If you’re visiting or living in Dublin and are looking for things to do around Halloween, this post might inspire you, there are lots of different events happening in Dublin to suit a range of tastes and ages.
- Revenge is a dish best served cold.
RTÉ Concert Orchestra usually screen a thriller or horror movie with music played live. Watch Francis Ford Coppola’s 1972 crime masterpiece – winner of three Oscars and starring Marlon Brando and Al Pacino – on the big screen, while the orchestra performs Nino Rota’s score live on stage.
Here’s a trailer from the Czech Orchestra.
Visit St Michan’s Church and get a tour of the spooky crypts and see mummified bodies and skeletons. This is a great activity for all the family, its the right mix of historical and macabre, it would be an ideal outing over Halloween and the midterm break. Check out our blog post about our visit to the crypts earlier this year. Tickets cost €6 euro for an Adult or €15 for a family of 5, for all opening days and times, click here.
3. I want to suck your blood!
The Bram Stoker Festival runs over the month of October. Dublin City will celebrate the life, work and legacy of Dublin horror novelist Bram Stoker and his gothic novel ‘Dracula’.
Also, fun fact, the quote above, was never mentioned in the book or uttered in the original 1931 Dracula movie, here’s a short quote, that does appear in the book “The blood is the life!”.
There are various different events from music, movies, lectures, horror makeup tutorials, debates and walking literary tours.
Check out the website to get a flavour for the events.
4. Film Fatale ball
Film Fatale host different Halloween themed balls at the IMMA, (Irish Museum of Modern Art) at the Royal Hospital in Kilmainham in Dublin 8.
This beautiful old building provides an atmospheric background to this 1920’s themed Prohibition dance with a touch of macabre. They will have DJs playing electronic swing and bathtub punch cocktails and you can also learn how to do the Charleston dance. Tickets sold out last year, so grab your tickets quick and scram. See Facebook and to book your tickets.
5. It was a monster mash…
The National Concert Hall, usually host a children’s Halloween themed music kids show, for example, Little Demons, its described as a “spooktacular interactive Hallowe’en family concert featuring education ensemble, the ECO Band with chilling sounds and creepy tunes.” Everyone is encouraged to dress up and children can bring their musical instruments if they like. Check their website for latest Halloween themed show, click here.
6. It was a graveyard smash…
If you want to dress up over Halloween and head out to a bar and nightclub where you won’t be the only one in a costume, then head to Fitzsimons Bar and Nightclub in Temple Bar in Dubin city centre.
Every year they host Halloween Party theme nights, with big cash prizes up for grabs for the best fancy dress costumes. It gets a mix of locals, tourists, stags and hen parties, with people in all sorts of costumes and ghoulish makeup and that’s just a regular night there! bada bing… but seriously it gets a mix of people in fancy dress costumes from witches, pirates, where’s Waldo, Sci-Fi costumes to zombies that look like they walked off the set of the Walking Dead TV show, it really does get the crowds, the majority of whom, have got into the festive Halloween spirit and dressed up.
It can be a little disappointing, when you make the effort to dress up for Halloween and head out to a venue that’s supposed to be fancy dress and you realise no one else is dressed up and you are stood in your local pub, dressed up in a Werewolf costume.
7. Journey back to the dark ages
This is a Ghost tour and Horrible History tour in one, run by Dublin bus, it departs near the Dublin Bus Headquarters on Upper O’Connell Street. The Dublin Ghost bus tour visits Christchurch and professional actors recount Dublin’s dark tales including Dracula’s Dublin roots and a visit to St Kevin’s graveyard. Tickets cost €28, Book here for tickets.
Check out this review from Irish vlogger Clisare
8. Things that go bump in the night…
If you want to hit up a few bars in your Dracula or Superhero costume, then Dublin City Pub Crawl will guide you around, they host a Halloween themed fancy dress pub crawl.
Check out their website here.
9. Let’s do the time warp again
Get dressed up as your favourite Rocky Horror picture show character and head to the Sugar Club on Lesson Street, Dublin city centre. The Sugar Club throw different Halloween nights, check out their website for this year’s event, here for more details.
10. Digging your own Grave
Take a Ghost bus tour the week of Halloween on The Gravedigger bus, tours cost €25 and start from Trinity College and go to Kilmainham jail and the gates of Glasnevin cemetery, professional actors will transport you back 600 years to the time of Plague in Dublin, includes a drink in the Gravedigger pub in Glasnevin, Dublin. See here for tickets.
*This blog post originally published in October 2015, it is not sponsored in any way, just my opinion of some fun things to do around Halloween in Dublin.