7,500 people attended ‘Hallowena’ last night – that’s a quarter of the population of Ballymena!

BALLYMENA’S People’s Park was last night packed with 7,500 people joining in the spooktacular fun of ‘Hallowena’ – that equates to a quarter of the population of the town.

This year was the first time Council hosted their ‘Hallowena’ celebration in the People’s Park and it proved to be a winner with the crowds, which were twice as big as they had been the previous year at the Ecos Park.

Spectators were treated to a thrilling display of professional fire performers, as well as live music from The Coves, while all manner of spooky and mysterious entertainers made their way through the park and mingled with the crowds who turned out for the occasion.

People of all ages were spellbound by the illuminated tree walk, while children took part in the Trick or Treat Hunt, before joining in the Scary Fancy Dress Competition and listening to ghoulish tales in the Haunted Storytelling Marquee.

A mythical dragon was also spotted circling the park, bringing the festive spectacle to life while stilt walkers and Kablitz Ghost Busters kept the bustling crowds entertained throughout the evening.

Only those who were brave enough got hands-on with some creepy creatures while young daredevils enjoyed the fun fair rides or had adventures of their own at the play areas which remained open during the night.

Other popular attractions on the night were arts and crafts workshops and local food vendors ensured a range of tasty treats was on offer to tempt any peckish ghosts or ghouls.

The skies were lit up by a display of fireworks as Mid and East Antrim Borough Council’s free entertainment and activities came to a close, bringing the first People’s Park Hallowena to a bewitching end.

There were a few complaints from some members of the public about some aspects of the night but many said the location was a great choice.


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