Dublin is no stranger to Halloween.
Bram Stoker who wrote Dracula hailed from here and the Irish people have been celebrating All Hallows’ Eve in various forms since the days of the Celts and it is thought that the Jack o’ Lantern originates from Ireland. Enough about the history! –you might be saying. What can you actually do here during the Halloween season?
Here are a few of the best activities for the year 2009:
Halloween Festival and Parade
The Halloween Festival and Parade is a carnival-style parade arranged by the Dublin City Council which starts at 7:00pm and consists of people dressing up with a spectacular conclusion of lights and sounds. Also (very) suitable for children – but they’ll have to be on their feet for quite some time so rest up well beforehand.
Lillie’s Bordello Halloween Night
Lillie’s Bordello is one of Dublin’s most well-known and well-to-do nightclub (scrap that, it is Dublin’s most well-known and well-to-do nightclub), and their annual themed Halloween is well worth going to, with the guests expected to don Halloween costumes. With Bordello’s exquisite decor and stellar reputation, it should be a night to remember. Particularly attractive even to those who hate Halloween is the vast drink menu, which contains a wide range of Cocktails, Wines, and Beers.
Hidden Dublin Halloween Walks
You’ll be transported from the City Centre of Dublin in a bus to the site of the Hellfire Club, a largely gutted old ruin where a clique of 18th Century big-wigs decided to form a society where all sorts of pagan, blasphemous rituals were said to have took place. Many people have reported a sense of unease and strange things are said to have been seen there – including, by old accounts, an actual visitation of the devil himself. The package is complete with a guide who’ll provide information and historical snippets about the history behind the Club. It’s strictly for adults only, of course.
The Pavilion Theatre -The Old Dark House
Showing from the 29th and 30th of October, at the Pavilion Theatre near the Harbour, is a dark comedy titled “The Old Dark House” where five travellers seek refuge in a lonely part of Wales and get taken in by a rather bizarre family. The initial running of this was so successful that it was completely sold-out. It’ll likely equate to a fun evening out. Discretion is advised though as it’s not particularly suitable for the nippers.
Top 5 Dublin Hotels to stay during the Halloween Season
- Hotel Merrion Hall – 4-star hotel in the Embassy District – €109
- Shelton Park Hotel – 3-star hotel 15 min away from the city center – €55
- Hotel Lansdowne – 3-star hotel in the heart of Georgian Dublin – €69
- The Castle Hotel – 3-star hotel in Dublin city center – €99
- Schoolhouse Hotel – 4-star hotel housed in a former parochial school – €134
Photo of Halloween celebrations in Smithfield Square, Dublin, Ireland, by djcult