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Banks of the Foyle Hallowe’en Carnival

Now in its 25th year, this is billed as Europe’s biggest and best Hallowe’en festival and it certainly works hard to earn the title, with lots of fantastic events for every age.

It seems as though the entire population of the city turns out in wild costumes and with some 40,000 festival goers, the streets, dark alleys and the famous Derry Walls will be crowded with wailing witches, vicious vampires and ghastly ghosts.

Guildhall Square is the focus for many of the events,  with the ‘Teenage Spooks Stage’ the location for  an excellent music, dance and performance. For kids there is face painting and balloon modelling in the square during the earlier hours.

Elsewhere the  Hall of Horrors is the place to go to enjoy the mind-blowing antics of the amazing Bruce Airhead, the weird and wonderful Witches Three and Once Upon a Time, a show where the children in the audience become the stars. A Halloween Family Funday at the Gaswork’s Yard includes fortune telling, scary story telling, dance performance, face painting, arts and crafts, cames, apple bobbing, gunge dipping and much more!

Halloween night itself is the highlight of the weekend, starting with ‘Carnival of Lights’ Parade where performers in costume dance along to Samba and marching bands. with silvery large-scale props and lots of carnival characters.

After the parade its time for some fireworks, with internationally renowned display company Walk the Plank putting together a light spectacular, backed up with soundtrack and visual images.

It is all very family focused and lots of fun, and the residents of the city join in with gusto, as the video below shows.

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