Unfortunately for all witches and warlocks out there, Halloween is looking like it’s going to be a bit different in 2020. There will be no parties or clubbing for the foreseeable future in Dublin (or anywhere else for that matter) – but that doesn’t mean you can’t do something fun and spooky! Here is a list of our top safe, socially-distanced, or virtual Halloween 2020 events happening this year that’s sure to get you in the mood for both tricks and treats.

Retro Drive-In Movies at Leopardstown Racecourse

For those who love scary movies, Retro Drive-In Movies are showing all the classics at their drive-in movie theatre at Leopardstown Racecourse. All of your favourites are being screened all through the month of October, including The Nightmare Before Christmas on October 18th, Scream on October 25th, and the ultimate spooky comedy Hocus Pocus on Halloween night. Get dressed up with your friends or family and enjoy food and drinks at the ultimate festive event for Halloween. Check out prices and the full list of movies via the website:


Bram Stoker Festival

The Bram Stoker fest is an event that happens every year over Halloween weekend, as a celebration of famous Dublin author Bram Stoker and his creation Dracula. This year, the festival are planning some small physical events as well as some virtual ones, so you can take part from the comfort of your own home. Check out their website for updated times and events, and feel all the spooky feels while learning about one of Ireland’s own.

Bram Stoker Festival

A delicious cocktail of events for vampires of all ages! Dublin’s streets have always teemed with life and light, and this year we invite Dubliners to reconnect with their city in a safe and celebratory way. DracuHa! is a self-guided audio walking tour through Dublin with a devilish difference.


Farmaphobia, the spooky walk-through experience, will be going ahead this year, as it has altered its attractions to be socially distanced and comply with all government guidelines. It promises it won’t be any less scary, and this year consists of three different attractions – a World War II theme, a carnival theme and a ‘Purge’ theme.  Farmaphobia is running from the 9th of October through to the 31st.


Macabre Dublin Walking Tour

Dublin has a very spooky history; explore it all on this dark walking tour by Yellow Umbrella Tours. Hear spine chilling tales of witchcraft, hauntings, and ghostly exploits, murders and mayhem beneath the gateway to Hell. This tour is great for people who want a bit of a scare while also learning some fun history about our capital city.


Zoom parties

Just because you can’t get together with your group of friends physically doesn’t mean you can’t still have fun. The possibilities are endless… costume parties, pumpkin-carving contests, spooky quizzes, a virtual scary movie night! While it isn’t going to be the same as being with your friends in person, it’s important to keep in touch with people and still make the most of a strange situation.

Check out our previous list of ways to keep yourself entertained during lockdown, and let us know if you have anything to add to our list of Halloween 2020 events that will help keep the most ghoulish lovers of spooky season entertained this year!