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Sunday 11 December 2016

It's a spooky success as 3,000 turn out for spectacular zombie festival

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Livvy Hayden (10), Miley Hayden (5) and Abbie Jackson (10) during the East Wall Halloween Festival and Parade.
Livvy Hayden (10), Miley Hayden (5) and Abbie Jackson (10) during the East Wall Halloween Festival and Parade.
Megan Pilson (10) and Aoife Gilroy (11) during the East Wall Halloween Festival and Parade.
The East Wall Halloween Festival and Parade.
Emily Spain (11) during the East Wall Halloween Festival and Parade.
Darcey Walsh during the East Wall Halloween Festival and Parade.
Alex Conway (7) during the East Wall Halloween Festival and Parade.

East Wall put on a "spooktacular" display during its popular Halloween festival over the weekend.

Months of planning by the organisers saw record crowds of up to 3,000 attend the event.

This year the festival had a zombie theme and the kids certainly didn't disappoint with their costumes on Halloween night.

"It was amazing," said Tony Kelly, who has been one of the organisers for the last 10 years.

"It's really working what we are doing. I know other communities came out to have a look at the way we are doing it, and see if can they implement it in their area."

Among the highlights of the event was the night parade.

"The kids love the parade, and the senior citizens come out and wave to them. We take a different route every year," explained Tony.

"The haunted house was really spectacular this year. We had a lot of people coming out - I don't know if it's a good thing or a bad thing - crying because they were frightened," he said.

The haunted house was put together from several marquees and locals - including members of the Men's Sheds group - built props for it.

Another major draw on the night was a dance show performed by 28 local kids which they rehearsed for the last two months.

The night was finished off by a flame thrower who thrilled the onlookers.

"I think the highlight for me is that it's such a family orientated event.

"We had about 1,500 goodie bags and we handed them all out to kids," said Mr Kelly.

Strength

"This was our tenth anniversary. It has gone from strength to strength every year," he said.

"It's lovely to get phone calls from people to say thanks very much, they enjoyed it. It shows that you are doing something right," he said.

Community groups in the area come together every year to form an 'East Wall For All' committee to plan the event.

"We start meeting at the end of July and we decide what the theme will be," Tony said.

It was the most spectacular festival to date. The haunted house grew from 40ft to 70ft this year.

Elsewhere, all over the city, local communities came together to celebrate Halloween at fun events.

From 'Finglas Fright Night' to Ballymun's 'Otherworld Festival', there were lots of spooky happenings taking place.

Street parties were also held in a number of areas around the city centre.

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