Samhain Festival at EPIC

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EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum

CHQ, Custom House Quay

D01T6K6 Dublin


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Join us this October for our first Halloween festival, in conjunction with Fatale Events and the Irish Family History Centre.

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Enjoy a spooky experience at EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum this Halloween. On the 28th October the otherworldly will descend upon the vaults of the CHQ building in historic Dublin Docklands, as spirits big (and small) will gather for the inaugural family Samhain festival!

Celebrating the ancient origins of Halloween, Samhain Festival will bring back our traditional ghostly tales and inspire a new generation to unleash their inner Seanchaí (storyteller) with our Samhain story competition and gruesome tales from Ireland’s most famous storyteller, Eddie Lenihan. Expect lots of spine-chilling fun as you immerse yourself in an authentic Halloween experience, with everything from turnip carving and creepy creative workshops, to traditional Halloween games and hijinks, and a whole host of characters such as the Banshee, the Morrígan, some naughty fairies and the Púca!


Samhain Stage, CHQ

October 28th 2019, All day

Join us at our Samhain stage where you can experience everything from storytelling with master Seanchaí Eddie Lenihan to pop-up shows! A range of family-friendly activities will be taking place throughout the day, including apple bobbing, mask making and parades. The Samhain Stage is free, and while you can register your general interest here, please do just show up on the day!

Line up:

12:00-12:30 : Modern Seanchaí

12:30-13:00: Fairy Tales Seanchaí

13:00-13:30: Music of the Witch

13:30-14:00: Modern Seanchaí

14:00-14:30: Fairy Tales Seanchaí

14:30-15:00: Best Dress and games

15:00-15:30: Music of the Witch

15:30-16:00 : Fairy Tales Seanchaí

16:00-16:30: Modern Seanchaí

16:30-17:00: Halloween Games

Turnip Display, EPIC

October 28th 2019, All day

Check out the winners of our Design a Turnip Competition! 10 winning turnips will be displayed for the duration of the festival in EPIC’s atmospheric underground vaults, which can be easily seen from street level.


Storytelling Competition

Deadline: 6pm, October 31st 2019

The Irish are well-known for their love of storytelling and we’re looking for the next generation of storytellers in this imaginative competition. Suitable for children ages 6-12 years old, we invite you to unleash your inner Seanchaí (storyteller) and tell us a tale inspired by the myths and legends of Samhain, the original Halloween. We’re looking for creepy and imaginative stories involving Banshees, naughty fairies, the Púca and any other fantastic beasts you can make up!

Submit your stories in person at EPIC or send them via email to Winners will be announced on December 1st, 2019 and will win an EPIC hamper!

Design a Turnip Competition - Now Closed

Deadline: 5pm, October 20th 2019

You might have carved a pumpkin, but have you ever designed a turnip? Take part in this old Irish tradition by downloading our template and letting your imagination run wild! Suitable for 6 – 12 year olds, use pens, pencils, markers – you name it – and share your finished designs with us on social using #epicmuseum to be in with a chance to win our exclusive competition. 10 lucky winners will get their design carved professionally and displayed in EPIC’s front vaults for the duration of the festival, where they can be seen from street level.

Download our turnip template here!


Design a Turnip Workshop

October 20th 2019, 2.00pm – 3.30pm

Spooky Trail (as part of EPIC entry ticket)

October 28th 2019, All day

Spellcasting Sessions, Fatale Events

October 28th 2019, All Day

Wreath Making Workshop, L. Design

October 28th 2019, 12:00 – 1:00pm

Shadow Puppet Show and Workshop

October 28th 2019, 12.30 – 2:00pm

Family Tales Ghost Story Workshop

October 28th 2019, 1:00 – 2:00pm

Piseóg Mask Making Workshop

October 28th 2019, 2.00 – 3.00pm

Monsters Ghost Story Workshop

October 28th 2019, 3.00 – 4.00pm

Crown Craft Workshop, L. Design

October 28th 2019, 4.00 – 5.00pm

By registering on this page, you register your interest for Samhain Festival 2019's Samhain Stage, but do not reserve space in any of the limited capacity workshops. Please ensure to book each workshop you wish to attend separately. Tickets do not include entry to EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum's main exhibitions. All Samhain ticket holders get 20% discount on museum entry – just show your Eventbrite booking at the ticket desk.

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