Frightfully good time promised in the City of Bones this Halloween

On fire.... the theatrical parade and fireworks are expected to draw tens of thousands of people into Derry city centre this weekend.
On fire.... the theatrical parade and fireworks are expected to draw tens of thousands of people into Derry city centre this weekend.

Derry is getting a gothic make-over this week as the coffin lid is lifted on the biggest Halloween festival the city has ever witnessed.

There will be a plethora of ghostly goings-on planned in the lead up to the main Halloween night events on Friday night.

Tens of thousands are expected to pour into the city centre this Friday for the City of Bones Street Carnival Parade, which will depart at 7pm from the council offices on Strand road towards Harbour Roundabout and down Queen’s Quay.

This will be followed on Friday night by the Fireworks display over the River Foyle from 8pm.

Highlights of this year’s festival will be the creation of the Awakening of the Walls Citadel of Dreams by LUXe.

The Citadel of Dreams is a continuous flow performance that will take around 30 minutes to walk through.

It will run over three days from this Thursday and Saturday from 6.30pm to 8.30pm and on Friday from 5.30pm to 7pm. Admission is free.

The dreamscape created involves family-friendly performance using fire, music, dance, shadowplay, circus skills, sculpture brought to life by some of Ireland’s finest street and night circus performers.

There will also be family orientated street performances on Thursday October 30th and Saturday November 1st on Guildhall Square, Waterloo Place, and The Walls along with the reception areas at the Guildhall and the Tower Museum.

The Walled City Night-time Markets take place at Guildhall Square from Thursday to Saturday from 10am to 10pm.

Highlights for kids include Quayside Shopping Centre where an afternoon of frightfully good fun planned for Quayside Centre this Friday from 4pm to 6pm, with free face and scary scar painting and balloon modelling.

For teenagers aged 14 to 18 there will be a Halloween Pub Zero at St Columb’s Hall from Thursday October 30th from 7pm to 11pm, admission £3.

There will also be a free family orientated Mayor’s Fun Day this Sunday inside the Guildhall from 12.30pm to 4.30pm in support of the mayor’s charities, Something Special and Circle of Support.

Family fun will also be staged at St Columb’s Hall featuring theatrical 30-minute productions of The Witches, Hansel and Gretel and Bruce Airhead from Thursday to Saturday. day passes to all shows just £1.

The Verbal Arts Centre will stage a Killer Books Kids Festival from Thursday to Saturday, while the Tower Museum will host free Monster Origami Bookmark making from 1pm to 4pm on each of those days.

The Nerve Centre meanwhile will be screening a range of horror films for adults and children this week for just £2.

For further details of Halloween events in Derry check out: www.derrycity.gov.uk/halloween.