Highland Village celebrates Oidhche Shamhna - Halloween
The Highland Village in Iona will soon celebrate one of its favourite days on the Gaelic calendar - Oidhche Shamhna, or Halloween. For three nights October 24-26, the Highland Village brings to life stories and superstitions through its Oidhche nam Bòcan/Night of the Spooks program.
Oidhche nam Bòcan, features a special evening stroll through the Highland Village by lamp light, complete with costumed guides, stories, skits and memorable interactions. Highland Village personnel and volunteers work hard to introduce new story lines and surprises every year. This year there are some fun twists that the whole family will enjoy.
There will be short skits as you enter a number of the buildings in small groups. The action will focus on some of the old Gaelic superstitions and there will be some encounters along the way between buildings as well. This is a wonderful way to experience some of the old Halloween traditions.
The tour is followed by a céilidh in "The Tuning Room" with fuarag, oatcakes and more. This is an experience for the whole family. Prepaid reservations are required. Tickets are $12 per adult, $28 per family, or $5 per student. The program runs from 7 each 9 pm each evening.
The Highland Village Museum/An Clachan Gàidhealach is a living history museum and folk-life centre located in Iona, Cape Breton Island, overlooking the Bras d'Or Lakes. Highland Village is a part of the Nova Scotia Museum.