Kids and Family Community

Oíche Shamhna / An Irish Halloween: Bonfire Stories

Our annual celebration inspired by Ireland’s ancient Samhain festival



Sun, Oct 27, 2019



Box Office


Irish Arts Center
553 West 51st Street
New York, NY 10019


Calling all ghouls, goblins, fairies, and witches! Come on a trick-or-treat adventure, carve a turnip (the original jack-o’-lantern), play age-old Irish Halloween games, and join Laura Simms, artistic director of Hans Christian Andersen Storytelling Center, as she brings to life marvelously spooky tales from Celtic mythology with the help of Darrah Carr Dance.

Come in costume!

“At this Irish Halloween celebration, kids can learn about the spooky traditions indigenous to the Emerald Isle.”
Time Out New York

“A major force in the revival of storytelling in America.”
New York Times on Laura Simms




Darrah Carr Dance's season is made possible in part by public funds from Creative Engagement, supported by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council and the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and administered by the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council ( The Ireland Funds also supports Darrah Carr Dance's programs.

Our Supporters

Irish Arts Center programs are supported, in part, by government, foundation, and corporate partners including Culture Ireland, the agency for the promotion of Irish arts worldwide; public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the Mayor’s Office and the New York City Council; the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature; the National Endowment for the Arts; Howard Gilman Foundation; Jerome L. Greene Foundation; the Charina Endowment Fund; The Shubert Foundation, Inc.; M&T Bank; The Ireland Funds; Northern Ireland Bureau; the Department of Foreign Affairs and the Consulate of Ireland in New York; Tourism Ireland; and thousands of generous donors like you.

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