On Sunday 23rd of October 2022, the woodland trail at Russborough House, near Blessington, will be transformed into a place of Halloween fun for all the family, and all to help raise vital funds for local Kildare children’s charity, Barretstown.
Our spooky woodland characters will guide you along the 2.4km looped outdoor walking trail, through the atmospheric Russborough woodland, on your quest to spot as many spooky creatures along your way.
Have a fun few hours, in your best fancy-dress and in doing so, help raise vital funds for Barretstown!
Sign up to take part in our seriously spooky walk; with proceeds from ticket sales supporting Barretstown.Booooook your place!
The 'Bones' of the Event
Choose between 3 start times and simply purchase tickets in advance!
Options are: 10am, 12 noon & 2pm
Ticket Price is just €45 per car (includes parking)
Also included in your admission ticket, is entry into our SPOOKTACULAR raffle.
More raffle tickets will be available on the day!
You don't need to gather any sponsorship for your fancy-dress walk…simply purchase your family-ticket, dress up, and come along with your family on the day and join in the seriously spooky fun!
Barretstown, beside Ballymore Eustace, Co. Kildare, offers free, specially designed camps and programmes for children and their families living with a serious illness – supported behind the scenes by 24 hour on site medical and nursing care.
Join us for our seriously spooky walk; with proceeds from ticket sales supporting Barretstown.
The beautiful Russborough Cafe will be open during the event and full of yummy treats, hot drinks and food.
Go and explore the magical Forge Courtyard and learn more about the history of Samhain and Halloween!
How do I get to Russborough House?
Are there Covid specific protocols for the event?
No. The event is entirely outdoors. Please adhere to any government guidelines, that may be relevant to you and your loved ones.
What can I expect at the Boo for Barretstown event?
Dress up in your finest Halloween costumes and join us for this 2.4km fundraising ramble along the Boo! For Barretstown trail at Russbourough. The event is entirely outdoors so plan ahead for all weathers. The Russborough Café will be open on the day, as will the Forge Courtyard and the Barretstown Bus will be parked up, if any families wish to speak to our team and learn more about all that Barretstown provide for free to children with serious illness and their families.
Note: this event is more spooky than scary and so, suitable for children up to 12 years of age.
How much is it to go and how do I book my tickets?
Tickets are available pre-sale only, via our Eventbrite link.
Flat-rate tickets are €45 per car. <link to EventBrite>
There is no ask to raise any sponsorship for your fancy-dressed walk; simply purchase a ticket and come along and join the fun on the day!
Included in your ticket price is your parking on site at Russborough and also a raffle ticket per car.
You will be able to buy more raffle tickets on the day, from our Barretstown team at the giant Barretstown bus!
How long does the event last?
Our spooky Halloween walk takes between 45-60 minutes at a leisurely pace.
What should I bring?
Wrap up warm. The event is entirely outdoors so please dress appropriately for October weather and wear sensible and safe footwear. Whilst much of the trail is under tree cover, broomsticks and umbrellas may be advisable!
This Halloween event gives you and your family the opportunity to dress up and create some unique family memories together, whilst simultaneously help raise funds for local charity, Barretstown. Let your imaginations be your inspiration and enjoy being around other families as you take on this fancy-dressed expedition, in aid of Children with serious illness.
Is the event accessible for wheelchair users and buggies?
The path is an existing walking trail and natural forest path at Russborough and is accessible for most buggies but not recommended for wheelchair users, as it is uneven in places.
Is there car-parking?
Yes, the event offers free parking for all our pre-paid ticket purchasers.
Parking is limited so we do ask all attendees to please stick to the time allotment, as per your chosen ticket.
Stewards will assist you with your safe entry and exit from the Russborough carpark.
Please follow their recommendations and be aware of small children etc. in the area.
Thank you in advance for your patience and vigilance.
What will happen when I get to Russborough House?
When you arrive at the event, your pre-paid ticket will be checked by the event team, on arrive and your car will then be directed into the car-park. Please follow event signage and stewards, for everyone’s safety. If you arrive early for your time slot, you may be asked to remain in your car until space has come free from the previous group.
Please ensure that you have your tickets on your phone, there is no need to print them as we have a list of attendees at the gate.
Once you have parked up, you will be directed to the Barretstown double-decker bus and the starting point of the Boo! For Barretstown trail!
When does our walk begin?
Your time will be allotted, as per your ticket and you can choose from three time slots, when purchasing tickets on Eventbrite: 10am, 12noon and 2pm. We would ask that you please only arrive during your chosen time slot, as parking is limited and allocated per group. We need everyone to help ensure the event runs smoothly by trying their best to arrive and leave in a timely manner!
What if the weather is bad?
The event route is mostly sheltered under tree-cover, so unless there are particularly extreme weather conditions, and the event is therefore deemed unsafe, then the Boo! For Barretstown event will still take place.
We are expecting typical October weather and ask all participants to be prepared for the weather, in terms of wrapping up warm, bring a brolly, consider wellies and avoid high-heels etc.
Event organisers will not be issuing refunds for people who are late or no shows.
Can I pay upon entry?
No. Unfortunately, because car parking is limited, Boo! For Barretstown is a ticket only event and is 100% a pre-booked ticket system.
Do we need to wear masks during the event?
Only spooky Halloween masks are recommended and encouraged!
The event is entirely outdoors.
Do you issue refunds if I cannot attend the event?
If you have to cancel your participation in the fundraising walk, we are afraid we will not be issuing refunds. We can discuss issuing you with a credit note for another Barretstown fundraising event, but as you can appreciate, the event is to raise funds for charity, so refunds would not be the norm.
Tickets cannot be refunded unless the event is cancelled by Barretstown or Russborough, but we will do our best to accommodate individuals.
Please contact: email@example.com if you have a specific issue.
Can I get a refund due to adverse weather conditions?
If the event is cancelled due to adverse weather conditions, then full refunds will be issued. However, if the event is running and you cannot attend due to bad weather, then Barretstown will not be in a position to refund your ticket price donation to this fundraising event.
Can I bring the dog?
Yes, Russborough allow pets on their property, as long as they are fully managed by their owners at all times.
However, ALL dogs must be kept on lead and at no stage should be left unattended.
Be aware the other people’s children may be nervous of your pet and be considerate accordingly.
Please always clean up after your pet and leave no trace in general throughout the event.
What do I do if my ticket has not been mailed to me?
Check you spam folder as the email from Eventbrite may have been misdirected into that.
If you still haven’t received your ticket, please contact EventBrite or firstname.lastname@example.org
How many people are permitted per car?
Tickets are sold ‘per car’ and the occupancy of the car is as per road safety law.
We have no availability for buses or large occupancy vehicles for this fundraising event and appreciate your cooperation in this regard.
Why is there a charge for using my debit/credit card?
The charges are levied on the ticket agent and pay for the processing of the card payment and all other costs associated with the ticket transaction.
Why is there a booking fee when I book my tickets?
This is a charge by EventBrite, a separate ticket agent company and Barretstown do not receive any of this money.