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Halloween Events for Everyone this Winter in Dublin

By Visit Dublin

26th October 2020

Dublin has awakened and there are some brilliant Halloween celebrations planned. This Winter in Dublin, unforgettable family fun is underway and there are tricks and treats of all kinds.

Something's bubblin' in Dublin in a cauldron of creepy happenings. Eerie events are planned for monsters little and large, and there are live performances to make the hairs on the back of your neck stand on end. With vibrant events and excitement to be found around every corner, there's bright lights and seasonal frights for everyone.

Walk out onto the pitch at Croke Park

Hurloween at the GAA Museum

Spend a family Hurloween at the GAA Museum, where kids learn about Ireland’s ancient sport. Visit the Croke Park dressing rooms and walk pitchside, where guides will teach you more about the history and skill of hurling and camogie. Little minds will be spellbound by the story of Setanta, who used his sliotar and camán to slay the hound of Chulainn.

The Nightmare Realm

If you dare to be truly scared, The Nightmare Realm is in search of fresh victims. It's a horror fan's nightmare come true as you survive a terrifying run in with the Red Woman in an abandoned village, or shriek your way through the Panic Attack house. With some proper shocks, this is for over 13s with parental guidance.

Experience Wild Lights at Dublin Zoo

Wild Lights

This year Dublin Zoo is bringing back their popular after-dark adventure, Wild Lights. Get an inside glimpse of the zoo after dark as you travel Around the World. Explore the ancient Egyptian pyramids, take a romantic stroll by the Eiffel Tower and blast off for outer space – as you walk through a wonderland of hundreds of giant glowing silk lanterns depicting iconic global landmarks.

Dalkey Castle Halloween Tours for Children

The Witches have put Dalkey Castle under their spell, and your help is needed to banish them to the hills! See the haunted graveyard, ghostly Viking warriors and terrible things in the castle's Murder Room. There's creepy crafting to be done too, as you mint your own Viking coins for hiding in the Halloween barm brack and weave magic spells.

Explore the vaults at EPIC the Irish Emigration Museum

The Samhain Family Festival

At EPIC the Irish Emigration Museum, the Halloween Spooktactular celebrates the holiday’s ancient origins and traditions with an exciting range of events. At the Samhain Family Festival modern Seanchaís and colourful characters will share spine-tingling tales. Trick or Treat, if you dare! invites kids to challenge the spirits with an enchanted Samhain turnip design and follow the magical path to collect a special surprise. With arts and crafts, spell casting and more, this mid term break adventure is waiting in the CHQ’s 200-year-old vaults.

Spike's Spooky Space Escape

Go out of this world on a space mission at Malahide Castle. In Spike's Spooky Space Escape, Spike the alien could use your assistance in getting back to his spaceship. Follow the fun and slightly spooky trail around the castle's West Lawn, where interesting characters will help you on your way. Bring a torch and prepare for family friendly fun.

Listen to a creepy concert at Saint Patrick's Cathedral

Saint Patrick's Cathedral After Dark

Attend a chilling candlelit recital at Saint Patrick's Cathedral After Dark. With suitably hair-raising choices including Saint-Saens' Danse Macabre, Gounod’s Funeral March of a Marionette and Bach’s immortal Toccata and Fugue in D minor – you'll be on the edge of your pew. Suitable for all ages – but not the faint hearted!

West Side Story

Romeo and Juliet, but with a New York twist. West Side Story is making a return to the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre, and this classic musical tale of star-crossed lovers is full of toe-tapping tunes like America and spectacular dance numbers. A revelation when it burst onto the Broadway scene in 1957, it remains one of the most popular stage shows of all time. Something special for 12+ audiences.

With so much to look forward to this winter, there’s always something to see and do in Dublin. Whether you’re on a family mid term adventure or looking for local gigs, our What’s On listings are ready to inspire.

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