Incidents of anti-social activity in Dublin during Halloween are continuing to fall, according to figures from the gardaí and the fire brigade.

The reduction is being attributed to the growing success of local Halloween festivals sponsored by Dublin City Council.

In the Fitzgibbon Street/Mountjoy Garda District of the north inner city, 999 calls during the Halloween period have dropped by 40% from 80 in 2015 to 48 last year, with assaults down from 11 to 2.

Incidents of criminal damage has gone down from 12 to zero - a statistic which the District Inspector, Tony Gallagher, described as "unprecedented".  

Dublin Fire Brigade callouts have gone down from 503 in 2016 to 414 last year, compared to 871 in 2009.

The number of calls about stockpiling of bonfire material has gone down to 197 up to yesterday, compared to 287 for the same period last year.

Local festivals like the Otherworld in Ballymun, Fright Night in Finglas and the Big Scream in the north inner city are being credited with the reduction.

Dublin City Council sponsors the events to reduce the cost of Halloween disorder - cleanup costs alone were estimated at €500,000 in 2015. 

In Ringsend it is the Dockers and Demons festival community and social development officer Declan Hayden said the idea is provide an outlet for young people who "want to go a bit mad" over Halloween.

Arts professionals are brought in to help local people organise events such as parades and caberets.

The northwest inner city has the Cauldron of Smithfield while there is a new community festival in the Liberties called Scare D8.