If demonic clowns, “scary kids” and a cannibal playground sound like your idea of a good time, you might want to visit Dublin City Market this Halloween.
he Nightmare Realm, previously held at the RDS and frequented by scare fans like Brooklyn Beckham, Little Mix and Chloe Moretz, doubles in size to 6,000 square meters as it moves to the iconic fruit and vegetable market building in Dublin’s north city center this year.
The immersive Urban Horror experience promises shock and terror galore, with a cast of 100 actors, prosthetics and makeup artists, engineers and support staff directing the special effects and immersive setting.
“I started The Realm in 2009, when Halloween wasn’t a big deal in Ireland,” says Karl O’Connor, who co-runs the show with his wife Sylvia.
“Since then it’s been like a freight train that expands, develops and challenges everyone involved.”
The team behind Screams have been creating the designs, sets, themes and costumes for the experience since 2009 and are experts in “advanced scaremongering”.
This year, there are five themed mazes, including The Haunted Orphanage, Cannibals Playground, and Attack of the Clowns, as well as a festival-style food court and dance stage called Halloween Town.
The Nightmare Realm runs from October 7th to November 2nd, with tickets priced from €22 to €36 and an early bird offer of 15 off (use code SPOOKY15).
Dublin’s 130-year-old fruit and vegetable market closed in 2019.
Vendors were moved from the Victorian building with a refurbishment due to be completed in 2021 – which has since been postponed to at least 2024.
A tendering process was launched in August for a design team to detail the conservation work required at the St Mary’s Lane site.
Dublin City Council says the refurbishment of the red brick building is “of paramount importance…not only to secure this landmark as a marketplace for future generations, but also as a focal point in the local community and a catalyst for renewal in the region.” . .
In the meantime, it supports temporary uses including The Nightmare Realm.
“The provision of such a unique attraction to this area of the city and the resulting traffic and revitalization of the area is very welcome,” said Richard Shakespeare, Assistant City Manager.
Dublin City Market is also the venue for ‘Night Moves’ at Culture Night (23 September).
Produced by DJ and promoter Nialler9 and All of Dublinthis event celebrates Dublin’s club culture through DJ performances from the likes of Billy Scurry and Lumo Club, with panel discussions on the future of the city’s nightlife.
The five macabre labyrinths of the Nightmare Realm
1. The Haunted Orphanage
“Dark rumors of possession, ghosts and mysterious beings haunt this dilapidated ruin shrouded in mystery. It is said that the matron of the home still lives here… waiting for her runaway children to come home. What makes her flee? Something dark and sinister has awakened and only the brave or the foolhardy dare set foot inside.”
2. The sewers
“Can you help solve the mystery of little Lucy who disappeared in 1999? The sewers is the last place the city didn’t look, as everyone knows that those who go into the sewers don’t always come right back. Will you brave the humidity and darkness to find out what really happened? Grab your flashlight and hard hat…”
3. Cannibal Playground
“No one is safe, survives or dies in this game of hunter and prey. These roving carnivores have pushed the boundaries of what humans once were. Locked up by society in an abandoned hospital for too long, only the smell of clean meat to pick drives them crazy. Can you escape in one piece? Or will they have your guts for garters? Only the brightest will survive Cannibal Playground…”
4. Attack of the Clowns
“Outcast from society, these clowns have frowns they can’t turn upside down! Angry at the world for not being taken seriously, they formed a force that banded together to ravage anyone brave enough to enter their realm. Nothing is as it seems in this place. Gather your friends while you prepare for a clown attack.”
5. Death Row
“Locked up to rot and await death, the prisoners waiting on death row are long forgotten. Left to their own devices, they managed to escape from their rat-infested cells. Now they are let loose and let off steam to make up for lost time! Can you try to escape before they realize you’re not one of them?”
NB: Due to “the scary nature of the attractions” the recommended age is 13+. The Nightmare Realm is wheelchair accessible but not scooter friendly. nightmarerealm.ie
https://www.independent.ie/life/travel/travel-news/halloween-horror-experience-with-demonic-clowns-set-for-historic-dublin-city-market-41968597.html Halloween horror experience with ‘demonic clowns’ at historic Dublin City Market