Sisters from USA write about first ever Hallowe’en experience in Derry

Pictured on Hallowe'en night in Derry, from left, sisters Gracie and Mara Haney from Colorado and their cousin Abaigh Wilson who is from Creggan in Derry.
Pictured on Hallowe'en night in Derry, from left, sisters Gracie and Mara Haney from Colorado and their cousin Abaigh Wilson who is from Creggan in Derry.

Sisters Gracie (9) and Mara (6) Haney are from Colorado, USA and along with their cousin Abaigh (9) they experienced their first ever Hallowe’en in Derry on Monday - in their own words, here’s how it went.

Gracie and Mara: Our names are Gracey and Mara Haney and we are from Greeley, Colorado.

We came to Derry for Hallowe’en as our granny is from here.

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This is our first family holiday back here since our grandparents emigrated 26 years ago.

We saw the witches and the magic show in Guildhall Square, the astrology dome, the funfair, ‘The Wakening of the Walls’ the ghost train, the parade and the fireworks.

Back home in Colorado, we only go trick or treating, so we have had so much fun all week doing these activities with our Derry family.

My [Gracie] favourite thing about Hallowe’en in Derry was the future dance ride and the funfair.

My [Mara] favourite thing was the ghost train and the funfair.

Abaigh: My name is Abaigh Wilson, I am nine years-old, I live in Creggan and I go to Gaelscoil Eadain Mhoir.

I have been to see ‘The Wakening of the Walls’, the LED light shows, the ghost train, the parade and the fireworks. My favourite thing was the drummers in the parade - they were amazing.

I really loved Hallowe’en this year because my cousins came from Colorado in America and we were able to show them around Derry, Swan Park in Buncrana and all of the beaches.