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Calendar Customs: Make Your Own Hallowe'en Masks

Traditional masks in the Folklife collection


Find out about the history, customs and traditions of Samhain and make your own traditional mask with artist Carmel Balfe.

Activity at a Glance

Level: 4th to 6th Class
Group Size: Classroom 
Location: Onsite NMI-Country Life
Duration: 60 min
10 min Talk
40 min Workshop
10 min Q & A 
Availability: Wednesday 25th October & Thursday 26th October 2023
Times: 10am to 11am or 11.30am to 12.30pm
Booking: Booking required
Accessibility: Hands-on

Bookings and Information 

To book this event, contact the booking and information office

Curriculum Links: 

Social Environmental and Scientific Education (SESE)

  • Local Studies - Feasts and Festivals in the Past; Story - Stories of Lives of People in the Past - Beliefs. 
  • Culture in the Past - Cultural Activities.
  • Early people and ancient societies – Values.
  • Ordinary People – Communities - Appreciation of Culture.
Visual Arts/Construction: 
  • ‚ÄčConcepts and Skills - Awareness of Shape, Form, Texture, Pattern and Rhythm; Strands -
  • Construction/ Making constructions/ Looking and Responding
  • Creative Thinking – Respond to Periods and Cultures – Regional Craft Tradition – National Heritage.
  • Human Environments – Social and Cultural Activities – Social Environment.

Learning Outcomes: 

  • Discuss festivals in general; identify the reasons why Hallowe’en masks were made, know the time of year they were produced, recognize the material used to make them
  • Learn how to make a mask from recycled material and receive appropriate guidance leading to a completed project; discuss their own work and the work of their classmates
  • Discuss what the students will do with their completed mask; review the content of the workshop
  • Discuss their own work and the work of their classmates
  • Insight into a traditional craft and past culture
  • Understanding the effect of the past on present culture

Pre-Visit Resources:

  • Check out information on Calendar Customs and Traditions here 

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