Hot list: What we want to see, do and buy this weekend
High street store Pamela Scott has undergone quite the transformation lately. Celebrating 40 years in business, it has now launched The Collection, comprised of 12 different looks with all pieces set to become wardrobe essentials.
Staggered over three parts, the first two have an emphasis on tailoring and practicality, including a flower 'Ballerina' dress and a hooded cape, which are already available. And part three, on sale in November, will see festive and party wear sorted.
BUY: Available in 25 stores nation wide and online, pamelascott.com
When Wexford Festival Opera was first founded in 1951 by a group of local enthusiasts, their ambition was to produce neglected and rarely performed works. It's now grown to be one of the top opera festivals in the world and this year there are three main stage operas on the programme as well as three daytime operas, concerts, lunchtime recitals, lectures and talks.
DETAILS: Oct 21 to Nov 1, wexfordopera.com
It's not Halloween until you've given yourself a fright by watching a great horror movie. Tattersalls, Meath, is holding a Classic HorrorFest Drive-in from this Friday where you can watch some of the greatest scary movies ever made on one of the world's largest mobile LED screens, including The Shining, The Exorcist and Psycho, from the comfort of your car.
DETAILS: €25 per car, Oct 23 - Nov 1, tattersallscountryhouse.ie/movies
This October, you can do your bit for Breast Cancer Awareness month in many easy ways. Barry's Tea are painting it pink with a 20c contribution from special pink packs, which are on sale for a special price of €2, and online retailer Cloud 10 Beauty will donate €1 for every Irish order they process this month. Karma, a new range of handmade jewellery, is launching a pink ribbon charm bracelet with 20pc of all sales going to Breast Cancer Ireland.
Trick or treat
If you're looking for a very good reason to throw a spooky celebration, Temple Street hospital has launched their Trick or Treat campaign to encourage everyone from kids to adults and workplaces to host a Halloween party and hopefully raise the funds necessary to construct a new neurology and renal outpatients unit. Sign up online and you'll receive a party pack with hints, tips, recipes and fang-tastic decorations.
And so the big shoe debate of autumn/winter 2015 begins. Dare you rock an over-the-knee coloured suede boot? Is patent croc an investment or just this season's fad, or should you just return to your tried-and-trusted pumps? Our money is on these Gadea rose gold metallic brogues available from Zodi, Sligo. They will bring a little shimmer to your step and they're pretty enough for wear all year round.
BUY: €128, Zodi, 9 Wine Street, Sligo
Off the hook
New addition to Ireland's ever growing seafood scene, Catch 22 Fish is the main event here, and lunch and dinner specials are based on whatever catch Irish suppliers have that day. Mains include a shellfish pot, heaving with clams, mussels, prawns and cockles in a tomato and chorizo broth, as well as golden scampi in tempura with a tartar sauce. Non fish-lovers are catered for too with options including a sea-free salad and a beef and Guinness pie.
DETAILS: 28 South Anne Street, Dublin 2; catch-22.ie
Culinary treats are in store next bank holiday weekend with Savour Kilkenny, which will see an estimated 25,000 visitors in attendance. The food festival, taking place from October 22-26, has a line-up including Neven Maguire in conversation with TV presenter Mary Kennedy; the Flynn brothers from The Happy Pear, and Mark Moriarty, Best Young Chef in the World 2015. And there are a number of events for little chefs, such as a young food producer's market where local producers aged 10-17 are selling their homemade wares.
DETAILS: Most events are free, savourkilkenny.com
A haunting we will go
Spooky fun for all the family is on offer in Virginia, Co Cavan from October 23-26 as the town's annual Pumpkin Festival kicks off. The line-up includes a haunted walk through the Forest of Fears, a children's party on Saturday with a disco and a haunted pumpkin patch, what is being billed as Ireland's largest fancy dress party, plus a teen disco as well as live music and street entertainment. Not to be missed is Sunday's grand carnival parade featuring arts group LUXe, with a procession of mechanical horses, dancers and a giant pumpkin.