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How to Celebrate Halloween in Dublin, Ireland

Tuesday, October 20th, 2009

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.

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Photo of Halloween celebrations in Smithfield Square, Dublin, Ireland, by djcult

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2 responses to “How to Celebrate Halloween in Dublin, Ireland”

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  1. Mairead says:
    October 23rd, 2009 at 12:08


    Yes it’s true that Ireland has been celebrating Halloween since the days of the Celts – it’s believed that the festival actually originated in Ireland so a lot of Halloween customs and traditions such as the Jack O Lantern or pumpkin actually began in Ireland. In fact, before emigrating to North America the Irish used turnips but pumpkins were much more plentiful in the New World!

    The Halloween bonfire and Trick or Treating are also old Halloween traditions that are still practised here. Halloween is celebrated in every corner of Ireland with loads of festive foods and games, and some towns and villages even hold some Halloween festivals and parades each year.

    Check out my article on Halloween traditions & customs in Ireland –


  2. Columbia says:
    October 25th, 2009 at 23:33

    For those interested in Dracula, you might like this event taking place this week in Dublin:

    ‘Digging for Dracula’ evening and author signing

    Having covered the fall of the Berlin Wall, the execution of Romanian dictator Nicolae Ceausescu and the invasion of Iraq, foreign journalist, Sean Hillen, has taken a bite out of an even more complex subject – vampirology.

    His unique book-in-a-coffin, ‘Digging For Dracula,’ published on the 100th anniversary of Bram Stoker’s classic novel, weaves a tale of travel and adventure spiced with humor; a search for literary truths and the meaning of medieval and modern myths.

    Sean’s multi-media talk will bring you to the Transylvanian castle of infamous warlord, Vlad the Impaler and the mysterious island of Snagov; a seat beside Stoker on a cliff-edge in Whitby, England, where the vampire lands with its precious cargo of soil; the world’s largest Garlic Festival in central California; Anne Rice and voodoo worshippers in New Orleans; and ‘Tinseltown,’ Hollywood, where the Long-toothed character won immortality on the silver screen.

    This special Halloween event will take place at Waterstone’s at 7 Dawson Street, Dublin (Tel. 01 6791415), 7.00 pm, Thursday, October 29th.
    Entry is free. Bring some garlic… just in case!

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