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Sunday 29 March 2015

Ghouls allowed: Derry promises biggest and brightest Halloween spectacular ever in UK

Katie O'Reilly in Derry during the Banks of the Foyle Halloween Carnival on monday night. Picture Martin mckeown. Inpresspics.com. 31.10.11
Katie O'Reilly in Derry during the Banks of the Foyle Halloween Carnival on monday night. Picture Martin mckeown. Inpresspics.com. 31.10.11
Korrina McDaid and Ursula Scott in Derry during the Banks of the Foyle Halloween Carnival on monday night. Picture Martin mckeown. Inpresspics.com. 31.10.11
Sophie, Rebecca and Esther from Bel Ami in Derry during the Banks of the Foyle Halloween Carnival on monday night. Picture Martin mckeown. Inpresspics.com. 31.10.11
Some of the illuminated characters who took part in the Carnival Parade in Derry during the Banks of the Foyle Halloween Carnival on monday night. Picture Martin mckeown. Inpresspics.com. 31.10.11
Katie O'Reilly in Derry during the Banks of the Foyle Halloween Carnival on monday night. Picture Martin mckeown. Inpresspics.com. 31.10.11
Fire dancers perform at the Peace Bridge in Derry during the Banks of the Foyle Halloween Carnival on monday night. Picture Martin mckeown. Inpresspics.com. 31.10.11
Pat Carruthers gets into the spirit in Derry during the Banks of the Foyle Halloween Carnival on monday night. Picture Martin mckeown. Inpresspics.com. 31.10.11
A fire dancer performs at the Peace Bridge in Derry during the Banks of the Foyle Halloween Carnival on monday night. Picture Martin mckeown. Inpresspics.com. 31.10.11
Trevor Jones make his point in Derry during the Banks of the Foyle Halloween Carnival on monday night. Picture Martin mckeown. Inpresspics.com. 31.10.11
The Derry Halloween Festival Cat Walk Challenge fashion show at the Craft Village in Derry. The Shape Shifting theme to the catwalk competition was participated in by local creative talent including established designers, students, make-up artists, stylists and much more with Red or dead founders Wayne Hemingway and his wife Gerardine attending to choose the winners. The winners will be modelling their creations at the Halloween night Carnival Parade in Derry
The Derry Halloween Festival Cat Walk Challenge fashion show at the Craft Village in Derry. The Shape Shifting theme to the catwalk competition was participated in by local creative talent including established designers, students, make-up artists, stylists and much more with Red or dead founders Wayne Hemingway and his wife Gerardine attending to choose the winners. The winers will be modelling their creations at the Halloween night Carnival Parade in Derry. Pictures Margaret McLaughlin © by-line
The Derry Halloween Festival Cat Walk Challenge fashion show at the Craft Village in Derry. The Shape Shifting theme to the catwalk competition was participated in by local creative talent including established designers, students, make-up artists, stylists and much more with Red or dead founders Wayne Hemingway and his wife Gerardine attending to choose the winners. The winers will be modelling their creations at the Halloween night Carnival Parade in Derry. Pictures Margaret McLaughlin © by-line
The Derry Halloween Festival Cat Walk Challenge fashion show at the Craft Village in Derry. The Shape Shifting theme to the catwalk competition was participated in by local creative talent including established designers, students, make-up artists, stylists and much more with Red or dead founders Wayne Hemingway and his wife Gerardine attending to choose the winners. The winers will be modelling their creations at the Halloween night Carnival Parade in Derry. Pictures Margaret McLaughlin © by-line
Spectators watch the firework display during the Halloween Metro Monster Mash, organised by Belfast City Council. Pic By Paul Moane/Aurora PA
Thousands of people watch the entertainment during the Halloween Metro Monster Mash, organised by Belfast City Council. Pic By Paul Moane/Aurora PA
Firethrowers entertain the crowds during the Halloween Metro Monster Mash, organised by Belfast City Council. Pic By Paul Moane/Aurora PA
Firethrowers entertain the crowds during the Halloween Metro Monster Mash, organised by Belfast City Council. Pic By Paul Moane/Aurora PA
Designer and model in last minute fixes in the dressing rooms - The Derry Halloween Festival Cat Walk Challenge fashion show at the Craft Village in Derry. The Shape Shifting theme to the catwalk competition was participated in by local creative talent including established designers, students, make-up artists, stylists and much more with Red or dead founders Wayne Hemingway and his wife Gerardine attending to choose the winners. The winers will be modelling their creations at the Halloween night Carnival Parade in Derry. Pictures Margaret McLaughlin © by-line
The Derry Halloween Festival Cat Walk Challenge fashion show at the Craft Village in Derry. The Shape Shifting theme to the catwalk competition was participated in by local creative talent including established designers, students, make-up artists, stylists and much more with Red or dead founders Wayne Hemingway and his wife Gerardine attending to choose the winners. The winers will be modelling their creations at the Halloween night Carnival Parade in Derry. Pictures Margaret McLaughlin © by-line
The Derry Halloween Festival Cat Walk Challenge fashion show at the Craft Village in Derry. The Shape Shifting theme to the catwalk competition was participated in by local creative talent including established designers, students, make-up artists, stylists and much more with Red or dead founders Wayne Hemingway and his wife Gerardine attending to choose the winners. The winers will be modelling their creations at the Halloween night Carnival Parade in Derry. Pictures Margaret McLaughlin © by-line
LAS VEGAS, NV - OCTOBER 27: Actress/model Stacy Keibler hosts a Halloween masquerade party at Hyde Bellagio at the Bellagio on October 27, 2012 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Steven Lawton/Getty Images for Hyde Bellagio)
LAS VEGAS, NV - OCTOBER 27: Actress/model Stacy Keibler hosts a Halloween masquerade party at Hyde Bellagio at the Bellagio on October 27, 2012 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Steven Lawton/Getty Images for Hyde Bellagio)
Belfast Goes Boo for Halloween! Harry (6) and Ollie Brown (4) get ready for a spook-tactular time in Belfast this Halloween by checking out W5s eerie events schedule
Dara McLaughlin modelling the design of 15 years old Ciara O'Connor-Pozo. The Derry Halloween Festival Cat Walk Challenge fashion show at the Craft Village in Derry. The Shape Shifting theme to the catwalk competition was participated in by local creative talent including established designers, students, make-up artists, stylists and much more with Red or dead founders Wayne Hemingway and his wife Gerardine attending to choose the winners. The winers will be modelling their creations at the Halloween night Carnival Parade in Derry. Pictures Margaret McLaughlin © by-line
The Derry Halloween Festival Cat Walk Challenge fashion show at the Craft Village in Derry. The Shape Shifting theme to the catwalk competition was participated in by local creative talent including established designers, students, make-up artists, stylists and much more with Red or dead founders Wayne Hemingway and his wife Gerardine attending to choose the winners. The winers will be modelling their creations at the Halloween night Carnival Parade in Derry. Pictures Margaret McLaughlin © by-line
The Derry Halloween Festival Cat Walk Challenge fashion show at the Craft Village in Derry. The Shape Shifting theme to the catwalk competition was participated in by local creative talent including established designers, students, make-up artists, stylists and much more with Red or dead founders Wayne Hemingway and his wife Gerardine attending to choose the winners. The winers will be modelling their creations at the Halloween night Carnival Parade in Derry. Pictures Margaret McLaughlin © by-line
Getting set to hit the catwalk - The Derry Halloween Festival Cat Walk Challenge fashion show at the Craft Village in Derry. The Shape Shifting theme to the catwalk competition was participated in by local creative talent including established designers, students, make-up artists, stylists and much more with Red or dead founders Wayne Hemingway and his wife Gerardine attending to choose the winners. The winers will be modelling their creations at the Halloween night Carnival Parade in Derry. Pictures Margaret McLaughlin © by-line
Halloween Fireworks display at the the Metro Monster Mash in Belfast
The firework display during the Halloween Metro Monster Mash, organised by Belfast City Council. Pic By Paul Moane/Aurora PA
A model checks her messages in the dressing room - The Derry Halloween Festival Cat Walk Challenge fashion show at the Craft Village in Derry. The Shape Shifting theme to the catwalk competition was participated in by local creative talent including established designers, students, make-up artists, stylists and much more with Red or dead founders Wayne Hemingway and his wife Gerardine attending to choose the winners. The winers will be modelling their creations at the Halloween night Carnival Parade in Derry. Pictures Margaret McLaughlin © by-line
Models and designers check out their pictures after the show back at the dressing rooms - The Derry Halloween Festival Cat Walk Challenge fashion show at the Craft Village in Derry. The Shape Shifting theme to the catwalk competition was participated in by local creative talent including established designers, students, make-up artists, stylists and much more with Red or dead founders Wayne Hemingway and his wife Gerardine attending to choose the winners. The winers will be modelling their creations at the Halloween night Carnival Parade in Derry. Pictures Margaret McLaughlin © by-line
The Derry Halloween Festival Cat Walk Challenge fashion show at the Craft Village in Derry. The Shape Shifting theme to the catwalk competition was participated in by local creative talent including established designers, students, make-up artists, stylists and much more with Red or dead founders Wayne Hemingway and his wife Gerardine attending to choose the winners. The winers will be modelling their creations at the Halloween night Carnival Parade in Derry. Pictures Margaret McLaughlin © by-line
The Derry Halloween Festival Cat Walk Challenge fashion show at the Craft Village in Derry. The Shape Shifting theme to the catwalk competition was participated in by local creative talent including established designers, students, make-up artists, stylists and much more with Red or dead founders Wayne Hemingway and his wife Gerardine attending to choose the winners. The winers will be modelling their creations at the Halloween night Carnival Parade in Derry. Pictures Margaret McLaughlin © by-line
In the audience at The Derry Halloween Festival Cat Walk Challenge fashion show at the Craft Village in Derry. The Shape Shifting theme to the catwalk competition was participated in by local creative talent including established designers, students, make-up artists, stylists and much more with Red or dead founders Wayne Hemingway and his wife Gerardine attending to choose the winners. The winers will be modelling their creations at the Halloween night Carnival Parade in Derry. Pictures Margaret McLaughlin © by-line
Dara McLaughlin modelling the design of 15 years old Ciara O'Connor-Pozo, on right. The Derry Halloween Festival Cat Walk Challenge fashion show at the Craft Village in Derry. The Shape Shifting theme to the catwalk competition was participated in by local creative talent including established designers, students, make-up artists, stylists and much more with Red or dead founders Wayne Hemingway and his wife Gerardine attending to choose the winners. The winers will be modelling their creations at the Halloween night Carnival Parade in Derry. Pictures Margaret McLaughlin © by-line
The Derry Halloween Festival Cat Walk Challenge fashion show at the Craft Village in Derry. The Shape Shifting theme to the catwalk competition was participated in by local creative talent including established designers, students, make-up artists, stylists and much more with Red or dead founders Wayne Hemingway and his wife Gerardine attending to choose the winners. The winers will be modelling their creations at the Halloween night Carnival Parade in Derry. Pictures Margaret McLaughlin © by-line
Hannah Vail modelling her own creation made entirely from polo mints and straws - The Derry Halloween Festival Cat Walk Challenge fashion show at the Craft Village in Derry. The Shape Shifting theme to the catwalk competition was participated in by local creative talent including established designers, students, make-up artists, stylists and much more with Red or dead founders Wayne Hemingway and his wife Gerardine attending to choose the winners. The winers will be modelling their creations at the Halloween night Carnival Parade in Derry. Pictures Margaret McLaughlin © by-line
In the audience at The Derry Halloween Festival Cat Walk Challenge fashion show at the Craft Village in Derry. The Shape Shifting theme to the catwalk competition was participated in by local creative talent including established designers, students, make-up artists, stylists and much more with Red or dead founders Wayne Hemingway and his wife Gerardine attending to choose the winners. The winers will be modelling their creations at the Halloween night Carnival Parade in Derry. Pictures Margaret McLaughlin © by-line
Ex-Blue Peter presenter and star of BBC Celebrity Masterchef, Zoe Salmon, has taken on her scariest challenge to date by fronting Celebrity Frightened Chef, a Halloween cooking show from Lyle's Golden Syrup, set in England's 'most haunted' house
Ex-Blue Peter presenter and star of BBC Celebrity Masterchef, Zoe Salmon, has taken on her scariest challenge to date by fronting Celebrity Frightened Chef, a Halloween cooking show from Lyle's Golden Syrup, set in England's 'most haunted' house
Katie O'Reilly in Derry during the Banks of the Foyle Halloween Carnival on monday night. Picture Martin mckeown. Inpresspics.com. 31.10.11
These were costumes my friend made for halloween night in Londonderry, to be honest there the best i have ever seen and the time and dedication taken to make them was nothing short of amazing. Submitted by Kenneth Loane.
Revellers pictured at the banks of the Foyle Hallowe'en Carnival in Derry. 31.10.10
Over 20,000 people turned out the the Metro Monster mash at the Odyssey, Belfast
Pumpkin, submitted by Enda McKenna, Belfast
The Carnival of Light parade during the Banks of the Foyle Hallowe'en Carnival in Derry last night
Fireworks light up the River Foyle last night as the annual Banks of the Foyle Hallowe'en Festival reached a spectacular conclusion
A carnival character rocks hios way round the route of the Banks of the Foyle Hallowe'en Carnival in Derry last night
Revellers pictured at the Banks of the Foyle Hallowe'en Carnival in Derry last night
Children at the Carnival of Light parade during the Banks of the Foyle Hallowe'en Carnival in Derry last night
Dancers lead the way at the Banks of the Foyle Hallowe'en Carnival parade last night
Over 20,000 people turned out the the Metro Monster mash at the Odyssey, Belfast
Halloween fireworks at the Odyssey Arena in Belfast last night.
Over 20,000 people turned out the the Metro Monster mash at the Odyssey, Belfast
Halloween night at the Odyssey Arena, Belfast
Halloween night at the Odyssey Arena, Belfast
Halloween celebrations in Derry last night
Eye, eye eye...it's Belfast Telegraph Columnist, Frances Burscough
Baby's first Haloween, submitted by Lorraine & Marty - Derry
My Halloween pics - me with the pink hair and Hilary: Submitted by Olivia Adams still
Halloween celebrations in Derry last night
Halloween celebrations in Derry yesterday
A giant 30 foot pig snoozes during the Halloween celebrations at the guildhall in Derry City. The Whalley Range All Stars Pig snuffles and snores while children can peek at a ten minute show taking place inside her belly. Picture Margaret McLaughlin
Actress Jamie Lee Curtis arrives at the Children Affected By AIDS Foundation's 17th Annual Dream Halloween event in Santa Monica, California
Jonathan Ross, as a devil, (back centre) meets trick or treaters outside his house in Hampstead, north London
Claudia Winkleman arrives at Jonathan Ross' Halloween house party in Hampstead, north London
Revelers parade down Duval Street during the Fantasy Fest Parade on October 30, 2010 in Key West, Florida. Key West's annual costuming and masking festival attracted more than 60,000 attendees
Revelers parade down Duval Street during the Fantasy Fest Parade on October 30, 2010 in Key West, Florida. Key West's annual costuming and masking festival attracted more than 60,000 attendees
Revelers parade down Duval Street during the Fantasy Fest Parade on October 30, 2010 in Key West, Florida. Key West's annual costuming and masking festival attracted more than 60,000 attendees
Newcastle United fans in Halloween costumes before the Barclays Premier League match at St James' Park, Newcastle
Fans dress up for Halloween during the Barclays Premier League match at Craven Cottage, London
A fan wears a mask for Halloween in the stands during the Barclays Premier League match at Craven Cottage, London
Revelers parade down Duval Street during the Fantasy Fest Parade on October 30, 2010 in Key West, Florida. Key West's annual costuming and masking festival attracted more than 60,000 attendees
Jarvis Cocker arrives at Jonathan Ross's Halloween house party in Hampstead, north London
A general view of the outside of Jonathan Ross's house in Hampstead, north London
A general view of the outside of Jonathan Ross's house in Hampstead, north London
Revelers parade down Duval Street during the Fantasy Fest Parade on October 30, 2010 in Key West, Florida. Key West's annual costuming and masking festival attracted more than 60,000 attendees
The Wonder Wheel ticket booth is decorated at historic Coney Island on Halloween October 31, 2010 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. Revelers across the country are celebrating Halloween the day before the Christian tradition of All Saints' Day which honors the dead
Halloween decorations are seen at the North Portico of the White House October 31, 2010 in Washington, D.C. President Obama and first lady Michelle Obama will greet trick-or-treaters at the North Portico as they celebrate Halloween
Halloween decorations are seen at the North Portico of the White House October 31, 2010 in Washington, D.C. President Obama and first lady Michelle Obama will greet trick-or-treaters at the North Portico as they celebrate Halloween
US President Barack Obama walks from Marine One on the South Lawn of the White House October 31, 2010 in Washington, DC. President Barack Obama returned to the White House after campaigning for Democrats before this week's midterm elections
Entertainers prepare for trick or treaters out side the White House October 31, 2010 in Washington, DC. President Obama and first lady Michelle Obama will greet trick-or-treaters at the North Portico as they celebrate Halloween
Halloween decorations are seen at the North Portico of the White House October 31, 2010 in Washington, D.C. President Obama and first lady Michelle Obama will greet trick-or-treaters at the North Portico as they celebrate Halloween
A costumed reveler stands on the boardwalk at historic Coney Island on Halloween
Ollies Halloween Party pictured Michael McCourt, Chris Smylie, Conor Smith and Sarah Moore
Ollies Halloween Party pictured Martine and Gareth Locke
Ollies Halloween Party pictured Rhonda and Jordan Jones
Ollies Halloween Party pictured Jennifer McHugh, Linzi Baird and Kathy Gordon
Halloween in Merville Garden Village - submitted by drumnadrough
Ollies Halloween Party pictured Aidan McIvor and Martine Hamill
Ollies Halloween Party pictured Joanne Kemp and Andrew Ogden
Ollies Halloween Party pictured Ciara O'Brey and Louise Watson
Ollies Halloween Party pictured Beverly O'Neill, Richard McNeill and Noeleen Scullion
Ollies Halloween Party pictured Lauren Hislop and Charlene Robinson
Ollies Halloween Party pictured Paul Grabowski and Olga Zelenkevica
Ollies Halloween Party pictured Donna Wakeman and Diane Oliver
Ollies Halloween Party pictured Catherine McCusker and Ryan McBride
Ollies Halloween Party pictured Aishlene O'Neill, Chrissy McMahon and Alanna Burns
Ollies Halloween party - pictured Padraig O'Neill, Louise Hamill, Helen Campbell and Aaron Rolph
Ollies Halloween party - pictured Jacqui Spiers and Christopher Boyce
Ollies Halloween party - pictured Sarah Meenagh and Michelle Donnelly
Ollies Halloween party - pictured Katherine Best and Caoileann Cigney
Ollies Halloween party - pictured Eamonn McSorley and Julie Johnston
Ollies Halloween party pictured - Michael McCourt, Chris Smylie, Conor Smith and Sarah Moore
Ollies Halloween party pictured - Nikki Cowan and Sinitta Sterling
Ollies Halloween party pictured - Carolyn Gilmore and Lydia Robinson
Witching hour this Halloween weekend as the clocks go back an hour. This means an extra hour in bed for the parents and an extra hour trick or treating for the children on Halloween night
Eoin (7) and Patrick Hunt (13) are pictured at the Raising Spirits haunted house in Ballycastle
Gracie Ferguson, Lily Buckley and Emma Smyth, all aged three, get ready for Victoria Square'' Halloween party on Friday 29 October
Mother and daughter Claire Louise and Clara Walsh from north Belfast
Terri Peters (15) from St. Brigid's College is watched by a scary pumpkin at during a Carnival of Light Workshop at the ARC Centre in Skeoge Industrial Estate as preparations continue for the carnival of Light which will form part of this weekend's Banks of the Foyle Halloween Carnival.
The Mayoress of Derry Racheal Parkes has a frightening experience with Cordilious (Shari Boyle) at the launch of the Banks of the Foyle Halloween Carnival 2010.
Tracey Millar, pictured at the launch of 'Belfast Halloween Howler Party', to raise funds for Macmillan Cancer Support
It takes several months to grow the fruit but amazingly just two hours for artist Ray Villafane to sculpt these petrifyingly detailed portraits out of pumpkin.The American model designer and former art teacher uses spoons and a scalpel to carve the innocent orange gourds into Halloween horrors in double quick time.As you might expect Villafane, who has worked for D.C and Marvel comics, is very particular about his pumpkins.'Not all pumpkins will look good and the most important thing about a pumpkin is its weight,' he says.'You need to pick the meatiest pumpkin.'Sometimes I pick up a beautifully shaped pumpkin but when I do I realise that it is not heavy enough. Its wall is just not thick enough for the carving rigours.'I also like a pumpkin with character. One with nobly ridges is good, so that I can utilise that in the carving procedure, like with sculpting noses.'Villafane, 41, has become a minor celebrity in the States and his weird and wonderful work has featured on a range of TV programmes.
Chris Hayne 26, from Sheffield poses as a Licker from Resident Evil ahead of the MCM London Comic Con Expo at ExCel
LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 26: Danielle Starky, from Midhurst poses as Minerva from Final Fantasy ahead of the MCM London Comic Con Expo at ExCel on October 26, 2012 in London, England. Visitors to the Comic Convention are encouraged to wear a costume of their favourite comic character and flock to the Expo to gather all the latest news in the world of comics, manga, anime, film, cosplay, games and cult fiction. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 26: Matt Beaumont from Ashford poses as Red Hood from Batman ahead of the MCM London Comic Con Expo at ExCel on October 26, 2012 in London, England. Visitors to the Comic Convention are encouraged to wear a costume of their favourite comic character and flock to the Expo to gather all the latest news in the world of comics, manga, anime, film, cosplay, games and cult fiction. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 26: Jess Duzniak, 18, from Essex poses as a nurse from the comic book series Silent Hill ahead of the MCM London Comic Con Expo at ExCel on October 26, 2012 in London, England. Visitors to the Comic Convention are encouraged to wear a costume of their favourite comic character and flock to the Expo to gather all the latest news in the world of comics, manga, anime, film, cosplay, games and cult fiction. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 26: Rosmina Stones, 15, from Lithuania poses as Pokemon ahead of the MCM London Comic Con Expo at ExCel on October 26, 2012 in London, England. Visitors to the Comic Convention are encouraged to wear a costume of their favourite comic character and flock to the Expo to gather all the latest news in the world of comics, manga, anime, film, cosplay, games and cult fiction. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 26: Ben Duzniak, 23, from Essex poses as The Butcher from the comic book series Silent Hill ahead of the MCM London Comic Con Expo at ExCel on October 26, 2012 in London, England. Visitors to the Comic Convention are encouraged to wear a costume of their favourite comic character and flock to the Expo to gather all the latest news in the world of comics, manga, anime, film, cosplay, games and cult fiction. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 26: A couple from Norway pose as characters from computer gaming series 'Journey,' ahead of the MCM London Comic Con Expo at ExCel on October 26, 2012 in London, England. Visitors to the Comic Convention are encouraged to wear a costume of their favourite comic character and flock to the Expo to gather all the latest news in the world of comics, manga, anime, film, cosplay, games and cult fiction. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 26: Toby Durr, 21, poses as Pesche from the series Bleach ahead of the MCM London Comic Con Expo at ExCel on October 26, 2012 in London, England. Visitors to the Comic Convention are encouraged to wear a costume of their favourite comic character and flock to the Expo to gather all the latest news in the world of comics, manga, anime, film, cosplay, games and cult fiction. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 26: Cassie Turville 19, from Gurnsey poses as Arrietty from the series The Secret World of Arrietty ahead of the MCM London Comic Con Expo at ExCel on October 26, 2012 in London, England. Visitors to the Comic Convention are encouraged to wear a costume of their favourite comic character and flock to the Expo to gather all the latest news in the world of comics, manga, anime, film, cosplay, games and cult fiction. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 26: George Pepper 19, from Alton poses as a Dark Eldar Incucbus from Warhammer ahead of the MCM London Comic Con Expo at ExCel on October 26, 2012 in London, England. Visitors to the Comic Convention are encouraged to wear a costume of their favourite comic character and flock to the Expo to gather all the latest news in the world of comics, manga, anime, film, cosplay, games and cult fiction. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 26: Jane Stewart, from Liverpool poses as Wonderwoman ahead of the MCM London Comic Con Expo at ExCel on October 26, 2012 in London, England. Visitors to the Comic Convention are encouraged to wear a costume of their favourite comic character and flock to the Expo to gather all the latest news in the world of comics, manga, anime, film, cosplay, games and cult fiction. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 26: Casey Bubb 16, poses as Grell from the comic book series Black Butler ahead of the MCM London Comic Con Expo at ExCel on October 26, 2012 in London, England. Visitors to the Comic Convention are encouraged to wear a costume of their favourite comic character and flock to the Expo to gather all the latest news in the world of comics, manga, anime, film, cosplay, games and cult fiction. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 26: Marcus Sheridon 21, poses as Deadpool, a character from the Marvel comic series ahead of the MCM London Comic Con Expo at ExCel on October 26, 2012 in London, England. Visitors to the Comic Convention are encouraged to wear a costume of their favourite comic character and flock to the Expo to gather all the latest news in the world of comics, manga, anime, film, cosplay, games and cult fiction. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 26: Khloe Valentine, 16, from High Wycombe poses as Yuki Kuran from Vampire Knight ahead of the MCM London Comic Con Expo at ExCel on October 26, 2012 in London, England. Visitors to the Comic Convention are encouraged to wear a costume of their favourite comic character and flock to the Expo to gather all the latest news in the world of comics, manga, anime, film, cosplay, games and cult fiction. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 26: George Pepper 19, from Alton poses as a Dark Eldar Incucbus from Warhammer ahead of the MCM London Comic Con Expo at ExCel on October 26, 2012 in London, England. Visitors to the Comic Convention are encouraged to wear a costume of their favourite comic character and flock to the Expo to gather all the latest news in the world of comics, manga, anime, film, cosplay, games and cult fiction. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 26: George Pepper 19, from Alton poses as a Dark Eldar Incucbus from Warhammer ahead of the MCM London Comic Con Expo at ExCel on October 26, 2012 in London, England. Visitors to the Comic Convention are encouraged to wear a costume of their favourite comic character and flock to the Expo to gather all the latest news in the world of comics, manga, anime, film, cosplay, games and cult fiction. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 26: Characters from Euro Kigurumi pose for pictures ahead of the MCM London Comic Con Expo at ExCel on October 26, 2012 in London, England. Visitors to the Comic Convention are encouraged to wear a costume of their favourite comic character and flock to the Expo to gather all the latest news in the world of comics, manga, anime, film, cosplay, games and cult fiction. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 26: Vanya Leisos, 18, from High Wycombe poses as Zekova ahead of the MCM London Comic Con Expo at ExCel on October 26, 2012 in London, England. Visitors to the Comic Convention are encouraged to wear a costume of their favourite comic character and flock to the Expo to gather all the latest news in the world of comics, manga, anime, film, cosplay, games and cult fiction. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 26: John Kennedy 19, from Dublin, 18, poses as Jareth from Labyrinth ahead of the MCM London Comic Con Expo at ExCel on October 26, 2012 in London, England. Visitors to the Comic Convention are encouraged to wear a costume of their favourite comic character and flock to the Expo to gather all the latest news in the world of comics, manga, anime, film, cosplay, games and cult fiction. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 26: Kimmy Parris 21, from Dartford (L) poses as a Creeper from Minecraft with friend Chris Hayne 26, from Sheffield as a Licker from Resident Evil ahead of the MCM London Comic Con Expo at ExCel on October 26, 2012 in London, England. Visitors to the Comic Convention are encouraged to wear a costume of their favourite comic character and flock to the Expo to gather all the latest news in the world of comics, manga, anime, film, cosplay, games and cult fiction. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 26: Luke Robertson, 28, from Lewes poses as the King of all Cosmos from the Katamari game series ahead of the MCM London Comic Con Expo at ExCel on October 26, 2012 in London, England. Visitors to the Comic Convention are encouraged to wear a costume of their favourite comic character and flock to the Expo to gather all the latest news in the world of comics, manga, anime, film, cosplay, games and cult fiction. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 26: Hannah Charlesworth, 18, from Swansea poses as a character from the Cardverse Hetalia series ahead of the MCM London Comic Con Expo at ExCel on October 26, 2012 in London, England. Visitors to the Comic Convention are encouraged to wear a costume of their favourite comic character and flock to the Expo to gather all the latest news in the world of comics, manga, anime, film, cosplay, games and cult fiction. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 26: Emma O'Neil, 20, from Belfast (L) poses as Thor with Autumn McCullough, 20, from Belfast (R) as Loki from the series Thor ahead of the MCM London Comic Con Expo at ExCel on October 26, 2012 in London, England. Visitors to the Comic Convention are encouraged to wear a costume of their favourite comic character and flock to the Expo to gather all the latest news in the world of comics, manga, anime, film, cosplay, games and cult fiction. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 26: Mikey Kennedy, 20, from Preston poses as Kurloz from the series Homestruck ahead of the MCM London Comic Con Expo at ExCel on October 26, 2012 in London, England. Visitors to the Comic Convention are encouraged to wear a costume of their favourite comic character and flock to the Expo to gather all the latest news in the world of comics, manga, anime, film, cosplay, games and cult fiction. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 26: Debra Phillips, 21, from Manchester poses as Tinkerbell from Peter Pan ahead of the MCM London Comic Con Expo at ExCel on October 26, 2012 in London, England. Visitors to the Comic Convention are encouraged to wear a costume of their favourite comic character and flock to the Expo to gather all the latest news in the world of comics, manga, anime, film, cosplay, games and cult fiction. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 26: Ryan G, 18 from Doncaster poses as The Undertaker from the series Black Butler ahead of the MCM London Comic Con Expo at ExCel on October 26, 2012 in London, England. Visitors to the Comic Convention are encouraged to wear a costume of their favourite comic character and flock to the Expo to gather all the latest news in the world of comics, manga, anime, film, cosplay, games and cult fiction. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 26: Candi, a character from Euro Kigurumi poses for picture ahead of the MCM London Comic Con Expo at ExCel on October 26, 2012 in London, England. Visitors to the Comic Convention are encouraged to wear a costume of their favourite comic character and flock to the Expo to gather all the latest news in the world of comics, manga, anime, film, cosplay, games and cult fiction. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 26: Ida Therese Hovik, 15, and Karoline Jorgensen, 16, from Norway poses as Maids ahead of the MCM London Comic Con Expo at ExCel on October 26, 2012 in London, England. Visitors to the Comic Convention are encouraged to wear a costume of their favourite comic character and flock to the Expo to gather all the latest news in the world of comics, manga, anime, film, cosplay, games and cult fiction. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 26: Laura Cranson 25, from Glasgow poses as Moltres from Pokemon ahead of the MCM London Comic Con Expo at ExCel on October 26, 2012 in London, England. Visitors to the Comic Convention are encouraged to wear a costume of their favourite comic character and flock to the Expo to gather all the latest news in the world of comics, manga, anime, film, cosplay, games and cult fiction. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 26: Jess Duzniak, 18, from Essex poses as a nurse from the comic book series Silent Hill ahead of the MCM London Comic Con Expo at ExCel on October 26, 2012 in London, England. Visitors to the Comic Convention are encouraged to wear a costume of their favourite comic character and flock to the Expo to gather all the latest news in the world of comics, manga, anime, film, cosplay, games and cult fiction. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 26: Yasmin Ouard poses as Slenderman from the series Mobile Hornets ahead of the MCM London Comic Con Expo at ExCel on October 26, 2012 in London, England. Visitors to the Comic Convention are encouraged to wear a costume of their favourite comic character and flock to the Expo to gather all the latest news in the world of comics, manga, anime, film, cosplay, games and cult fiction. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 26: Emma Greening, 17, from Essex poses as Hannah from the comic book series Kuro II ahead of the MCM London Comic Con Expo at ExCel on October 26, 2012 in London, England. Visitors to the Comic Convention are encouraged to wear a costume of their favourite comic character and flock to the Expo to gather all the latest news in the world of comics, manga, anime, film, cosplay, games and cult fiction. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 26: Laura Cranson 25, from Glasgow poses as Moltres from Pokemon ahead of the MCM London Comic Con Expo at ExCel on October 26, 2012 in London, England. Visitors to the Comic Convention are encouraged to wear a costume of their favourite comic character and flock to the Expo to gather all the latest news in the world of comics, manga, anime, film, cosplay, games and cult fiction. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 26: Liam Durr, 23, from Hertford poses as Altair from the series Assassin's Creed ahead of the MCM London Comic Con Expo at ExCel on October 26, 2012 in London, England. Visitors to the Comic Convention are encouraged to wear a costume of their favourite comic character and flock to the Expo to gather all the latest news in the world of comics, manga, anime, film, cosplay, games and cult fiction. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 26: John Kennedy 19, from Dublin, 18, poses as Jareth from Labyrinth ahead of the MCM London Comic Con Expo at ExCel on October 26, 2012 in London, England. Visitors to the Comic Convention are encouraged to wear a costume of their favourite comic character and flock to the Expo to gather all the latest news in the world of comics, manga, anime, film, cosplay, games and cult fiction. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 26: Danielle Starky, from Midhurst poses as Minerva from Final Fantasy ahead of the MCM London Comic Con Expo at ExCel on October 26, 2012 in London, England. Visitors to the Comic Convention are encouraged to wear a costume of their favourite comic character and flock to the Expo to gather all the latest news in the world of comics, manga, anime, film, cosplay, games and cult fiction. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 26: Chloe Smith 19, from Gurnsey poses as Femme Lok from the series Thor and the Avengers ahead of the MCM London Comic Con Expo at ExCel on October 26, 2012 in London, England. Visitors to the Comic Convention are encouraged to wear a costume of their favourite comic character and flock to the Expo to gather all the latest news in the world of comics, manga, anime, film, cosplay, games and cult fiction. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 26: Autumn McCullough, 20, from Belfast poses as Loki from the series Thor ahead of the MCM London Comic Con Expo at ExCel on October 26, 2012 in London, England. Visitors to the Comic Convention are encouraged to wear a costume of their favourite comic character and flock to the Expo to gather all the latest news in the world of comics, manga, anime, film, cosplay, games and cult fiction. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 26: Rosmina Stones, 15, from Lithuania poses as Pokemon ahead of the MCM London Comic Con Expo at ExCel on October 26, 2012 in London, England. Visitors to the Comic Convention are encouraged to wear a costume of their favourite comic character and flock to the Expo to gather all the latest news in the world of comics, manga, anime, film, cosplay, games and cult fiction. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 26: A couple from Norway pose as characters from computer gaming series 'Journey,' ahead of the MCM London Comic Con Expo at ExCel on October 26, 2012 in London, England. Visitors to the Comic Convention are encouraged to wear a costume of their favourite comic character and flock to the Expo to gather all the latest news in the world of comics, manga, anime, film, cosplay, games and cult fiction. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 26: Louis Groves, 18, Lewisham poses as Naruto ahead of the MCM London Comic Con Expo at ExCel on October 26, 2012 in London, England. Visitors to the Comic Convention are encouraged to wear a costume of their favourite comic character and flock to the Expo to gather all the latest news in the world of comics, manga, anime, film, cosplay, games and cult fiction. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 26: Louis Groves, 18, Lewisham poses as Naruto ahead of the MCM London Comic Con Expo at ExCel on October 26, 2012 in London, England. Visitors to the Comic Convention are encouraged to wear a costume of their favourite comic character and flock to the Expo to gather all the latest news in the world of comics, manga, anime, film, cosplay, games and cult fiction. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 26: Debra Phillips, 21, from Manchester poses as Tinkerbell from Peter Pan ahead of the MCM London Comic Con Expo at ExCel on October 26, 2012 in London, England. Visitors to the Comic Convention are encouraged to wear a costume of their favourite comic character and flock to the Expo to gather all the latest news in the world of comics, manga, anime, film, cosplay, games and cult fiction. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 26: Dommy Downs, 21, from Aberdeen poses as an 'Ao No Exorcist Shiemi' character ahead of the MCM London Comic Con Expo at ExCel on October 26, 2012 in London, England. Visitors to the Comic Convention are encouraged to wear a costume of their favourite comic character and flock to the Expo to gather all the latest news in the world of comics, manga, anime, film, cosplay, games and cult fiction. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 26: Emma O'Neil, 20, from Belfast poses as Thor ahead of the MCM London Comic Con Expo at ExCel on October 26, 2012 in London, England. Visitors to the Comic Convention are encouraged to wear a costume of their favourite comic character and flock to the Expo to gather all the latest news in the world of comics, manga, anime, film, cosplay, games and cult fiction. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 26: Autumn McCullough, 20, from Belfast poses as Loki from the series Thor ahead of the MCM London Comic Con Expo at ExCel on October 26, 2012 in London, England. Visitors to the Comic Convention are encouraged to wear a costume of their favourite comic character and flock to the Expo to gather all the latest news in the world of comics, manga, anime, film, cosplay, games and cult fiction. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 26: Chloe Smith 19, from Gurnsey poses as Femme Lok from the series Thor and the Avengers ahead of the MCM London Comic Con Expo at ExCel on October 26, 2012 in London, England. Visitors to the Comic Convention are encouraged to wear a costume of their favourite comic character and flock to the Expo to gather all the latest news in the world of comics, manga, anime, film, cosplay, games and cult fiction. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 26: Andrew Kay 27, from Glasgow poses as Avatar Zuko ahead of the MCM London Comic Con Expo at ExCel on October 26, 2012 in London, England. Visitors to the Comic Convention are encouraged to wear a costume of their favourite comic character and flock to the Expo to gather all the latest news in the world of comics, manga, anime, film, cosplay, games and cult fiction. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 26: Meg Parrington, 17, from Ashford poses as a Nurse from Silent Hill ahead of the MCM London Comic Con Expo at ExCel on October 26, 2012 in London, England. Visitors to the Comic Convention are encouraged to wear a costume of their favourite comic character and flock to the Expo to gather all the latest news in the world of comics, manga, anime, film, cosplay, games and cult fiction. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 26: Jane Stewart, from Liverpool poses as Wonderwoman ahead of the MCM London Comic Con Expo at ExCel on October 26, 2012 in London, England. Visitors to the Comic Convention are encouraged to wear a costume of their favourite comic character and flock to the Expo to gather all the latest news in the world of comics, manga, anime, film, cosplay, games and cult fiction. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 26: Dommy Downs, 21, from Aberdeen poses as an 'Ao No Exorcist Shiemi' character ahead of the MCM London Comic Con Expo at ExCel on October 26, 2012 in London, England. Visitors to the Comic Convention are encouraged to wear a costume of their favourite comic character and flock to the Expo to gather all the latest news in the world of comics, manga, anime, film, cosplay, games and cult fiction. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 26: Jess Hodges 29, from Robertsbridge poses as a character from the musical 'Cats' ahead of the MCM London Comic Con Expo at ExCel on October 26, 2012 in London, England. Visitors to the Comic Convention are encouraged to wear a costume of their favourite comic character and flock to the Expo to gather all the latest news in the world of comics, manga, anime, film, cosplay, games and cult fiction. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

Londonderry is preparing to cast a spell over visitors during the largest Halloween celebration ever staged in the British isles.

The Banks of the Foyle Halloween Carnival finale will be played out in spectacular fashion, with dozens of themed events taking place at indoor and outdoor venues across the city.

A macabre makeover is taking place in preparations for 30,000 visitors in fancy dress swooping on the city centre to watch the Halloween carnival parade and fireworks display.

Pubs, clubs and venues are bracing themselves for the annual onslaught of zombies, vampires and apparitions, with celebrations expected to continue into the small hours.

Mayor, councillor Kevin Campbell, said there was a real air of expectation ahead of the main celebrations at Derry’s signature festival tonight.

“The city is still buzzing after the launch of our City of Culture programme last week, and the positive momentum is carrying through to our favourite festival,” he said.

“This year’s celebration promises to be bigger and better than ever, and it gives us all the opportunity to join together and extend a warm welcome to our city, and showcase our famous craic and hospitality at its best.”

Prior to the parade, the Dragon Safari will see prehistoric beings roaming through St Columb’s Park this afternoon.

In the city centre, local bands will conduct soundchecks this morning ahead of a marathon eight-hour jam at the open air stage in Waterloo Place.

The concert kicks off at 2pm today.

Among the other highlights dotted across the city are a day of Halloween themed fun at An Culturlann and a Creepy Quest at Creggan Country Park.

The Gasyard centre is also hosting a Family Funday, while Witches and Wizards are flying in to Foyle Valley Railway to relay stories for three- to five-year-olds at lunch-time, before older children can hear spine-tingling ghostly tales at the Workhouse Museum from 3pm.

St Columb’s Hall has been transformed into a Hall of Horrors with events such as How To Look Good Wicked and Tea and Tales taking place there.

The Bruce Airhead Show at 6pm on Waterloo Place will be followed at 7pm by the Halloween Carnival of Light procession departing from Derry City Council offices on the Strand Road.

The parade will work its way along the Strand Road, City Hotel, Harbour Square Roundabout, Queen’s Quay and back to the Council offices, before the annual fireworks display at 8pm.

The mayor urged everyone to have a safe and enjoyable Halloween.

He said: “Although the focus is as always on having fun, I would urge everyone to enjoy themselves responsibly and maintain the city’s reputation as a safe, family friendly place to visit.”



Traffic and travel guide

To accommodate the crowds and the carnival parade, several road and lane closures will come into effect from 6pm tonight. Roads affected will include the Strand Road, Queen’s Quay and Foyle Embankment.

Alternative diversion routes will be available during these times.

St Columb’s Road will be closed to traffic from 3pm, except to drivers who have been issued with passes.

A limited number of Blue Badge holders will also be able to access the road for the provision of disabled parking.

The car park on Queen’s Quay will also be closed to the public today, except for disabled car parking.

Foyle Street Car Park will be closed to the public all day, while parking bays at Foyleside car parks will remain open until 11.30pm and Quayside until 10.30pm.

On the Waterside, the shale hockey pitch at St Columb’s Park Leisure Centre will be made available for cars to park during the fireworks and will close at 10pm.

For safety reasons, the number of spectators on the Peace Bridge will be limited and it may be necessary to close the bridge to pedestrians and cyclists for a period from 5.30pm once a safe capacity has been reached.



LIMAVADY



Limavady’s Halloween Extravaganza will be centred at the Roemill Road Recreation Grounds from 6pm tonight. The annual fireworks take place at the site, with entertainment, music and prizes for the best fancy dress costumes.



STRABANE

There will be fireworks over Melvin Playing Fields at 8pm, preceded by fire-eaters and live music in the town centre from 6pm. Prior to this there will be zombie cage soccer from 1pm to 5pm. Q102 roadshow will be there throughout the afternoon.

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