On top of the usual decorations and window displays that make Dublin a creepy but cool place to be around at Halloween this year also marks the 5th year of the Bram Stoker Festival and it’s going to be the biggest yet! There are a whole host of events happening around some of the most famous sites of the city and it promises to be a great weekend whatever your age or fright tolerance!
Stoker was one of Ireland’s literary greats and his seminal horror, Dracula, is widely seen as one of the most important novels in the world. Growing up with the mystical Irish traditions of ghouls and banshees it was a natural step for Stoker to expand into supernatural horror. Whether it’s scary vampires or sexy vampires it’s impossible to avoid them in popular culture these days, no matter how much garlic you’re wearing, and it all started off from one of our very own!
With 4 full days of events there is something for everyone and we’ll give you the heads up on a few of the best ones here:
Dracula Live, National Concert Hall, October 29th
The 1931 film version of the story, with Bela Lugosi as Dracula, is an enduring classic and in honour of the festival a live screening will take place at the National Concert Hall, where a new score for the movie, specially written for the night will be recorded live. It will be an amazingly atmospheric night for all present and a must-see if you have the possibility.
Nightmare Plants, National Botanic Gardens, October 28th & 29th (9 daily performances)
An exploration of the hidden and dangerous secrets of the plants of the old Victorian Greenhouse is led by a seasoned but suspicious plant keeper. This dark and immersive adventure with a specialist cast, transports visitors to a world of natural wonder and bygone intrigue at one of Dublin’s most interesting locations.
Watch as many classic horror movies as your wits will allow with this special season at the Light House Cinema. There’s a special delight in watching the horrors of old, without the flash special effects or CGI monsters. A feeling that they are realer somehow, closer, disconnected from our know-it-all modern world, but maybe they contain elements closer to the truth than we’d want to believe and we’ve conspired to hide from over the years.
Stokerland, St. Patrick’s Park, Dublin 8, October 28th & 29th
A proper throwback to the amusements of Victorian Dublin and a great day out for any kids that need an outlet for their pre-Halloween enthusiasm! With various activities, world-class street performers and fancy dress actively encouraged it’s an excellent way to pass a few hours in one of the city centre’s nicest parks.
If you’re planning on making the most of the Halloween Bank Holiday weekend in Dublin and all it has to offer, why not check out the fantastic discounts we’re offering when you book online at www.yourhomefromhome.ie. Our luxury self-catering apartments are all located within a short walk of the city centre and are the perfect way to feel relaxed and at home in your own space, and to hide behind the covers if you have to!
Happy Halloween from Your Home From Home