Derry / Londonderry
According to Discover NI, the Derry / Londonderry Halloween festival is the largest in Europe and the city has been named as one of the best places to be for Halloween in the world.
The city hosts multiple Halloween events starting from early October and ranging right through to the 1st of November, more information about these events can be found on the official Halloween website.
The Halloween parade itself is a spectator event that is a combination of fire, sculpture, music, and performers with a fitting fireworks finale over the River Foyle.
This year’s theme is ‘The return of the Ancients’.
The Abooo Halloween Festival takes place around Galway from Friday 26th to Monday 29th October 2018. It is Ireland’s biggest Halloween event and is guaranteed to be a weekend of fun and festive spirit.
The weekend will be packed full of events like ghoulish arts & crafts, spooky storytelling and treasure hunts at Bridgit’s Garden while Halloween Treat at Turoe Pet Farm.
Though the main event is the Macnas Halloween Parade in its 32nd anniversary this year. Expect sculptural images, pyrotechnics, bespoke costumes, and epic performances to live and original music. Begins at 5.30pm on the 28th October.
More information can be found on the Galway Tourism website.
Also in the North, Belfast’s Halloween Monster Mash and Fireworks Display takes places down in the Titanic slipways with the streets coming alive on Halloween night.
Entertainment will include creepy crafts, monster rides, frighting street performers, scary workshops, live music and range of hot food and sweets.
The event starts at 6 pm and goes to 8 pm, the fireworks will start around 8 pm. See Belfast City Council’s website for more information.
The capital is also filled with Halloween festive spirits and for the 5th year, the Macnas Halloween Parade will be coming to Dublin for the 29th of October.
The hauntingly beautiful, wild and tempestuous parade on the streets of Dublin will be sure to entertain all ages.
Dublin Zoo also runs the ‘Spooktacular Boo at the Zoo’ which starts at 12 pm and goes to 4 pm on Halloween day. This child-focused event promises to have arts & crafts, spine-chilling keeper, and spooky face painting.
Every year the Halloween parade ‘The Dragon of Shandon’ takes place in Cork and every year the parade gets bigger, it is now on its 13th year of Halloween frights in Cork.
The night is guaranteed to provide a friendly and carnival atmosphere within the whole city on Halloween.
What’s different about this parade than others in Irish cities is its a community project rather than organized by a private company or council. The community project brings together over 20 community groups and 15,000 spectators for last year.
See their website for more information.
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