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Monday 23 October 2017

Learn how to kill vampire on spooky weekend of fun, frolics and frights

"HOW to kill a Vampire" is one of the events being hosted in Dublin City this Halloween.

Dublin City Council said a variety of events will highlight the "safer side" of Halloween, catering for all age groups.

Halloween Festival 2010 aims to offer Dubliners "fun, frolics and some frights" in a safe, managed environment with all events free.

Lord Mayor Gerry Breen said: "The free family events we have organised offer the communities a safe and supervised choice this Halloween.



Safe

"There are events all over the City and I would encourage everyone to come out and enjoy these events and have a safe Halloween."

Events include:



  • City Hall hosts How To Kill A Vampire on October 26 and 27. Blackthorn Arts return with Halloween Mask Making, the Story of Samhain, traditional Halloween games and Fancy Dress Fashion Show.


  • Finglas Community Gardai will give a talk to young people about Halloween on October 26; face painting will take place at Tesco Clearwater on October 31 with the main event, Halloween Festival Night of fun, starting at 6pm.


  • Ballymun hosts the Otherworld -- Ballymun Halloween Festival from 5.45pm-8.45pm at Ballymun Plaza. Live performance from Kila and Circus Gerbola makes their third annual visit from October 27-31.


  • Ringsend hosts a variety of great events from the October 27, starting with Scary Games and Face Painting from 12pm-1.30pm at Ringsend Park and Irishtown Sports Stadium. On October 29 there will be a Fancy Dress Disco from 7pm-9pm for seven to 14-year-olds at Ringsend Park and Irishtown Sports Stadium.

A full list of events is available at www.dublincity.ie/recreationandculture/ events.



bonfires

The City Council's action plan to minimise the impact of Halloween activities, particularly with regard to environmental consequences of bonfires and illegal fireworks has been under way for some time.

Halloween has cost the Council €2m in clean-up and other costs over the past two years.

The City Council said it was proactively engaging with local communities to take part in events for children and teenagers, to help coordinate activities.

Its action programme includes a range of activities including removing bonfire materials and public safety awareness programmes, discussions with businesses and cleaning up bonfire sites, repairs and replacement of street bins and bottle banks. The City Council said there would be "strict enforcement" of waste all management, fire services and housing laws.

mlavery@herald.ie

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