Kids & Family

An Irish Halloween / Oíche Shamhna

Celebrating the ancient Irish festival of Oíche Shamhna



Sun, Oct 29, 2023




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


This event has sold out. Please join the wait list to be notified if tickets become available.

Calling all goblins and witches! At this year’s Oíche Shamhna, we invite you to come on a trick-or-treat adventure. Come in costume and enjoy refreshments at our café. 

Reservations required! You may sign up for one of three entry times:

  • Group 1 runs from 11:30-2PM
  • Group 2 runs from 1:30-4PM
  • Group 3 runs from 3:30-6PM

Each group will get to participate in the three 40-minute activities described below. Please note that as space is limited, we can only guarantee admission into the group you register for. (A limited number of tickets might be available on the day of the event on a first come, first served basis but there is no guarantee.)

Activity 1 (in the Theater): Moving Words (Halloween Edition) with Selma Daniel

A dance and storytelling performance workshop exploring Irish myths with Irish/Brazilian choreographer Selma Daniel is presented at the Irish Arts Centre in collaboration with Branar Meitheal.

Sit down, not for long though! Open your listening ears, your seeing eyes and get ready to enter a world where a wicked fairy and a giant come to life to try to scare you. Will Finn the warrior of the Fianna let them loose? 

We will all soon get up and move our greatest warrior moves, fly like a fairy, or hunt in the darkest forest. Wherever our imagination takes us we will dance it with fun games for the whole family. 

moving words is a story-time with live dance performance for families, with an integrated and inclusive movement workshop celebrating the joy of dance! This event is designed for children from 3 to 7 years but siblings young and old are welcome. Children must be accompanied by an adult. 




Activity 2 (in the Library): 
Halloween Sing-Along with Olivia Halloween

A family fun concert that encourages kids to move, play and sing while rocking out to spooky Halloween inspired songs. It’s going to be a spooktacular sing-along with ghosts, pumpkins, vampires and more!

Activity 3 (in the Studio): Mythical Masks with Greg Corbino
Inspired by the book Mythical Irish Beasts by Mark Joyce, artists of all ages will create Halloween masks of mysterious and fantastic characters from Irish folklore with a variety of materials.

Please choose 1 of the 3 timed-entry sessions via the reservations link. Each session has a running time of 2 hours and 30 minutes.

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


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 Kathy Hochul and the New York State Legislature; Howard Gilman Foundation; Jerome L. Greene Foundation; the Charina Endowment Fund; the Ireland Funds; the Shubert Foundation, Inc.; the Irish Institute of New York; the Society of the Friendly Sons of St. Patrick, New York; the Charles Lawrence Keith & Clara Miller Foundation; Northern Ireland Bureau; the Department of Foreign Affairs and the Consulate of Ireland in New York; British Council; Morgan Stanley; Tourism Ireland; and thousands of generous donors like you.


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