Things to do this Halloween - Final day to visit spooky 'hay bale trail' in Strabane, County Tyrone

If you are in the Strabane area today you can enjoy some spooky fun at the ‘hay bale trail’ following its return for this year’s Halloween celebrations.
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This is the final day of the Halloween hay trail and is a fantastic opportunity to get the whole family into the Halloween spirit.

The hay-mazing route takes you from Bready right over to Castlederg and everywhere in between. Co-ordinated by Derry City and Strabane District Council, the sculptures have all been produced by the local communities, schools and farmers.

The hay trail has been running since 2017 and has drawn in thousands of visitors over the month of October. The spooktactular spectacle involves the entire community as groups get together and dress up their own fodder-friends. Some of this year’s incredible sculptures include SpongeBob Square Pants, Super Mario and Lego Frankenstein.

The witches are back at the Halloween hay trial in StrabaneThe witches are back at the Halloween hay trial in Strabane
The witches are back at the Halloween hay trial in Strabane

Mayor of Derry City and Strabane District Council, Councillor Sandra Duffy, said she was delighted to see the return of this family-favourite.

“Halloween is a massive celebration right across our city and district and I’m thrilled to see the return of these amazing hay sculptures in the run up to the big festivities,” she commented. “It’s a great excuse to get wrapped up and get the entire family outside and get into the spooky spirit.

“Every year they bring lots of attraction to the local area so it’s a great testament to all the community groups, farmers and schools involved. It brings a great sense of vibrancy and fun to the district.”

Festival and Events Officer at Derry City and Strabane District Council, Ashleigh Devine, added: “We’re thrilled to bring this family-favourite back to Strabane’s Halloween celebrations. A huge amount of effort and creativity goes into this event and we really applaud all the community groups who get involved every year to make it such a success. Whether you just visit one or turn it into a day trip and fit them all in, there’s plenty of fun to be had and lots of selfie opportunities with our amazing characters.”

The locations in the trail include: Bready, Donemana, Glenmornan, Artigarvan, Ballymaygorry, Strabane and Castlederg.

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