From leaving out food for the dead, making costumes from black rubbish bags and playing pranks on neighbours, RTÉ Archives has dug up some ghosts from the past with a collection of Halloween Customs and Traditions.
Celebrating Ireland’s Halloween customs and traditions, RTÉ Archives has scoured the shelves of the vaults and dug up ghosts from the past to present a very special Halloween Exhibition brimming with tricks, treats, ghosts and ghouls. From leaving out food for the dead, making costumes from black rubbish bags and playing pranks on neighbours, RTÉ Archives Halloween collection features over twenty television and radio clips illustrating Halloween customs and traditions throughout Ireland in the seventies, eighties, nineties, noughties and today.
Watch a suburban home being transformed into a full-blown horror house, listen to witches on ‘Liveline’ and find out about stink-bombs and fireworks being sold on Henry Street. Binge on the bizarre as The White Witch of Cobh advises on how to deal with ghosts at the Annual Ghost Convention in 2010. Witness a young Dara Ó Briain, dressed as a wizard, discussing Bram Stokers ‘Dracula’ in a 1996 episode of ‘Echo Island’. And sure, where else would you see Saddam Hussein dance with Hellraiser at a 1992 céilí on Inis Mór?!
The Halloween Customs and Traditions collection is presented on RTÉ Archive’s website, where content from the archives is published on a daily basis. So far this year, over 1,000 stories have been made available with the site attracting 1.4 million visits to date in 2016. To keep up with the latest stories from the archives follow @RTEArchives on Facebook and Twitter.
Consisting of Ireland’s largest audio visual collection, with over 650,000 thousand hours of moving image and sound recordings together with significant collections of photographs, manuscripts and administrative documents, RTÉ Archives maintains and preserves a unique record of Irish life in the interest of the Irish public.