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16th Oct 2015

Book the Babysitter: Spooky Halloween special (adults only)

Katie Mythen-Lynch

Take The Gravedigger Ghost Tour

Dame St., Dublin

Hop aboard the creepily customised bus at Dublin’s Dame Street for The Gravedigger Ghost Tour. The stories begin with plague-ravaged Dublin at Trinity College (and an account of plague victims trying to soothe their wounds in the waters of the city’s drinking supplies) before passing Dublin Castle, Christ Church, St Audeons (AKA “Hell”) Kilmainham Jail and Bullys Acre, Croppies Acre and St Michans and arriving at Prospect Square – The Gravediggers Pub -for a free Ghoulish Brew and a grand finale on body snatching. Three tours run daily from Wednesday, October 28 to Saturday 31, 2015 at 5pm, 7:45pm and 10.30pm.

Get down with the ghouls at Cork City Gaol


One of Leeside’s most haunted locations is hosting a Halloween party this year. The 19th Century Cork City Gaol will open its doors for a night of complementary drinks until midnight, with food provided by Apache Pizza and tunes by two of Corks top DJs. Finish the night with a reduced rate taxi and free entry into The Bodega. Tickets: €30 in aid of The Counselling Centre here.

Ride a rollercoaster… in the dead of night

October 24- October 30, Tayto Park, Co. Meath 

Tayto Park Halloween Experience 2015 3

For one night only, Tayto Park opens its doors to a fright fest… in the dark! For the first time ever, visitors are invited to confront the darkness and ride the terrifying Cú Chulainn Coaster in the dead of night. Racing along at over 100km per hour and dropping over 32m in an instant, this stomach churning drop zone is scary enough, without riding it in the pitch black. Watch a ghoulish 5D Halloween movie in the 5D cinema and experience the gruesome House of Horrors afterwards. Strictly over 14s, tickets €18 here

“Who Was Bram Stoker?”

Sunday, October 25, 3pm, the National Gallery of Ireland


He’s the Irish author best known today for his 1897 Gothic novel, Dracula but during his lifetime, he was better known as the personal assistant of actor Henry Irving and business manager of London’s Lyceum Theatre. This Halloween, Dr Jarlath Killeen, Editor, Bram Stoker: Centenary Essays asks, “Who Was Bram Stoker?” as part of the series, Bram Stoker: Literary Themes at Halloween. Free Lecture. No booking required.

Do the Monster Mash at the Prohibition Halloween Party

IMMA, Royal Hospital Kilmainham


Drink your bootlegged hooch and celebrate the hedonistic 1920s with wanton abandonment at the Film Fatale Prohibition Halloween Party. Dublin’s IMMA will be transformed into the kind of elegant yet wild soire that would do Jay Gatsby proud. Expect fast-footed dancing flappers in sparkling ensembles, exotic fan dancers, people Lindy Hopping to the 1920s ragtime band or doing the Charleston to retro DJs The Andrews Sisters’ Brothers. Tickets €20 here.