Samhain – Celtic Halloween 2023

Samhain - Celtic Halloween in Aquincum, 16:00-23:00 on 31 October 2023.

Prior to the Roman conquest, the area of the Hungarian capital was inhabited by the Celtic Eravisci. To make the customs and festivals of the Celts more accessible, we are dedicating the end of October to the Celts for the fourth time this year. For the Celtic calendar, the end of October marked the end of summer. That is when the Celts celebrated the festival of Samhain, which may be seen as the ancestor of modern-day Halloween. The Samhain at Aquincum offers all visitors arts and crafts workshops and a host of exciting educational activities connected with Celtic traditions.

A significant part of the events will be held indoors. 


16:00-20:00 Celtic lifestyle and dress demonstration
16:00-22:00 Halloween scavenger hunt (in HU)
16:30-21:00 Arts and crafts*: pumpkin carving, key holder, medal, headdress, mini altar
16:30-21:00 Facepainting*
16:30-17:15 Guided tour “Life before, during and after the Romans” (in HU)
17:00-21:00 Fortune telling from Ogham stones (in HU)
17:00-17:30 Attila Horváth M.: Celtic funerary customs – lecture (in HU)
17:30-22:30 “Inscape” room (in HU)
17:30-18:15 Guided tour with the curator of the temporary exhibition Uncovered! Or there’s still new under the earth (in HU)
17:30-22:30 Fortune telling from apples (in HU)
18:00-18:30 Celtic tales for families with storyteller Csenge Virág Zalka (in HU)
18:00-18:30  Attila Beck: The daughters of Morrigan – Women in Celtic military culture – lecture (in HU)
18:30-18:45 Celtic fire duel
19:00-19:20 Costume contest
19:00-21:00 Scottish dance demonstration and dancehall
19:30-20:00 Eraviscan dress demonstration (in HU)
19:30-20:00 Celtic legends for adults with storyteller Csenge Virág Zalka (in HU)
20:00-20:20 Carved pumpkin beauty contest
20:00-21:00 Varkocs concert
20:30-20:45 Celtic fire duel
21:00-21:20 Fire juggling demonstration
21:20-22:00 Fandyr concert
22:00-22:30 Celtic warrior ceremony and celebration

* To participate in these activities, visitors must purchase arts and crafts tickets, which are sold in the exhibition building until 20:00, or until stocks last. Arts and crafts tickets can be used until 20:30 and cannot be refunded. Ticket prices (per piece): facepainting = 500 Ft; mini altar= 500 Ft; key holder = 750 Ft; medal = 750 Ft; headdress = 1000 Ft; pumpkin carving = 1500 Ft.

We reserve the right to make changes to the programme!

 Ticket prices:

Adult: 2200 HUF/person
Adult (group of over 20 persons): 1800 HUF/person
Student/pensioner: 1100 HUF/person
Student/pensioner (group of over 10 persons): 900 HUF/person
Family (2 adults 2 children): 5500 HUF/family
During the event the usual discounts are not valid. The event can be visited free of charge by people with a Ukrainian passport or other documents proving their Ukrainian refugee status, journalists, people with disabilities and their companions (1 companion per person), visitors under the age of 6, visitors over the age of 70 and teachers accompanying school groups as well as tour guides accompanying tourist groups. Upon request, the eligibility for discounts must be verified at the venue.

Free entry for visitors with a valid address card with a permanent address in District 3, upon registration at the entrance.

By purchasing a ticket, Visitors accept the Regulations

Tickets can be purchased online  and at the museum


Széchenyi 2020
Széchenyi 2020