Scary Mary: The best Halloween events happening in Ireland

Looking for ideas on the spookiest ookiest and most terrifying things to do in the run up to the greatest day of the year? We've got you covered (in spiderwebs).

Eight drag queens in a Halloween graveyard as a poster for the Heels of Hell live event

Calling all gay ghouls, it’s almost Halloween – the most wonderful time of the year, but with so many weird and wonderful events to choose from, where will you spend Black Christmas? Well, roll-up roll-up as we reveal some of the craziest and creepiest happenings this side of the tomb.


If you love Halloween and all things scary, no self respecting monster could consider missing one of the absolute best creepy events in the country. Farmaphobia is an absolute blast. Situated in Co. Meath and consisting of five separate scare zones, wary attendees can expect to be terrified by clowns, zombies, aliens, monsters and morticians. The level of detail of the scare zones is second to none. Pick your way through corn mazes and creepy fields with the sound of chainsaws buzzing in the night, lie on a morticians slab, dodge a horde of scare actors ready to give you the night (and the fright) of your life.

Unmissable entertainment.

Mother presents Lost Souls at Lost Lane

If you manage to survive until Bank Holiday Sunday (or especially if you didn’t) the mighty spooky Mother welcomes undead revellers to join them at Lost Souls at Lost Lane.

Wander down the winding lane at the bottom of Grafton Street, where the souls of all those slain at last year’s Disco Bloodbath will rise again.
Join the Mother DJs, Kelly-Anne Byrne and decomposing drag wraiths on Dublin’s newest bloodstained dance floor. Dress up to get down.

Mother and Dragged Up present: Drag Me To Hell

Just when you’ve dragged your corpse out of your grave following Lost Souls, Mother will get its claws into you once more! On Halloween night, the Mother crew and Dragged Up are taking over the Button Factory and hosting the biggest all hallows after-party of the year – Drag Me To Hell! Teaming up with the Ice Queen of Dragged Up – Victoria Secret – expect a night of dark drag and dirty disco. This is also the official afterparty for the RuPaul queens Heels of Hell gig, so dress to slay!

Bram Stoker Festival

Our country’s greatest claim to horror fame is the fact that Ireland birthed the man who birthed the Count. Dublin celebrates Stoker, the creator of Dracula, with a festival in his honour. The Bram Stoker Festival will fill the dark streets with a host of terrifying events. From seances, spooky readings, unsettling installations and freaky film screenings, there’s a jam-packed line-up.

One particular horrible happening is Insta Terror. A first for Ireland, this is a ghost story which takes place completely on Instagram! Want to get involved in the petrifying shenanigans? Simply log on to Insta and follow @marniedark from October 21st!

Haunted Spooktacular

Hear the sounds of wailing and chainsaws? Want to join in?! The flat-out fantastic Haunted Spooktacular at Grove Gardens is a total howl.

Experience fear like never before as you travel through your worst nightmare with some fun filled fear in between. Ireland’s only scare attraction designed for adults, this is not for the faint hearted. Whether you’re a horror movie fanatic, or a Halloween junkie, love to be petrified or just enjoy the detail of a highly interactive one-of-a-kind experience, Haunted Spooktacular has something for everybody.

Take a deep breath, you’ll need it to scream!

Danse Macabre Halloween Ball

Ireland’s most glamorous Halloween party is back! Beware this Halloween for the door between the living and the dead is opening for a night of unspeakable glamour. The beautiful and the damned will rise again for Danse Macabre: Halloween’s Monster Ball at the RDS Concert Hall, Ireland’s most decadent Halloween party.

For one night only, the grand Concert Hall becomes a haunted house with a touch of the cirque du freak. Your hosts — the divine temptress and dancefloor slayer, Bonnie Boux, and prince of all things unholy, Beelzebub, will lead you through a party that mixes live music, DJs, dance, variety, immersive performances, cabaret and the occasional sacrifice.


Looking for something to do with the little monsters in your life? The family-friendly Ghostbus is for you!

Climb on board with your little werewolves and be transported into a world of terrifying tales, horrible histories and all the gruesome gory secrets of our fair city. The brand new Ghostbus Kid’s Tour, a kids version of DoDublin’s long-running and hugely successful Ghostbus tour, uncovers the darkest tales of Dublin’s streets.

If they manage to survive this wild mystery tour, all youngsters will be awarded a Certificate of Survival signed by Count Dracula himself!


One of Ireland’s newest additions to the Samhain scene, Púca is a spectacular, fun and otherworldly new festival celebrating Ireland as the original birthplace of Halloween. Vibrant and contemporary in feel but strongly rooted in tradition, it will take place in three locations across Meath and Louth.

With a mixture of parades, live music (including GCN favourites – Pillow Queens) great food, spectacular sights and events for all, Púca is going to be a blast. If you are brave enough!


This Halloween, Dublin braces itself for The Kraken Rum to deliver a unique bar and horror experience like no other, commissioning legendary horror mastermind Neil Marshall to direct every detail of the night. Kraken Screamfest: Director’s Cut will be terrifying those brave enough to step inside the real-world creation of his darkest imaginings. Everything from the décor and the staff to the cocktails will have a spine-chilling ‘Marshall twist’, with surprises lurking around every corner.

Those who scare easily should stay away as The Kraken does NOT do things by halves, and the thrills offered up will no doubt be (almost) as delicious as the drinks on offer!

So there we are, beasties, some top tips for those looking to go bump in the night.

Enjoy Halloween, everyone, after all – we created it.

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