The Mayor of Derry City and Strabane District is calling on people from across the country to get voting to secure Derry’s place as top Hallowe’en destination in the world.
The city is currently the front runner in a special global poll by top American newspaper USA Today – having edged ahead of some tough competition from deadly destinations including Witch Trial capital Salem, Massachusetts, favourite vampire haunt and home of Count Dracula himself, Transylvania, and famous Headless Horseman hang out Sleepy Hollow.


Derry’s claim to the Number 1 Hallowe’en title is based on decades of top carnival celebrations which attract tens of thousands of visitors to the city each year.

This year’s programme includes a whole host of spooky events, including the creepy Chateau le Fear’s Trail of Terror, and the magical Awakening of the Walls.

A whole host of family events will be taking place, including ghost tours, story-telling, the Rio Bravo Fiesta and some wicked workshops. All building up to the dramatic Rise of the River Gods carnival parade and fireworks finale event on October 31.
Voting remains open until October 12 and one vote can be logged per day at
Check out the Halloween Programme for the City and District online now at

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