Bram Stoker Festival 2014

Pic: Jason Clarke Photography

Pic: Jason Clarke Photography

Treat the whole family to a gothic weekend in the run up to Halloween with the Bram Stoker Festival.

Running from the 24th to the 27th, the festival celebrates the life and work of Dublin’s most famous horror novelist. With a massive schedule of events, including plenty of family-friendly activities, the festival is sure to be filled with spooky fun!

Here are just some of the festival’s spine-chilling goings-on:

The Vampire with No Teeth is a creepy, fun, musical storytelling session suitable for children aged between six and ten years of age in the Project Cube on Saturday at 11am, 1pm, 2.30pm and 4pm. Tickets cost €5 per person, with a family ticket for three going for €13.50, and one for four at €17.

Minnie and the Illywhackers will be putting on a family-friendly musical performance of early jazz, country and blues on Monday at 3pm, with ukulele, mandolin, double-bass, cornet, fiddle and guitar accompanying the spooky sing-alongs! The concert will take place in the Ark in Temple Bar and tickets cost €12, with a discount of €8 with a booking of four tickets.

There will be a special screening of The Lost Boys in Meeting House Square on Sunday at 6pm. Tickets to the classic vampire film cost €6, and it is a strictly over-18s affair.

The Domestic Godless present Blood and Earth at the Cooks Academy on South William Street, showing people how to put together a menu of guts and gore for the perfect Halloween party. The demonstrations take place on Saturday at 12.30pm and 3.30pm, and tickets cost €25.

Some of the festival’s free events include Dracula an Chéad GaelGore, a retelling of the Dracula story with a Gaelic twist on Sunday from 2pm in Dublin Castle’s Chapel Royal, and Goth Karaoke in Meeting House Square on Sunday from 4pm to 5.30pm.

By Aimée Mac Leod

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