Thursday, October 11, 2012

Halloween Fun!

There are lots of fun & spooky things to do in Ireland this Halloween, here are a few of my favourites.

Virginia Pumpkin Festival 2012
Takes place in Virginia Co. Cavan 25-29 October.  Where you can go on a haunted Forest Walk! Prepare to meet ghosties, ghouls and witches, plus snacks will be provided - what more could you ask for!  See the site for all the details.  They also have a fancy dress ball, apparently 2000 people will be dressed up for the occasion, making it Irelands largest fancy dress, if you're not content with opportunity to dress up, you could win one of over €2000 worth of prizes! There will be a parade and fireworks and an artisan food fare.
Don't forget the Giant Pumpkin weigh-in!

Bram Stoker Festival
Takes place in Dublin 26-28 October 2012.  Celebrating the life and work of Bram Stoker, the author of Dracula.  You can see the earliest inscribed copy of Dracula at the exhibition in The Little Museum on St. Stephens Green.  Listen to chilling vampire and horror stories underground in Christchurchs' Gothic Crypt.  Learn all about Bats (alas only for kids :() The Long Hub in Trinity will be the location for a discussion on what our fascionation with all things vampire is about.  The play 'Stoker' uses Victoriana, special effects and an origional score to tell the story of Bram on stage at the Samuel Beckett Theatre.
Then treat yourself to a scare at meeting house square and watch Nosferatu with a live soundtrack played by 3epkano.  Finally the Spraoi Theatre Group re-create 19th Century Dublin and you are encouraged to wear Victorian or horror inspired clothes!

Held at Causy Farm Co. Meath.  This year they have a Zombie Morgue which sounds awesome! There's also a haunted house and a canyon of carnage (they've done well with the names!) and who doesn't want to go into the house of horrors! This is part of the Spirits of Meath Festival there are loads of events listed and some with a warning that it may be too much for younger people so that's the one i'd go for!

Belvedere Scarecrow Festival
Here you get to make a Scarecrow and have it displayed at Belvedere House and Gardens where it will be judged by a panel and there is a 'peoples choice award' there are several catagories so kids can enter, groups or individuals and prizes include a rozette, belvedere passes and bowling prizes :)  I soooo wanna do this! plus if you enter you get a free 2day pass to the House and gardens.

Happy Hallowe'en!

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