Kids & Family

An Irish Halloween / Oíche Shamhna

Celebrating the ancient Irish festival



Sun, Oct 30, 2022




Irish Arts Center 
726 11th Avenue 
Hell's Kitchen, NYC


In this by-turns spooky and heartwarming afternoon of folklore and fun, delve into the ancient autumnal tradition of Oíche Shamhna, the eve of Samhain, across which bonfires lit the land orange and our world was believed to open to the realm of spirits. Watch performances, play age-old Irish Halloween games, and learn about the origins of trick-or-treating, dressing in costume, and carving jack-o’-lanterns (originally turnips).

“At this Irish Halloween celebration, kids can learn about the spooky traditions indigenous to the Emerald Isle”—TIME OUT NEW YORK

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