Ireland’s capital goes all out for spooky season. So, here are the best Halloween events in Dublin you need to check out this year.
From adults-only scare fests to child-friendly fun days, we are sharing the best Halloween events in Dublin this year.
Did you know that the tradition of Halloween actually finds its origins in Ireland? Now you do!
The Halloween holiday that is celebrated and loved around the world by many actually finds its roots in the ancient Celtic tradition of Samhain. Samhain was a pagan tradition that marked the end of summer and the beginning of winter.
According to pagan beliefs, 31 October marked the night when the veil between the dead and the living was at its thinnest. Thus, it was believed that ghosts and spirits could roam among the living world on this night.
It is from this tradition that Halloween was born – and we are so glad it was. While Samhain is not widely celebrated across the Emerald Isle today, Halloween is still a pretty big deal. And nowhere more so than the country’s capital.
5. Chambers of Horrors at the Wax Museum – come face to face with frightening figures
Dublin’s Wax Museum is one of the most popular tourist attractions in the city all year long. However, we particularly recommend visiting at Halloween for their Chambers of Horrors exhibition.
Located in the museum’s basement, visitors can discover a weird and wonderful world of horrors. Meet infamous figures like Buffalo Bill, Hannibal Lecter, and Dracula at one of the best Halloween events in Dublin.
Admission to the Wax Museum costs €16.50 for adults, €11.50 for children under 12, and €14.50 for student and senior tickets. If you’re visiting with the whole gang, a family pass costs €45.00 and covers two adults and two children under 12.
4. Hocus Pocus-themed brunch at NoLIta – perfect for a date with the girls
Who doesn’t love the 1993 Disney Halloween classic Hocus Pocus? With the announcement that a sequel is in the works for 2022, there is no better time to rewatch this spooky classic.
If you’re a fan of the Sanderson sisters, why not grab your own witchy sisters and head for a Hocus Pocus-themed brunch at NoLIta.
Priced at €20 per person and sittings are from 12 pm-2 pm and 2:30 pm-4:30 pm on 30 October.
Complete with a DJ playing some nostalgic 90s spooky classics, you can enjoy one brunch main and a choice of cocktail from the Hocus Pocus cocktail menu.
3. Halloween at Luggwoods – fun for all the family
Halloween at Lugwoods is a must-visit as one of the best Halloween events in Dublin this year.
Hailed as ‘Ireland’s number one destination for family seasonal themed events’, Halloween here is sure to be a night you’ll never forget.
Guests are encouraged to dress up and make the most of the magic on offer here. With activities suitable for all ages, this is a great Halloween event for all the family.
Take a walk along the Hooky Spooky Forest Trail and find the ingredients for the Friendly Witches Halloween Brew. This is particularly suited for families with young kids.
Taking place between 23 and 31 October, tickets for this spooky event cost €13 for adults, €17 for children, and €5 for babies.
2. Samhain Family Festival at EPIC – a mix of online and in-person events
Paying homage to Halloween’s Celtic roots, Samhain Family Festival at the Irish Emigration Museum is a truly magical experience.
This free event takes place on 24 and 25 October, and there is lots to see, do, and discover.
One of the most popular events is the Seanchai Sessions Stage Show at CHQ. This immersive stage show features Spellcasting, Readings, and Songs of the Witch. While tickets are free, booking is essential.
We also recommend checking out the ‘Experience Samhain’ Pop-up Crafting Stations. Here, little ones will have the chance to create fun crafts, such as masks and turnip carving, inspired by ancient Samhain traditions.
If you can’t make it in person, there are also several online events you can enjoy from home.
1. The Nightmare Realm – one of the scariest events in Ireland
Taking place from 9 to 31 October, the Nightmare Realm is perhaps one of the most terrifying and best Halloween events in Dublin this year. This event has seen incredible success in Ireland in recent years.
This terrifying spookfest has received several accolades, including being voted Best Independent Haunt in Europe 2020 by Scare Tour. Thus, there is no doubt that this is one of the best Halloween events in Dublin.
With a number of terrifying attractions, including three new haunts, this event is advised for adults only. Are you brave enough to visit the Nightmare Realm?