If you thought Halloween was just an excuse for children to go begging for sweets, think again. Ireland is one of the best countries in the world to celebrate All Hallow’s Eve- we invented it after all! Then there’s the added sweetener of a bank holiday. And if you need another reason to embrace the festival, remember it’s the only thing that stands between us and Christmas. Now that is scary…
Our event of the week just had to be Halloween Fest at Westport House, 26th October to 3rd November. The annual family scare festival features story-time with the White Witch, colouring competitions, Halloween characters, Jack O’ Lantern Carving, spooky spoons and thriller dance workshops, as well as the annual fireworks spectacle.
Feel like heading farther afield for your chills & thrills? Check out these witchy festivals in Massachusetts, New York, Chalindrey (France), and London. http://www.travelchannel.com/interests/haunted-travels/articles/halloween-and-witches
Halloween wouldn’t be Halloween without somebody almost choking on the ring in the barmbrack. It’s surprisingly easy to make your own, and – even better – it’s low in fat.Your choice of choking hazards include not just a ring, but pieces of stick, dried peas, fabric, and coins – each with their own superstition attached. http://www.rte.ie/lifestyle/food/recipes/2012/1211/3528-irish-barmbrack/
If you’re hoping that your pumpkin-carving skills will be so terrifying this year that the neighbourhood kids will keep away from your door, think before you attack that vegetable and look at these novel pumpkin-carving ideas.
Want to know what the most searched Halloween costumes are this year? Hint: Some of them are despicable…
Want to make your own version of this year’s most popular Halloween costume? Watch this video to see how.
And if you want to feel better about looking stupid in your Halloween costume, why not do it to raise money for sick children?
It wouldn’t be Halloween without a scary movie or two. See if you agree with this reviewer’s list of the best horror movies of all time.
Our blogger of the week is Liam O’Connell. A finalist in the 2013 Irish Blog Awards, Liam is a mine of information on everything that’ s good about Ireland.