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Tuesday 17 October 2017

Fun and fright-filled Halloween on offer across communities

Fireworks and spooky "frights of Halloween" are being organised tonight by local communities all over Dublin.

The communities have teamed with Dublin City Council for action-packed family fun – with full safety precautions – to celebrate Halloween night.

Haunted houses, parades, face-painting, dancing, fancy dress and fireworks displays are all on offer.

The council has urged people to go to the organised events, stressing its warning that all bonfires are illegal and the public should not attend them.

An Otherworld Festival is planned at the Ballymun Plaza with a parade, dancing and a fireworks display while over in Finglas at the Civic Centre on Mellowes Road the Finglas Fright Night face-painting, bouncy castle and fireworks are part of the fun. Both run 6-9pm.

 

PARTY

A Halloween Marquee takes place during the day in the main street of Finglas village from 11am-4pm and at night the East Wall Halloween Festival Parade leaves Strangford Road at 6.15pm, arriving at Russell Avenue an hour later for a Haunted House party.

Darndale fireworks display starts at 6pm and in Cherry Orchard Equine Centre, the Haunted House celebration runs from 12noon-2pm with a Big Firework Display at 5.30pm in the park opposite St Ultan's Primary School.

A festival in Sheriff Street in the inner city begins with a parade at 6pm while in Kilbarrack the fireworks display at Roseglen Football Pitch starts at 7pm and in Donaghmede the fireworks start at 7.30pm.

Fireworks displays start in Edenmore Crescent Park at 8.15pm, in Donnycarney at May Park at 8.30pm and a fancy dress party for the St Michael's Afterschool Group in the Family Resource Centre at Inchicore runs from 2-4pm.

Meanwhile, Age Action has reminded the public that on Halloween night "what seems like harmless fun for some can cause terrible distress to older people who may be frail, nervous or living alone".

They ask people to be mindful of older neighbours when using bangers and fireworks and to enjoy it without causing hurt or damage to others.

"Older people are not being mean if they don't open their doors, they may just be too afraid to. So if you see children or older teenagers approaching the homes of older neighbours tell them not to," Gerard Scully of the organisation said.

csheehy@herald.ie

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