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The Rocky Horror Picture Show at The Sugar Club | ©Sebastian Dooris/Flickr
The Rocky Horror Picture Show at The Sugar Club | ©Sebastian Dooris/Flickr
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How To Celebrate Halloween In Dublin

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Updated: 16 September 2016
As the inventors of Halloween, the Irish truly know how to celebrate it, and this year is no different. Dublin city will be awash with eerie events encompassing fancy-dress film screenings, tours of haunted castles and parties hosted by Ireland’s hottest music acts. We’ve already covered the IFI Horrorthon, the performance of Dracula live and the Horror Expo Ireland 2016 in our guide to what’s on in Dublin in October, but here are even more ways to celebrate All Hallows’ Eve in the city.

Partake in the Bram Stoker Festival

Celebrating the life of the Dublin-born author who penned the world’s most famous vampire novel, the Bram Stoker Festival 2016 will celebrate ‘four days of living stories and four nights of deadly adventures’ from October 28th to 31st. With an evening of confessional storytelling entitled ‘Blood and Guts’ – in association with Guts magazine – at the Fumbally Stables, a decadent 1920-style ‘Prohibition: the Beautiful and the Damned’ dance at the Irish Museum of Modern Art and a monster-themed film season at the Lighthouse Cinema, they’ve got Halloween covered.

See their website for more details.

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Get Dressed Up for The Rocky Horror Picture Show at The Sugar Club

The Sugar Club’s annual Rocky Horror Picture Show screening has been a highlight of their calendar for over ten years. This year’s extravaganza will again have prizes for the best dressed, as well as free hot chocolate and cake, and more than 20 scenes from the iconic film will be performed live at the Leeson Street venue on the night. Costumes are pretty much mandatory for this one, and make the evening all the more fun. Tickets go for €20 from the club.

The Sugar Club, 8 Lower Leeson Street, Dublin 2, Ireland, +353 1 678 7188

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Party With Le Galaxie at The Olympia Theatre

After playing a live televised show at the Electric Picnic Festival’s Other Voices tent, and touring with the heroes of British electronica Faithless, the next stop for Dublin electronic band Le Galaxie will be hosting a late night Halloween party at The Olympia Theatre on Sunday, October 30th. With special guests announced so far including disco act Plutonic Dust, this looks set to be the Halloween party everyone wants to go to. Tickets are now available from Ticketmaster.

The Olympia Theatre, 72 Dame St, Dublin 2, Ireland, +353 1 679 3323

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Take a Dublin Ghostbus Tour

This automotive experience refers to itself as ‘a haunted house on wheels.’ A sightseeing tour with a difference, the Dublin Ghostbus Tour takes in the creepiest places in Dublin, such as the Hellfire Club, St. Kevin’s Graveyard and the medieval crypt at Dublin Castle. And with a professional actor telling some of the city’s scariest stories throughout – like that of Dorcas ‘Darkey’ Kelly, a brothel-keeper and serial killer who was burned at the stake in 1761 – this tour is sure to scare. Tours can be booked on Halloween night at 7pm, 8pm and 9:30pm.

Dublin Ghostbus Tours, Dublin Bus Head Office, 59 Upper O’Connell Street, Dublin 1, Ireland, +353 1 703 3028

Hear Some Scary Stories at Malahide Castle

The picturesque Malahide Castle and gardens will be the setting for a ghoulish storytelling tour this Halloween from October 27th to 31st. This north Dublin castle is said to be one of the country’s most haunted buildings, home to ghosts like the castle’s jester, the Puck of Malahide. Suitable for kids, this scary tour of the castle will be followed by a party in the visitor’s centre, with prizes available for the best kid’s costume.

Malahide Castle, Malahide Demesne, Malahide, Co. Dublin, Ireland, +353 1 816 9538