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.