SLIDESHOW: Hallowe’en home and away

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Hallowe’en celebrations have got under way at home and abroad with the Clipper fleet in South Africa joining in the spirit of the festival.

At home in Derry, celebrations began in earnest at Guildhall Square yesterday with thousands of children and adults attending a packed programme of spine tingling entertainment in the city centre or enjoying a thrilling time at the Monster Fun Fair and Chateau Le Fear at Ebrington.

Derry boat Skipper Daniel Smith getting into the spirit of the city's Halloween celebrations in South Africa with round the world crew member Ruth Charles.

Derry boat Skipper Daniel Smith getting into the spirit of the city's Halloween celebrations in South Africa with round the world crew member Ruth Charles.

Giant dinosaur-like creatures, storytelling witches and the night-time market all added to the cauldron of bubbling excitement ahead of the main celebrations today and tomorrow.

Meanwhile in the southern hemisphere, the skipper and crew of the Derry Clipper boat was also getting into the spirit of Hallowe’en.

Despite the crews Halloween face paints and other items being stuck in customs for almost a fortnight, they were finally able to get creative on board the boat this morning at Capetown, South Africa.

The crew will depart from South Africa on the third leg of the round the world race on Halloween day (Saturday).