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Our Top 5 Halloween Festivals Coming to Ireland This October

 

Autumn is upon us, and Ireland is the perfect place to celebrate the year’s cosiest season -- wool jumpers, orange leaves and late nights next to the fire in the nearest pub! Because of this, it only makes sense that Ireland is also the birthplace of Autumn’s favourite holiday, Halloween. 

 

The origin of our spookiest holiday can be traced back to the festival of Samhain from our Celtic past. In the old Irish language, Samhain means “summer’s end,” and it was celebrated as a sort of new year, with feasts and music and overall festivities. Samhain was also believed to be a time when the spirits of those who passed away the following year moved on to the next life -- hence where our modern day horror-themed events come from. 

 

With Ireland’s past in mind, we are highlighting our country’s five best Halloween festivals. Whether you’re looking for tricks or treats with your friends, family or office, these events will get you in the Autumnal mood.

 

 

1. Púca Festival

 

For the first time in a very long time, Ireland is going back to its roots with a festival dedicated solely to the age-old Samhain traditions. Rather than the modernised versions of this spooky holiday, Púca will focus on the Celtic traditions that made Halloween in Ireland different than anywhere else in the world. Taking place across three towns -- Athboy, Drogheda and Trim -- get ready to trade in haunted houses and pumpkin carving for the lighting of Samhain fires and listening to stories from the Táin Bó Cuailgne

 

Get your office or clientele in the seasonal spirit with a promotional printed scarf, fully customisable with whatever design you choose. Opt for something orange, Celtic and, of course, branded with your company logo. 


The Púca festival will run from October 31 to November 2. Celebrate the Irish way with awe-inspiring light installations, tales from Irish folklore and traditional Celtic music.

 

 

2. Galway Aboo Halloween Festival

On Halloween weekend, Galway’s Latin Quarter is getting a gothic makeover. For another year, this west coast city is set to become a haven for all things creepy and crawly. The highlight of the weekend will be the spirited Macnas parade, where sculptures of giants and ghouls will stalk the city streets alongside every fancy dress you can imagine. Don’t miss the zombie chase, sure to get your blood pumping, as well as the pony ride through Bloody Mary’s Haunted House.

In order to avoid any tricks, bring plenty of treats to these family-friendly events, such as these promotional sweets. They are individually wrapped and can even be stamped with your company logo. 

The Galway Aboo Halloween Festival will run from October 26 to 28. Expect foodie feasts, fancy dress and family fun. 

 

3. Halloween Happenings at Lullymore Heritage Park

 

Don’t want to limit your scares and screams to just one bank holiday weekend? You’re in luck: At Lullymore Heritage Park, the spookiness lasts a full seven days. Fancy dress is optional, but encouraged, as there will be prizes for best creature every day. But don’t make your costume too restrictive, as you’ll be expected to run from zombies on the Terror Train Trips . . . or else! 

 

If you’re stuck on what witch or wizard to go as, dress up with these bespoke card face masks. Your entire team can coordinate -- at the festival or just a festive office party. 


Halloween Happenings will run from October 26 to November 1. Prepare for haunted holograms, spooky treasure hunts and a freaky Funky Forest.

 

 

4. Bram Stoker Festival

 

If Halloween, to you, means blood and screams rather than pumpkins and treats, this Ireland-only festival is the October event for you. Gothic Dublin comes out to scare this bank holiday weekend in celebration of one of the city’s most notorious writers -- and his lasting horror story. Bram Stoker supposedly found some inspiration for the vampire legend from the bedtime stories his mother told him when he was a child growing up in Dublin. Get into the spooky spirit at the same places that may have inspired her tales: Devilish events are taking place in local Dublin libraries and graveyards. 

 

Help your staff or clients cope with the upcoming scares with a cheeky stress pumpkin. They’ll be able to face even the scariest of vampire movies (Twilight, did you say?) with this branded jack-o-lantern. 

 

The Bram Stoker Festival will run from October 25 to 28. Bite into nightly séances, scary stories, horror screenings and a very modern fear: Insta Terror. 

 

 
 
 

5. Derry Halloween

Up in Northern Ireland, Derry is the reigning leader of the annual Monster Mash. As Europe’s largest Halloween street carnival and fancy dress party, Derry Halloween is nothing short of your most supernatural dreams. Get ready for screams at the funfair, featuring a Ghost Train and Ireland’s largest Big Wheel, then feast your fears at the Haunted Harvest Market. Most importantly though: Don’t forget to howl at the Samhain moon in the Museum of the Moon before running wild through the streets for the annual parade. 

Perfect for any Halloween promotion or seasonal gift, this bat display block can be customised with your company message. It’s the cutest way to add some spooky vibes to any desk! 

Derry Halloween will run from October 26 to November 1. Trick or treat with walking tours, Saimhan sessions and a fearsome fireworks finale.

 

Halloween is a great excuse to lift the spirits of your office or clientele -- supernatural festival or not! 


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