Derry ahead of Salem, Transylvania and Sleepy Hollow in race to be named world’s best Hallowe’en destination

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Derry’s out in front in a to be named the world’s best Hallowe’en destination - ahead of Salem, Transylvania, and Sleepy Hollow.

Voting in the USA Today poll closes on October 12 and the final push is on to have the city, home to Europe’s biggest Halloween party, officially named the global Halloween destination.


Mayor of Derry City and Strabane District Elisha McCallion is now urging everyone to lend their support to the online campaign.

“It’s an incredible acknowledgement that Derry has been shortlisted among the top 20 Hallowe’en destinations in the world,” she declared. “The event is obviously one of our biggest visitor attractions and each year we strive to offer an even more ambitious programme. I think that what makes Hallowe’en so unique in Derry is that the people here don’t just turn out to watch the festivities they are a part of the celebration. Since the event first began 29 years ago it has grown year on year thanks to the support and imagination of the public and the many Hallowe’en lovers who visit the city.

“To win the number one title would really enhance the city’s profile and attract more visitors from across the world to enjoy what is always a fantastic family friendly Halloween experience. I want everyone to get voting and put the City of Bones on the global map.”

Derry’s claim to the Number 1 Hallowe’en title is based on decades of top carnival celebrations which attract tens of thousands of visitors to the city each year. This year’s programme includes a whole host of spooky events, including the creepy Chateau le Fear’s Trail of Terror, and the magical Awakening of the Walls. A whole host of family events will be taking place, including ghost tours, story-telling, the Rio Bravo Fiesta and some wicked workshops. All building up to the dramatic Rise of the River Gods carnival parade and fireworks finale event on October 31st.

Voting remains open until October 12 and one vote can be logged per day at

To download the Halloween programme visit