Halloween in Dublin

Halloween originated in Ireland around 2,000 years ago.  It's a time of celebration and superstition. It originated with the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain, on October 31st, people would light bonfires and wear costumes to scare off ghosts. When Irish people emigrated to America they brought with them their beliefs and thus 'trick or treating' and the modern Halloween as we now know it evolved.  There is no better place to be on Halloween than our capital city. We have complied a list of things to do over the bank holiday weekend in this buzzing city of ours.

The Nightmare Realm

The Devils Crossroad

4th October - 1st November 2019

Are you ready to face your darkest nightmares and experience the artistry of fear?  The Nightmare Realm is Ireland’s most extreme scare attraction.  This is not your typical (boo) haunted house – there are no ghosts and goblins – the sets and live creatures prey on your darkest fears and bring your nightmares to life. Those brave enough to venture into the Realm are advised to keep their wits about them as danger lurks in every shadow. It’s a thrilling experience for all horror enthusiasts and Halloween fans.

This years new show “The Devils Crossroad”  is the nastiest grittiest theme yet. 

To keep the suspense going for a little bit longer we are not releasing our mazes and added attractions just yet.

Behind The Screams the “Realm Team” of talented designers, scenic artists, craftsmen, sound & lighting crews, and make-up artists work hard to create gruesome and heart-pounding effects.

In 2018 The Nightmare Realm was awarded Worlds best Halloween event by Unilad Adventures. A lofty title that we graciously accepted! This years event will be the biggest Halloween event Ireland has ever seen.

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Ghost Bus Tour

Theatrical experience with professional actors

Get on if you dare!

Dublin Ghost Bus Tour is creepy, it takes you on a strorytelling journey through the dark side of Dublin’s past. The tour takes you to haunted sites around Dublin city including a hidden graveyard and a medieval vault beneath Dublin Castle. From sinister surgeons and bodysnatchers to ghosts and ghouls... discover mythological villains and real ones too, buried deep in Dublin's gruesome past. Visit a medieval vault at Dublin Castle and a hidden city graveyard.

The Ghostbus tour gives you a glimpse of Dublin’s underbelly, the dark side to “Dublin’s Fair City” you’ve never seen or ever knew existed. The Ghostbus storytellers bring tales from Dublin’s dark history to life and you’ll experience a crash course in the art of body snatching form the handbook of Dr Samuel Clossey himself as well as visiting the scenes of some of Dublin’s most horrific and shocking paranormal activities, including a hidden city centre graveyard and the medieval vaults that lie beneath Dublin Castle.

Your Ghostbus ordeal begins as soon as you get on board. First make your way through a series of sinister, maze like chambers, and then mount the steps to the Victorian theatre above, the scene of the night’s events. Blood red velvet curtains enclose the space and suppress the screams from within as the tour takes off.

The Ghostbus Tour Storytellers are professional actors who strike a perfect balance between comedy and horror. They throw themselves into their dark roles to the point that it’s sometimes hard to know if they are still acting!

Tour Duration - Approximately 2 hours.

Tour Departs - Start at Dublin Bus Headquarters at 59 Upper O'Connell Street, Dublin 1.

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Bram Stoker Festival

4 Days of Deadly Adventures

25th - 28th October 2019

Whether you’re a resident vampire or visiting from further afield, Bram Stoker Festival in Dublin  has something for everyone in its gothically inspired programme of events. Get ready for four days of living stories and four nights of deadly adventures as Dublin gets gloriously gothic this October Bank Holiday Weekend.

The Bram Stoker Festival playfully celebrates the gothic, the mysterious, the after-dark and the thrill of Halloween, and delves into the legacy of one of Ireland’s most treasured authors. The packed programme of events devilishly mixes family-friendly adventures with late-night antics for mates, dates and everything in between.

From unforgettable, spectacular parades to pop-up Victorian fun parks, with intimate performances in unusual spaces, live music, workshops, theatre, podcasts, audio tours and a whole range of film, literary and once-off events, Bram Stoker Festival is full of surprises.

For more information, click here.

Bram Stoker’s CASTLE DRACULA Experience!!

Enjoy a Heart-thumping Experience while meeting the Characters from Dracula. Brave visitors journey through Castle Tunnels, over Spinning Bridges to the Vampire Courtyard, up to Dracula’s Lair and down to the Worlds only Graveyard Theatre for a Show where they promise not to bite.

Ireland’s Biggest and Best Independent Tourism Resource has Voted Castle Dracula the Number 1 Place to Visit…. Millions of Euros have been spent creating an incredible Irish Castle Dracula Attraction for everyone to enjoy a Heart-thumping Experience with the incredible Characters from Dracula and then a chance to learn more about Irish writer Bram Stoker, who wrote Dracula & was born beside Castle Dracula in Dublin in the World’s only ‘Bram Stoker Dracula Vampire Museum’! Brave Visitors journey through Castle Tunnels, over Spinning Bridges to the Vampire Courtyard, up to Dracula’s Lair and down to the ‘World’s Only Graveyard Theatre’ for a Show where they promise not to bite, unless.. Don’t miss this Unique Irish Experience!

(Strictly Age 14+)

This is your opportunity to enjoy the Amazing World of Bram Stoker and Dracula in Ireland… Don’t Miss it!!

WARNING: Strobe Lighting & Smoke Effects are used extensively in Castle Dracula, Not suitable for Pregnant Women, those with Heart or Breathing conditions, Claustrophobia or a Fear of Fun!

For more information, click here.

Murder at Newbridge House

NeWitch Project at Newbridge House & Farm

25th October - 31st October 2019

Immerse yourself in this truly spooky experience at Newbridge House, this Halloween.

Set in a stately home with much history to give goosebumps, this interactive experience is not one to be forgotten. Don your detective coat and get out that magnifying glass – the aim of the game is to solve the spooky murder mystery as you meet sinister folk along the way.

For more information, click here.

Stay in the Perfect Location!

There are many more gruelling events and activities happening over the Halloween Bank Holiday weekend. 

We promise our hotel isn’t scary at all, you can come back and relax in your cosy room. Our fabulous rooms feature Smart TV’s, free Wi-Fi, mineral water and luxury toiletries.

Book direct and receive complimentary car parking.

 We are a 20 minute walk into the city centre and we are located across the road from the Grand Canal Dock Station making travelling around the city very easy. We are only a 3 minute Dart ride to the city centre. You can also take one of several buses available nearby. See bus timetables here. See DART timetables here

Plan your Spooky Break to Dublin now!