Monday, October 22, 2012

Enjoying Dublin this Halloween

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There aren’t too many cities that love this festive Halloween season but Dublin is going all out to celebrate. Over the season, the capital city will be hosting a number of events for both locals and visitors to the city. Check out my list below of the top activities to do in Dublin this Halloween:

Haunted City Tours – City walking tour company, Hidden Dublin Walks are hosting a number of haunted walking tours in Dublin throughout the Halloween period. Explore the cobbled streets and learn all about the gruesome history of the city, with tales of witches, the supernatural and the Gates of Hell, one of Dublin’s strangest attractions. Ireland is steeped in history with many folklore tales to entice.
To find out more about Dublin’s dark and chilling history, book your spot in advance on one of the tours leaving from The Small Square near City Hall. Tickets cost €13 per person and tours depart at 8pm. Hidden Dublin Walks are also hosting a Halloween Northside Ghost Tour until 1st November 2012 on Fridays and Sunday evenings, exploring the area that used to be Oxmantown. Venturing into the dark streets of Northside, you’ll learn more about the history of this area including the numerous ghost sightings at various locations. Tickets cost €13 per person for each tour and tours depart at 8pm. Another tour takes you to the Hellfire Club, an abandoned hunting club outside of Dublin, where a number of mysterious sightings and activities have taken place. Tickets for this tour costs €25.

Pumpkin Decorating – Running until the 5th November 2012, the National Botanic Gardens Visitor Centre is opening its doors to Halloween fans to submit their pumpkin designs, all of which will be on show to the general public in the Botanic Gardens until Bonfire Night. Entry is free and a prize will be awarded for the most imaginative entry. Entry forms are available online at

Dark Stories from the National Leprechaun Museum – For another year, the National Leprechaun Museum is hosting Dark Nights at the Museum, nightly performances of gruesome storytelling of how the spirits come alive during Halloween and settle debts. This dark performance certainly isn’t one for the younger kids but will leave you enlightened, entertained and questioning the goings-on around you. Tickets should be booked online in advance to avoid disappointment and range from €15-30 per person.

Dublin flights and hotels can be booked online but there's plenty to explore in the city so a long weekend is a great option for those coming from the UK.

For more information on all the events taking place in Dublin, visit