Posted 19 Oct 2010
If you enjoy a good spook, then be sure to take advantage of the Bram Stoker Halloween Festival in Dublin, Ireland. If you enjoy a good spook, then be sure to take advantage of the Bram Stoker Halloween Festival in Dublin. The festival aims to target scholars, enthusiasts and fans of Bram Stoker, author of Dracula, as well as anything related to gothic, horror and science fiction. However, anyone is welcome to attend. This year's festival will begin on Wednesday, October 27 and run through Sunday, October 31. The festival will incorporate a variety of different events over the course its five-day duration.

Some of the more unique events include the Vampire World Championship Cloak Race and a ghost walk that includes a visit to the ancient cemetery at the Clontarf Castle, the festival's venue. The cemetery even still holds some of the ruins to the church that Stoker was baptised in more than 100 years ago. Other events include a science fiction convention, complete with a scream party and a horror mastermind quiz, Stoker and Dracula-themed movies and documentaries, access to the castle's gothic library and expert speakers on various Stoker, Dracula and gothic topics. There are also three separate gothic horror competitions. The first is a short horror film competition, where first prize wins 1000 euros. The second competition is a gothic horror writing competition, with a first prize of 500 euros. Submitted pieces may be in the form of short story, poetry, prose, play or song. The final competition is especially for photographers. Photos must be of a place, time, building, event or person that is gothic or horror in nature. First prize is also 500 euros.

Important Facts to Remember about the Bram Stoker Halloween Festival: When: Wednesday, October 27 through Sunday, October 31 Where: Clontarf Castle Hotel Fun Fact: The author of Dracula, Abraham (or Bram) Stoker was born in Marino Crescent, near Clontarf Castle . If planning a stay in Dublin, why not check out offers on our Dublin hotels

Photo Credit: Flickr user mononukleoza

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