Hallowe’en launch party this evening in Derry

Winifred the Witch, right who cast a spell to summon, Trish Taylor, Ria Hanna, 5, Clara Gillespie, 9, and Tess Taylor, 7, with the hundreds of witches who descended on the Walls of Derry as Derry City and Strabane District Council launched its Hallowe'en programme last year. Picture Martin McKeown. Inpresspics.com. 16.08.18
Winifred the Witch, right who cast a spell to summon, Trish Taylor, Ria Hanna, 5, Clara Gillespie, 9, and Tess Taylor, 7, with the hundreds of witches who descended on the Walls of Derry as Derry City and Strabane District Council launched its Hallowe'en programme last year. Picture Martin McKeown. Inpresspics.com. 16.08.18

Witches, wizards and warlocks are reminded to come along to the Guildhall this evening from 5.30pm to 7.30pm, Thursday August 1, for Derry City and Strabane District Council’s spellbinding Hallowe’en launch party.

With Derry’s reputation as the world’s best Hallowe’en destination to uphold, it’s hoped that the turnout will rival last year’s official launch, when hundreds of witches descended on the city centre.

Whether it’s a hastily donned black bin bag or a painstakingly crafted costume, all participants will be rewarded with a magical evening of arts and crafts, storytelling, face-painting and music.

There are just a few months to go until this year’s world-famous Derry Hallowe’en, which runs from October 25 to November 1, and 2019 looks set to be bigger and better than ever.

With a theme of The Other World Awakens, the action-packed programme includes the annual parade and fireworks, Samhain Sessions, Little Horrors family fun, a new LegenDerry food event and the return of the hugely successful Awakening the Walls on our 400-year-old city walls.

The award-winning Derry Hallowe’en, named Number One Hallowe’en Destination in the World by USA Today, recently picked up another accolade, Best International Experience at the Northern Ireland Tourism Awards.

Mayor of Derry City and Strabane District Council, Councillor Michaela Boyle said the launch event is the ideal opportunity to whet the appetite for the celebrations in October and is hoping to see hundreds of costumed Hallowe’en lovers coming along for the event.

“With just three months to go until this year’s Halloween celebrations in Derry and Strabane excitement and anticipation is already starting to build for our globally renowned celebrations,” she said.

“Last year’s festivities saw in excess of 100,000 people attend over 100 events across 40 venues and Council’s Festivals and Events team and their partners are busy preparing to break new ground this year.

“Tonight’s launch party is a fantastic opportunity for people to start the festivities early and show the world what they can expect in October so I’d encourage as many people as possible to don their costumes and head for the Guildhall.”

Derry Hallowe’en is organised and funded by Derry City and Strabane District Council with support from the Tourism N. Ireland International Fund.

For more information, visit derryhalloween.com or follow @DerryHalloween on social media #DerryHalloween.