October 24, 2017
Fright night is almost upon us and the excitement is mounting. But a pumpkin on every doorstep, trick or treating aplenty, and more sweets than Willy Wonka's chocolate factory, there's no denying that Halloween is dare we say it, 'child-concentrated'.
Embrace the spirit of the weekend by ditching the rule book and devilishly indulging in some adult-friendly Halloween activities.
The end of autumn is the ideal time to whisk your other half away for some R&R ahead of the Christmas rush. Even better if you can incorporate some blood and gore into your weekend break. Horror fanatics heading to Dublin will be spoiled for choice when it comes to devilish thrills.
Four days of theatre, visual arts and music will take over the city centre for the annual Bram Stoker Festival, while the Horror Expo Ireland will take place at the Freemasons' Grand Lodge. If you're on a budget, take a stroll around Glasnevin Cemetery, home to some of the oldest tombstones in Ireland.
Okay, so not the most ghoulish thing going, but who doesn't love a luxurious lunch on the bank holiday weekend. Upping the elegance rather than the eerie, the Luttrellstown Halloween Lunch hosted at the clubhouse promises to be a spook-tastic event.
A delicious three-course Sunday lunch in La Mora Restaurant is priced at only €26 per adult. Call the Events Team on 01 860 9600 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to book a table
Staying in is the new going out. Invite your main witches over for a phantom pyjama party with a 90s twist. Kick back with a pumpkin face mask, some sweet treats, and switch on your favourite Halloween-inspired box sets. Re-runs of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Charmed, and Sabrina the Teenage Witch will keep you entertained all night long. Best leave the Ouija Board in the attic though...
Pina Ghoulada? Yes please! Dig out the punch bowl this weekend and create a deadly brew of cocktail concoctions for your Halloween house party. Double, double toil and trouble; fire burn, and cauldron bubble.
Garnish your freakish delicacies with scary accessories such as syringe shots or fabricate a red-rimmed blood effect by dipping the edge of each glass in Grenadine syrup. Will your pals be brave enough to sample a Bleeding Heart Martini or some Graveyard Gruel?
If Halloween is your jam, no doubt you will be fiercely competitive when it comes to assembling your fancy dress costume. According to Pinterest, the most popular searches for Halloween 2017 include; Pennywise the Clown from recent blockbuster horror movie IT, Bambi's mum, and Mexican sugar skulls. If you're seeking a more subtle look, unicorn and galaxy make up is also high on this year's trend lust-list.
However, the busy working woman will be forgiven for not spending hours researching online beauty tutorials which rarely yield the same results. Save yourself time and stress by splashing out and booking a professional make up artist to nail your look this holiday season.News