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Enjoy a spooky experience at EPIC 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!  

Displays

Samhain Stage, CHQ
October 28th 2019, All day

Join us at our free Samhain stage where you can experience everything from storytelling with master Seanchaí Eddie Lenihan to pop-up puppet shows! With music, fairy tales, best dress and games and Halloween games planned, there’s plenty to keep children entertained for hours. A range of family-friendly activities will be taking place throughout the day

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.

Competitions

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 online by clicking here. Winners will be announced on December 1st, 2019 and will win an EPIC hamper!

Design a Turnip Competition
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!

Events

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.