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Scare­crow Fes­ti­val The West Cork vil­lage of Leap will host its 4th an­nual Scare­crow Fes­ti­val from to­day. It prom­ises more than 10 days of spooky thrills and spills, street en­ter­tain­ers, cir­cus tricks, pup­pet shows, face paint­ing, tarot read­ings, broom throw­ing com­pe­ti­tions and an in­va­sion of danc­ing witches — not to men­tion scare­crows of all shapes and sizes. All events are free. Leapvil­ ■ Ghoul-ishly Good Fun Cork’s Ghoul­s­leys Manor re­turns with a 60 minute im­mer­sive the­atri­cal Hal­loween ex­pe­ri­ence for kids who will be called on to break the Curse of the Pur­ple Pump­kin with a lit­tle help from some witches and vam­pires. The Curse of the Pur­ple Pump­kin in Ghoul­s­leys Manor, Cuskinny Court, Cobh, Co Cork is suit­able for 4-8 year olds , while Af­ter Dark is suit­able for 8 years and up. It runs from to­day un­til Oct 31. Price €15. ghous­ ■ On Tues­days a Bud­dist

Best sell­ing writer and racon­teur Michael Hard­ing brings his On Tues­days I’m a Bud­dhist to the Every­man Theatre in Cork for one night only. On Thurs­day he will read from his lat­est mem­oir, ru­mi­nate on the dif­fer­ence be­tween psy­chother­apy and re­li­gion, and re­late the story of his pil­grim­age to Skel­lig Michael to his on­go­ing search for mean­ing. The show starts at 8pm and tick­ets cost €20. Jazz it Up

Fota House in Cork is host­ing the Phill Collins Trio for a special gig in the Li­brary at Fota House on Thurs­day to get peo­ple in the mood ahead of the city’s Jazz Fes­ti­val. Doors open at 7.30pm and the show starts at 8pm. Tick­ets are €20 in­clud­ing a com­pli­men­tary glass of wine and free park­ing. fo­ta­ ■ Some­thing to Sink Your Teeth Into Dublin’s Bram Stoker Fes­ti­val re­turns on Fri­day to cel­e­brate the su­per­nat­u­ral, the thrill of Samhain and the le­gacy of one of our most trea­sured au­thors. Fans of film screen­ings ac­com­pa­nied by live mu­sic will love the stun­ning NYs­fer­atu: Sym­phony of a Cen­tury, an an­i­mated in­ter­pre­ta­tion of the clas­sic 1922 hor­ror film Nos­fer­atu. Brave souls are wel­comed to walk deep into the woods un­der the cloak of dark­ness at the world pre­miere of The Night of the Shift­ing Bog, in St Anne’s Park, Clon­tarf, while St Pa­trick’s Park will be a home of Vic­to­rian fun and frol­ics for your lit­tle mon­sters for two days. bram­stok­er­fes­ti­ ■

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