The UK City of Culture is preparing for its annual Hallowe’en celebrations with a week-long
programme of activities that promise to be ‘Out of this World’ with everything from shapeshifters
prowling the city to creepy tall ship tours, haunted treasure haunts, a freaky circus and ghostly
goings-on galore to keep you entertained!
The city of Derry~Londonderry is synonymous with Halloween and for years has successfully
hosted Ireland’s largest free Halloween party – and this year it promises to be better than
ever - with an enhanced programme of fantastic family events that will showcase the
City of Culture at its best.
The final touches are currently being put together for this year’s Banks of the Foyle Hallowe’en
Carnival which takes place from 26 October – 03 November to ensure there is some spooky
fun for every member of the family. So why not join us for some spine-tingling spooktacular
activities including the return of the hugely successful Shafeshifters Catwalk event and the
exciting introduction of a Shapeshifters Ball, where you can show off your extravagant
costume and dance the night away in the beautiful setting of the historic but spooky Guildhall?
Other key highlights for this year include creepy Tall ship tours, a Very Curious Circus and
a haunted treasure trail as well as a variety of community- led events across the city that
culminate into a spectacular Carnival Parade on 31 October followed by a spectacular
fireworks display along the River Foyle.
As always this year’s festival has a real family focus with a range of fun children’s activities
scheduled throughout the festival with spooky goings-on and scary adventures in venues
across the city to ensure the kids are involved in the magic and mystery of the festival.
There is plenty to keep the adults entertained too with Hallowe’en themed walking tours,
a seasonal country market and a continental market with plenty of evening entertainment in the city..
It’s the perfect time to take the family away for a mid-term break and experience how the
City the Culture celebrates Hallowe’en.