Halloween and Bram Stoker Festival in Dublin

It would be fair to say that Halloween is my favourite holiday of the year. I like darkness, the honesty and depth it gives to everything, irrespective of the ‘bad reputation’ it received for centuries from various religions. There is no light without darkness and photography, like nothing else really, shows how making the shadows deeper can bring out the light in things. Quite literally but also on a more philosophical level… In some cultures (think Mexican ‘Day of the Dead‘) Death is still celebrated as a natural, normal and often sadly beautiful passage from one state to another, there to remind us of the duality of everything, of temporary but precious light we carry inside us. Therefore, not for the sake of current fashion for scary gothic stuff or for the love of costume, I think of autumn as time to embrace the darker side of life and myself.

A couple of years ago there was really nothing interesting to do for Halloween in Dublin.  You could drink yourself silly amongst cleavage clad zombies in some dirty pub or go treak-or-treating with the children (given you have them). Oh, and maybe have some pumpkin soup. For the country that supposedly gave birth to Halloween as a holiday, it was really not great.

So, I was glad to see Bram Stoker Festival happening making great use of the Dublin Castle and other moody historical venues around the city. It’s great to see people really dress up and go for it, not in cheap joke shop costumes but more of ‘Ripper Street extra’ outfits. Of course, Victorian gothic things are trending right now and there are a lot of cash-in poor jobs done on that topic (beginning with the ‘Twillight soap and ending with the dullest-Dracula series).

Still, I hope it brings back great old works like the Nosferatu films, stories and poetry of E.A. Poe, some good old Victorian horror literature and wonderful haunting music like LotusEater.

Oh, and pumpkin flavoured everything.

 

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…and instead of P.S.



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