This year, to raise awareness and encourage our citizens to stay safe, the Council has published a colourful information leaflet providing facts and tips on how to stay safe at Halloween. The leaflet also contains details of the various family events hosted by South Dublin County Council’s Libraries. Members of the public can also find information on incentives offered by the Council to avoid damage to community open spaces as a result of illegal bonfires. “Bulbs Not Bonfires” is a reward available through the Council’s innovative Social Credits Scheme. This initiative provides communities with flowers in the spring in return for organising alternative Halloween activities which will not harm our environment.

A free pass to Ballymount Civic Amenity Centre will be provided to every Social Credit applicant / group during the month of October to encourage recycling, one pass allows one entry for one car and will be valid until 13th November, 2017.

Speaking about Halloween in South Dublin, Mayor Paul Gogarty said “Halloween should be a celebration with the focus on having fun but also being aware of our safety. We can make it a more enjoyable time for all by not contributing to illegal bonfires which are such an extra unnecessary burden on our already busy Emergency Services, An Garda Síochána and Council Staff. The money spent on cleaning up after these bonfires could be used instead to make positive changes in our communities.”

Mayor Gogarty is inviting children to take part in the many events taking place throughout the County over Halloween. South Dublin County Libraries have a wonderful line-up of Halloween events for children of all ages and there is something for everyone, check out the Harry Potter Workshops or one of the other spookily themed activities!

South Dublin County Council encourages all our citizens to get into the ‘spirit’ and above all STAY SAFE AND ENJOY HALLOWEEN !!!!