Due to the postponement of the annual Festival of Flame, and in light of the ongoing restrictions due to the Covid19 pandemic, Fingal County Council has devised an exciting, fun and spooky programme of events for Halloween that is guaranteed to keep your little ghouls and witches entertained!
For those who love decorating their home at Halloween, Fingal PPN and Events Office have launched a fantastic ‘Spookify Your Home/Window’ competition.
Each residents’ association that signs up to participate will receive a One 4 All voucher valued at €100 to give as a prize and will be responsible for judging the entries from their area.
Following this, photos of the winning entries should be sent to: email@example.com or www.facebook.com/EventsinFingal For questions please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Don’t worry if you are not involved with a residents’ association, you can email your photos of your Halloween inspired home/window to email@example.com with your address and contact details.
The Fingal Events Office has so far chosen six locations in Fingal where spooky images will be projected onto our buildings to create an exciting visual light show for all to enjoy over the Halloween holiday.
Some of the locations that have been confirmed are Newbridge Demesne, Portrane/Donabate Martello, Howth Martello, Lusk Round Tower, Rush Library and Swords Castle with suitability assessments being carried out in other locations around the county.
The Community Department is co-ordinating a Virtual Halloween 2020 Countywide Project which will see 27 Community Centres running Mask Making, Colouring and poetry writing competitions.
There are three age categories: 4-7yrs, 8-10yrs and 11-13yrs and prizes for the winning entries will be book tokens.
These competitions are a great way to engage with your local community centre and encourage children to get creative from their own home. Contact your local community centre to take part in the competition.
Young people are also invited to take part in making their very own creative masquerade masks with Jo May, the Creative Facilitator from ReCreate, using items you find at home.
All sessions will take place this Friday, October 30 through Zoom and early booking is advised.
Participants will need to collect and have ready for the session: Card, scissors, tape, glue, ribbon/string and are encouraged to bring other items such as: newspaper, egg boxes, toilet rolls centres, plastic lids and other materials to decorate the mask with.
To book any of the following Masquerade Workshop, please register here:
11:00 AM click here : Masquerade Mask Making Zoom Workshop 11am
12:30PM click here : Masquerade Mask Making Zoom Workshop 12:30pm
2:00 PM click here : Masquerade Mask Making Zoom Workshop 2:00pm
The Fingal Libraries team have been working behind closed doors and invite you to join them for some delightfully spooktacular stories on their YouTube channel.
Orlaith O’Sullivan will be reading for 7-12 year olds in what promises to be a spooky story with a happy ending!
Orlaith will also be hosting a fun crafty session which will help 7-12 year olds explore what they find spooky, allowing them to address their fears and worries.
These and other events can be found on the Fingal Libraries YouTube channel.
Mayor of Fingal, Cllr David Healy commented:
“In these challenging times, it is important to find ways to celebrate the Halloween holiday safely, following public health guidelines.
“In many homes throughout the county, children will be participating in smaller family celebrations and perhaps even getting reacquainted with some traditional Halloween games instead of calling door to door.
“In light of the current situation, I welcome the events that Fingal County Council has organised in collaboration with our community centres, Fingal PPN and departments within the council and I hope that many of you will participate and embrace the spirit of the season. Wishing you all a happy Halloween.”
The Operations Department is also holding the annual Halloween Amnesty at the Estuary Swords and Coolmine Recycling Centres. The amnesty is being extended with additional free days added as a means of supporting local communities. This initiative is provided to assist in the protection of open spaces by reducing potential waste disposal on local bonfires. In the past this initiative has delivered successfully in reducing the damage to public open spaces and subsequent clean ups.
This year the initiative will run from Wednesday, October 21 to Saturday, October 31 for free disposal of combustible materials (eg. beds, sofas, wooden doors) for residents of Fingal.
The additional days are included to provide the public with increased access to the recycle centres who are operating under Covid Social Distancing protocols with strict allowance on the number of cars in the centres at any given time.
People are reminded that they must adhere to the Government guidelines of staying within 5km of their homes under the new Level 5 restrictions coming into force at midnight on Wednesday, October 21.
Fingal County Council has reminded members of the public that bonfires are illegal and has urged members of the public to report incidences of material being collected to the Council.
Reports can also be made through Customer Care on 01 890 5000 or firstname.lastname@example.org during office hours.
For further details on our Halloween events, please see www.fingal.ie or follow us on Facebook or Twitter – @fingalcoco