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SPOOKY FUN: The annual Spooktacular Boo at Dublin Zoo will take place tomorrow (Saturday, 31st October) from 12 to 4pm.

Visitors are invited to enjoy ghoulish face painting, spooky storytelling, arts and crafts and themed keeper talks about animals associated with Halloween. And they can dress up in their scariest costumes for the Monster Disco that takes place on the Great Lawn. There’s also a special spooky Halloween make-up event for visitors to Fota Wildlife Park. For further information visit and 

MOISTURISE DAILY: One third of children under the age of six in Ireland suffer from dry skin and one in five suffer from eczema, according to research by skincare brand, La Roche-Posay.

Varying weather conditions are the most common cause of flare-ups, followed by detergents, while certain foods such as eggs or dairy products, are also associated with severely dry skin, particularly in babies. Consultant Dermatologist Dr Emma Wedgeworth, says following a skincare routine is hugely important in managing dry skin: “Moisturising daily with a non-fragranced, carefully chosen, emollient moisturiser will prevent dry skin from getting worse and cracking,” says Dr Wedgeworth, who is currently working with La Roche-Posay on their Lipikar range. Lipikar Baume AP+, €13.50, is available from pharmacies; 

FREE-FROM PRODUCTS: More information on allergies, food intolerances and leading a gluten, wheat or dairy-free lifestyle is available at the Allergy & Free From Expo in Cork’s City Hall tomorrow and Sunday.

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Sponsored by SuperValu and PureBred, there will be talks, cookery demonstrations and a showcase of free-from products for families to try. Admission is €5, with children under 12 free; 

CHRISTMAS HOPE: Families, schools, community groups and businesses across the country are being asked to get involved in this year’s Team Hope Christmas Shoebox campaign to reach a target of 200,000 shoeboxes.

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To get involved, simply fill a shoebox with gifts for a child, attach €4 and bring it to any of the drop-off points in the country before November 10. To find the nearest drop-off point visit 


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