Family Halloween Breaks in Mayo

At Great National Hotel Ballina

Enjoy the ultimate Halloween family getaway at Great National Hotel Ballina. Choose one of our spectacular Spooky offers to make your stay enjoyable for all the family.

Samhain Abhainn

October 28th to November 3rd

Samhain Abhainn, Ballina's Halloween Festival celebrates summer's end on the banks of the River Moy. Children's workshops, "spooky scéals" storytelling and the amazing annual Scary Woods Walk, this is a weekend of family fun not to be missed in Ballina. 

Check out the scary details of the festival here.

Our family-friendly hotel is the ideal location to set up your haunting base while checking out this wonderful festival right here in Ballina.

Scary Woods Walk

October 26th - 28th at 6:00 pm

The Mayo Arts team transform the woods into a frightful installation of fun and interactive experience. Guaranteed to make you jump, this bump in the night event is not to be missed while staying in Ballin over the Mid-Term break this October. 

As the darkness settles, the ghouls arise and you're in for a surprise behind every branch on every path, certainly not for the faint-hearted. Little ones can enjoy the trail during daylight hours and meet the friendly fiends that occupy the woods.

Pumpkin Carving Workshop

October 29th from 2:30 pm

Did you know? The people of Ireland began this tradition centuries ago, originally using Turnips to keep unwanted spirits at bay. Once immigration to America took hold, early immigrants from Ireland realised that Pumpkins served better for carving and becoming wonderful lanterns to keep the demons away.

An event for the whole family to enjoy, hands-on, personalized workshop taking part at Ballina Stephenites GAA Club.

On-Site Kids Club 

Halloween Kids Club Dates:

Kids Club Open from the 25/10/19 – 02/11/19 (dates & times may vary dependent on the number of children

Our Great Fun Club aims to entertain toddlers to young teens, creating fantastic and memorable childhood moments.

Kids will enjoy being able to meet younger guests, participate in on-site activities and enjoy a specially designed kids dinner menu.

All kids will receive a Great Fun Club Goody Bag which includes a branded Great Fun Club T-shirt.

Some of the Great Fun Club Highlights Include:

Designated meal times including kids high tea • Birthday celebration cakes & cards • Special room service menu for kids • Programme of events during both morning & evening • Nominated kids club leader • Kids TV channel • Leisure centre staff & swimming instructor • Family splash hour