One of our favorite holidays is Halloween. All October long, we love pumpkin spice everything, watching all of our favorite Halloween movies, and generally getting hyped for the big event: getting dressed up and partying the night away. This year, we’re spending Halloween in Dublin. But, why Ireland?
Of course, we’ve all heard of the Irish love of pubs and brews, so if one thing is certain, having a good night out is essentially guaranteed in Dublin. But we’re Halloween purists, and we’re here to tell you five more reasons why Ireland should be your #1 choice for Halloween.
The Origin of Halloween
Internationally, people often associate only St Patrick’s day with the Irish, but did you know Ireland is the actually the birthplace of Halloween? That’s right! Witches, goblins and all that goes bump in the night started in Ireland over 3,000 years ago as the pagan festival of Samhain. The Celts believed that as summer changed into winter, the boundary between the world of the living and the Otherworld of the dead was at its thinnest. That meant that the dead could enter back into the world of the living! In order to ward off these evil spirits, the Celts would light bonfires. In time, this festival of fire developed into ‘All Hallows Eve’, and today, to Halloween.
Who could imagine a better place to be than in Dublin–the country’s capital–on the spookiest day of the year?
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Beyond spending Halloween in the birthplace of the tradition, Dublin has something for every type of celebrator. Below, we’ve got four more reasons to spend your Halloween in Dublin.
For the SCARES: Nightmare Realm’s Haunted House
If you are looking for thrills and chills this Halloween weekend, look no further. Nightmare Realm is back for the tenth year in a row, to bring a terrifying walk-through horror experience. The theme this year is devil’s crossroads featuring grisly demonic beings that made a costly deal with devil. Grab a friend and wander down the monstrous mazes in this immersive Halloween experience. Be warned, this is absolutely not for the faint of heart and is really meant for the most scare-inclined!
For the Nostalgia: Hocus Pocus Theater Screening
Name a more iconic Halloween movie! We’ll wait. Grab some popcorn and fill up on Halloween candy at the Omniplex in Dublin, as you watch the Sanderson sisters on the big screen. This Halloween, let’s throw it back to all the feels and relive the nostalgia of when trick or treating was the pinnacle of Halloween night. Not to mention, you’ll be throwing around these quotes all weekend.
For the Experience: The Exorcist- LIVE
For the more sophisticated Halloween experience, attend a live performance of the Exorcist with all the spine-chilling moments and twisted convulsions at the Gaiety Theatre. The classic horror film is given a unique perspective as it comes to life on stage in one of the most beautiful theaters in all of Ireland.
For the Culture: The Brazen Head
Want to try out a little ghost hunting this Halloween? Feel a chill in the air as you sip on a pint at the most haunted pub in Dublin. This is the experience for anyone not that into the scares of Halloween. Beyond a beautiful place to experience the Irish Pub culture, The Brazen Head offers storytelling dinners. At this event, feast on a traditional Irish meal while lively storytellers recount fairies and folklore. It’s a whimsical dinner theater experience that will really ground you in the history of Ireland.