Things to do in Dublin - 2019 Halloween

Did you know that Halloween was first celebrated in Ireland? Dating back to about 2,000 years ago, Halloween began as the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain on 31st October, when people would light bonfires and wear costumes to scare off ghosts. These days, Halloween is an exciting time in Dublin, with plenty of scary fun for everyone to enjoy. Make sure you don’t limit your fun to Delfin’s Halloween Party on Friday 25th in Tramline (see you there!), as there’s plenty to discover around Dublin over the next week. Here are some ideas – and best of all, most of them are completely free!!

Dockers & Demons Festival

Get down to the Irishtown/Ringsend/Docklands area from 24th-31st October for the annual Dockers & Demons Festival, which this year has the theme of Seven Deadly Sins. The 2019 festival includes a cabaret, art installation, local street parties, lots of spooky fun workshops, entertainment, walkabouts and educational tours and concludes with the Dockers & Demons Circus of Sin in Ringsend Park from 7pm on Halloween Night (31st October). Look out for the Seven Demons!

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The Cauldron of Smithfield

Up between the Four Courts and the Phoenix Park, there’s always something going on in Smithfield. This Halloween, Dublin City Council is running the Cauldron of Smithfield in Smithfield Square on 31st October, starting at 4.30pm. These include a 300ft zip line, the Giant Climbing Wall, a new 'House of The Damned' Scare Tent and the 'Night Creatures' Parade. Plus, there’s Dublin Circus Project, big screen Playstation tournaments, food stalls, art workshops, art installations, giant bouncy castle and face painting. The main stage features SingStar finals, dancers, drummers, DJs and special guest rap outfit Temper-Mental Miss-Elayneous and DJ FunkTom.

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The Phantom of the Flats

Just up the road from Delfin is the community-led Phantom of the Flats, which takes place on 31st October from 5pm-9pm in the playing grounds of Dorset Street flats. Some of the activities include Big Screen FIFA and Just Dance tournaments, face painting, fancy dress, live acts, DJ, circus performers, craft workshops, giant bouncy castle, food stalls and spot prizes.

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The Bram Stoker Festival

Did you know that Dracula author Bram Stoker grew up in Dublin? To celebrate his work, Dublin City Council and Fáilte Ireland again is hosting the Bram Stoker Festival, which was visited by over 80,000 in 2018. Events take place from Friday 25th October to Monday 28th October, and include a séance held in complete darkness, daring new theatre, a spectacle on water, dress-up film screenings, a food trail, and a Victorian pop-up fun park for families. Most events are free, but check the website for more details.

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The Bram Stoker Spooktacular

If you haven’t had enough Bram Stoker after the weekend, then take the short bus ride to Fairview, and Stoker’s childhood home at Marino Crescent/Bram Stoker Park on Wednesday 30th October from 6pm-8pm. This small park will be transformed into Dracula’s lair for the night, complete with an interactive light and sound show with music and special effects.

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Go your own way!

Looking for something to do? Get together with some Delfin friends and take a walk around some of Dublin’s spookiest spots – we recommend:

Trinity College

Trinity College fellow Edward Ford was murdered on the campus in 1734, and apparently still haunts the college today. People have reported seeing a ghost dressed in a “wig, gown, and knee breeches” near the Rubrics building.

St Mary’s Church, Mountjoy Square

Legend has it you can summon the devil to appear in this church in one of three ways: run around the church three times at midnight, walk around the church in reverse 13 times or recite 'Our Father' backwards.

Saint Michan’s Church

This 9th-century church has vaults containing the mummified remains of a 400-year-old nun, an 800-year-old crusader, a body with severed hands and feet, and the Sheares brothers who took part in the 1798 rebellion, among others. It’s said that their spirits remain, and visitors have reported hearing strange whispers in the vaults.

The Pepper Canister Church

St Stephen's Church on Mount Street Upper is more popularly known as the Pepper Canister Church – but it’s not just a beautiful building. Legend has it, if you walk around the church three times, you will meet the devil himself.

The Royal College of Physicians

In the 16th century, doctors at the Kildare Street building used to buy bodies robbed from graves by body snatchers to practise on. The college is also supposedly haunted by the spirit of an unpleasant surgeon who was killed by his students in a rage.

The Shelbourne Hotel

The luxurious hotel on St Stephen’s Green is reportedly haunted by the spirit of Mary Masters, a seven-year-old girl who died of cholera in 1791. In 2015, actress Lily Collins reported that Mary had paid her a visit when she stayed in the hotel.

The Brazen Head

Dating back to the 12th century, The Brazen Head is one of Dublin's oldest pubs and is reportedly haunted by Robert Emmet. The Irish revolutionary was a regular in the bar and allegedly plotted the 1803 rebellion there.

There you are: our choice of things to do in Dublin in Halloween 2019. Here’s another idea – follow us on Facebookfor more ideas and regular updates.