KILLARNEY'S INEC will on Friday be transformed into a gothic circus of horrors ahead of a massive Halloween fundraising event.
The venue will morph into the eerie and twisted world of Dr Stoker's Truly Macabre Circus of Horrors.
The event, which takes place on Friday night, October 26, will kick off the week's halloween celebrations in Kerry and is one of the largest and most spectacular Halloween events organised anywhere in the country.
Organised to raise money for charities the Irish Pilgrimage Trust (IHCPT) and Barretstown, the night will see the terrifying master of ceremonies, Dr Stoker, thrill and entertain the crowds with the help of his ghoulish circus troupe at a night that's been billed as a night of Victorian Steampunk thrills and spills.
For those not in the know Steampunk is a genre started in the 1980s which incorporates elements of science fiction, alternate history, fantasy and horror.
Huge ornate props have been provided which will turn the INEC into a freakish carnival while performers from the award-winning Tralee and Killarney Musical Societies have volunteered to take on the roles of Dr Stoker's terrifying band of freakish carnies. The Kerry School of Music has also been lending a hand to organisers as they prepare for what promises to be a night to remember.
As well as mingling with the likes of bearded ladies, two-headed men and other Victorian circus freaks guests will also be able to meet a mystery A-list celebrity guest who has been invited to attend by Barretstown, but whose identity remains a closely guarded secret.
Musical entertainment on the night will come in the form of ragtime with Colm 'Stride' O'Brien, rockband Renovator and a set by Radio Kerry DJ Brian Hurley.
All the eerie action kicks off at the INEC at 8pm on Friday when Dr Stoker will kick open his circus doors to the public. Tickets are going fast, cost €20 and are available from the INEC box office. Tickets will be available at the door on the night.
Also organisers would like to point out that while they'd like to see as many people as possible in fancy dress it's definitely not a requirement and anyone aged over 18, be they in casual clothes or in costume, are welcome to come along and see what fearful sights the good Dr Stoker has in store.