Halloween 2018 in Ballina and North Mayo – What’s on?

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Halloween 2018 in Ballina and North Mayo

Boo . . . what’s that? Don’t look behind you ….  There is a host of fun and spooky events taking place all over North Mayo for the celebrations of Halloween. This Halloween 2018 in Ballina and North Mayo young and old are catered for so whether it’s a frightening walk in the renowned Belleek Woods or a Train ride around the grounds of North Mayo Heritage Centre, take a look at what’s on and don’t forget to being the garlic!!

Samhain Abhainn Halloween Festival, Ballina

Ballina' Samhain Abhainn Halloween Festival scary woods walk

Samhain Abhainn is the highlight of Halloween 2018 in Ballina and North Mayo and with lots of events taking place it’s one not to miss.

Saturday 27th at 12 noon and 2pm

Spooky Scéals at the Jackie Clarke Collection, for ages 5yrs to 12 yrs. FREE, booking essential – call the Jackie Clarke Collection on 096 73508.


Friday 26th – Sunday 28th October

The Scary Woods Walk

6pm-8pm nightly

Admission: €5 per person

The Scary Woods Walk in Belleek Woods is the biggest event of the festival and it will take place from Friday 26th – Sunday 28th October. Expect scares a-plenty in this immersive, guided night walk through the forest. How brave are you? Find out when a deathly being breathes in your ear, when the wails of lost souls reverberate through the darkness, or when macabre clowns, possessed  by evil spirits clutch at you as you pass, trying to drag you down under into the abyss.

Monday 29th October 

Pumpkin Carving Workshops (three separate sessions) 

14:30 – 15:30

15:45 – 16:45 and

17:00 – 18:00 

Enjoy a hands-on personalised pumpkin carving workshop by designing your own pumpkin under the expertise of local artist Gemma Mc and helpers.  For the whole family- carve & display your pumpkin and then take them home to enjoy. All children MUST be accompanied by an adult. Venue- Ballina Stephenites GAA Club. Pre booking only – €5 per child which includes pumpkin. Book with Ballina Tourist Office 096 72800

Friendly Fiends of the Scary Woods Walk!

At 5pm

A special opportunity for mini spooks to come and visit Belleek Woods by day and meet and greet some ‘friendly fiends’ of the Scary Woods Walk.  Enjoy the forest installations of the woods and meander through the magical Belleek Forest. This is a very special afternoon, especially planned for the very young to get dressed up and enjoy Halloween. Admission FREE

Tuesday 30th and Wednesday 31st October 10am – 2pm

Halloween Kids’ Camps with Ballina Costume Company. Ages: 5 to 12 years.  €20 per child. Book with Jane at Ballina Costume Company on 096 72154.  Note: Wednesday 31st is booked out

Tuesday 30th October – 6pm – 8pm 

Halloween Party for U12s at the Kennedy Glasgow Centre. Prizes for scariest and prettiest costumes. Refreshments served. Parental supervision required for children under 8. €5 admission – proceeds in aid of the Gortnor Abbey OsKars .

Wednesday 31st October at 2pm

Halloween Hoots at the Jackie Clarke Collection with Apex Birds of Prey. Free event – all welcome.

Thursday November 1st  at 4pm

To finish Children’s Book Festival 2018 in style, and celebrate The Day of the Dead, Ballina Library will host a ‘Spooky Story-Time’ at 4pm. The story time will last half an hour and because of its content is most suitable for those aged 4 and upwards. Call 096 70833.

***For further information about Samhain Abhainn Festival and Halloween 2018 in Ballina and North Mayo visit Samhain Abhainn on Facebook.


The Haunted Hat Festival, Crossmolina and other Halloween events

Haunted Hat Festival Crossmolina Nightmare on Church Street Co Mayo

Sunday 28th to Tuesday 30th October

Nightmare on Church Street – Part II will once again be the highlight of this petrifying programme of events,  and the inmates of THE CHURCH STREET SLAMMER have taken control of the prison. Will you be their next victim, and find yourself locked in a cell with only a notorious escape route that will take through part of the prison no normal human being dares to roam? Will you manage to keep up with your group or will you become separated, left to the mercy of these dastardly souls? Who do you trust as you make your way through the creepy corridors? The “friendly” prison guards, or the evil inmates? Do you have what it takes to make it through?

Ticket Information: On sale on Monday October 1st through Ticketmaster or call the Festival directly on 087 704 2069. Tickets €5 each + booking fee.

This event sold out in 2017, so early booking is advisable! This attraction is not suitable for persons under 12 years, or those that suffer from certain medical conditions such as epilepsy. A full list of FAQs is here  and we recommend that you take a read before booking.

Saturday 27th and Sunday 28th at 6pm

BOO!!! at North Mayo Heritage Centre, Crossmolina

Child friendly Halloween North Mayo Heritage Centre Enniscoe CrossmolinaBOO!!! is aimed at the younger kids up to 10 years old.  No chainsaws here – think Casper the friendly ghost instead of Freddy Kruger!

Trick or Treat houses and the ghost train to excite and enjoy. Fancy dress is essential.

Tickets €5 per child available at the North Mayo Heritage Centre – Pre booking advised by calling 96 31809 or 085 1902223

Online: www.northmayogenealogy.com  or North Mayo Heritage Centre on Facebook for more information.


Saturday 27th October Halloween

11am: 5k Run/Walk in aid of the Gortnor Abbey OsKars. Fancy dress optional but there will be a prize for the best dressed family.

Registration from 10am at Crossmolina GAA pitch. Entry: Adult, €10; Student/Child: €5; Family: €15.  Refreshments provided afterwards.

Monday 29th October

2-4pm – Children’s Halloween Party in Crossmolina Town Hall. With games, treats, balloon animals, face painting, and more. Prizes for best costume. Ideal for primary school children. Admission €5 (additional siblings €3).  In aid of the Gortnor Abbey OsKars.


Halloween in Ballycastle, North Mayo

Wednesday 31st October

–  National School kids Disco, 6.30 pm – 8 pm in the Ballycastle Community Hall and the Curse of the Pirate’s Gold!

–  Halloween Table Quiz and fancy dress party in the Seaview Lounge (note change of venue from Healy’s) with  food, a raffle and load of scares . .

For further information about Halloween in Ballycastle, North Mayo

Online: Ballycastle Co. Mayo on Facebook


Scary Monster 5km & 2km with Moy Valley Athletic Club

Monday 29th October at 11 am

Registration @ 10.30 am at the Soccer Club

Entry €5 adult €2 child

Prizes for best dressed

For further informationFacebook 


Ballycroy National Park –  Páirc Náisiúnta Bhaile Chruaich

Activities at Ballycroy National Park Visitor Centre

27th October, 1 – 2 pm

Guided nature walk & kids craft in the foyer

28th October

 1- 2 pm – Guided nature walk

2.30 pm – Talk on nocturnal species and the consequences of light pollution

29th October

Dress up day

1 – 3 pm –  Meet the Owls

2 pm – Storytelling in the Cottage

2.30 pm – 3 pm – Pumpkin Hunt

31st October

Dress up day

1 pm – Pumpkin Hunt

2 pm –  Guided Nature Walk

3 pm – Talk: Creatures of the Night

All events FREE of charge

For further information about Halloween at Ballycroy National Park

Telephone: 098 49888

Website: www.ballycroynationalpark.ie

Email: ballycroyvisitorcentre@chg.gov.ie


We wish you all a spooktastic and wonderful Halloween 2018 in Ballina and North Mayo!

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