Cauldron of spooky Halloween events

Participants during a previous Derry Halloween Carnival and fireworks display along the banks of the River Foyle. Picture Margaret McLaughlin � by-line
Participants during a previous Derry Halloween Carnival and fireworks display along the banks of the River Foyle. Picture Margaret McLaughlin � by-line

Details of some of the key events taking place as part of the City of Bones Halloween Festival have now been finalised.

This year’s Street Carnival

parade will be staged on Friday, October 31, from 7pm to 8pm.

The parade will wind its way up Strand Road towards the Harbour Roundabout and then down Queen’s Quay to the council offices.

A host of carnival, circus and street performers will be taking part, with contributions from the North West Carnival Initiative, Inishowen Carnival Group, In Your Space, Boris & Ricardo, Kadakaboom, Ibuki Taiko, Kalikabat, Greater Shantallow Community Arts, Cathedral Samba Band and Bluebell Arts.

An “illuminated street spectacle guaranteed to blow the cobwebs away” has been promised at this year’s event.

The annual fireworks celebrations will take place over the River Foyle immediately afterwards from 8pm.

It has now also been confirm that Ebrington will be transformed into a creepy ‘Chateau Le Fear’ House of Horrors as part of the festival.

The creaky doors of the Chateu will open from Friday 17th October to Sunday 2nd November, with only those aged 12 and over to be admitted into the live, interactive show. It will be open from 5pm to 10.30pm weekdays and from 1pm to 10.30pm on weekends and school holidays. Admission is £8.

As well as a City Market by night, for three days from October 30th, landscape theatre company LUXe will create a ‘Citadel of Dreams’ of light,fire, sculpture and circus, on, above and beside the City Walls. Entrance is free.