No Tricks, Just Treats This Halloween

Halloween originated in Ireland over 2,000 years ago during the time of the Celts. It's a time of celebration and superstition. It originated with the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain (Sah-win), on October 31st, people would light bonfires and wear costumes to scare off ghosts. When Irish people emigrated to America they brought with them their beliefs and thus 'trick or treating' and the modern Halloween as we now know it evolved.

There is no better place to be this October than in the heart of our capital city, Dublin. Explore the city's creepy Georgian streets, once walked by the legendary author Bram Stoker, creator of Dracula. The author's impact on the horror genre is so great, that every year Dublin hosts the Bram Stoker Festival, which attracts tens of thousands to the city.

The festival, which runs at the end of October, showcases all things Bram Stoker, the supernatural and Irelands connection to Halloween, with many events occuring over the course of the festival. The highlight of the festival is the spooktacular parade presented by Macnas. Ghosts and ghouls walk through the city streets in a stunning display which is a must see for those who are lucky enough to visit Dublin during the festival!

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