The Big Scream

Programme of Events

Our communities will enjoy local fun, talks, theatre, afternoon tea, a classic Halloween movie, walking tours, a doggie costume contest – and of course, our Halloween night Spooktacular Outdoor Event on Killarney Street and Sean MacDermott Street.

Take your pick.  There’s something for everyone in this year’s festival programme.

Bram Stoker Plaque & Mural Unveiling
Halloween Fun for Sean MacDermott Street & Summerhill Area
Meet & Treat Afternoon Tea
Big Scream-athon Halloween Movie
Halloween Fun for Sheriff Street & North Wall Area
Halloween Fun for Ballybough Community & North Strand Area
THE PLOT – a new play set in Dublin’s north inner city
WOOF! Doggie Halloween Costume Contest
Gothic Torchlit Walking Tours
Bram Stoker’s Inner City Influences – Talks
HALLOWEEN NIGHT – SPOOKTACULAR Outdoor Event

Big Scream Revellers
Monday, 22 October
BRAM STOKER PLAQUE & MURAL UNVEILING

19 Buckingham Street – 12.30pm

Bram Stoker (author of Dracula) lived on Buckingham Street from 1858 – 1863. To mark the six years he was a resident of the North East Inner City, this year’s Big Scream Festival kicks off with a ceremony to unveil a plaque and mural at 19 Buckingham Street. Massey Bros will be present with their vintage horse-pulled hearse along with our resident Dracula, actor David Herlihy. The unveiling will be performed by the Lord Mayor of Dublin Nial Ring.

All welcome.

Tuesday, 23 October
HALLOWEEN FUN FOR SEAN MACDERMOTT STREET & SUMMERHILL AREA

Larkin Community College – 6pm to 8pm

  • FIFA Finals
  • Dance Arcade Machine Dance-off
  • Face Painting
  • Games
  • Gymboree
  • Treats
  • And much more!

Free Event. All welcome.
Alcohol Free Zone

Wednesday 24 October
MEET & TREAT AFTERNOON TEA

Our Lady of Lourdes Day Care Centre, Sean MacDermott Street – 2pm to 4pm

A chance for older members of the community and friends to enjoy a cake decorating masterclass with pastry chef Louise Lennox, share Halloween nostalgia and meet Dublin City Historian, Mary Muldowney.

Free Event.
Alcohol Free Zone

Wednesday 24 October
BIG SCREAM-ATHON HALLOWEEN MOVIE SCREENING OF HOCUS POCUS

Larkin Community College – 5pm to 7pm

Enjoy this Halloween classic with all the family. Treats for everyone.

Donations welcome in aid of Temple Street Children’s Hospital.

Free Event. All welcome.
Alcohol Free Zone

Wednesday 24 October
HALLOWEEN FUN FOR SHERIFF STREET & NORTH WALL AREA

An evening of local fun for all ages in advance of Halloween Night.

Rainbow Park – 6pm to 8pm

  • FIFA Finals
  • Dance Arcade Machine Dance-off
  • Face Painting
  • Games
  • Gymboree
  • Treats
  • And much more!!!

Free Event. All welcome.
Alcohol Free Zone

Thursday 25 October
HALLOWEEN FUN FOR BALLYBOUGH & NORTH STRAND AREA

A evening of local fun for all ages in advance of Halloween Night.

Ballybough Community Centre – 6pm to 8pm

  • FIFA Finals
  • Dance Arcade Machine Dance-off
  • Face Painting
  • Games
  • Gymboree
  • Prizes
  • Treats
  • And much more!!!

Free Event. All welcome.
Alcohol Free Zone

Friday 26 and Saturday 27 October
THE PLOT – a new play set in Dublin’s north inner city

D-Light Studios, North Great Clarence Street – 7pm

The Plot tells the story of the ghost of a 19th century suicided woman who returns to demand her rights to a grave and a decent place to rest.

Background
Up until the end of the 19th century, people who took their own lives were considered undead and were often feared as vampires in the after-life. These unwaked souls were buried directly into the earth and would often have a stake driven through their hearts to ensure they would not rise again.

One of these unconsecrated plots located in Ballybough dates back to the 18th century.

‘The Plot’ exposes this chilling side of our history and examines the emptiness that emerges when we fail to live fulfilling lives. With dark humour and a re-telling of ancient myth, the play suggests that the darkness can be overcome when we are courageous enough to look it in the eye.

Starring Roseanne Lynch, Fia Rua and Charlotte Rose Keating
Original Score: Mary Barnecutt
Written and directed by Paula Lonergan

This play has also been selected for the Samhain Arts Festival in Cork.

Not recommended for persons under the age of 16.

Tickets €11

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Sunday 28 October
WOOF! DOGGIE HALLOWEEN COSTUME CONTEST

Mountjoy Square Park – 12 noon

Today is all about dogs. It’s time for your pet to show off how pretty, unique, clever or lovable they are in their Halloween costume. Homemade or shop bought, cute or scary. Anything goes. Doggie prizes including pooch pampering at Missy’s Grooming.

Free event. All Welcome.
Alcohol free zone.

Monday 29 and Tuesday 30 October
GOTHIC TORCHLIT WALKING TOURS

Ballybough to Buckingham St: Bram Stoker’s North Inner City – 5pm to 6pm

In 1858, as a wide-eyed 11 year old, Bram Stoker moved to 17 Upper Buckingham Street with his family. This part of Dublin was steeped in Gothic-style Folklore which had a big influence on young Stoker’s fertile imagination.

Local historian and tour leader, Hugh McGuinness, will explore new research and take a fresh approach to old sources as he explains the impact that living here had on Stokers’ life. During this period, he began to compile ideas for stories, some of which would find their way into his masterpiece, “Dracula.” Stoker left the north east inner city in 1864 at the age of 17 to start his studies at Trinity College Dublin.

Free Event.

Meeting Place: Suicide Plot. Corner of Clonliffe and Ballybough Rds. (opposite Clonliffe House Pub).
Time: 17:00
Duration: 50 mins. approx

Not recommended for persons under the age of 16

Tuesday, 30 October 2018
BRAM STOKER’S INNER CITY INFLUENCES – TALKS

Crinan Youth Project, Old Convent Building, 72 Sean MacDermott Street (Green door) – 5pm to 6.30pm

Bram Stoker’s Dublin

Just how influenced was Bram Stoker by the Dublin of his day and can we find traces of Stoker in Dublin around us? Donal Fallon, Historian in Residence for Dublin City Council examines Bram Stoker’s city.

Blood-letting, Bram Stoker & Gruesome 19th century Medical Practices

Leeches were used for pretty much every medical ailment in the 1800s. Other gruesome treatments included swallowing poisonous substances and bloodletting, which was practised on Bram Stoker by his uncle when he was a small boy. Is it any wonder that he ended up writing Dracula, the most famous Gothic horror novel of all time, wonders Historian in Residence for Dublin City Council, Mary Muldowney.

The Plot

The unconsecrated burial ground at the crossroads of Ballybough Road and Clonliffe Road conceals a chilling side of our history. Who is buried there? Why are there no headstones? And how might what happened there have shaped Stoker’s famous character, Count Dracula? Playwright, Paula Lonergan (author of The Plot) reveals the story behind the Suicide Plot and how it influenced Bram Stoker’s most famous creation.

Wednesday, 31 October 2018
HALLOWEEN NIGHT!
SPOOKTACULAR OUTDOOR EVENT

On Killarney Street & Sean MacDermott Street – 6pm to 9pm

Our Hallo-weenies will start the evening with a parade from Sheriff Street to Killarney Street where a special welcome awaits. Families will enjoy traditional fairground games, horse & carriage rides, as well as free treats and refreshments. And there’ll be a special play zone for smaller guests.

The bucking pumpkin is sure to introduce a bit of competition. And so too will our gaming bus. There’ll be some sporty competition thrown in too!

This year’s breath-taking ride is definitely not for the faint hearted. And our haunted houses will sure make you scream!

Enjoy great music and dance. And don’t be afraid of our Love at First Bite Dracula Wedding – they just want you to have a bloody fang-tastic time!

  • Fairground Attractions
  • Haunted House
  • Thrill Ride
  • Bouncy Castle
  • Popcorn
  • Slush Puppies
  • Pancakes
  • Games
  • Candy Floss
  • Prizes
  • Live Music
  • Gymboree Entertainment
  • Gaming Bus
  • Under 4s & under 8s Play Area
  • Selfie Booth
  • Face Painting
  • Bucking Pumpkin
  • Horse & Carriage Rides
  • Love at First Bite Dracula Wedding
  • And Much More!!!

FREE EVENT FOR ALL THE FAMILY!
Come dressed in your Halloween Costume!

All children must be accompanied by parent/guardian
Alcohol Free Zone

email: info@bigscream.ie | tel: 087 2245414