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My girlfriend and I love horror. We’re visiting Ireland at Halloween - where’s best for scary stuff?...

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Ireland is known for warm welcomes and friendly faces. But did you also know that we invented Halloween? Around 450BC, the Celts would celebrate October 31 as Samhain, the Feast of the Dead. This was a time when the deceased could return to the mortal world. Centuries later, when the Catholic church designated November 1 as All Saints day, the day before naturally became All Hallows Eve. Or as we now know it: Hallowe’en.

So, to say you’ve chosen a great place to visit and a great time, too, might just be the spookiest understatement of the year…

Start in Belfast and visit the Crumlin Road Gaol, laden with a huge collection of ghouls who have rather unsettling pasts. Next, wind your way down to Ballygally Castle in Antrim, sitting on the banks of the misty bay. Visit the dedicated ‘ghost room’, where the spectre of Lady Isobel Shaw waits to spend a night with you in the hotel.

Down in Dublin, the Dublin Bus Ghost Tour is a spooky tour that reveals Dracula’s Dublin origins, takes you to the medieval crypts at Dublin Castle and unearths Dr Clossey’s gruesome past... The city is full of scares, but there’s something rather unnerving when you strike out for the Hellfire Club, just a short trip into the mountains. Here, a group of heretics once allegedly summoned the devil himself. The leaden atmosphere is enough to give even the most seasoned ghost-hunter a chill.

 Speaking of the devil, head south to Loftus Hall in Wexford. The devil himself is said to have visited this place one stormy night to indulge in an ill-fated game of cards with members of Ireland’s high society. His discovery at the table was only made when his blood-soaked hooves were spotted following another player’s dropped card...

Head to the River Nore in Kilkenny for the sombre tale of the 16 poor souls who drowned when a bridge they were crossing collapsed. Locals say you can still hear their desperate moans coming from under the water at night.

Hairs on the back of your neck standing on end yet? It’s time to head forth into the night of Hallowe’en itself to Derry-Londonderry.

The Banks of the Foyle Hallowe’en Carnival was named the world's best Halloween spot in a poll by USA Today, winning over other ghoulish destinations, including witch trial capital of Salem, Massachusetts, and home of the legendary Count Dracula himself, Transylvania.

Can you feel those shivers creeping along your spine? If so, then you’ll enjoy your ghoulish trip here just fine!

Posted Wed 17 Aug 2016 12:18 PM
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There are lots of Belfast landmarks with spooky history attached. One example is Friar’s Bush Graveyard beside the Ulster Museum in South Belfast, this land has been in use as a burial site since at least the 5th century AD. In the 1840s, at the height of the cholera outbreak, several hundred corpses were dumped in a mass grave in the centre of graveyard. It can still be seen today as a large and unnatural looking mound. Over the years there have been numerous stories of ghosts and the like, as with all graveyards, but one that is perhaps most striking happened not in the graveyard but under it.Across the road from Friar’s Bush is the David Kerr building, a part of the Queen’s University. Under the ground lies a maintenance tunnel which connects the building with the Ashby Building, another QUB facility. On one occasion sometime in the late 1990s, a worker in the tunnel felt someone touch him in the darkness of the tunnel. Turning round there was no one there. Other spooky goings on in the tunnel has led to university staff apparently refusing to go into the tunnel alone whilst describing a highly unnatural and disturbing coldness.

In the hills that lie to the south of Belfast, adjacent to River Lagan and Minnoburn is the pre-Christian religious site known as the Giant’s Ring. The site is truly ancient dating back to around 2700BC. Like many pagan sites across Ireland, it was avoided for many years by Christians. There have been a number of stories of unusual activity occurring at the site.In one incident in the early 1990s a family reportedly encountered a deep and impenetrable mist that suddenly appeared. Supposedly every time they tried to escape the fog to head to their car they kept arriving at the centre of the ring at a structure known as a dolmen (a large upright stone). Eventually they managed to leave the site but left with a sense of dread.

While close to the seaside town of Newcastle, Co. Down, "The Blue Lady" is a wistful spectre who formerly resided in the seat of the Roden family, at Tollymore House, but since the destruction of the house in the post war years, she now wanders restlessly through the forest park and has been seen on many a dark night walking the tree lined avenue.

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We organise a ghost bus tour of Dublin called the Gravedigger. It is fun horrible history with a few jumps thrown in we have great reviews on trip advisor. I would also like to recommend farmaphobia it is meant to be fantastic. Both these events sell out around Halloween so I would recommend booking in advance
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