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No fireworks this year, but still plenty of fun events planned

No fireworks this year, but still plenty of fun events planned

No fireworks this year, but still plenty of fun events planned

There may not be fireworks displays, bonfires or costume parties, but events organisers are working hard to make Halloween 2020 a memorable occasion.

The four councils across the capital are planning a range of events to help the young and young at heart celebrate one of Ireland's oldest traditions.

Dublin City Council said all events are online this year due to Covid-19 restrictions, with no fireworks show or other events that would attract large crowds.

"Events like the Otherworld Festival in Ballymun, the Cauldron at Smithfield and Finglas Fright Night are going ahead as virtual events," a spokesperson said.

"There are also numerous low-key local events being organised by local youth organisations and community groups who have worked really hard to organise things to celebrate Halloween while keeping young people safe."

Among the more quirky events being organised is Bulbs not Bonfires, which is being promoted by the councils for Dublin city and south Dublin.

It involves providing communities with flowers in the spring in return for organising alter-native Halloween activities which will not harm the environment.

"We encourage residents to participate in Bulbs not Bonfires and eliminate unnecessary costs related to bonfire clean-ups as well as public safety and the stretch it places on our emergency services," said Mayor of South Dublin County Council Ed O' Brien.

"It's natural that people will be even more excited about Halloween this year due to the restrictions we are living with, but we must recognise that many people are even more isolated due to Covid-19 and fear some Halloween activities.

"Please enjoy the festivities, but stay safe and stay apart."

In Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown, libraries have organised some online Halloween story and craft events for children during mid-term.

Entertained

"We have events organised for October and November which are Plays in the Park," said a spokesperson.

"The plays will be performed in Moran Park for the most part, beside the library.

"We will be collaborating with artists who have worked with us before so we know that audiences will be entertained and stimulated."

Some events will be live-streamed.

Performances will adhere strictly to Covid-19 guidelines, with a maximum of 15 people per show, including actors.

Audiences are encouraged to keep up to date with any new government guidelines.

However, the council's annual Samhain walk, which was scheduled for October 25, has been cancelled.

In Fingal, a decision was taken to postpone the annual Festival of Flame at Hall- oween.

It was always one of the most popular events in the calendar and was due to take place at 13 different locations.

In its place the council has organised a project to illuminate and project "spooky images" on to its properties and other buildings throughout the county.