Quickly becoming one of the West’s biggest festivals along the Wild Atlantic Way, Samhain Abhainn Halloween Festival Ballina returns for yet another year of scares. The festival, which last year saw an unprecedented turn-out for its main event – the Fanta Scary Woods Walk, is sure to make a huge impression again this year, celebrating all things ghoulish with a cauldron of unique, hair-raising events.
The festival, proudly sponsored by Ballina Beverages and supported by Ballina Chamber, Failte Ireland and Mayo North, takes place from Friday 28th October to Thursday 3rd November with a busy programme of events for children of all ages.
Samhainn Abhainn attracts young and old alike during the Halloween break in Ballina, and aims to provide something for everyone to enjoy on Halloween, whether you are looking for a creepy murder mystery trail, a big night out on the town in your finest costume or a scary walk in the woods for the children to relish. The unique Irish historical context of Halloween will be a big feature of the festival.
First celebrated as a pagan festival back in 100AD, the Celts marked the season of Halloween or ‘Samhain’, an old Irish word meaning the ‘end of summer’. Fast-forward 2000 years and Ballina is building on Irish history in celebrating Samhain Abhainn – a summers-end festival on the banks of the River Moy. This Hallowe’en the town will be transformed into a land of magic, mystery and myth, waiting for you, your family, and friends to come and enjoy.
In a celebration of all things spooky and scary, and heavily influenced by Irish traditions and customs, Samhain Abhainn Halloween Festival Ballina looks set to be bigger and better this year and add to its reputation as the West of Ireland’s premier Halloween festival. The Scary Woods Walk is the biggest event of the festival – read on for more information!
This year’s Scary Woods Walk is set to be even more terrifying, as Ballina welcomes the Huxley Horror Show to town! This prestigious arts collective curates macabre immersive events which incorporate a range of bizarre horror and artistry.
The group has gained a stellar national reputation for torturously terrifying events and installations, featuring at events like Knockanstockan, Electric Picnic and Glastonbury, and their presence in the eerie surroundings of Belleek Woods is sure to raise a few hackles on the route. Expect the unexpected!
The Scary Woods Walk will take place on Friday 28th, Saturday 29th and Sunday 30th October from 6.30pm to 8:30pm and admission is €4 per person. A queuing system will be in place.
NOTE: A one-way traffic system will apply from the Arch/Athletic Club past Belleek through to Killala Road. No traffic (residents excepted) will be permitted to approach from the Killala Road side of Belleek Woods. Parking will be available along the main road from the Arch to Belleek Woods. Please obey stewards at all times.
Samhain Abhainn is sponsored by Ballina Beverages, and supported by Failte Ireland and the Wild Atlantic Way along with Ballina Chamber and MayoNorth.ie.