It might only feel like we have just come out of summer but the crisp October air and chilly winter weather coming out means that Halloween is just around the corner.

It’s definitely a haunting time of year, with the pressure to make plans for the big day somewhat lingering like a spooky ghost.

Fear not, however – there are plenty of events across Dublin to sink your (vampire) teeth into.

There’s a range of spooktacular events on offer in the capital in the lead up to the big day, including Boo at the Zoo in Dublin Zoo, Halloween at Dublinia, Peril’s Pumkin Trail in Malahide, Halloween at Imaginosity, Jackula in Ballymun, and Creepy Town at The Helix.

We have picked out our three highlight events which include something for all the family and an adult/teen only event – head along to these, if you dare!

BRAM STOKER FESTIVAL

BEST FEATURE: The Macnas Parade

The Bram Stoker Festival has something for everyone in its gothically inspired programme of events.

The festival celebrates the mysterious thrill of Halloween, and delves into the legacy of one of Ireland’s most treasured authors.

More than 70,000 people will enjoy events such as pop-up Victorian fun parks, live music, workshops, theatre and more.

The highlight is the Macnas Parade, which starts in Moore Street at 7pm on Monday 29 October.

The festival takes place from the 26th – 29th October.

SAMHAIN MAGIC

BEST FEATURE: Night tour of Croker

A magic show, tour of Croke Park and more are taking place at the GAA Museum this Halloween.

The family friendly event is inviting families to take part in a unique experience which includes a stadium tour and a child-friendly, Samhain-themed magic show.

Admission includes a hot Halloween drink for all adults and late entry to the GAA Museum.
There’s also a chance for visitors to take their photo with the Sam Maguire and Liam MacCarthy cups.

Samhain Magic at the Museum takes place from October 26th to 30th.

THE NIGHTMARE REALM

BEST FEATURE: Being truly scared!

The Nightmare Realm at the RDS is said to be Ireland’s most extreme scare attraction. The intense walk through horror event is not your typical ‘boo’ haunted house.

It’s the Realm’s third year scaring audiences in the capital, and this year’s theme is “Witches Children”. The event will return to the RDS in search of fresh victims, until November 3.

There are three different scares, gruesome scenes and props, and characters from the grotesque and blood churning to the sick and extreme.

A teen and adult only event, tickets can be prebooked online now.

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