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5 easy steps to carve the perfect Halloween pumpkin!

  1. Find your perfect pumpkin and draw the design you want to carve you’ll easily pick up one up at your local supermarket. Make sure it’s a good shape and is the right size for the spooky effect you want to create! Carefully trace the design of the face you want to carve out

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8 things everyone should do at least ONCE for Halloween

Halloween is a time of magic, mystery, myths and mayhem so it’s little wonder that so many people love it so much! Whatever your age, it’s hard not to feel a thrill at the thought of dressing up for a night of spooky fun. And even if ghosts and ghouls aren’t necessarily your thing, it’s

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10 things you never knew about your favourite Halloween films

Warning: These facts might make some of your favourite scary movies a lot less frightening…. Because the movie Halloween (1978) was on such a tight budget, they had to use the cheapest mask they could find for the character Michael Myers. They settled on a William Shatner Star Trek death mask which was slightly altered

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These are our favourite ‘ghost’ movies of all time!

We all love a good scary movie but some films transcend the relatively brief Halloween period and become classics that are watched over and over again. So, whether you love a cheesy scare or prefer supernatural thrills, our list of the top ‘ghost’ movies of all time will have you covered. 10. The Frighteners The

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Who will you be this Halloween?2 Steps to WINStep 1: Choose what you will dress up as for your chance to win!! Simply go to thecostumeshop.ie , choose the costume you would like to win, Step 2: Then come back here enter the product code of the costume and your details below and you could be a lucky

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This is where the tradition of Halloween Bonfires came from….

We all love crowding around a bonfire on Halloween night but have you ever wondered where the tradition came from? Well, during the pre-Halloween celebration of Samhain, bonfires were lit to ensure the sun would return after the long, hard winter. Often Druid priests would throw the bones of cattle into the flames, hence the

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These incredible Halloween Makeup Looks will blow your mind!

We’re all well able to make ourselves look horrendous with makeup – often unintentionally – but when it comes to Halloween makeup, it’s quite extraordinary what can be achieved! However, unless you’ve got a LOT of time and patience, it’s often best left to the professionals to give you the look you really want. Take

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you’ve got to watch – Halloween is Cancelled

We love this, captures the moment perfectly in 2020. It’s called ‘The night we stayed home’. This video is a parody sketch made for the short film club “Just Scare Me.” https://vimeo.com/channels/justscareme Starring: Jamie Avera (“The Shape”) Tiffany Shepis-Tretta (“Karen”) A short by Andrew Kasch Director of photography: Jonathan Louis Lewis Sound mix: Justin Cruse

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Origins of Halloween

It’s widely accepted that Halloween originated from the ancient Irish Celtic festival of Samhain. The people who attended Samhain believed that the dead made their presence known during the festival, and that they must be appeased or else they would cause trouble and hardship for the townspeople. As a result, merry-makers began wearing masks and

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This is how the festival of Halloween first began…

It’s widely accepted that Halloween originated from the ancient Irish Celtic festival of Samhain which marked the start of a new year.  The Celts, who lived two thousand years ago in the area that is now Ireland, the United Kingdom and northern France, celebrated their new year on November 1st. The people who attended Samhain

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Find out the real story behind Jack O’Lanterns!

Ever wondered where the name Jack O’Lantern comes from? Well, according to Irish legend, Jack O’Lanterns are named after a stingy man named Jack who tricks the Devil and traps him using a cross and refuses to free him until the Devil agrees not to take his soul when he dies. Many years later Jack

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These are our FAVOURITE TV-based costume ideas!

We realise that there are a LOT of costume possibilities for this category but these are our personal favourites. If you do decide to dress up as one of them, be sure to tag us in the Instagram snap! Superintendent Ted Hastings Is there anyone who hasn’t seen Line of Duty at this stage? We

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How Halloween changed when it was adopted by America

We know that Halloween originated in Ireland but as more and more Irish people emigrated to America, it soon became ingrained in the culture across the water. However, there was a lot more to it than just switching Jack-O-Lanterns from turnips to pumpkins! In the second half of the nineteenth century, America was flooded with

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This is why walking under ladders is considered bad luck!

Have you ever found yourself side-stepping a ladder on the footpath to avoid walking underneath it? Many of us do it without even realising! Sure, there’s an element of not wanting to have something dropped on our heads or accidentally jostling the person standing on said ladder. But if we’re really honest with ourselves, it’s

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Why do we associate Black Cats with Halloween?

Black cats have long been considered a symbol of bad luck and have always held a prominent place in Halloween folklore. Who amongst us doesn’t know someone who has dressed up as a cat on October 31st?  To be fair, it’s a good costume idea because with their strong ties to superstitions and witches, cats

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