Local councils across the country have organised fireworks and spooky ‘fright’ nights for their communities in an effort to provide a fun-filled, yet safe, Halloween night.
The success of these organised events has been backed by the decreased crime rates, the drop of fire brigade callouts and reduced number of illegal bonfires for ‘All Hallows’ night in recent years, says Dublin City Council Manager Brian Byrne.
“Six years ago we would have had burnt out cars in bonfires, motorbikes would have been ridden in bonfires. Last year, for example, we only had one arrest in Finglas on Halloween night. There are only a small number of bonfires in the estates now.”
Independent.ie went to this evening’s ‘Finglas Fright Night’ to check out exactly what celebrations the north county suburb had to offer.
Launching the event, a parade procession travelled to the Civic Centre on Mellowes Road, Finglas where attendees were greeted by haunted houses, face-painting, dancing, live bands, fancy dress, carnival rides and candy floss.
But tonight is just the end of a long week’s hard toil for the council workers – assisted by the locals. “We have had a week long period of events which ends tonight on the ‘Finglas Fright Night’,” said Mr Byrne.
“We’ve been involved in a number of collections of illegal bonfire material in the area. This morning we were out at 5am collecting illegal material and we got that information from all the community in the area who rang the City Council to let them know.”
The success of the ‘Fright Night’ is evident in its growth year-on-year. And this year, Finglas have added a ghost train that that runs through the local Mellowes Park.
“This is proving hugely popular,” said Mr Byrne.
“We’ll be here until midnight trying to get the children off it. Next year we’ll probably enhance the train in the park – put a few more props into it.”
Independent.ie finished off the night watching the fireworks with the locals.
Other events taking place today and tonight include ‘An Otherworld Festival’ at the Ballymun Plaza, the East Wall Halloween and the Haunted House celebration at the Cherry Orchard Equine Centre.