Samhain Abhainn – Ballina’s Halloween Festival

October 25, 2018
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Samhain Abhainn – Ballina’s Halloween Festival

Make your way to Ballina for this year’s Samhain Abhainn. Running until 1st November the festival has a great variety of Halloween activities on offer and is one not to be missed.

Get ready to be spooked with ghosts, ghouls, clowns and goblins in the Scary Woods Walk in Belleek Forest. Mini spooks can meet some friendly fiends during the day in the woods. Or why not try your hand at pumpkin carving? Other events include art workshops, spooky scéals, cooking & baking classes, Halloween hoots and traditional activities. The festival is running from the 25th of October to 1st November this year. There are events to keep all the spirits in your family entertained!!!

Samhain Abhainn - Halloween Festival Event Schedule

About Halloween

Halloween or Hallowe’en is also known as Allhalloween, All Hallows’ Eve and All Saints’ Eve. It is an annual holiday celebrated on October 31. Its origins date back to the ancient pagan Celtic festival of Samain (pronounced sow-in). This is an old Irish word meaning the ‘end of summer’. The Celts lived in Ireland 2,000 years ago and would light bonfires and wear costumes to ward off ghosts on Hallowe’en. The day marked the end of the harvest and summer and the beginning of winter, a time of year often associated with human death. The Celts believed that on Hallowe’en the boundary between the living and dead worlds became blurred and the ghosts of the dead returned to the living world.

Hallowe’en is the eve of the Christian feast of All Hallow’s Day and in 2018 falls on a Wednesday.

Today, Halloween involves activities such as pumpkin carving, trick-or-treating, apple bobbing, dressing up in scary costumes, lighting bonfires, fireworks and visiting haunted attractions.

Further information and a full schedule of events can be found at:

Ballina Tourist Office 096 72800


Wishing you all a spooktacular and faboolous Halloween!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Happy Halloween