Derry Halloween Carnival and Events Guide 2015

A round-up of spooky events to celebrate Halloween in Derry - the Halloween capital of the world

This is a day by day guide to all Halloween events - click here if you want info around the Parade and Fireworks taking place on October 31

Date: 16th October - 1st November

What: Chateau Le Fear - ‘The Trail of Terror’

Where: Ebrington

Time: 6pm - 11pm nightly

Info: You are invited this Halloween on a unique journey, a trail through the hallways of the Chateau to meet our new residents who are just dying to make your acquaintance. We guarantee a stimulating and memorable evening, where reality and imagination blur and the trail leads to dark and scary places.

Over 12’s Only.

Price: £8 per person

Date:25th October

Derry's Guildhall lights up as the city's annual Banks of the Foyle Halloween Carnival drew to a close back in 2008 Picture Martin McKeown. 31.10.08

Derry's Guildhall lights up as the city's annual Banks of the Foyle Halloween Carnival drew to a close back in 2008 Picture Martin McKeown. 31.10.08

What: Diwali

Where: Millennium Forum

Time: 3pm - 7pm, Stage show 5.30pm

Info: Expect a packed party with everything Indian

Price: £5

Date: 26th - 30th October

What: Hallowe’en Carnival Ghost Bus Tours

Where: Pick up at Guildhall

Time: Mon - Fri: 6.30pm, 7pm, 7.30pm, 8pm, 8.30pm & 9pm

Info: A fantastic spooky funny and theatrical tour of the city with all of your favourite Halloween characters.

Price: £5 kids, £8 adults

Date: 26th - 30th October

What: Into Film Festival Hallowe’en Workshop

Where: Nerve Centre

Time: 10am - 4pm

Info: Into Film Festival in association with the Nerve Centre presents a week-long, Halloween-themed, filmmaking and animation programme for young people aged 8 - 14 years.

Date:26th - 31st October

What: Zombie Apocalypse Laser Tag - Graveyard Mini-Golf

Where: Laser Space, Derry

Mon - Fri: 5 - 7pm Sat: 12 - 7pm

Date:26th - 31st October

What: HallGLOWeen Haunted Maze Tour

Where: Laser Space, Derry

Mon - Wed: 8pm - 10pm, Thurs: 8pm - 11pm

Fri: 8pm - 12pm, Sat: 4pm - 6pm

Date 27th October

What: W5 Science Magic Show

Where: Riverwatch

Info - Come dressed for the occasion and join the pirate treasure hunt, spooky trails, wicked wildlife and lots more FREE fearful fun for all the family this Halloween.

Show 1: 10.30 - 11.20pm

Show 2: 11.30 - 12.20pm

Show 3: 12.30 - 1.20pm

Show 4: 2.30 - 3.20pm

Date:27th & 28th Oct

What: Family Ghost Tours

Where: Tower Museum

Time: 12pm, 1pm & 2pm

Info: Spooky goings on at The Tower Museum! Join us for family fun and frights as the Ghosts of the Tower come to life!

Date: 28th October

What: Horrifying Hallowe’en Costume Workshop

Where: Creggan Country Park, Derry

Time: 11am - 1pm

Info:Bring along all your old clothes and old Halloween costumes and our artist will help you bring your ideas to life

Price: Free

Date:28th October

What: Barn Owl Prowl

Where: Riverwatch

Time: Show 1: 10 - 10.45am Show 2: 11am - 11.45am Show 3: 12 - 12.45pm

Show 4: 1 - 1.45pm

Info: Discover the rare Barn Owl when the Ulster Wildlife Trust and Martin Maloney join forces to help us understand this beautiful bird.

Date:28th - 31st October

What: Grimm Tales for Kids

Where: The Playhouse

Time: Wed - Fri: 7pm

Matinees Thurs - Sat: 1pm

Info: BRING YOUR RAINCOAT and once again join writer and performer Peter E Davidson for more grisly fairy tales, guaranteed to be the perfect Halloween treat for all the family.

29th October

What:Belfast Zoo Boo!

Where: Riverwatch

Time: Show 1: 11 - 11.45am

Show 2: 12 - 12.45am

Show 3: 1 - 1.45pm

Info: The Zoo are bringing dragons and pythons and some more mysterious creatures to celebrate Halloween in the City this year

Date: 29th October

What: Architecture & Mythology of Bishop’s Gate

Where: 1 St Columb’s Court off Bishop Street

Time: 7.30 - 9pm

Info: The Friends of the Derry Walls will unpack the story of Bishop’s Gate - its architectural history and the mythology behind its design- in an illustrated talk and walk.

Date:29th October /

29 DeireadhFómhair

What: Seó na Samhna /Hallowe’en Show

Where: Ionad na Gásalinne / The Gasyard Centre


Info:Music, dance and drama performed by the children of Naíscoil and Gaelscoil Éadain Mhóir to celebrate Hallowe’een.

Date: 29th - 30th October

What: Family Ghost Tours

Where: Tower Museum

Time: 12noon, 1pm, 2pm, 3pm

Info: Spooky goings on at The Tower Museum!

Date: 29th - 30th October

What: All Hail the RiverSaurus!

Where: Guildhall Square

Time: 3.30 - 4pm, 6 - 6.45pm & 7.45

- 8.30pm

Date:29th - 30th October

What: The Armagh Rhymers - Tales of the River Gods

Where: Guildhall Square

Time: 5.15pm & 7pm

Date: 29th - 31st October

What: Hallowe’en celebrations

Where: River Inn / Silver Street

Info: Themed events, movies and music on the big screen with kids & family movies shown throughout the day whilst enjoying lunch or dinner.

Price ; £5 on Saturday

Date: 29th - 31st October

What: The Witches

Where: Guildhall, Main Hall

Time: 1pm, 2.20pm & 3.40pm

Info: Hallowe’en just wouldn’t be the same without the region’s staple diet of Witchy delights.

Price:Admission: £1 pass Little Horrors All Shows (29th – 31st October) Admission Stamp available from the Guildhall

Date: 29th - 31st October

What: Spook-TacularHallowe’en Fun

Where:Richmond Shopping Centre

Time: 1 - 4pm

Date: 29th - 31st October

What: The Wonder Wagon

Where: Guildhall Square

Time: 12.30, 1pm, 1.30, 2.30, 3pm,

3.30 & 4pm

Info: A unique storytelling space, the Wonder Wagon captures kids and adults imaginations as it transports us across lands and time telling tales of Rivers & Seas.

Date: 29th - 31st October

What: The Bone Shakers Bandstand

Where:Guildhall Square

Time:12noon - 9pm

Info:The Guildhall Square is the place to be seen Dead or Alive this Halloween!

Monster Markets, Family Fun, Live Music, Ghoulish Guests and Freaky Friends from other worlds fill the Square all through the day and into the evening.

Date:29th - 31st October

What:Walled City Nighttime Markets

Where:Guildhall Square

Time:12noon - 9pm

Date:29th - 31st October

What:The Bruce Airhead Show

Where:Guildhall, Main Hall

Time:1.40pm & 3pm

Date:29th - 31st October

Time: Winifred the Witch’s Weird & Wonderful Tales

Where: Guildhall, Whittaker Suite

Time:12.30pm, 1.10pm, 1.50pm,

2.30pm & 3.10pm

Date:29th - 31st October

What:River Monster Origami

Where:Tower Museum

Time:12noon - 4pm

Info: ​Learn the ancient art of origami and bring your own river monster to life with these drop in craft workshops for kids facilitated by Ibuki Taiko.

Date:29th & 30th October

What: Awakening The Walls

Where:City Walls

Time: 6pm - 8.30pm

Info: Over two evenings, light, fire, sculpture, music and performance rouse the Walls awake as River Gods and creatures from near and far descend on the Old City

Date: 30th October

What: Bugs and beasties bio-blitz with RSPB

Where: Riverwatch

Time: 10am – 4pm

Info: Find out about winged wonders of the night, predators and prey, all things prickly and how to give nature a Halloween home in your garden.

Date: 30th October

What: Gothic Guildhall Organ Recitals

Where: Guildhall, Main Hall

Time: 7pm, 7.30pm, 8pm & 8.30pm

Info: Acclaimed organist Stewart Smith performs a programme of Gothic works which includes J.S. Bach - Toccata & Fugue in D minor, BWV 565 and L Boellmann - Toccata (from Suite Gothique) within a dramatic lighting and visual show.

Date:30th October

What: Pumpkin Carving & Story Telling


Time: From 6pm

Info: Join us on Halloween Eve with storyteller Cara Mooney to hear some spooked out stories to get you freaked out for Halloween! Visitors will also get to carve a pumpkin to light the way into the evening!

Suitable for 6+ year olds.

Date: 30th October

When: The Creepy Quest

Where: Creggan Country Park

Time:2 sessions: 11am - 1pm& 2pm - 4pm

Info:Wrap up warm and start the Hallowe’en party early at Creggan Country Park with a terrifying treasure hunt, horrifying art activities and some ghastly games in the Forbidden Forest!

£3 per child

Suitable for ages 4 – 11

Date: 30th October

What:The Park after Dark

Where: Creggan Country Park

Time: 6.30 - 8.30pm

Info: Explore the park after dark and discover the amazing wildlife that comes out when the sun goes down - brilliant bats!

Date: 30th - 31st October

What: Rio Bravo Fiesta

Where: The Craft Village

Time: Fri: 12noon - 4pm Sat: 12noon - 5.30pm

Info: As the River Gods of the World make the city their home for Halloween, The Craft Village is hosting the Rio Bravo and celebrating Dia de los Muertes (day of the Dead) style with decoration, markets, music and fun for all – welcome to The Rio Bravo Fiesta!

Date: 30th October - 1st November

What: sBOOKy Hallowe’en Festival

Where: Foyleside Shopping Centre

Time: 9am - 9pm 9am - 7pm

Info:This festival includes lots of family fun activities and many well-known characters from literature.

Date:30th October

What: Gypsy Folk Club

Where: Bennigans


Date: 31st October

What: Hallowe’en Scream!

Where: Riverwatch

Time: From 10am


Date: 31st October

What:Family Ghost Tours

Where: Tower Museum

Times: 11am, 12pm, 1pm & 2pm

Date: 31st October

What: Ulster Wildlife Information

Where: Guildhall

Time: 12noon - 5pm


Date: 31st October

What: Wicked Windows

Where: Waterloo Place

Time: 2pm - 4pm

Info: Suitable for all ages​In Your Space Circus presents the ‘Thriller Season!’ Take yourself back to the old school cinema… This is the ultimate live cinema experience.

Date: 31st October

What: Haunted House Party

Where: Cultúrlann Uí Chanáin

Time: 2pm - 4pm

Info - Join us for a fun-filled afternoon at our fancy dress Hallowe’en party for the kids and family. Expect to be spooked in our haunted house of horror. There will be Celtic Hallowe’en stories, arts and crafts, spooky movies, disco beats and pumpkin decorating.

For kids & family

Date: 31st October

What: Spooky face painting

Where: Quayside Shopping Centre

Time: 4.30 - 6.30 pm

Info: Join us at Quayside for spooky face painting. We can help you transform to a zombie or ghost with our scars, bullet holes and face paint!

Derry Halloween Carnival: traffic and travel info for Saturday

Date: 31st October

What: ‘Rise of the River Gods’ Street Carnival Parade

Where: Strand Road, Queens Quay

Time: Departs 7pm, Queens Quay Car Park

Info: Parade Route: Departs Queen’s Quay Car Park, making its way across Boating Club Lane and up Strand Road towards Harbour Roundabout before travelling down Queens Quay to the Council Offices.Join us in the City of Bones for the biggest Halloween Street Carnival in Europe!

Having descended on the City of Bones to celebrate All Hallow’s Eve, River Gods of the World will join the finest carnival, circus and street performers from across the city, Ireland and Europe in an illuminated spectacle like no other!

Date: 31st October

What: Fireworks Finale

Where: River Foyle

Time: 8pm

Info: Grab your vantage point and settle down for the spectacular fireworks finale!

Date: 31st October

What: Jika Jika! Hallowe’en Party

Where: Underground Car Park, Ebrington

Time: 8.30 - 1.30am

Date:31st October

What: City Hotel Hallowe’en Ball

Where: City Hotel

Time: 9pm

Date: 31st October

What: Gothic Ball

Where: The Glassworks

Time: 9pm

Date: 31st October

What: Hallowe’en Ball

Where: Guildhall

Time: 9pm

31st October

Hallowe’en Disco

Da Vinci’s


Date: 31st October

What: Deetron

Where: Nerve Centre

Time: 9pm

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