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At Home With Irish Arts Center | Oíche Shamhna/Irish Halloween: Feast of the Fairies

Spooky Celtic stories, performances, and traditions


This event is free thanks to the generosity of Irish Arts Center friends, members, and supporters. We welcome donations in any amount as a part of your registration.

Oct 31, 2020 – Nov 1, 2020




Celebrate the Irish origins of Halloween from home in a communal feast of fancy! 

On Saturday, October 31, learn some Halloween traditions like how to make barmbrack bread with Lilly Higgins, carve your own lantern from a turnip (the original jack-o-lantern) with artist Marie Connole, and do a Halloween-themed magic trick with Joe Daly. 

Then, join us on Sunday, November 1, as we gather around a virtual bonfire to feast on stories and performances inspired by otherworldly creatures both naughty and nice: hear writer and Traveller activist Oein DeBhairduin read from Why the moon travels, his new collection of folk tales from the Traveller community; take part in an interactive performance workshop based on Irish myths with Emily Kilkenny Roddy of CoisCéim Dance Theatre; write a spell to make the world a better place with poet/performer Felispeaks; and watch the premiere of our Collective Pop-Up Book Project created with spooky stories from the archive of the National Folklore Collection of Ireland!

The events begin at 12pm ET (4pm IST Saturday, 5pm IST Sunday) both days. Registration qualifies for all events.

See what you'll need to carve your turnip >

Prepare to make your barmbrack >

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; Tourism Ireland; the Jerome L. Greene Foundation; the Adrian Brinkerhoff Poetry Foundation; the Charina Endowment Fund; the Ireland Funds; the Shubert Foundation, Inc.; the Arnhold Foundation; the Fan Fox and Leslie R. Samuels Foundation; the Irish Institute of New York; the Society of the Friendly Sons of St. Patrick, New York; Northern Ireland Bureau; Invest NI; CIE Tours International; the Department of Foreign Affairs and the Consulate of Ireland in New York; and thousands of generous donors like you.


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