Film maker gives us Halloween Town

As Derry gears up for its City of Bones extravaganza a local film maker has released a documentary on the history of Halloween.

The idea for ‘Halloween Town’ orginally came to Deborah Boyle when she was asked to make a film for her university course in collaboration with BBC Northern Ireland.

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

The documentary is a history of Halloween in Derry and features local people talking about how they’ve watched the festival grow from a few people escaping the Troubles for a night to the world renowned celebration it is now.

Made with a limited budget and from her own pocket Deborah’s film is very much a labour of love and is a must see for the city’s many Halloween fanatics.

The film is a mix of behind the scene footage of the build up to Halloween (dancers rehearsing and the North West Carnival Initiative building their floats) and archive material from Halloween past in the pubs on Waterloo Street.

You can rent or buy the film at https://vimeo.com/ondemand/halloweentown

I’ve been running a ‘fastest fingers first’ promotion. Rent or Buy the film for FREE using the promo code HALLOWEEN10.