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Derry Halloween celebrations leading world poll

BY DONNA DEENEY

Published 21/09/2015

Christina Galbraith pictured at the Banks of the Foyle Halloween Carnival Picture Martin McKeown.
Christina Galbraith pictured at the Banks of the Foyle Halloween Carnival Picture Martin McKeown.
Pirates from the Marvel Arts Theatre Company who took part in Derry City Council's annual Banks of the Foyle Halloween
Pirates from the Marvel Arts Theatre Company who took part in Derry City Council's annual Banks of the Foyle Halloween
Members of St Anne's Guides from Faughanvale who took part in Derry City Council's annual Banks of the Foyle Halloween
Halloween revellers in Derry

Londonderry’s Halloween celebrations are doing ‘spook-tacularly’ well in a global online poll — and are currently in top position ahead of New Orleans, Paris and even Dracula’s homeland, Transylvania.

The competition to find the best city to celebrate the annual witching season is being run in association with USA Today, although it accepts votes from around the world.

Derry is up against 19 cities synonymous with the festival, including Salem — famous for its witch trials — and Sleepy Hollow, home of the headless horseman and Ichabod Crane.

Derry is currently number one with another two weeks of voting to go — and people are encouraged to vote and keep it in top place.

After humble beginnings, Derry’s festival has grown to a week-long event drawing around 30,000 people into the city centre. This year, hotel occupancy is already at over 90%.

Visit Derry manager Odhran Dunne said world recognition is invaluable to the city’s economy.

He said: “USA Today is one of the most popular media outlets, so for our Halloween celebrations to feature on its Top 20 venues is amazing — and to be number one is incredible.

“Halloween extends our holiday season into the autumn and while the numbers coming into the city hit a peak in 2013 with the City of Culture title as you would expect, we expect to be back at that peak number again next year.”

Other cities competing with Derry for the Best Hallow’een Destination title in the USA Today’ Readers’ Choice poll include New York, London, Los Angeles and San Francisco.

Derry Council festivals and events manager Karan Leonard said: “We’re anticipating a huge turnout with Hallowe’en on a Saturday and we have some fantastic events. Chateau le Fear will be making a terrifying return to Ebrington, and we’ll be welcoming back the atmospheric Awakening the Walls. New to the programme will be the Rio Bravo Fiesta which will transform the craft village for the mysterious Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead).

Members of St Anne's Guides from Faughanvale who took part in Derry City Council's annual Banks of the Foyle Halloween
Members of St Anne's Guides from Faughanvale who took part in Derry City Council's annual Banks of the Foyle Halloween
Halloween night 2014 at Alibi, Belfast
Halloween night 2014 at Alibi, Belfast
Halloween night 2014 at Alibi, Belfast
Halloween night 2014 at Alibi, Belfast
Halloween 2014 at The Eg, Belfast
The Eg, Belfast - Wednesday 29 October
Halloween 2014 at Roxy nightclub, Belfast
Halloween 2014 at Roxy nightclub, Belfast
Halloween 2014 at Roxy nightclub, Belfast
Halloween at Cuckoo pictured Sarah McKimm, Laura Fawdett, Alison Frazer and Sarah Irvine
Halloween night 2014 at The Eg, Belfast
Halloween night 2014 at The Eg, Belfast
Halloween night 2014 at The Eg, Belfast
Halloween night 2014 at Alibi, Belfast
Halloween night 2014 at The Groovy Train, Belfast
Halloween night 2014 at The Groovy Train, Belfast
Halloween 2014 at The Parlour, Belfast
Halloween at The Parlour, Belfast
Halloween 2014 at The Parlour, Belfast
Halloween at Cuckoo pictured Rhyanna Hunter and Lawrence Morrison
Halloween at Cuckoo pictured Jude Hussey and Emma Marsh
Halloween at Cuckoo pictured Andy Quirey and Emma McLean
Halloween at Cuckoo pictured Reggie McGaughey and Roy Ferguson
Halloween at Cuckoo pictured Michelle Walsh and Adele Graham
Halloween at Cuckoo pictured Paul Murphym Stacey COnway, David Currie, MAry DObbin, Gareth McGivern and James Stevenson
Halloween at Cuckoo pictured Lydia Stewart and Joe Marden
Halloween at Cuckoo pictured Lloyfd Stewart and Kathrine Maginness
Halloween at Cuckoo pictured Cara Caulfield, Dan Shorts and Aida Blevcak
Halloween at Cuckoo pictured Odhran Tohill, David Donnelly and Kevin MCLaughlin
Halloween at Cuckoo pictured Kaley Jones, Nicky Gray and Olly Warnock
Halloween at Cuckoo pictured Marty SHields and Nick Dempsey
Halloween at Cuckoo pictured Oliver Keny and Davud Horne
Halloween at Cuckoo pictured johnny Weir and Parvathy Mohangas
Halloween at Cuckoo pictured Ryan Craig and Sasha Solgys
Halloween at Cuckoo pictured Hannah Linones, Lydia Stewart and JOnathan Hawkins
Halloween at Cuckoo pictured Rory Clifford, Sam Curran, Sinead Watts, Kieran O'Neill and Johnny Coates
Halloween at Cuckoo pictured Tara Hagan, Aliciai Rea and Carla McGlone
Halloween at Cuckoo pictured Corey SMyth, John McGlone, Caitlin Rafferty, Elliott Finlay and Tiarnan Mackle
Halloween at Cuckoo pictured Alicia Rea and Ciaran Hutchinson
Halloween at Cuckoo pictured Gary Stead, Jonny Barr and Neil McCracken
Halloween at Cuckoo pictured Lisa McCaffrey, JOnny BArr, Neil McCracken and Chris McBride
Halloween at Cuckoo pictured Heather Magowan, Ciara Stagg and Sarah Hughes
Halloween at Cuckoo pictured Kaleigh HArney, Emma Gill and Lisa McCaffrey
Halloween at Cuckoo pictured Daniel Murphym Taylor Magnes, Aleks Radonovic and Cassie Delaske
Halloween at Cuckoo pictured Orla Loughran Hayes, Stuart Alastair, Cathal O'Heilí and joe Bishop
Halloween at Cuckoo pictured Wendy Harrison and Matthew Hamill
Halloween at Cuckoo pictured Dermot Curran, Orla Loughran Hayes, Karl Walker, Lauren Bracken and Callum Lockwell
Out at Queen's Union Halloween Ball. Thursday 30th October 2014. Picture Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
Out at Queen's Union Halloween Ball. Thursday 30th October 2014. Picture Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
Out at Queen's Union Halloween Ball. Thursday 30th October 2014. Picture Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
Out at Queen's Union Halloween Ball. Thursday 30th October 2014. Picture Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
Out at Queen's Union Halloween Ball. Thursday 30th October 2014. Picture Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
Out at Queen's Union Halloween Ball. Thursday 30th October 2014. Picture Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
Out at Queen's Union Halloween Ball. Thursday 30th October 2014. Picture Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
Out at Queen's Union Halloween Ball. Thursday 30th October 2014. Picture Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
Out at Queen's Union Halloween Ball. Thursday 30th October 2014. Picture Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
Out at Queen's Union Halloween Ball. Thursday 30th October 2014. Picture Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
Out at Queen's Union Halloween Ball. Thursday 30th October 2014. Picture Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
Out at Queen's Union Halloween Ball. Thursday 30th October 2014. Picture Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
Out at Queen's Union Halloween Ball. Thursday 30th October 2014. Picture Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
Out at Queen's Union Halloween Ball. Thursday 30th October 2014. Picture Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
Out at Queen's Union Halloween Ball. Thursday 30th October 2014. Picture Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
Out at Queen's Union Halloween Ball. Thursday 30th October 2014. Picture Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
Out at Queen's Union Halloween Ball. Thursday 30th October 2014. Picture Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
Out at Queen's Union Halloween Ball. Thursday 30th October 2014. Picture Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
Out at Queen's Union Halloween Ball. Thursday 30th October 2014. Picture Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
Out at Queen's Union Halloween Ball. Thursday 30th October 2014. Picture Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
Out at Queen's Union Halloween Ball. Thursday 30th October 2014. Picture Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
Out at Queen's Union Halloween Ball. Thursday 30th October 2014. Picture Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
Out at Queen's Union Halloween Ball. Thursday 30th October 2014. Picture Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
Out at Queen's Union Halloween Ball. Thursday 30th October 2014. Picture Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
Out at Queen's Union Halloween Ball. Thursday 30th October 2014. Picture Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
Out at Queen's Union Halloween Ball. Thursday 30th October 2014. Picture Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
Out at Queen's Union Halloween Ball. Thursday 30th October 2014. Picture Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
Out at Queen's Union Halloween Ball. Thursday 30th October 2014. Picture Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
Out at Queen's Union Halloween Ball. Thursday 30th October 2014. Picture Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
Out at Queen's Union Halloween Ball. Thursday 30th October 2014. Picture Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
Out at Queen's Union Halloween Ball. Thursday 30th October 2014. Picture Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
Out at Queen's Union Halloween Ball. Thursday 30th October 2014. Picture Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
Out at Queen's Union Halloween Ball. Thursday 30th October 2014. Picture Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
Out at Queen's Union Halloween Ball. Thursday 30th October 2014. Picture Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
Out at Queen's Union Halloween Ball. Thursday 30th October 2014. Picture Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
Out at Queen's Union Halloween Ball. Thursday 30th October 2014. Picture Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
Out at Queen's Union Halloween Ball. Thursday 30th October 2014. Picture Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
Out at Queen's Union Halloween Ball. Thursday 30th October 2014. Picture Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
Out at Queen's Union Halloween Ball. Thursday 30th October 2014. Picture Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
Out at Queen's Union Halloween Ball. Thursday 30th October 2014. Picture Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
Out at Queen's Union Halloween Ball. Thursday 30th October 2014. Picture Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
Out at Queen's Union Halloween Ball. Thursday 30th October 2014. Picture Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
Out at Queen's Union Halloween Ball. Thursday 30th October 2014. Picture Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
Out at Queen's Union Halloween Ball. Thursday 30th October 2014. Picture Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
Out at Queen's Union Halloween Ball. Thursday 30th October 2014. Picture Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
Out at Queen's Union Halloween Ball. Thursday 30th October 2014. Picture Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
Out at Queen's Union Halloween Ball. Thursday 30th October 2014. Picture Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
Out at Queen's Union Halloween Ball. Thursday 30th October 2014. Picture Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
Out at Queen's Union Halloween Ball. Thursday 30th October 2014. Picture Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
Out at Queen's Union Halloween Ball. Thursday 30th October 2014. Picture Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
Out at Queen's Union Halloween Ball. Thursday 30th October 2014. Picture Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
Out at Queen's Union Halloween Ball. Thursday 30th October 2014. Picture Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
Out at Queen's Union Halloween Ball. Thursday 30th October 2014. Picture Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
Out at Queen's Union Halloween Ball. Thursday 30th October 2014. Picture Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
Out at Queen's Union Halloween Ball. Thursday 30th October 2014. Picture Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
Out at Queen's Union Halloween Ball. Thursday 30th October 2014. Picture Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
Out at Queen's Union Halloween Ball. Thursday 30th October 2014. Picture Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
Out at Queen's Union Halloween Ball. Thursday 30th October 2014. Picture Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
Out at Queen's Union Halloween Ball. Thursday 30th October 2014. Picture Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
Out at Queen's Union Halloween Ball. Thursday 30th October 2014. Picture Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
Out at Queen's Union Halloween Ball. Thursday 30th October 2014. Picture Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
Out at Queen's Union Halloween Ball. Thursday 30th October 2014. Picture Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
Out at Queen's Union Halloween Ball. Thursday 30th October 2014. Picture Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
Out at Queen's Union Halloween Ball. Thursday 30th October 2014. Picture Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
Out at Queen's Union Halloween Ball. Thursday 30th October 2014. Picture Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
Out at Queen's Union Halloween Ball. Thursday 30th October 2014. Picture Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
Out at Queen's Union Halloween Ball. Thursday 30th October 2014. Picture Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
Out at Queen's Union Halloween Ball. Thursday 30th October 2014. Picture Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
Out at Queen's Union Halloween Ball. Thursday 30th October 2014. Picture Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
Out at Queen's Union Halloween Ball. Thursday 30th October 2014. Picture Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
Out at Queen's Union Halloween Ball. Thursday 30th October 2014. Picture Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
Out at Queen's Union Halloween Ball. Thursday 30th October 2014. Picture Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
Out at Queen's Union Halloween Ball. Thursday 30th October 2014. Picture Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
Out at Queen's Union Halloween Ball. Thursday 30th October 2014. Picture Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
Out at Queen's Union Halloween Ball. Thursday 30th October 2014. Picture Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
Out at Queen's Union Halloween Ball. Thursday 30th October 2014. Picture Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
Out at Queen's Union Halloween Ball. Thursday 30th October 2014. Picture Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
Out at Queen's Union Halloween Ball. Thursday 30th October 2014. Picture Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
Out at Queen's Union Halloween Ball. Thursday 30th October 2014. Picture Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
Out at Queen's Union Halloween Ball. Thursday 30th October 2014. Picture Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
Out at Queen's Union Halloween Ball. Thursday 30th October 2014. Picture Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
Out at Queen's Union Halloween Ball. Thursday 30th October 2014. Picture Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
Out at Queen's Union Halloween Ball. Thursday 30th October 2014. Picture Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
Out at Queen's Union Halloween Ball. Thursday 30th October 2014. Picture Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
Out at Queen's Union Halloween Ball. Thursday 30th October 2014. Picture Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
Out at Queen's Union Halloween Ball. Thursday 30th October 2014. Picture Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
Out at Queen's Union Halloween Ball. Thursday 30th October 2014. Picture Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
Out at Queen's Union Halloween Ball. Thursday 30th October 2014. Picture Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
Out at Queen's Union Halloween Ball. Thursday 30th October 2014. Picture Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
Out at Queen's Union Halloween Ball. Thursday 30th October 2014. Picture Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
Out at Queen's Union Halloween Ball. Thursday 30th October 2014. Picture Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
Out at Queen's Union Halloween Ball. Thursday 30th October 2014. Picture Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
Out at Queen's Union Halloween Ball. Thursday 30th October 2014. Picture Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
Out at Queen's Union Halloween Ball. Thursday 30th October 2014. Picture Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
Out at Queen's Union Halloween Ball. Thursday 30th October 2014. Picture Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
Out at Queen's Union Halloween Ball. Thursday 30th October 2014. Picture Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
Out at Queen's Union Halloween Ball. Thursday 30th October 2014. Picture Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
Out at Queen's Union Halloween Ball. Thursday 30th October 2014. Picture Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
Out at Queen's Union Halloween Ball. Thursday 30th October 2014. Picture Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
Out at Queen's Union Halloween Ball. Thursday 30th October 2014. Picture Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
Out at Queen's Union Halloween Ball. Thursday 30th October 2014. Picture Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
Out at Queen's Union Halloween Ball. Thursday 30th October 2014. Picture Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX

“Our Carnival this year takes on the theme of the Rise of the River Gods. So there will be plenty of family fun and entertainment. It would be the icing on the cake if we are crowned top Hallowe’en destination in the world — so I encourage people to keep voting.”

To  vote for Derry, log on to: usatoday.com

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