As the decorations go up and kids across the county start to get their creepy costumes ready, Fingal County Council has unveiled its 2021 schedule of Halloween events as part of its Safer Halloween initiative.
After youngsters faced strict lockdown rules in 2020 which prevented them from going door-to-door in search of sweets, the spookiest night of the year is set to return in earnest this Autumn and will see residents treated to an expanded programme of family-friendly events aimed at guaranteeing a Spooktacular time for little ghouls and witches.
In Fingal, an array of Halloween events are taking place including in Community Centres throughout the county.
These will run from October 27 to 31 and promise to bring the celebration to life with various activities including magic shows, scary story telling sessions, crafty pumpkin carving and a fancy-dress competition. T
o entertain the whole family this Halloween, Swords Castle is running a free Halloween Pumpkin Patch from 12pm-3pm, Friday, October 29 to Sunday, October 31.
The council wants to remind residents that the lighting of bonfires is prohibited and illegal. It is urging members of the public to report incidences of material being collected through the council’s Customer Care team on 01 890 5000 or alternatively by emailing Balbriggan/Swords Operations Department at BalSwoOpArea@fingal.ie, Malahide/Howth Operations Department at HowMalOpArea@fingal.ie or Castleknock/Mulhuddart Operations Department by emailing email@example.com
As part of its commitment to protecting the environment, the council has also announced that the annual Halloween Amnesty at Recycling Centres will once again be taking place.
Combustible materials (e.g. beds, sofas, wooden doors, etc.) will be accepted free of charge at Fingal County Council’s Recycling Centres in Estuary Swords and Coolmine.
The centres will be taking these items from October 20 to 30 but the recycling centres will be closed on Sunday, October 24 and bank holiday Monday, October 25.
Paul Barnes, Event Manager of Fingal County Council said: “One of the highlights this year will be the Illuminate Fingal event, with iconic locations like Swords Castle, Bremore Castle, Draiocht and Blanchard Library, Casino- Malahide, Lusk round tower plus more being lit up to celebrate Halloween.
“We want residents to enjoy all the festivities on offer this year but urge everyone to stay safe and follow the most updated guidelines.
“It’s also important to remind our residents not to use a bonfire as an opportunity to dump your waste as most household goods can cause poisonous pollutants. We would also recommend that you look to keep your pets indoors; fireworks can be extremely frightening for them so it’s best to keep them out of harm’s way.”
To ensure a safe Halloween season, Fingal County Council has provided an information leaflet with facts and tips on how to keep your family and community safe this Halloween. The useful leaflet can be found on our social media channels and at www.fingal.ie/events/halloween-events
For further details on what Halloween events are taking place, please see www.fingal.ie/ or follow the council on Facebook or Twitter on @fingalcoco.