBLIN (2023).

Halloween in Dublin in 2023 has a number of incredible events to take part in. As the birthplace of Halloween, it’s no surprise that cities all over Ireland celebrate the spooky season with a bang.

Whether you’re looking for family-friendly events like pumpkin carving and scary movies, or you’re looking for something scarier, like a Fright Night or an ultimate scare experience, Dublin really has it all.

So, get your Halloween spooky fun plans on the go with our breakdown of the top five ways to celebrate Halloween in Dublin in 2023.

Ireland Before You Die’s fun facts about Halloween in Ireland:

  • Ireland is the birthplace of Halloween. It all started over 2,000 years ago as a pagan celebration called Samhain.
  • It was believed during Samhain by the Celts that spirits and fairies could easily cross over into the human world.
  • It would have been popular around this time to light bonfires to ward off bad fortune for the coming year and any evil spirits.
  • Carving pumpkins, trick-or-treating in scary costumes, and setting off fireworks are some of the most popular Irish Halloween traditions.

5. Dublin’s Ghostbus Tour – one of the most unique Halloween activities 

Dublin's Ghostbus Tour.
Credit: Facebook / DoDublin Ghostbus

Available throughout the year and considered one of Dublin’s best nights out, this is certainly one of the best Halloween activities in Dublin.

Get a group of friends together to discover the “Dark side of Dublin’s past” and “Unravel the mysteries of haunted sites around Dublin City”.

On this ghost tour, you will visit the sites of some of Dublin’s most haunted places where “despicable acts” took place. Stops along the way include the haunted steps of St. Audeons Church, where the ghost of Darky Kelley is said to roam! 

All the while, you’ll be led along the way by your driver and storyteller, who will delight and scare with some of Dublin’s most haunted tales and spooky stories.


Address: Dublin Bus Head Office, 59 Upper O’Connell Street Upper, North City, Dublin 1, D01 RX04, Ireland

4. Retro Drive-In Movies – get cosy at the drive-in cinema

The retro cinema is one of the best things to do for Halloween in Dublin.

If you love watching scary movies around Halloween, then this is the event for you.

Get into the spirit of Halloween with a selection of excellent scary films as the Retro Drive-in Movies returns to Dublin’s Leopardstown Racecourse with a number of Halloween classics. 

With movies like The Exorcist, A Nightmare on Elm Street, Hocus Pocus, Beetlejuice and more on offer, this is a great way to spend a spooky evening in the lead-up to Halloween.

The best thing about the Retro Drive-In Cinema is that there is a range of movies on different dates and times throughout the month of October that suit groups of all kinds, from kids to couples and groups of friends.


Address: Leopardstown Racecourse, Foxrock, Dublin 18, D18 C9V6, Ireland

3. Dublin Mountains Pumpkin Patch – one of the best in Ireland

The Dublin Mountains Pumpkin Patch.

Is there anything more wholesome at Halloween than getting the family together to visit a pumpkin patch?

Nestled at the foot of the Dublin Mountains, the Luggwoods forest trail and pumpkin patch was recently voted one of the best in Ireland.

In this experience, “Hooky Spooky” Luggwoods characters, like witches and wizards, will guide you along the forest trail with fun side missions for your little ones along the way!


Address: Lugg, Co. Dublin, Ireland

2. The Bram Stoker Festival – honouring one of Ireland’s literary greats

The Bram Stoker Festival is one of the best things to do for Halloween in Dublin.
Credit: Facebook / Bram Stoker Festival, Dublin

Taking place from 27 to 30 October, the Bram Stoker Festival is, without a doubt, one of the greatest ways to spend Halloween in Dublin.

Featuring theatrical performances, DJ sets, live music, spooky visual reworkings, literary workshops, free parades, and more, the Bram Stoker Festival in Dublin continues to be one of the best Halloween events in Ireland.

The festival celebrates the legacy of one of Ireland’s most notorious and iconic writers, the renowned author of the 1897 hit novel Dracula, through all things Gothic, supernatural, Victorian, and more. For literary lovers, this is one you can’t miss.

The Macnas Sleep No More Samhain Parade will also take place on 31 October as part of the Bram Stoker Festival. 


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1. The Nightmare Realm – not for the faint-hearted

The Nightmare Realm is not for the faint-hearted.
Credit: Facebook / The Nightmare Realm

Dublin’s Nightmare Realm has returned bigger and better than ever from 6 October with five brand-new, terrifying mazes to shake you to your core this Halloween.

If you love to be scared around spooky season, then it’s a no-brainer to head to the Nightmare Realm this October!

Winning the ‘Best Scream Park in Europe’ 2022 for their Urban Horror show, each year, the Nightmare Realm comes back with fresh, new ideas, which is why they are at the top of their game.

With the choice of five different mazes to experience, this is one night you won’t forget this Halloween in Dublin. Get your tickets now!


Address: Council Wholesale Fruit Vegetable And Flower Market, Mary’s Ln, Dublin, Ireland

If you’re celebrating outside of the capital this year, check out our article on the 10 best Halloween events in Ireland.

Other notable mentions

Halloween Parade: Taking place on 28 October from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm in Dublin’s City Centre, get the whole family dressed up for this early-day parade.

Halloween at Malahide Castle: Taking place from 28 to 30 October, Malahide Castle is one of the more unique places to spend Halloween in Dublin. Housing generations of scary stories and a magical Fairy Trail, this is a great place to go with the family.

Light House Cinema: On Halloween night, to mark the movie’s 50th anniversary, Light House Cinema is screening The Exorcist.

Shrek Rave: You may or may not have heard of the Shrek Rave taking Ireland by storm, but the 28 October event at Opium is one you do not want to miss!

Your questions answered about Halloween in Dublin

Your questions about Halloween in Dublin.
Credit: Unsplash / David Menidrey

If you still have questions, we have you covered! In this section, we’ve compiled some of our readers’ most frequently asked questions and popular questions that have been asked online about this topic.

Do they celebrate Halloween in Dublin Ireland?

Yes! Ireland is the birthplace of Halloween, and so the capital has some amazing events throughout the month of October. Our top five favourites are listed above.

Is Dublin good for Halloween?

Absolutely. Whether it’s family-friendly fun activities or blood-curdling fright nights, Dublin has something for everyone at Halloween.

What’s happening in Dublin on Halloween?

From the Bram Stoker Festival to the Nightmare Realm, Dublin has so much going on this Halloween that you should check out.

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