When I was a child we used to dress up for Halloween however here in Ireland this behavior was seen as a little odd and only tolerated as my Mother was Canadian. I remember going trick or treating only once and the reaction I received at most doors was a little bemused and I came home with more money than sweets. In those days Halloween was more commonly known as All Souls Eve and was a religious holiday first and foremost. How things have changed! Already there are decorations up everywhere, the kids are making jack-o-lanterns at playschool and chocolate, candy and costumes are flying out the doors in all the shops. If you want to experience Halloween in Ireland at it’s best there is nowhere better than the City of Derry in Northern Ireland. Their Halloween Carnival is the best I’ve seen – if you want to feel strange at Halloween in Derry DON’T dress up. Seriously the whole town is in costume! As I mentioned in a previous post, Derry is the 2013 European City of Culture so no doubt this year will see the Carnival bigger and better than ever. I can’t wait to see the fireworks display which takes place on the Foyne River making it easy to get a spectacular view from anywhere in Derry. Check out their facebook page to keep up to date with all the spooky goings on in Derry.

2 comments on “Halloween in Ireland

  1. AMY LOPEZ on said:

    Anyone have an answer to:
    What is the castle is closest to Munster, Ireland?

  2. Genevieve on said:

    Hi Amy,
    Munster is a large province so there are quite a few Castles in Munster. If you are looking for a Castle you can stay at check out Ballyseede Castle in Co. Kerry and Dromoland Castle in Co. Clare. If you are looking for Castles you can visit then Blarney Castle in Co. Cork and Bunratty Castle in Co. Clare will top the list. A medieval banquet at Bunratty Castle is also good fun. For more information please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

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