Sink your teeth into Dublin City Council’s Programme of Free Halloween Events

Dublin City Council in collaboration with community groups across the city have organised a spooktacular programme of family-friendly events for Halloween this year.

Speaking about the Halloween events, Lord Mayor of Dublin Nial Ring said “Halloween is a fantastic time of year for young people and their families. This year Dublin City Council have organised a spooktacular programme of family friendly events across the city and I encourage everyone to get their teeth into the community based events that are taking place in their area and to stay away from Illegal bonfires.”

Below are the ghoulish details of the events taking place in the city over the Bank Holiday weekend!

Ballymun Otherworld Festival        

Young people and families are invited to channel their inner Zombie or Witch at this year’s Otherworld Festival in Ballymun, which takes place on Wednesday, 31st October. The parade starts at The Virgin Mary’s School, Shangan Road at 4.45 pm and the festival kicks off on the plaza at 6pm. This year there will be lots of spooky stuff that you can get your teeth into including a Circus, Funfair Rides, an Arts & Crafts Tent, Storytelling Workshops, Tarot Card Reading and Main Stage Entertainment - Spring Break will one of the bands performing on the night. There will also be a fireworks display at 8.30pm.

Witches Brew café will serve up ghoulish cakes, tea & coffee and Muck & Magic soup stall will offer deadly good homemade soup from vegetables grown on a local community patch.

Dockers & Demons Festival

The second Dockers and Demons Festival celebrating ‘Oiche Samhna' takes place again this year in the Irishtown/Ringsend/Docklands area from 26th October – 31st October.  This year the ghoulish activities include a Curious Cabaret, a Zombie Teen Disco, Freaky Funhouse, Seniors Halloween Monsters Ball, Fun Craft Workshops, local entertainment and historical tours. 

The festival concludes with the Dockers & Demons Parade and Street Party which takes place on Thorncastle Street from 6.30 pm – 9.30 pm on Halloween Night… Look out for the Banshee!

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The Cauldron of Smithfield

The Cauldron of Smithfield event is back again this year with even more thrills! From the 22nd – 26th October, the Smithfield and Stoneybatter Cauldron Tour will visit locations around Dublin 7 to encourage people to get involved in Halloween festivities in their area and to give local people the opportunity to qualify for the FIFA, Sing Star, Just Dance competitions which take place on Halloween Night.

On 31st October in Smithfield Square, there will be some fangtastic activities for you to sink their teeth in to, including our 1,000ft zip line and our daunting 150ft Bungee Jump.  This year, we are also delighted to introduce our new 'Cirque Du Freak' Scare Tent, Climbing Wall and 'Lost Souls' Parade. (The 'Cirque Du Freak' Scare Tent will be open during the following times: 4:30pm - 5:30pm / 5:45pm - 6:45pm / 7:00pm - 7:30pm (So make sure to come early to ensure your place).

We have all of your favourites again this year, including; Dublin Circus Project, Giant Screen Playstation Tournament, Food Stalls, Art Workshops, Bungee Trampolines, Giant Jurassic Bouncy Castle, Face Painting and much more...

Our Main Stage will feature some very special local talent, SingStar Finals, Costume Parade, Drummers, Djs and MC Andrew Stanley and some Special Guests. All activities are free and all ages are welcome!! (This is an alcohol free event).

The Cauldron of Smithfield is funded by Dublin City Council and is curated and produced by Joined Up & Happenings, in association with the NWIC Children & Youth Action Group.  

The Phantom of the Flats

This year a new community Halloween festival will take place on the 27th and 31st October from 5pm - 8:30pm in the playing grounds of Dorset Street flats.

The ghoulish activities will include; Big Screen FIFA and Just Dance tournaments,  Face Painting, Fancy Dress, Fun Workshops, Wipeout & Bouncy Castle, Deadly Food and Drinks and Incredible Prizes!!

All activities are free and all ages are welcome!! (This is an alcohol free event).

This event is funded by Dublin City Council and is curated and produced by Joined Up & Happenings.


Finglas Fright Night Halloween Festival                             

The Annual Finglas Fright Night Halloween Festival will take place at the Civic Centre, Mellows Road on 31st October from 6pm to 9pm.

This year the ghoulish entertainment will include a Path of Misery, Colm Dawson’s Magic Show and Fancy Dress competition. There will also be Fairground attractions including, a Merry go Round, Kiddies Roller Coaster, Teenage Terminator, Chair-o-Planes and Obstacle Courses. A live interactive art exhibition will also take place.

Music on the night will be provided by bands from the Finglas Youth Resource Centre and ABBA Girls. The night will conclude with a Fireworks display.

For the safety and enjoyment of all attending, An Garda Siochána and Dublin City Council request that patrons leave their bags at home on Event day. In line with standard protocol for all recent events, backpacks and large bags will not be allowed. Only small bags measuring no bigger than A4 (8.27in/21cm x 11.7/ 29.7cm) will be permitted into the venue. This is also an alcohol and drug free event. Management reserve the right to refuse admission.


Bram Stoker Spooktacular 

The annual Bram Stoker Spooktacular event will take place in Marino Crescent/ Bram Stoker Park on Tuesday 30th October from 6pm - 8pm.

For one night only, you will be transported into Dracula’s lair - there will be an interactive light and sound show with music and special effects.

The event is run in collaboration with Fairvew Business Association and other local residents groups.  (All children must be accompanied by an adult).

Liberties Halloween Monster Bash
The Monster Bash takes place at the Digital Court, Rainsford Street in Dublin 8 on Wednesday, 31st October from 4pm – 6pm.
The spooktacular activities will include a Haunted House, Spooky Storytelling Room, Face painting, Halloween games, spooky film screening and Piñatas.

The Haunted House in Rialto
The F2 Centre in Rialto will be transformed for Halloween. On Wednesday, 31st October from 3pm – 5pm, families are invited to visit the Haunted House; can you face the ghost of Mrs Nugent in the basement?  or enter the 'Bride of Chucky' room, if you dare!! There will also be a graveyard with an amazing musical & dance performance among the graves.    Free entry for all and refreshments will be served.

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Donaghmede Park (Fireworks display):                       
This event is run in collaboration with the Donaghmede Estate Residents Association in Donaghmede Park on Wednesday, 31st  October  at 6 p.m. (Children must be accompanied by an adult).

Kilbarrack (Fireworks display):
This event is run in collaboration with the Kilbarrack Coast Community Programme (KCCP) and it will take place at Roseglen Football Pitch on Wednesday, 31st October  at 7 p.m. (Children must be accompanied by an adult).

Edenmore Crescent Park (Fireworks display):
This event is run in collaboration with the Safety Association for Edenmore (SAFE) in Edenmore Park on  Wednesday 31st October  at 8 p.m. (Children must be accompanied by an adult).

Sandymount Halloween Pumpkin & Scarecrow Festival:

The festival takes place on Sandymount Green from the 24th October with a special prize giving and awards night on Friday 26th October in Christchurch Hall from 5 - 7pm. 

For more details, check out Sandymount’s Tidy Towns Facebook Page.

Donnybrook All Souls Halloween Party
The Halloween Party will take place at dusk on Sunday, 28th October.
For more details, check out Donnybrook’s Tidy Towns Facebook Page

Pumpkin Party in Ballyfermot
A Pumpkin party including train rides and pumpkin carving will take place in Markievicz Park, Ballyfermot on Wednesday, 31st October at 11 am.  

Bram Stoker Festival                                                

This October Bank Holiday weekend Dublin is set to summon the supernatural as Bram Stoker Festival presents 4 days of Living Stories and 4 nights of Deadly Adventures in venues across the city from the 26th - 29th October.
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