Samhain Festival 2023 - VISUAL

VISUAL Centre for Contemporary Art &
The George Bernard Shaw Theatre

Samhain Festival 2023

Unleash your inner ghoul at Samhain Festival 2023 at VISUAL Carlow! 🕷️👻🎃

Friday 27 - Sunday 29 October 2023 |

Admission: Free and Ticketed Events

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Get ready for a spine-tingling extravaganza at VISUAL Carlow's Samhain Festival, taking place from Friday 27 to Sunday 29 October 2023. Prepare to be bewitched by a weekend of frightful delights, featuring terrifying tours through the eerie depths of Carlow, bone-chilling spooky storytelling that will haunt your dreams, and a hair-raising scavenger hunt that will test your bravery to the core.

But that's not all! Join us under the stars at The George Bernard Shaw Theatre for a special film screening of the cult classic The Wicker Man. Watch in terror as the Wicker Man's tale unfolds – an experience that will linger long after the credits roll. And remember, costumes aren't just encouraged, they're essential! Unleash your creativity and come dressed as your favourite ghost, ghoul, or monster. Prizes await the spookiest, most creative, and downright terrifying costumes, so don't hold back – let your Halloween spirit run wild!

This spooktacular event is not just for the little monsters – it's for all witches, warlocks, and creatures of the night, young and old. Halloween puns are not just welcomed; they're practically required! So, prepare for a hauntingly good time and join us for a weekend of ghostly giggles, petrifying play, and fang-tastic fun.

Don't miss out – Samhain Festival at VISUAL Carlow is where the Halloween magic truly happens! 🎃👻✨

Samhain Festival 2023 has been made possible thanks to the support from Fáilte Ireland and Carlow County Council under the Festivals, Events and Tourism Venue Fund and the Arts Council of Ireland.


  • 11am | KCLR Live Broadcast & Primary School Children's Cinema Screening*
  • 7.30pm | Cinema: The Wicker Man, with fantastic costume prizes*


Sunday: Family Fun Day

  • 2pm-5pm | Scavenger Hunt
  • 2pm-5pm | Sports Partnerships Traditional Games On The Lawn
  • 2pm-5pm | Drop-in Art Workshop Main Gallery
  • 2pm-5pm | Drop-in Art Workshop Link Gallery
  • 2pm-5pm | Early Years Play Area
  • 2pm-5pm | Straw Craft Workshop in Carlow College
  • 2pm-5pm | Costume Prize Judges awarding prizes
  • 2pm-5pm | Halloween Disco
  • 2.15pm-5pm | Storytelling in The Theatre
  • 2.15pm-5.15pm | Children's Halloween Tours with Hugh Cooney*
  • 7pm | ROGU MOBIUS – Light and Fire Show*
  • 8.30pm | ROGU MOBIUS – Light and Fire Show*

*Booking is required - everything else is free.

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