Derry tops Halloween Poll

Derry's Guildhall lights up as the city's annual Banks of the Foyle Halloween Carnival drew to a close back in 2008 Picture Martin McKeown. 31.10.08
Derry's Guildhall lights up as the city's annual Banks of the Foyle Halloween Carnival drew to a close back in 2008 Picture Martin McKeown. 31.10.08

What does Derry have that Paris, London and San Franciso don’t? It’s the best place in the world to spend Halloween, according to a poll which ended at 12pm Eastern Standard Time today.

The official results of the USA Today poll will be announced on Friday morning but as voting finished, results showed that Derry had pipped close rival (spooky) Salem at the post to take the title which will undoubtedly promote the city’s annual celebrations across the world.

The poll which has been online for four weeks asked voters to chose which city provided the scariest and the best celebrations and a total of twenty places were put forward.

Derry’s ‘City of Bones’ extravaganza, went head to head with the New England town of Salem, famed for its witch trials and ghost stories and also beat off competition from Dracula’s stomping ground- Transylvania. Sleepy Hollow, of headless horseman fame, also failed to top the Maiden City.

Derry also beat Chicago, Paris, the Mexican holiday haven Cancun and the likes of Las Vegas and in the poll which was run by the USA Today subsidiary 10 Best.

Over the past 20 years Derry’s Halloween celebrations have gotten steadily bigger and now attract around 25,000 people, making it one of the biggest festivals in Europe.