What is the Ballylough Halloween Hullabaloo?
Ballylough is a small estate sited just outside of Bushmills on the Castlecatt Road. The site is steeped in heritage. This is the first year that Ballylough has hosted the incredible Travelling Treeluminations, performed by Walter Holt and music specially written by Sharon Graham. In keeping with the Halloween theme there will be storytelling, zombies, ghosts, and pumpkin soup.
Halloween Hullabaloo will open from Friday 22nd October 2021 until Thursday 31st October 2021.
There will be a forest walk through the enchanting lights all to music. Seating is available en route to be able to sit and watch the show.
Catering : The well known Broughgammon Farm will be offering goat burgers and other Halloween delights. Peckish Pony will have catering also on site.
Directions: Please use GOOGLE MAPS and NOT the satnav. 53 Castlecatt Road, BT57 8TN. Google Plus code is:
How far is it from Belfast? 75 mins. How far is it from Bushmills? 1.5 miles.
How long does the event last for? You should be on site for between 60 – 90 minutes to fully appreciate the event. Visitors are welcome to walk around the site more than once during their visit to ensure they see and hear everything this magical experience has to offer. The event opens at 6pm, last entry is 9pm. Booking is essential. COVID rules apply.
What time does the Halloween Hullabaloo Close? The site closes at 10pm.
Navigating the Halloween Hullabaloo? Please follow the route of the paths and ask any of ghosts or volunteers if you have any concerns (Hi Vis). Remember this is an outdoor event so safety guidelines will apply. There will be equipment and cabling around the route that may be hot or carrying electricity so please be aware of your surroundings. Stay on the routes provided for safety.
What should I wear to the Halloween Hullabaloo? As it is an outdoor event and running at the end of October we have the potential to experience cold, wet, icy weather so please dress accordingly. We recommend warm, waterproof clothing with practical boots or shoes.
Is there parking on site? Yes. There will marshalls who will direct you to the car park on your arrival (there will also be signs in event a marshall has been called away – and there will be a short 5-10minute walk to the start of the walk.
Will there be food onsite? Yes, Broughgammon Farm and Peckish Pony will be on site each evening.
Is it suitable for children/elderly/disabled visitors? In this first year we have been unable to cater for everyone. Due to the uneven ground and informal pathways it is not suitable for all wheelchair users, or anyone unsteady on their feet. Care should be taken whilst navigating the route, as it will be dark and possibly muddy. We would advise that young children be supervised at all times because of the nature of this outdoor event. Children and anyone wishing to avoid the scary part of the Halloween Hullabaloo will be able to take a short cut route through the garden on the night, so just able to experience the light, music and the less scary Hullabaloo.
Are there disabled toilets on site? Yes, there are disabled toilets located near to the catering area towards the end of the heritage /Halloween Trail.
Are there any concession rates? There will be free entry for any carers.
Can I bring a pram? Nor recommended – some of the paths are rough terrain – there are no tarmac or concrete pathways.
Do you have wheelchairs and or mobility scooters on site for public use? No.
Are dogs allowed at Halloween Hullabaloo? Because of the nature of this event we would advise that you don’t bring your furry friends, however if you still wish to we would suggest that they are kept on a short lead and are visible to other visitors, as it will be very dark. As there are lots of electrical cables, loudspeakers and hot lights at doggy level we would ask you to proceed with caution.
Photographers – may we use a tripod or monopod on site? Yes, you are most welcome to bring a tripod or monopod to help with photographing the event. Please be aware that the site will close at 10pm each evening so if you want to make the most of your time, come as early as possible.
Where do I get my tickets from? This is a ticketed event and all visitors must have a ticket to gain entry. Tickets are available to book online prior to the event from our BALLYLOUGH website HERE.
I’ve lost or forgotten my tickets can I still attend the event? If you have your booking number we may be able to locate your booking.
I would like to exchange my tickets for another night; is this possible? UP to 7 days prior to the event we should be able to switch nights, if there are available spaces. Please contact us if need be.
What happens if the event is cancelled and how will I know? The event will only be cancelled in the following circumstances: • When the weather at Ballylough is perceived to be a danger to the public due to very high winds. (trees or branches falling)• A major failure in the electronics system.
The event will NOT be cancelled in the following circumstances: • Heavy rain/snow at Ballylough, we advise that all visitors dress appropriately for the weather. • Heavy rain/snow in any other part of Northern Ireland – we advise our visitors to take note of the weather conditions on route to the event and allow ample time for their journey. • Very cold weather – we advise that our visitors dress warmly and appropriately for cold weather.
The decision to cancel will be made by 11am on the day of the event and a notice will be posted on our Facebook pages: Ballylough Living History, our websites: www.ballylough.co.uk , and social media feeds: Twitter: ballylough8, follow us in case you need updates . You should check the website on the day you are going to visit, particularly if extremely high winds or storm conditions are forecast.
If Halloween Hullabaloo is cancelled, do I get a refund? Yes, you will be refunded, if Ballylough has to cancel the event. If spaces are available we may be able to offer an alternative night.