Whos ready for Europe’s biggest Halloween celebration?
This year’s Halloween party in Derry is tipped to be the biggest one yet extending from 4 to 8 days of ghoulish, frightfully spooky fun for all the family (26 Oct – 3 Nov).
Halloween in Derry is a world-renowned event having been named ‘The best Halloween destination in the world’ 2015 by USA today and recently winning best event/festival NI at the NITA2018 awards. Judging by this years line up they are determined to trump this, so if I were you I wouldn’t miss out!
This years theme is Return of the Ancients reflecting on the ancient festival of Samhain. It is believed that the 31st of October was the end of the year and the dead would come out to walk the streets and visit old homes. Watch out!
So gather up your family, friends and face paint and make this year a Halloween to remember!!!
10. Halloween Origin Tour
Why is Halloween so significant in Derry? Join in on the 7-hour walking/minibus tour throughout the city visiting prehistoric sites, revisiting tales of ancient rituals, stone circles, bog bodies and lots more. This is an excellent introduction to the city and links to the celebration of Samhain, the Celtic festival celebrated 2000 years ago.
Where: Departs Tourist Office Foyle Street
Date: 26th October to 1st November. 9.30am. £36
9. Monster Fun Fair
Pump up the adrenaline and get ready for chills and thrills for the whole family. Reach for the stars on Ireland’s tallest big wheel, getting a Witches eye view of the celebrations below.
Where: Ebrington Square
Date: 26th October to 3rd November. 2pm
8. Spark! Drummers
Spark! is a magical street theatre extravaganza including spectacular performances, live music, high impact drumming and eerie lighting. What a way to drum up the excitement that is Halloween in Derry!
Where: The City Walls & Waterloo Place
Date: 28th October to 31st October
7. Zombie Apocalypse
Want to scare the wits out of your kids? The gun-wielding Zombies have escaped and need to be destroyed before they take over the world. Let the nerf gun war begin (age restrictions apply.).
Where: Locknload Springtown Industrial Estate
Date: 26th October. 6pm. £10
6. Zombie run 5k/kids 2k
Calling all Zombie families big and small. The walking dead eat your heart out! Dress up or be eaten.
Where: Sainsbury’s Cafe, 150 Strand Road
Date: 30th October. 7pm. £8/£2
5. Gothic Organ Performance
Be prepared to be blown away by the Guildhall’s 100-year-old gothic organ taking you on an eerily spectacular journey. Goosebumps and spine-shivering guaranteed!
Where: The Guildhall
Date: 31st October. 9pm
4. Samhain sessions
Check this video of David Kitt performing a beautiful cover of Thin Lizzy's Dancing in The Moonlight under the Samhain Moon at The Guildhall, Derry last night as part of Samhain Sessions. A limited number of tickets remain for tonight's concert with PORTS and Joshua Burnside. Tickets can be purchased in advance at http://www.derryhalloween.com/tickets.What's on Derry Strabane , Halloween Derry Strabane, Discover Northern Ireland Arts Council of Northern Ireland
Posted by Celtronic on Sunday, 29 October 2017
Intimate music events from a range of local and international artists under the Samhain moon in the Guildhall. This is a fantastic opportunity to experience fantastic artists in one of Derry’s most famous landmarks, the neo-gothic styled Guildhall.
Where: The Guildhall
Date: 28th October to 31st October. 9pm
3. Jack O Lantern Festival
Turnip carving to ward off the evil spirits, devilish cookery demonstrations, ghostly tales, art and music. Guaranteed good time for the whole family.
Where: Guildhall Square and Waterloo Place
Date: 31st October. 12pm to 11pm
2. Awakening the walls
One of the key highlights of the celebrations is to parade around the 400-year-old Derry city walls for the three evenings before Samhain to ward off the supernatural.
The illuminated animation trail is sure to keep you on edge with its eerie sound effects and things that go bump in the night! Be prepared for fanfare and frights!
Where: The City Walls
Date: 28th October to 30th October. 6 pm to 8 pm
1. Halloween Street Carnival Parade and Fireworks
Join in the world-famous parade. The city will be alive with music, dance, and illuminated sculptures weaving its way through the packed streets.
This will go out live on BBC NI from 9.30 – 11pm, so costumes at the ready! All this is finished off by a spooktacular fireworks display over the River Foyle.
Where: Departs Queen’s Quay
Date: 31st October. 7pm