Residents get in the ‘spirit’ as Derry crowned Hallowe’en town

GHOSTLY GOINGS-ON!. . . The scene yesterday at Bluebell Hill Gardens, Brandywell as one homeowner gets ready for the Hallowe'en festivities. DER4215MC006
GHOSTLY GOINGS-ON!. . . The scene yesterday at Bluebell Hill Gardens, Brandywell as one homeowner gets ready for the Hallowe'en festivities. DER4215MC006
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A Derry woman who has transformed the front of her home into a Hallowe’en extravaganza said she loves doing it for the kids.

A life-sized Count Dracula mannequin and a vampiric bride, alongside witches, bats, skeletons and severed heads are among the creatures of the night which have been installed outside the home of Brandywell woman Celine Jarvis.

Speaking to the ‘Journal’, Celine (59) said she loves adding a splash of colour to the celebrations for Hallowe’en, as well as for Christmas and St Patrick’s Day each year.

Speaking at her Bluebell Hill Gardens home yesterday, Celine said she was delighted, if not surprised, at the official confirmation over the weekend that Derry has topped the USA today poll to find the world’s best Hallowe’en destination.

“I voted myself. It’s the best place to be; the best place.

“They beat Salem, Transylvania and all that, it’s brilliant. Derry is the place to be on Hallowe’en.”

Speaking about her own contribution to the festivities in the city, Celine said:

“I’ve been doing this every year and just add a wee bit more every year to it.

“I love Hallowe’en, and Christmas, anything where you can decorate, I’ll do it. Christmas is actually a bit better.

“It’s just a wee bit of fun for the wains coming round to get their treats and that. It’s good craic. It’s a wee bit of fun at Hallowe’en.

“The wains love it, they’re up and down standing on the bars. They come down to see it at night all lit up. I have purple lights outside the door - purple to coincide with Hallowe’en.

And judging by the number of cars stopping outside to get a look yesterday, it’s not just the kids enjoying the display.

“There were two boys out there yesterday, I think they were American, and some woman taking photos,” Celine said. “The taxi men were telling my sister they’re loving it; sure it’s all a bit of craic!”