Samhain Abhainn Halloween Festival Ballina 27th Oct – 1st Nov 2017

The scariest festival in Mayo North makes a frightful return this Halloween

Samhainn Abhainn Scary Woods Walk Halloween Festival Ballina

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, supported by Ballina Beverages, Ballina Chamber, Failte Ireland and Mayo North, takes place in late October 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!

Full Programme of Events for Samhain Abhainn Halloween Festival Ballina 2017

Friday 27th October

6:30 – 8:30pm: Fanta Scary Woods Walk, Belleek Woods. Adm: €4pp. No booking necessary


Saturday 28th October

10am-3pm: Ballina Costume Company Halloween Camp, Ballina Stephenites. Age 4+. Adm: €15 per child. Booking essential: (096) 72154.  Bring packed lunch, wear old clothes

12–1pm AND 2–3pm: Spooky Scéals in Jackie Clarke Collection. Age 4-10. FREE, Booking essential:  call 096 73508

6:30 – 8:30pm: Fanta Scary Woods Walk, Belleek Woods. Adm: €4pp. No booking necessary. Proudly supported by Ballina Beverages


Sunday 29th October

10am-3pm: Ballina Costume Company Halloween Camp, Ballina Stephenites. Age 4+. Adm: €15 per child. Booking essential: (096) 72154.  Bring packed lunch, wear old clothes

6:30 – 8:30pm: Fanta Scary Woods Walk, Belleek Woods. Adm: €4pp. No booking necessary. Proudly supported by Ballina Beverages


Monday 30th October

11am: Moy Valley AC Halloween Monster 5km run, Ballina Soccer Club. Adm: €5 adults/€2 children. Prizes for scariest costumes!

12-1pm: Ciara’s Danceblast Workshop, Ballina Stephenites. Age 4+, Adm €3. Booking essential (096) 72800

2-4pm: Little Screamers Fanta Scary Woods Walk,  Belleek Woods. A gentler daytime walk for smaller children accompanied by adults. Proudly supported by Ballina Beverages

6.30-8.30pm: Fancy Dress Halloween Disco at Tumble Jungle. Venture out after dark and see Tumble Jungle like you never have before! Adm: €4. *Height Restriction: 4ft 11inches*


Tuesday 31st October

10:30am–12:30pm AND 12:30–2pm, Pumpkin Carving Workshop with Alice Dixon, Ballina Arts Centre. Age 6-12. Adm: €5 Booking essential, (096) 72800. Pumpkins & tools provided. Wear old clothes

8pm: Halloween Horror Movie Screening:  Stephen King’s ‘Christine’ (Dir: John Carpenter / USA / 1983 / 110mins), Ballina Arts Centre, Tuesday 31st October, Adm: €5


Wednesday 1st November

12–1pm: Spooky Scéals in Jackie Clarke Collection. (Age 4-10 years). FREE. Booking essential: 096 73508

2pm: Halloween Hoot – Live Owl Display with Mount Falcon Estate’s Jason Deasy. Jackie Clarke Collection Garden,  FREE, No booking necessary

Dine out during Samhain Abhainn with Belleek Castle’s Special Spooky Hallowe’en Menu! Visit

Ticket and Traffic arrangements for Scary Woods Walk

There is no pre-booking system in operation. Queues will be managed from 6pm in the Woods with on-site entertainment by Ciara’s Danceblast!

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.


Huxley Horror to feature again at this year’s Scary Woods Walk

huxley horror logo halloween festival ballinaThis year’s Scary Woods Walk is set to be even more creepy and terrifying, as Ballina welcome back the Huxley Horror! This prestigious arts collective curates macabre immersive events which incorporate a range of bizarre horror and artistry. Last year’s funeral procession was a big hit and they have some more surprises up their sleeve for this year.

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 return to the eerie surroundings of Belleek Woods is sure to raise a few hackles on the route. Expect the unexpected!

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Samhain Abhainn is supported by Failte Ireland and the Wild Atlantic Way along with Ballina Chamber and


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