3 MAKE IT SCARY
If you want to vamp it up with blood-curdling Gothic get-ups or go ghoulish with 40,000 dressed-up revellers, then claim your spot at one of Ireland’s horror-themed festivals this autumn. Start off by sinking your teeth into the Bram Stoker Festival (October), which honours the Dublin-born author of Dracula. The city goes red for three nights of vampiric high-jinks with literary events, walks, screenings and a Gothic ball.
Keep the theme going with DerryHalloween (October), which sees the whole city dress up for what is now Europe’s biggest Hallowe’en festival. Expect ghostly costumes, a killer line-up of events and a crowd of 40,000 for a seriously scary Hallowe’en parade. Then round off the spooky season in all its ghoulish glory at the Púca Festival (October). Counties Meath and Louth will brim with paranormal activity including haunting performances, costumed creatures and hair-raising ghost stories.