IT was only hardy souls who braved the courtyards of Dublin Castle for fear of who might be lurking inside.
Ghouls and vampires came out to celebrate Dublin-born author Bram Stoker, now forever associated with his gothic novel 'Dracula', and to paint the town red, albeit with fake red droplets.
One of the youngest 'vampire hunters' in-training was Danny Rice (3), from Rush, Co Dublin, who was busy following the clues to try and track down his prey as part of the Bram Stoker Festival's city-wide vampire hunt.
Others were enjoying the spine-tingling walk through the flame-lined paths in Dublin Castle, as characters from the famous novel sprung to life in Dracula's 'Fire Garden'.
The legacy of Stoker's 1897 novel was the inspiration for the weekend festival celebrating all things macabre and strange, which comes to a close tonight.
"Dublin prides itself on its literary stars, Bram Stoker among them," said Dublin's lord mayor, Oisin Quinn.
He said the uniqueness of the festival had created an intense and "thrilling" atmosphere in the city centre for all of the family.