As daylight fades and winter creeps closer with each sunrise and sunset, we can feel the sleepy ghosts and goblins wake to walk the earth and join us for Halloween.
Whilst the tradition is celebrated in many cultures across the globe, it spawned in fact from the Celtic traditional festival of Samhain which marked the end of the pastoral cycle (the animal grazing and crop season) and heralded the winter to come – most notably by the date of October 31, where the tortured spirits of the underworld would roam the free with the living.
And, seeing as us Irish have been celebrating this spooky holiday for as long as we can remember, it comes as no surprise that we have a stellar line-up of events to raise the hair on the back of your neck, send a chill down your spine and be a night never to forget.
Here are our top 5 Halloween events in Dublin that you shouldn’t miss.
5. Halloween Mask Making Workshop
Your kids will be the talk of the town this Halloween with the most sinister and scariest masks on the street.
This workshop is suitable for ages 4-14 and takes place in The Tara Building in Dublin city from 2pm-4.30pm on October 20th. With help from artists and all materials included for just €20 per person, kids will be encouraged to be creative and work with teachers to create their own mask, as well as making new friends in the process.
With tickets selling fast, be sure to get one soon! Start Halloween early this year with the House of Horrors Halloween Mask Making Workshop.
Location: The Tara Building, Tara Street Tara Street, Dublin 2, Ireland.
4. Halloween Roller Disco
If in search for fun for all the family on All Hallows’ Eve look no further than the Halloween Roller Disco hosted in Dublin’s only roller disco rink at D12 on the Long Mile Road.
Running from 8-10pm on the 31st October, tickets for this event costs only €10 per person (including skate hire) making it an absolute steal! This is a non-alcohol event aimed at families, kids and adults – pretty much just about anyone in pursuit of spooktacular time.
Oh, and don’t forget to dress the part – there will be prizes for those with the creepiest costumes!
Location: Halloween Roller Disco, The Rink at D12, Long Mile Road, Dublin 12, Ireland.
3. Disco Bloodbath
If you’re craving a serious Halloween party, look no further than Disco Bloodbath, brought to us by the party gurus, Mother.
The party will be this year in The Church, an 18th century Dublin city renovated crypt – the perfect setting for such a function, you could argue. Steeped in natural eeriness with history oozing down its sombre walls, The Church will be the stomping ground for a party like no other.
The dress code for this one is “less is more, blood & gore” and there are only limited tickets on release so be sure to book in advance and expect the likes of “un-dead drag queens” and “re-activated actors” to put a bit of spook in your step.
Location: Disco Bloodbath, The Church Café, Bar & Restaurant, Dublin 1, Ireland
2. Murder at Newbridge House
Immerse yourself in this truly spooky experience at Newbridge House, this Halloween.
Set in a stately home with much history to give goosebumps, this interactive experience is not one to be forgotten. Don your detective coat and get out that magnifying glass – the aim of the game is to solve the spooky murder mystery as you meet sinister folk along the way.
As they say, “a little party never killed anyone”… well, that’s if you can figure out the mystery in time. Set on the eerie Hearse Road which holds its own tragic Halloween tale, this experience is bound to be fantastically fun and frightening. Suitable for kids 10 and up.
Location: Newbridge House & Farm, Hearse Road, Donabate, Co. Dublin, Ireland.
1. Tall Tales – Haunted Mansion Halloween Festival
For the ultimate immersive Halloween experience, look no further than the Tall Tales – Haunted Mansion Halloween Festival brought to us by the ultimate party planners, Hunt & Gather (or H&G Creations).
Set in the sinister surroundings of Loughcrew Gardens & Estate Oldcastle, this experiential Halloween party runs from 11pm to 5am and is likely to raise hell, just as much as raise hairs.
A bus ticket is included in the €55 price, which will provide a round trip to the Meath location. Expect art, live music, installations, immersive theatre, a secret cinema, a “cuddle puddle”, face painting, food vendors and confetti canons.
Needless to say, this will be the party of the season.
Location: Bus departure: George’s Quay, Dublin 1, Ireland.
If you liked this article, why not check out our feature on Dublin’s Spookiest Landmarks.