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5 Reasons Why Halloween in Dublin Should Be On Your Bucket List

By Molly Dunn

In the spirit of creepy masks, candy corn and pumpkins, Halloween has developed into one of America’s favorite holidays.  Maybe it’s the sea of sugar skulls, and all of the Disney Channel references to Dia de los Muertos that we grew up with, but, we all seem convinced that Halloween began just across the United States border in Mexico.

I have something really spooky to tell you, something shocking, and even maybe a bit terrifying…the real origin lies in a place where not a soul would think to look…Ireland. We all know that the Irish like to party, and we dress up in green every St. Patty’s day to celebrate with the charmingly accented crew, but who knew they also founded Halloween! 

What started as the pagan festival of Samhain, Halloween as know it now, was a Celtic festival of fire meant to ward off evil spirits as summer changed into winter. In time, October 31st developed from the festival of Samhain, to ‘All Hallows Eve’, to Halloween.

So, now that we all know that Halloween originated in Ireland, it’s becoming clear why going to Ireland for Halloween weekend is a must. There are tons of festivals, parties and celebrations on this spooky day. Who could imagine a better place to be than the country’s capital on the spookiest day of the year? Here is a list of 5 things to do in Dublin, this Halloween.

  1. Monsters! Season at Light House Cinema. This year the Bram Stoker Festival has partnered with Light house Cinema, located just across from The Generator Hostel, in Smithfield square, to offer a series of showings of horror classics. Offering €6.50 matinees and €8.00 nighttime showings. Celebrate the monsters of the 30s by means of watching The Mummy, Creature from the Black Lagoon, The Wolf Man, Frankenstein, and of course, Dracula. Get your tickets in advance here

  1. Bleedin’ Deadly Referred to as ‘Ireland’s freakiest Halloween Event’, experience what is left of the dying street performing art that was once Freak shows. With two shows per night, one at 6:45pm followed by a 9:45pm showing, don’t miss the madness! Buy your tickets online at for €25. For the post show hit up the pub Church for two for one drinks!

  1. Nightmare Plants For €10 visit Dublin’s Botanical Gardens for an ‘immersive performance, told by an ensemble of actors’. Each show is about 30 minutes and brings you face to face with mother natures deadliest creations.  Check out all the details here.

  1. Werewolves Participate in this high energy, high stakes parlor game, any evening of Halloweekend. The concept of this game is simple. There are werewolves among you, a villager was stolen away by them. Now the villagers meet to discuss their strategy, electing a leader. You must be careful as there are werewolves among you, waiting to out number the scared humans. The werewolves aim to subsume the village and it’s survival of the fittest for the villagers. Admission is free but you must get a ticket to participate. Play Friday night at Generator Hostel starting at 7:30pm. Arrive early, grab a drink and get ready to play! Book your tickets here.

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  1. Stokerland Visit this ‘pop-up Victorian fun park’ on Saturday or Sunday, for a ‘gothic gathering of fun and cames’ in St. Patricks Park. Admission is free, get dressed up and feel like a kid again at this family friendly halloween event! Halloween in Dublin should be on everyone’s bucket list, and you have the chance to cross it off early! Visit bramstokerfestival.com to find out more information and events for this Halloween! Whether you attend this ghoulish festival, or parade around Dublin’s incredibly fun Pubs, you can’t go wrong spending Halloween in it’s birthplace, Dublin.

If I haven’t convinced you yet, here’s another reason!  Bus2alps just dropped the Ireland Coast 2 Coast trip to €135 for Halloween weekend…. I can’t think of a better time to go!  

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Roma After Sunset

By: Dylan Cavaliere

There is much to say about the Eternal City. With architecture that’s spanned thousands of years and beauty around every corner, it’s hard to capture all the sights of Rome in one list. With that said, here are seven of the spots around town that just feel particularly different (and better) when the sun goes down.

  1. Piazza Navona  

I think you’ll find that the majority of the locations on this list feel much less crowded and far quieter at night – that’s certainly true for Piazza Navona. Street artists fill the oversized square while hushed chatter and soft footsteps surround the giant illuminated fountains. Stop for a sprtiz at one of the bars in the piazza and take a stroll around.

  1. Fontina di Trevi (Trevi Fountain)

In my travels there are few places that I’ll actually describe as breathtaking (shout out to the Pantheon as well, but no entry at night). The Trevi Fountain is one of those places. It’s hard to believe that humans masterfully constructed this enormous monument, but they did. It took roughly 100 years to finish. Every time I go I have the same reaction as I did the first time, jaw dropped. Stop by at night too see it lit up and toss in your coin. No photo will ever do the Trevi Fountain any justice, much like all attractions on this list.

  1. Altare della Patria (Wedding Cake Monument)

This is a perfect example of a photo not living up to the grandeur of this monument. Built in honor of Victor Emmanuel, the first king of a unified Italy, The Altare della Patria stands 230 ft. high and 443 ft. wide. Depending on how close you stand to the monument, you can hardly contain it in your eyesight. Two torches are lit and two guards stand in front 24/7.You’ll find it much quieter at night to visit and take some awesome pictures.

  1. Trastevere/Tiber River

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This is probably my favorite neighborhood in Rome. Take a walk over the Tiber River into Trastevere during sunset and you’ll see why. The streets are flooded with people enjoying aperitivo and musicians playing a number. It truly has the “neighborhood” feel about it, and all of its liveliness happens during the nighttime. There are hundreds of restaurants, bars, gelaterias, and cafes to pop into. Grab a pizza at Dar Poeta and follow up with a gelato from Old Bridge, you’ll be glad you came.

  1. Piazza di Spagna (Spanish Steps)

The Spanish steps are beautiful both day and night. But during the night, shoppers from Via del Corso wander up and down the steps for an evening stroll. People sit on the steps sipping espresso when it gets colder. Also, this area is heavily decorated around Christmas time. Which brings me to our next destination.

  1. Via del Corso

For all the shoppers of the world, this is the place you want to be. Via del Corso is the shopping district of Roma. While most storefronts close for the night hours you can still take some time to stroll through and take in the views of the glowing street.

  1. The Colosseum

You can’t exactly make a list of Roman destinations without including the Colosseum. While this landmark is astounding during any time of the day (and one of the seven wonders of the world), it certainly has a different appeal during the night.  In its peak, the Colosseum held roughly 65,000 spectators and was used mostly for entertainment purposes. Be sure to book one of the night tours to really travel back in time.