Mayo North has a history dating back over 5,000 years. The back end of each year brought falling darkness, bareness on trees, cooler evenings, with sometimes starry skies and large pale moons. In this environment, over millennia, thoughts turned naturally to the Other World and to the mysteries concealed in Nature. In recent centuries, in Ireland, Hallowe’en has replaced the older Celtic festival of Samhain. It takes place around 31st October each year, marking All Hallows Eve (or the eve of All Saints Day). In October 2017, the North Mayo area hosts a wealth of imaginative, community-organised Hallowe’en festivals for all the family. A spooktacular cauldron of fun and eerie happenings is brewing. With community Hallowe’en events in Ballina, Ballycastle, Crossmolina and Swinford and a special Festival celebrating Mayo’s dark skies, we hope you enjoy our guide below to What’s On in Mayo North in Hallowe’en 2017.
26 October – 1 November 2017
Samhain Abhainn, Ballina’s Hallowe’en Festival, is a scary experience of summer’s end by the banks of the Moy. It is a weekend of family fun not to be missed in Ballina, Co. Mayo. Quickly becoming one of the West’s biggest festivals along the Wild Atlantic Way, its main event – the Fanta Scary Woods Walk – attracted an unprecedented attendance last year. It is sure to make a huge impression again this year. Full of dynamic and imaginative events, this Festival promises jam-packed entertainment for all the family.
– The amazing Scary Woods Walk (Belleek Woods)
– Children’s workshops
– “Spooky scéals” storytelling
– Much much more
A FULL programme of events is available here.
NOTE: The Scary Woods Walk is fun, exhilarating and a bit scary too. It is encouraged that children are accompanied.
For more information call Ballina Chamber of Commerce at 096 72800
Tuesday, October 31st
Location: starts at Church Car Park, Main Street, Ballycastle, Co. Mayo
Organised by the Ballycastle Events Committee the Hallowe’en X-Witch Boo Bash promises a spooky confection of experiences and events that will set your hairs on end. Community, family and fun are at the heart of this lively local festival. It is not to be missed!
– X-Witch Spooky Cottage
– Prizes for Best Costumes
– Spooky Walk and Lantern Walk
– Hallowe’en Games
– Pumpkin Competition
NOTE: All children must be accompanied by an adult.
For more information, call Ballycastle Events Committee at 086 322 5128
28th October – 31st October
Locations: various (including Church Street, Crossmolina, and North Mayo Heritage Centre, Crossmolina)
The Haunted Hat Festival has been organised by Crossmolina Festival in conjunction with the North Mayo Heritage Centre in Enniscoe. They have spent long hours and much candle wax conjuring up a full-filled Hallowe’en for all the family with four days of brand new events in the area. This Festival is a feast of creativity and diversity and we cannot wait for it. It promises to be terrifying, thrilling and lots and lots of fun!! Be there, if you dare!
– Nightmare on Church Street
– Thriller Dance Workshop
– Hallowe’en Monster March (fun for everyone)
– Boo! (a safe, fun-filled, spooktacular event for younger kids)
– And more.
NOTE: some events require advance booking
For further information call Crossmolina Festival Committee at 089 201 1721 or email email@example.com
The seventh annual Féile na Samhna takes place in Swinford from October 28th – 30th. This weekend celebrates traditional Irish music, song and dance under the auspices of the Michael Davitt Comhaltas group and supported by the businesses of the town. An unforgettable feast of music and heritage at the intersection of the seasons is in store in Swinford this Hallowe’en. This is sure to leave all – locals and visitors alike – delighted.
Saturday 28th October – Monday 30th October
A FULL programme of events is available here.
Admission: FREE to all events
For more information call the Féile na Samhna committee at 087 7454032 or email Swinfordcce@gmail.com
27th-29th October 2017
Locations: Mulranny, Newport and Ballycroy National Park, Co. Mayo
– Star-gazing and observing sessions
– Cultural workshops
– Educational talks
– Activities for all the family
A unique and special event, the Mayo Dark Sky Festival 2017 takes place between Friday 27th October and Sunday 29th October in Mulranny, Newport and Ballycroy National Park, Co. Mayo. Due to their location, many parts of Mayo still experience a pristine and unfiltered night sky, and the festival celebrates these natural nightscapes in Mayo. Organised by Mulranny Tourism, the community of Newport, the Friends of Mayo Dark Skies and Ballycroy National Park, the weekend brings together a compelling line-up of speakers from Ireland and internationally.
Many events are free of charge such as accompanied star-gazing at Burrishoole Abbey on 27th October. Several events, including Planetarium Shows in Mulranny on 28th October, are specially designed for children or young adults.
A full programme of events is available here.
Admission: varied (many events are FREE or cost €5)
NOTE: advance booking is highly recommended
To book: mayodarkskyfestival.ie
For more information email firstname.lastname@example.org