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Don't be Afraid this Halloween! 

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Halloween is the time of year for mystery and adventure. This years line up of events has all that and more.

With so many wonderful events happening all around the country suitable for friends and family you'll be sure to find something to tickle your spooky delights.

Halloween events start across the country from the end of September and will run right through until the end of October.

All you'll need is your costume!

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Cork and Dublin

The Nightmare Realm

Dublin – Friday 29th September until Sunday 5th November

Cork - Saturday 30th September until Sunday 5th November

Ireland's most terrifying Halloween attraction, where your darkest nightmares become a reality!  The Nightmare Realm have interactive sets with vivid special effects and live creatures that will prey on your deepest fears and push the boundaries of your sanity.  It is strictly over 13's and not for the faint hearted!  Do you have what it takes to face your fears?

Those brave enough to venture into the Realm are advised to keep their wits about them as danger lurks in every shadow. It’s a thrilling experience for all horror enthusiasts and Halloween fans, and you will even spot references, characters and moments from iconic classic horror films along the way.

The Nightmare Realm has been petrifying Cork since 2009, and returns to Dublin again this year after scaring locals for the first time last year in the RDS.

 

Dublin

Ghostbus

Step inside the world’s first & original Ghostbus and be transported into a world of ghostly happenings, comedy horror, and terrifying histories.

The new Ghostbus will drive you into your nightmares, taking in some of Dublin’s most haunting sights along the way. Visit the Hellfire Clubroom and haunted museum downstairs, and play a hand of cards with the devil himself. Next take your seat upstairs in the Victorian Theatre with its blood red velvet curtains and begin a thrilling ride tracing Dublin’s creepiest mysteries. You will be led through this ordeal by a sinister guide and driver, two men in tune with the afterlife, who will do their best to put you at your unease.
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Did you know that Dublin was home to one of horror fiction’s most famous names: Dracula author, Bram Stoker? Your creepy host will give you an unnerving insight into his origins as the tour creeps through Dublin’s darkened streets. At the College of Surgeons, a certain Dr. Clossey is still said to roam the corridors carrying a bucket of human entrails.

Having heard some twisted tales aboard the Ghostbus get ready for a lesson in grave digging and bodysnatching in the grisly surroundings of the haunted graveyard. 

More grizzly dealings are unleashed at the harrowing St. James’s Graveyard before hearing the story of the ghost of Darky Kelly, the Madame of Dublin’s notorious Maiden Tower who is said to wander restlessly.

Don’t be surprised if the supernatural occurs as you delve inside the medieval crypt at Dublin Castle. Designed to spook your imagination, the spine-tingling, nerve-racking Dublin Bus Ghostbus Tour will be a journey of hair-raising frights you will never forget.

Check out their video here.

ScaryTales at Malahide Castle

Wednesday 27th October until Tuesday 31st October

Join Malahide Castle’s Housekeeper Hattie for some ghostly castle capers as she prepares for the annual Halloween Party. Hattie will take you on a tour through the castle where strange things have been happening. Afterwards you can party with the Monster Mash Masters and show off your scary dance moves!

Malahide Station is just a short walk away so getting to and from will be hassle free.
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Galway

Galway Aboo Halloween Festival

Saturday 28th October until Tuesday 31st October 

The Galway Aboo Halloween Festival takes place in Galway’s Latin Quarter from Saturday 28th to Tuesday 31st of October. It is the country’s largest Halloween Festival and plays host to a number of activities and free events making it the perfect Halloween Festival for all ages.

The annual Halloween parade will take place on Sunday 29th October at approximately 5.30pm. This year’s parade is called 'Saving Grace' by the internationally renowned street theatre group, Macnas, who will be putting on a street-hopping, traffic-stopping party with a host of new giants, performances, bespoke costumes and live original music all drenched in their award-winning design.

On Saturday the 28th of October, a crowd of terrifying zombies will once again be released onto the Salthill Prom. Their mission, to capture every human (big or small) who dares to take on the challenge of “The Village Salthill Zombie Chase” and prevent them from making it to the Safety Zone of Salthill Park! The Zombie Chase will begin at 2pm at The Galway Business School, Salthill and is in aid of the National Support and Awareness Charity ACT for Meningitis.

The annual Monster Dash in aid of On The Road Again (OTRA) will take place on Halloween, Sunday 29th October at 7pm. The event starts and finishes outside The King's Head and the route will take participants around the streets of Galway with prize for the best costume.

Galway city is easily acceible by train with Galway station located directly in the city centre, you won't miss any of the action.

Carnevil

Saturday 8th October until Monday 31st October

Are you feeling brave? Are you feeling nervous? Are you looking for something to test the limits of your courage, and are you prepared to look deep into the abyss? Are you prepared for the abyss to look back?

Carnevil is the West Of Ireland’s first scare attraction, housed in the haunted Printing Press of the Connacht Tribune, where, over 150 years ago, a seemingly innocent travelling carnival came to the city, only to leave its citizens so scarred and terrified, that all memories of it have been stricken from official records, never to be spoken of again. Until now…
Photo credit Carnevil Facebook Page

Carnevil begins its terrifying run on October 8th and will end at midnight on Halloween night. Located above McGettigans pub, Eyre Square and less than a 5 minute walk fro Galway station. 

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