Derry reveals programme for Europe’s largest Halloween festival

Looking for a fun and spooky day out for the whole family this Halloween? Look no further than Derry’s iconic Halloween festival taking over the city for four days.

Halloween is coming, and the geese are getting fat… So, Derry is getting everyone excited as the city reveals its programme for Europe’s largest Halloween festival!

With roots in the Irish cultural tradition of Samhain, there is no better place to spend the spooky season than the Emerald Isle. And every year, the Walled City goes all out to ensure visitors have a Halloween they’ll never forget.

With plenty of exciting events taking place all across the city, here is everything you need to know about visiting Derry for Halloween.

One of the biggest Halloween festivals in the world ‒ a bucket list must

Derry reveals programme for Europe's largest Halloween festival.
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The city of Derry is preparing to welcome over 100,000 visitors over the long weekend as it launches Europe’s largest Halloween festival.

Taking place from 28 to 31 October, the Walled City will come alive with plenty of spooky festivities and ghostly delights. Offering something for all ages, Derry is the place to be for Halloween.

This year’s event offers 14 key locations across the city, as well as sites in Strabane and Donegal. So, those looking for a fright will be spoilt for choice as this Derry Halloween looks to be bigger and better than ever.

Derry reveals programme for Europe’s largest Halloween festival ‒ an action-packed four-day event

Derry Halloween is the biggest Halloween festival in Europe, making it one of the best towns and cities to experience Halloween in Ireland.
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Odhran Dunne is Chief Executive of Visit Derry. Speaking about the upcoming festival, he said: “This is a vibrant city with a rich, mythical, creative, and cultural history.

“When people visit for the Halloween festival, they are guaranteed to have a wonderful time at great value.”

Full of folklore, feasting, and family fun, visitors to Derry Halloween can expect everything from spooky storytellings to delicious street food offerings and terrifying trails to thrilling rides.

Having been voted the Best Halloween Destination by the readersof USA Today, Halloween-lovers from all over the world travel to Northern Ireland to join in on the celebrations every year.

What to expect ‒ plenty of fang-tastic fun

Derry reveals programme for Europe's largest Halloween festival.
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Join the City of Bones trail, which takes visitors through the city, guided by spooky projections and audio. Along the way, you’ll be met by street performers and creepy characters ready to give you a fright.

Alternatively, follow the Forest of Shadows Trail, crossing the Peace Bridge and travelling through a portal into St Columb’s Park. Here, the veil between worlds is at its thinnest.

All this walking is sure to build up your appetite. So, make your way to the brilliant Legenderry Food Market, serving a range of local and international cuisine. You can even check out the Little Horrors Family Programme and the brilliant Live Music Programme.

The action-packed weekend of events all culminates with the grand finale. Don’t miss the carnival parade and fireworks display, which guides the city into All Hallows’ Day.

For more information about this exciting event, you can visit the Derry Halloween website here.

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