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This midterm break, EPIC is the perfect place for families looking to ‘Trick or Treat’ and spook up their week with our exciting range of events. Our entertaining and educational events offer families the opportunity to celebrate Halloween safely, whilst also learning about Ireland’s Samhain traditions.

We have also joined up with Samhain Festival to celebrate the ancient origins of Halloween, returning us to our folkloric roots with ghostly tales and inspiring a new generation to unleash their inner Seanchaí. From our virtual Trick or Treat experience to our Spine-Tingling crafting challenge, there is something for all members of the family to enjoy.

So if you’re brave enough, enter EPIC’s eerie vaults this Halloween and let the fun begin!

 

In-person events

SAMHAIN FAMILY FESTIVAL

October 24th-25th
Full list of FREE events here

Celebrate the magic of the spoken word and awaken your inner Seanchaí at Samhain Family Festival.

Immerse yourself in an authentic Halloween experience this October as spirits young and old will gather at EPIC the Irish Emigration Museum, for Samhain, Ireland’s Family Halloween Festival.

Modern Seanchaís and colourful characters will share spine-tingling tales and there will be plenty of treats in store for all ages as we invite you to celebrate the magic of the spoken word.

Children will be encouraged to harness the spooky sounds of nature with the Morrigan’s “Sounds of the Forest”, play Halloween games with the cheeky Pooka, and cast out the cobwebs with our resident good witch Cailleach as she brings us on a journey of discovery about inner magic through spells and mantras to inspire positive wellbeing for would-be witches and warlocks.

Samhain Family Festival is proudly sponsored by the BAI, UNESCO City Libraries and The Arts Council of Ireland.

For those who cannot make it to our live event, there is a whole host of online treats in store here.

TRICK OR TREAT, IF YOU DARE!

At EPIC
Saturday 30th October
Suitable for children of all ages
FREE as part of general admission ticket

This Halloween, step inside the eerie vaults of EPIC! Come face to face with ghouls, wicked witches and all of Halloween’s creatures while following the path, answering the questions and surviving the challenges that await you, all in the hope of collecting your special surprise.

Taking place on October 30th, our ‘Trick or Treat if you dare’ event blends live arts and crafts with trivia to create a one of a kind Halloween experience.

Challenge the spirits with your enchanted Samhain turnip design and scare them away ! Put your future in the hands of our frightful fortune teller. Who knows what kind of fortune she will bestow on you! Our resident witch likes to cast her dark spells on those who get lost in the 200 year old CHQ vaults – learn some spell casting with her and help keep people on the right path.

Be sure to wear your best spooky costume! It’s best to blend in when you’re traveling through the vaults of EPIC, the creatures that inhabit it like to meet strangers – the stranger the better!

Online events

 

TRICK OR TREAT ‘AROUND THE WORLD’ VIRTUAL WORKSHOP (FOR FAMILIES)

1pm – 2pm
Thursday 28th October
€5.00 per ticket
Book here

Hear the ghostly tales of old Irish traditions, from turnip carving, bonfires and spellcasting, to the mystery of the Pooka. Then, Trick or Treat around the globe and bring to life the celebrations of Halloween today with your creepy crafting creations. From Irish soul cakes to Mexican Sugar Skulls to the Chinese Hungry Ghost Festival, you’re sure to be in for a fright!

A fun workshop for all the family, this is your opportunity to experience Halloween from its origins to the global festival it has become, picking up some new traditions along the way. All you need are some colouring pencils, markers or crayons; sheets of A4 paper; a pair of scissors; and some sticky tape to take part.

Be sure to join in the festive spirit from the comfort of your home and wear your spookiest costume!

Important: All children must be under a parent/ guardian’s supervision for the duration of the workshop. This session will be delivered remotely via Zoom. Please do not journey to EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum for this workshop.

TRICK OR TREAT ‘AROUND THE WORLD’ VIRTUAL WORKSHOP (FOR SCHOOLS)

10.30am – 11.30am
Friday October 22nd
€25 per class (30 students max)

This Halloween, ancient Irish Druids, Warlocks and Witches will be taking over EPIC to bring back the Celtic festival of Samhain – and they want you to join in the fun!

Hear the ghostly tales of old Irish traditions, from turnip carving, bonfires and spellcasting, to the mystery of the Pooka. Then, Trick or Treat around the globe and bring to life the celebrations of Halloween today with your creepy crafting creations. From Irish soul cakes to Mexican Sugar Skulls to the Chinese Hungry Ghost Festival, you’re sure to be in for a fright!

This is your opportunity to experience Halloween from its origins to the global festival it has become, picking up some new traditions along the way. To take part all you need are some colouring pencils, markers or crayons; sheets of A4 paper; a pair of scissors; and some sticky tape to take part.

Important: This workshop is designed for Primary School level students, and is offered at a reduced rate of €25.00 euro per booking. It is suitable for both school and home school students. Special rates available for home school students, contact us for details. Please do not journey to EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum for this session.

Contact us at: groups@epicchq.com to find out more or to make a booking

SAMHAIN SPINE-TINGLING TRIVIA CHALLENGE

10am – 5pm
22nd – 31st October 

Did you know that Ireland is considered the home of Halloween?

Traditionally in Ireland, Samhain was a festival that marked the end of the harvest season and the beginning of winter. Legend has it that at this time of year the ‘doorways’ to the Otherworld opened, allowing supernatural beings and the souls of the dead to enter our world and walk among us.

Over the Halloween midterm, why not take part in our spine-tingling trivia challenge and see if you can discover all the answers hiding in the vaults!

Take on the challenge and try to discover where Ireland’s most haunted house is? Or why do people carve pumpkins on Halloween? There are lots of fun, frightening facts to be found!

These fright filled trails will be available from our ticket desk for all the little ghosts, goblins and wicked witches visiting us this midterm break.

Suitable for all ages and included as part of all admission tickets.

HALLOWEEN HISTORY-AT-HOME PACK

Suitable for ages 8+
FREE to download

When you think of Halloween, what comes to mind? Is it costumes, candy and pumpkins? Or is it turnips, púcas and vampires?

Discover all about Halloween and its origins in Ireland in our spellbinding History-at-Home pack.

Available to download free of charge our special seasonal pack is full of fun filled activities for all the family to enjoy!

Learn how to host your own Samhain festival and celebrate the ancient Irish origins of Halloween. Uncover the origins of Dracula and his strong links to Ireland. Learn how to carve a turnip and ward off evil spirts that haunt the streets at Halloween.

Download your free pack here.