As a child, Halloween was always one of the biggest events of the calendar year. Trick or treating, fireworks,and pumpkin carving were all highlights of our more innocent years.
Unfortunately, once you get beyond a certain age, one must find an alternative to begging strangers for sweets while wearing a bin bag. Thankfully, Halloween weekend is full of great events for those of us over the age of 18. This year there are a wide range of parties and events to attend while dressed as a creepy clown/Harley Quinn. Here’s some of the better ones.
Winterparty, The 3Arena.
The 3Arena is the venue for one of the most star studded line-ups in the history of Dublin’s dance music scene. On the 30th of October, some of the world’s top electronic artists will gather together to perform under one roof. International heavyweights Sven Vath, Jon Hopkins and Hot Since 82 along with Ireland’s own Matador, will combine to reintroduce the Winterparty event to a new generation after a 12 year hiatus. The opportunity to see any one of these world renowned producers performing is always a treat, but the prospect of having all four under the same roof is simply tantalising. With a full lighting and special effects production promised, and Halloween costumes encouraged, the atmosphere in the 3Arena should be something special. There are after parties taking place in the Button Factory, Opium Rooms, and the Wah Wah Club, meaning Winterparty might just be the biggest single night event of the year.
Tickets: €79.50 including after party.
Day of the Dead Festival
Those of you looking for something different over the bank holiday weekend, Day of the Dead could be the perfect solution. A one day fancy dress festival situated in the beautiful surroundings of Glendalough House, the setting for this event promises to be as big an attraction as the intriguing musical line-up. Immersive art installments and a Mexican Day of the Dead theme will add flair to the already entrancing surroundings. Old favourites from their Good Friday festival, such as the bumper cars and Techno and Cans Forest will be returning, with a top notch mixture of headliners and local artists providing the tunes. Friend Within and Digitalism top the bill, with alternative acts such as Overhead, The Albatross and The Eskies providing a broad spectrum of musical styles. To cap it all off, you can bring your own beer! What more could you ask for?
Tickets: Sold out, but Ticket Drop will provide.
Nightmares On Wax, Pygmalion
Pygmalion will be opening up The Powerscourt Centre on October 30th, to play host to Nightmares on Wax. Two for one cocktails will provide plenty of good cheer for an intriguing night of hip hop instrumentals and trip house. Meanwhile, house music legend Marshall Jefferson will be performing in the Pygmalion vaults, delivering a 3 hour set of classic, old school house music.
Strictly Deep 4th Birthday Party, Hangar.
Dublin promoters Strictly Deep are hosting the first installment of their fourth birthday celebrations in Hangar on October 30th, with a bumper night of house music. Dale Howard tops the bill, bringing a high energy house set , along with Greek producer Detlef, one of the best up and coming DJs on the underground house scene at the moment. Providing support will be Dublin duo Kailly and Jade.
DJ Yoda, Stranger Things Set, Wigwam.
The monster success of Netflix’s Stranger Things has been one of the major entertainment stories of 2016. Don’t be surprised if you see many a Halloween costume inspired by the residents of Hawkins, Indiana this year. Fans of the show will be highly anticipating this themed night, a Halloween homage to freaky 80s nostalgia. DJ Yoda will be playing his excellent hip-hop tinged Stranger Things mixtape in the intimate setting of the Wigwam basement. This will provide a more chilled out alternative to the bevy of techno and house on offer across the city on Sunday week.
Mother Halloween Ball, Mother Club.
The always excellent Mother DJs will be putting on one of their infectious, high energy performances on the 29th of October, in what is being billed as a ‘disco bloodbath in the basement.’ Joining them on the decks will be Jape, with the unique producer Bad Bones also performing. When it comes to disco, the Mother DJs are without equal in Dublin, providing positive vibes and a feel good atmosphere in their own unique style. Highly recommended.