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Pig's head and cow's heart makes a spooky house

It was all guts and gorey in Dublin last night as the city's most haunted house dripped in blood and terrorised the capital's children.

East Wall Recreation Centre was turned into a haunted house for Halloween and spooked out more than 2,000 kids with bloody hearts, cows' stomachs and a real pig's head. But it was all done in the name of two good causes.

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"We've been doing this for ten years now," said volunteer Derek Buckley.

"It's a community-wide event and everyone gets involved and we raise money for Temple Street Children's Hospital," he added.

It was started in 2004 to give the children in the area something safe and fun to do on October 31.

"We wanted to keep the kids out of trouble and away from anti-social behaviour," said Mr Buckley.

Last night there were ghosts, coffins, spiders and raising the dead in East Wall as kids wandered through the maze of terror.

But it wasn't all horror as a big hocus pocus dance took place in the East Wall playground afterwards as did a fireworks display.

There was also a flame thrower and an hour-long parade so that kids could show off their scary costumes.

"We got help from Aldi and Dublin City Council but we had to fundraise €6,000 for all of this," said Mr Buckley.

Teenagers and young adults from the area also joined in to help with the creation of the house of horrors.

Art students from Marino College, DIT and Dundalk IT gave their time to help design the fearsome house.

The community hope to raise €2,000 for Temple Street. They chose the children's hospital because of the injuries that some children suffer at Halloween.

jfegan@herald.ie


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