20 Things You'll Remember If You Experienced Halloween In '90s Ireland

Fun snaps, Hocus Pocus, and black bin bag trickery were all part of the ritual


It's getting to be that time of year again.

With Halloween coming up, we can't help but cast our mind back to our childhood (we already talked about the ranking of Halloween treats earlier in the week), and we remember Halloween as being a lot different to the way it is today.

Take a look below and see if anything's familiar...

1. Black bin bags solved all costume woes

While kids today waltz around in picture perfect Frozen outfits, in our day all we needed was a roll of black bin bags, a bit of elbow grease, and a shit-tonne of imagination.


Nailed it

2. Plastic vampire fangs

The most terrifying part of this costume accessory was your child-like willingness to let your friends also try them on.


With their filthy, filthy gums

3. Boys were vampires, girls were witches

While ghosts were unisex and wholly unimaginative.


4. It was your chance to stay up late and watch scary movies on Network 2

Which was an infinitely better name than RTÉ 2.


5. You could always look forward to a special episode of Sabrina The Teenage Witch

Perhaps the best witch-centric TV show of the decade.


6. And The Simpsons Halloween Specials were still brilliant at that point

This being the era when the programme was not the complete and utter shit it is today.

7. You were a complete badass with your fun snaps

Armed with the ability to make very small snapping noises, you were the consummate thug.


8. Weeks of bangers before AND after Halloween

Screamers, black cats, fountains, flibbertigibbets... Okay we made up that last one.


Pictured: a pack of flibbertigibbets

9. Your shite neighbours would turn off their lights and pretend they weren't home

Fuckers weren't foolin' anyone.


The worst kind of people

10. Cheap plastic masks that cut into your face

"Do you have any masks that don't have sharp edges that will cause my child pain? No? Meh, I tried."


11. Back Street Boys 'Everybody (Backstreet's Back)' was the festive anthem

And remains an absolute tune.

12. Literally anything could be thrown into a bonfire

These were the good old pre-recycling days when all your household rubbish could be fucked into a bonfire, and if you did recycle it was because you had notions.


Simpler times

13. It wasn't Halloween unless you'd watched Hocus Pocus about three times

They just don't make 'em like they used to.


14. Inner turmoil over whether you were too mature for this trick or treating craic

"At 9 years old, am I gettin' too old for this shit?"


15. It was egg or be egged

If you can't beat 'em...


16. Bobbing for apples was all the rage

Because nothing says 'fun!' like trying to dunk your face into a bowl of cold water laced with child saliva, to sink your teeth into a pre-chewed apple.


17. Getting a pound while trick or treating was the Holy Grail

If only more of your neighbours would've forgotten to buy sweets.


19. Everyone had a Scream mask



20. The quality of treats you got from neighbours determined how you felt about them for a year

If it grew in the ground, they were wasting our time with that shit.


Fuckin' monkeynuts

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Seán Kenehan

Seán is known for eating, drinking and writing, making him uniquely qualified to work for Lovin Dublin. Seán enjoys skipping stones wistfully, puns that'd make a dad blush, and referring to himself in the third person.