St Columb’s Hall to be transformed into the ultimate House of Horrors

The mind blowing Bruce Airhead Show is one of the attractions in St Columb's Hall at 2.15pm and 4.15pm over the three days of Hallowe'en. (2310JC2)
The mind blowing Bruce Airhead Show is one of the attractions in St Columb's Hall at 2.15pm and 4.15pm over the three days of Hallowe'en. (2310JC2)

The organisers of the Banks of the Foyle Hallowe’en Carnival celebrations have really pulled out all the stops when it comes to spooky family fun events this year and St Columb’s Hall, Orchard Street, will be at the heart of the 25 year anniversary celebrations.

The venue will play host to a series of spine-tingling performances and adventures to keep the kids entertained over the four day festival from October 28-31.

Three rooms in St Columb’s Hall will be transformed into a Hall of Horrors, and become the ultimate spooky experience to give you the fright of your life! The House of Horrors is a thrilling innovation of free performances suitable for all ages and runs from 1-5pm on Saturday, Sunday and Monday, 29, 30 and 31 October. It’s a great opportunity for the kids to become stars and get involved in the array of unique interactive and fun events and performances.

The mind blowing and amazing Bruce Airhead Show is one of the attractions in St Columb’s Hall, Main Hall at 2.15 and 4.15 pm over the three days. This amazing performance will allow the Derry public to see for the first time how one man and a massive balloon can hold an audience spellbound for 30 minutes. Bruce Airhead’s magical manipulation of the six-foot balloon will include illusions that defy belief. It’s an act that has wowed the world’s toughest festival and street performance audiences and this metamorphosis of a man and a six-foot balloon cannot be missed so make sure and come along and join in the fun.

St Columb’s Hall Ballroom will host a series of very special interactive storytelling and magical events hosted by Young at Art at 2.45 and 4.15pm on Saturday and Sunday 29 and 30 October. Entitled “Once Upon a Time”, this free event is suitable for children aged between 5 and 9 years and encourages the children to actively take part in the creation and telling of a new story under the guidance of the storytellers.

For younger children aged between 2 and 6 years, the Little Theatre will host a free interactive event entitled The Butterfly and the Caterpillar. The event will take place at 1.30, 2.30, 3.30 and 4.30 pm lasting for 25 minutes. Youngsters attending the event will learn how Mr Caterpillar spends his day eating green leaves and singing songs on his ukulele and how the beautiful Butterfly doesn’t like Mr Caterpillar and thinks his songs are silly! But it’s the Butterfly’s birthday and none of her friends can come to her party. Can Mr Caterpillar come to rescue?

Local street performance company In Your Space will be pulling out all the stops with the antics of Wretched Witches Three with a range of spine chilling tales of terror and woe, and an enchanting mix of storytelling and performance. Taking place at the Main Hall at St Columb’s Hall, the 30 minute performances will be at 1.15 and 3.15pm and are open to all age groups.

wGerald McColgan. Event organiser with Derry City Council said the enhanced programme of indoor events promises to keep families entertained over the four day festival. “These interactive programmes look really interesting and are a fun way of engaging children to get involved. St Columb’s Hall is a great location, right in the centre of the city, and it’s with historic setting is the perfect venue for spooktacular events.”

To view the full Hallowe’en programme visit: or contact the festivals office directly on: 71. 376545 or follow us on facebook.

The Banks of the Foyle Halloween Carnival is organised and funded by Derry City Council with the support of NITB, Ilex URC and the Taxi Company, Derry.