Tuesday 6 December 2016

Have no fear, Ireland is the best place to be scared silly on the night of the 'Marbh Bheo'

John Daly

Published 29/10/2016 | 02:30

Count Orlok from the classic 1922 horror film Nosferatu
Count Orlok from the classic 1922 horror film Nosferatu

Walking to the corner shop for a bottle of milk last night was an otherworldly experience. Over the course of a five-minute stroll, I was accosted by half a dozen vampires, three zombies, a pair of seriously aggressive goblins, and a sundry offering of spectres, spooks, bogeymen and fiends.

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With my normally peaceful neighbourhood already having become a cross between 'Night of the Living Dead' and 'The Exorcist', one wonders just how bonkers this whole monster mash will get before Halloween itself arrives on Monday?

Long before the Americans 'invented' Halloween, the Irish were celebrating Samhain as a major Druidic festival marking the boundary between the living and the spirit world.

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