Halloween – a time for thrills, chills and scaring ourselves silly. But did you know that everyone’s favourite fright-filled holiday began in Ireland? Trace Halloween right back to its origins and you’ll find yourself in the mists of pagan Ireland over 2,000 years ago – a time when the ancient festival of Samhain was celebrated in the heart of Ireland's Ancient East to mark the beginning of winter. It’s said that at Halloween the boundary between our world and the Otherworld is at its thinnest, allowing spirits and demons to easily pass between the two. So come with us on a strange and spooky journey as we experience Halloween in Ireland. Halloween ghost stories 9 of the spookiest stories to ever come out of Ireland, featuring deadly curses, a haunted river and the Devil himself. 6 reasons to visit Derry Halloween Voted the Best Halloween Destination in the World, Derry~Londonderry throws a frighteningly good party! Dracula's undead appeal Discover Dracula at Dublin's Bram Stoker Festival – a gothic extravaganza that welcomes the living... and the undead. Ireland's most haunted pub That chill you’re feeling in Grace Neill’s pub isn’t just cold beer. Welcome to the most haunted pub in Ireland. Tales from the crypt Ireland's churches conceal histories, mysteries and macabre surprises. Do you dare to unlock their secrets? Halloween recipes Delicious recipes with supernatural powers? Well, this is Ireland and all things are possible... especially at Halloween. Get spooked with our Halloween quiz Test your nerves with our devilishly difficult quiz! But be warned: just one wrong answer could be deadly... Ireland's Ancient East: tales of terror Tragic deaths and murderous clans... discover the spooky spots haunted by the gruesome ghosts of the past. Halloween getaways Coming to Ireland for Halloween? Ireland.com Community has some tips for making your trip spine-chillingly good.