Derry City & Strabane - Media Advisory and Accreditation details for Halloween celebrations in Derry and Strabane




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Media Advisory and Accreditation details for Halloween celebrations in Derry and Strabane

25 October 2019

To facilitate media access to this year’s Halloween Festival, media are advised that in compliance with health and safety regulations that all photographers and broadcast media who intend to cover the Awakening the Walls from Monday October 28th to Wednesday October 30th and the Halloween Parade and Fireworks on Thursday October 31st are required to register their details in advance and wear high visibility media bibs.


Unfortunately this year we are no longer able to offer the 5th floor balcony of the Council Offices on the Strand Road as the building is being used as the event control centre. We would advise media to find their own alternative in this instance.


For the Halloween night parade and fireworks, any broadcast vehicles must be registered in advance by Monday 28th October at 6pm as we have limited spaces available in Foyle Street Car Park.


In order to secure a place you must provide details of the vehicle including registration.


Media bibs are available for collection at Derry City and Strabane District Council Offices, Strand Road, Derry.




Applications must clearly indicate the following:


Applicant details:


1. Full name

2. Organisation being represented and specific role

3. Mobile telephone number
4. Email address

5 Details of and Broadcast Vehicle including registration number


If you are intending to cover Awakening the Walls Halloween Carnival Parade and Fireworks then you need to register in advance by Monday 28th October by filling out the above details by email to




At a glance event information for your planning includes:


Derry Event Highlights


The Heart of Samhain
Guildhall Square and Waterloo Place, Sat Oct 26th & Sun Oct 27th 12noon to 6pm; Mon 28th-Wed 30th 12noon to 9.30pm, Thurs 31st 12noon to 10pm, Fri Nov 1 12noon-6pm. The town centre will come alive with the sights and sounds and tastes of Hallowe’en, with the Legenderry Food Village, Haunted Market, Festival Information Point, live music, Hallowe’en arts and crafts, street performances and more.

Legenderry Food Village
 Waterloo Place, daily. A new addition this year, the village will bring together the best of local street food and autumnal treats for all ages.

Extreme Hallowe’en Fun Fair
Ebrington Square, Fri Oct 25th- Nov. 3rd, 2pm to 10pm daily.

Tower Of Terror
The Tower Museum, Sat Oct 26th to Wed Oct 30th 1pm to 4pm and 6-9pm. Age 12 plus. Admission £4. Tickets

The Return of Saurus
Guildhall Square Sat. Oct 26 & Sun Oct 27 1pm,3pm & 5pm, Guildhall Square; Mon-Wed. Oct 28th-30th 6pm to 7.45pm at Bishop Street; Thurs Oct. 31 4pm Guildhall Square.

Little Horrors
Guildhall, Saturday Oct 26 - Thurs 31st -  various events over the week including Return of Moringa, The Vikings Are Coming, W5 Science Magic Show, Winnifred and Friends, Perrins & Victors Spook-tacular Stories and Sayonara- Japanese Ghost Stories. Events are priced at £1 or £2 while the Vikings are Coming is free. Booking is essential -

The Village of the Damned
The Craft Village, Mon Oct 28th- Wed Oct 30th 6pm to 8.30pm Greater Shantallow Community Arts deliver an unforgettable Hallowe’en experience featuring haunting characters and dance performances, while on Thurs. Oct. 31st from 2-4pm there will be Spooky Family Fun including arts & crafts workshops, face painting etc. Booking for workshops essential:

Museum of the Moon
Guildhall Main Hall, Sat. Oct 26th-Fri Nov 1 10am-12noon daily. Admission free.

Wicked Windows at O’Squeals
Mon, Oct. 28th- Wed 30th 6pm to 8.30pm: O’Neills, Waterloo Place team up with In Your Space for a devilish installation.

Miss Mary Jane & Her Fabulous Friends
The Yellow Yard, Palace Street, Sat. Oct. 26th 3-4pm. Free.  

Echo Echo Hallowe’en Kids Class
Sun. Oct. 27th,  Echo Echo Studio, Magazine street  10.30am-12.30pm for ages 4 and over. £6. Bookings 02871308883.

Temple of Terror
Springtown Industrial Estate Unit 9 -12 Balliniska Road, Haunted house experience, Victims should be over 12s. Sat Oct 26th, Sun 27th, Tues 29, Wed 30th 6pm-9pm.  Bookings 02871 353724

Kids Hallowe’en Central Library
Hallowe’en Crafts Tues. Oct 29th 2pm to 3pm Free; Hallowe’en Rhythym & Rhyme, Wed. Oct. 30th 10.30am-11.45am  Free.

Kids’ Spooktacular Disco
Nerve Centre, Wed  Oct. 30th 3pm to 5pm. Fancy dress optional with special guest Majella The Witch. Adm £6 includes goodie bag. (presented by Foyle Hospice). Bookings: 02871359888.

Awakening the Walls  
Monday 28th Oct - Wed 30th Oct. 6pm to 8.30pm on and around City Walls.  Suitable for all ages there will be a cast of weird and wonderful creatures and creations emerging in a show not to be missed.

Gothic Organ Performance
The Guildhall, October 31 9-10pm free. Tickets

False Faces & Ghoulish Garments
Fashion & Textile Design Centre, Shipquay Street Mon. Oct 28-Wed. Oct. 30 £10 ages 14 plus. A three-day workshop making your own costume and doing your own make-up. Booking essential via

Ghost Bus Tours
City Centre, Sat Oct 26th- Wed 30th daily 6.30pm, 7.30pm, 8.30pm - family friendly. Booking essential via

Kids’ Hallowe’en Movies
Waterside Theatre, Mon Oct. 28 2pm-3.30pm Goosebumps 2; Tues. Oct. 29th 2pm-3.30pm Scooby Doo & The 13th Ghost. Adm: £1.50. To book:

Fishy Science/ Monsters of Deep
Riverwatch Aquarium, Prehen, Wed. Oct 30th & Thurs. Oct 31st 10am-4pm. Nutty scientists with interactive fishy workshopsand underwater tunnel trail. Admission free.

New Celestial Sound Cloud
St.Columb’s Cathedral, Sun Oct. 28th - Wed 30th. 6pm-8.30pm. Digital light and sound installation conducted by movement of audience. Free.

Zombie Run
Wed. Oct. 30th 7pm from Sainsbury’s car park in aid of Foyle Hospice. Dress up essential for those taking part. Register at :

Eyes To the Skies
The Diamond, Mon. Oct. 28th- Wed Oct 30th 6pm - 8.30pm Spell binding outdoor aerial dance spectacular high up in the night sky.

Hallowe’en Carnival Parade
Thurs. Oct. 31st. Departs Queen’s Quay 7.15pm. Hundreds of performers to depart from the Council offices car park up Strand Road to Queen’S Quay Roundabout, along Foyle Embankment past the Peace Bridge before turning and returning along Queen’s Quay to the Council car park.

Fireworks Finale
Along River Foyle, Thurs. Oct 31st. 8.15pm fireworks over the Foyle.

First Light Allhallowtide
Services, installations, musical and choral experiences with prayers and meditations for All Saints and All Souls Feast Days. See


Strabane Event Highlights:

Halloween Hay Sculpture Trail

Sat 12th Oct – Thursday 31st Oct

From Castlederg to Bready, Strabane to Ardmore, catch sightings of scary

witches, creepy spiders and weird aliens created by our young farmers and community groups.


Haunted House Strabane

Thurs 24th Oct – Wed 30th Oct

The Den Melmount Centre

Presented by Third Tyrone Scouts

Find your fears awakened in Haunted House with an overwhelming assault on all of your sense. We guarantee you will have the funniest fright of your life when you indulge yourselves in our terrifying but hilarious experiences.

Choose from our family-friendly tour or go full in for our over the top Scariest tour.


Strabane Halloween Market

Thurs 31st Oct 11am – 4pm

Pick up tricks and treats in Butcher Street Car Park


Halloween Fun at The Alley

Thurs 31st Oct 12pm – 4pm

THE UNDERTAKER AT MARY’S Alley Courtyard | 12pm - 4pm |Free Admission

Come and meet Charlotte the Spider and take a selfie if you dare with some of her furry friends or Face your fears, If your brave enough to take on our Coffin bushtucker trail. Meeting some unwanted guests on the way


Alley Theatre | 12.30pm - 4.30pm | Cost: £3

Come and meet the mad professor concocting up potions in her laboratory. Join in and see the magic appear.


Alley Theatre | Cost: £2 - Workshops every 20 minutes

Add the finishing touches to your Halloween costumes

Booking Essential for Slime Workshops and Facepainting: Alley Theatre: 028 71 384444 /


Alley Court Yard | 1pm - 3pm | Free Admission Spooky tales for all the family and stories of tingling terror... if you dare!


Come IF YOU DARE and experience the unknown but be careful as you never know who will be lurking about!!!


Spooktacular Fireworks and Circle of Terror


Time: 6.30pm – 8.30pm

Melvin Sports Complex Running Track

A Haunting Halloween Experience awaits you at the Ring of Terror as you float around the paranormal haunted track, through the ghost trail WATCH OUT the spooky ghosts, scarecrows and ghouls may come alive. Take a ride on the ghost train or venture through the tunnel of dread and enjoy some frighteningly dramatic performances by local groups. With lots of Family fun, live music, Street performers, Fire show, and building up to the fireworks extravaganza at 8.30pm Come early and boogie the night away with or resident DJ on stage. Fancy Dress disco from 6.30pm

Please Note: Town Centre Parking only

Fireworks Extravaganza

Time: 8.30pm

Please Note: Fireworks show will take place on site @ Melvin Running Track

For viewing, you must come to the Running track Melvin Sports Complex, Bridge Street, Strabane