What a build up to Halloween in Dublin 2013!

Dublin October 21st to October 28th 2013



The build up to Halloween is looking really exciting this year. Perhaps it does every year but for some reason this year all the going-ons have really caught my attention. The week of October 21st to October 28th, 2013 in Dublin is chocablock with stuff to do no matter what you’re into! Maybe you’ll experience one event, maybe them all! I’m sure there are more interesting and exciting things taking place that I haven’t mentioned below and if you know of them please leave a comment to where they are at and what they’re about … I’m always curious and love hearing and learning about new events open to me, especially free ones or ones that don’t break the bank.

Dine in Dublin October 21st – October 27th

Dine In Dublin October 2013

Dine in Dublin is back and they’ve got a spanky new website which I have to say looks and works really well. I’ve mentioned Dine in Dublin on the blog more than once, like here. I missed out on sampling, tasting and dining last time round in February but this time I’m drooling at the mouth and can’t wait to get my teeth into a dish or two. I’ll keep you posted on what and where I get up to. For more information on Dine in Dublin you can visit their website here www.dineindublin.ie

IFI Horrorthon October 24th – October 28th


If like me you are into a good ol’ squeal or a nice lil fright when watching a movie or film then you obviously watch and love horror ones or you’re a very excitable person. Horrorthon has been going for years now and gains new fans every year, which is a good thing as the fan supply needs to be replenished what with all those goulish vampire psycho blood thirsty zombies out there. Anyhoo – as I scroll down my page to get rid of those terrifying eyes ↑ I’d like to direct you to the IFI website where you can check out what’s playing and how much you’ll be paying … I’m a poet and I know it! Here’s the website www.ifi.ie/horrorthon

Bram Stoker Festival October 26th – October 28th

I’m just loving this illustration by Matthew Griffin who created it for the Visit Dublin website and of course to celebrate Dracula who was created by non other than Bram Stoker for whom the Bram Stoker Festival is all about. I really enjoyed last years festival which if you missed my post on it you can read about here. This years some events booked and sold out like hot-cakes or should I say fake blood! but there are lots still available. Some events/shows/readings/exhibitions you pay for, others are free but you need to reserve your place. For the real low down it’s best to visit the Bram Stoker Festival website here www.bramstokerfestival.com.

Samhain 2013 October 27th

Samhain 2013 Haunted Forest Walk Marlay Park

Sorry about the quality of this poster but I could only find a small image to work with. Anyhoo here’s a great idea for all the family when it’s still bright out and for us older kids when it gets dark … a Haunted Forest Walk around Marlay Park! It’s called Samhain 2013 and should not to be mistaken for the Samhain Festival up at Glendalough House and which looks like a right buzz www.samhain-festival.com and sold out a few weeks ago.

Samhain is a Gaelic Festival that was and is celebrated to mark the end of Autumn and the beginning of Winter. It should actually take place from sunset on October 31st to sunset on November 1st, however as these days are mid-week, I’m presuming that it’s better all round to celebrate it on a Bank Holiday weekend instead. Just to note too that the winter months by the Gaelic Calendar are November, December and January but by the Meteoroligists Calendar it’s December January and February. December, January and February are considered the months of the winter season in the US too. Just sayin. Anyhoo enough of my ramblings … For a little insight into why I love Marlay Park where Samhain 2013’s Haunted Forest Walk will talk place click here and for more information on the event visit the Dun Laoighaire and Rathdown website here www.dlrevents.ie

Dublin Marathon October 28th

Dublin Marathon 2013

The Dublin Marathon … about 15,000 people running through the streets of Dublin. It’s into it’s 34th year … a year for every year I’ve been alive. I haven’t run it and I don’t know if I ever will or will want to. Not so long ago it took me eight hours to walk the length of a marathon when I walked from Howth Head to Bray Head for the Head 2 Head Walk for Cystic Fibrosis. I found it hard to walk for a couple of day after that! Now I know I didn’t train for it but the thought of being able to run that walk I did stupifies me and all I can say is fair play to those who will be doing it. You really have focus, inner and outer strength. I know lots of people who gradually get hooked on running and take marathons in their stride … no pun intended. Maybe one day I’ll give it a shot but it won’t be on October 28th this year, that’s for sure. Best of Luck to all those taking this years Dublin Marathon in your stride, especially those who do it for charity. For more information on the Dublin Marathon you can visit their website here www.dublinmarathon.ie

As I mentioned earlier in this post … don’t be shy to let me know what you plan on getting up this October in the build up to Halloween.

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