Spooky Fun for All the Family as Bram Stoker Festival returns!

Children and families across Dublin are invited to channel their inner zombie, ghost or ghoul this October Bank Holiday weekend at Bram Stoker Festival’s (October 26th - 29th) series of family-friendly fangtastic events across the city. Highlights include Stokerland, a pop-up Victorian fun park, Dracula’s Disco with Dracula’s own DJ, spinning the decks and scratching vinyl and the return of the Macnas parade, set to cast a mystical spell over viewers as it makes its way through the streets of Dublin 1. For information on all events sink your teeth into www.bramstokerfestival.com

Roll up, Roll up! Stokerland, a pop-up Victorian fun park for children and the eternally young, will open its gothic gates on Saturday 27th and Sunday 28th of October in one of Dublin’s most beautiful green spaces, St. Patrick’s Park. This ghoulish gathering will present street theatre, a performance tent, free face-painting, macabre thrills and ghoulish games for everyone to enjoy, complete with a food village, story telling, macabre theatre for children, fair ground rides and more! This family-friendly fun-day is the perfect way to entertain children 12 and under this Hallowe’en Bank Holiday weekend. Fancy dress encouraged!

Dracula’s Disco returns to Meeting House Square with DJ Will Softly on The Ark’s outdoor stage, complete with confetti cannons to inspire some seriously deadly dancing! This fun-packed and energetic DJ set will be perfect for young ghosties, ghouls and music-loving little monsters. So get on your feet and have a blast! Come along in costume and show off your demonic dance moves! Free entry on a first come basis.

World-renowned pioneers of imagination and invention, Macnas will transform the city streets as dusk falls with their new spectacle 'Out of the Wild Sky'; a haunting and hair-raising procession of otherworldly creatures, sculpting a new cosmos into being. Come out and play as we celebrate Samhain.

Visit Brown Bag Films in Smithfield for a fang-tastic vampire-themed  Animation Workshop with Director on Disney's Vampirina. Emmy Award winning artist Mårten Jönmarkwill share the secrets of creating vampire characters inspired by Vampirina. Kids will work together on a giant vampire doodle as well as creating their own individual characters to take home.

PaINTCLUB Family x Bram Stoker daytime painting workshops for young and old in the light filled vaults of Dublin’s EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum. At these special family events, you and your young Picassos can come together and create a ‘Dracula’ inspired masterpiece. With all materials provided and step by step instruction, this is a fun family event where older children, teens and adults can get creative together and take home a masterpiece. No experience required for these creative workshops right in the heart of Dublin city.

For more than three hundred years, Ireland’s oldest public library has stood in Saint Patrick’s Close on the edge of the Cathedral graveyard. A place such as this develops an atmosphere that cannot be replicated. Marsh’s Library aka The Haunted Library invites guests to wander the darkened galleries where books of witchcraft and heresy are to be found. Once inside visitors will be regaled with bizarre tales from our past by a series of strange characters ready to teach those willing to learn and terrify those who come unprepared ...

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Dubliners and visitors to the city are invited to follow the fun using #bitemedublin #fiaclafola at www.facebook.com/BramStokerDublin and @bramstokerdub on Twitter and Instagram.

Bram Stoker Festival is a Dublin City Council and Fáilte Ireland initiative.