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Halloween Derry: 'There's nothing like this where we live. It's fantastic'

Published 01/11/2012

Fireworks pictured at the annual Banks of the Foyle Halloween Carnival
Fireworks pictured at the annual Banks of the Foyle Halloween Carnival
Fireworks pictured at the annual Banks of the Foyle Hallowe'en Carnival which saw thousands of people put on their costumes and watch a spectacular fireworks display over Derry~Londonderry last night. PIcture Martin Mckeown. Inpresspics.com. 31.10.12
Carmel Kelly and Audrey Neeson pictured at the annual Banks of the Foyle Hallowe'en Carnival which saw thousands of people put on their costumes and watch a spectacular fireworks display over Derry~Londonderry last night. PIcture Martin Mckeown. Inpresspics.com. 31.10.12
A dragon stalks the streets during the annual Banks of the Foyle Hallowe'en Carnival which saw thousands of people put on their costumes and watch a spectacular fireworks display over Derry~Londonderry last night. PIcture Martin Mckeown. Inpresspics.com. 31.10.12
Fireworks pictured at the annual Banks of the Foyle Hallowe'en Carnival which saw thousands of people put on their costumes and watch a spectacular fireworks display over Derry~Londonderry last night. PIcture Martin Mckeown. Inpresspics.com. 31.10.12
Fireworks pictured at the annual Banks of the Foyle Hallowe'en Carnival which saw thousands of people put on their costumes and watch a spectacular fireworks display over Derry~Londonderry last night. PIcture Martin Mckeown. Inpresspics.com. 31.10.12
Fireworks pictured at the annual Banks of the Foyle Hallowe'en Carnival which saw thousands of people put on their costumes and watch a spectacular fireworks display over Derry~Londonderry last night. PIcture Martin Mckeown. Inpresspics.com. 31.10.12
Fireworks pictured at the annual Banks of the Foyle Hallowe'en Carnival which saw thousands of people put on their costumes and watch a spectacular fireworks display over Derry~Londonderry last night. PIcture Martin Mckeown. Inpresspics.com. 31.10.12
Fireworks pictured at the annual Banks of the Foyle Hallowe'en Carnival which saw thousands of people put on their costumes and watch a spectacular fireworks display over Derry~Londonderry last night. PIcture Martin Mckeown. Inpresspics.com. 31.10.12
Fireworks pictured at the annual Banks of the Foyle Hallowe'en Carnival which saw thousands of people put on their costumes and watch a spectacular fireworks display over Derry~Londonderry last night. PIcture Martin Mckeown. Inpresspics.com. 31.10.12
A dragon stalks the streets during the annual Banks of the Foyle Hallowe'en Carnival which saw thousands of people put on their costumes and watch a spectacular fireworks display over Derry~Londonderry last night. PIcture Martin Mckeown. Inpresspics.com. 31.10.12
One of the floats pictured at the annual Banks of the Foyle Hallowe'en Carnival which saw thousands of people put on their costumes and watch a spectacular fireworks display over Derry~Londonderry last night. PIcture Martin Mckeown. Inpresspics.com. 31.10.12
One of the floats pictured at the annual Banks of the Foyle Hallowe'en Carnival which saw thousands of people put on their costumes and watch a spectacular fireworks display over Derry~Londonderry last night. PIcture Martin Mckeown. Inpresspics.com. 31.10.12
The Derry Halloween Carnival and fireworks display along the banks of the River Foyle, Derry city on Wednesday night. Up to 30,000 attended this largest Halloween celebration in Ireland. Picture Margaret McLaughlin © by-line
The Derry Halloween Carnival and fireworks display along the banks of the River Foyle, Derry city on Wednesday night. Up to 30,000 attended this largest Halloween celebration in Ireland. Picture Margaret McLaughlin © by-line
The Derry Halloween Carnival and fireworks display along the banks of the River Foyle, Derry city on Wednesday night. Up to 30,000 attended this largest Halloween celebration in Ireland. Picture Margaret McLaughlin © by-line
The Derry Halloween Carnival and fireworks display along the banks of the River Foyle, Derry city on Wednesday night. Up to 30,000 attended this largest Halloween celebration in Ireland. Picture Margaret McLaughlin © by-line
The Derry Halloween Carnival and fireworks display along the banks of the River Foyle, Derry city on Wednesday night. Up to 30,000 attended this largest Halloween celebration in Ireland. Picture Margaret McLaughlin © by-line
The Derry Halloween Carnival and fireworks display along the banks of the River Foyle, Derry city on Wednesday night. Up to 30,000 attended this largest Halloween celebration in Ireland. Picture Margaret McLaughlin © by-line
Hip Hop dancers pictured at the annual Banks of the Foyle Hallowe'en Carnival which saw thousands of people put on their costumes and watch a spectacular fireworks display over Derry~Londonderry last night. PIcture Martin Mckeown. Inpresspics.com. 31.10.12
Sinead and Chris Iwu pictured at the annual Banks of the Foyle Hallowe'en Carnival which saw thousands of people put on their costumes and watch a spectacular fireworks display over Derry~Londonderry last night. PIcture Martin Mckeown. Inpresspics.com. 31.10.12
Kelly Downey pictured at the annual Banks of the Foyle Hallowe'en Carnival which saw thousands of people put on their costumes and watch a spectacular fireworks display over Derry~Londonderry last night. PIcture Martin Mckeown. Inpresspics.com. 31.10.12
Saorla Boyle pictured at the annual Banks of the Foyle Hallowe'en Carnival which saw thousands of people put on their costumes and watch a spectacular fireworks display over Derry~Londonderry last night. PIcture Martin Mckeown. Inpresspics.com. 31.10.12
Ines Marcos from Spain and Marcos Puliatti from Italy pictured at the annual Banks of the Foyle Hallowe'en Carnival which saw thousands of people put on their costumes and watch a spectacular fireworks display over Derry~Londonderry last night. PIcture Martin Mckeown. Inpresspics.com. 31.10.12
Michael Parkhouse pictured at the annual Banks of the Foyle Hallowe'en Carnival which saw thousands of people put on their costumes and watch a spectacular fireworks display over Derry~Londonderry last night. PIcture Martin Mckeown. Inpresspics.com. 31.10.12
Melissa and Gerry Campbell pictured at the annual Banks of the Foyle Hallowe'en Carnival which saw thousands of people put on their costumes and watch a spectacular fireworks display over Derry~Londonderry last night. PIcture Martin Mckeown. Inpresspics.com. 31.10.12
India McCalllion pictured at the annual Banks of the Foyle Hallowe'en Carnival which saw thousands of people put on their costumes and watch a spectacular fireworks display over Derry~Londonderry last night. PIcture Martin Mckeown. Inpresspics.com. 31.10.12
Ajay, Declan, Aaliyah Claire and Amirs Mulhern pictured at the annual Banks of the Foyle Hallowe'en Carnival which saw thousands of people put on their costumes and watch a spectacular fireworks display over Derry~Londonderry last night. PIcture Martin Mckeown. Inpresspics.com. 31.10.12
The Quigley family, Luke, Euan and Matthew with mum and dad Shona and Michael - The Derry Halloween Carnival and fireworks display along the banks of the River Foyle, Derry city on Wednesday night. Up to 30,000 attended this largest Halloween celebration in Ireland. Picture Margaret McLaughlin © by-line
Fireworks pictured at the annual Banks of the Foyle Hallowe'en Carnival which saw thousands of people put on their costumes and watch a spectacular fireworks display over Derry~Londonderry last night. PIcture Martin Mckeown. Inpresspics.com. 31.10.12
Fireworks pictured at the annual Banks of the Foyle Hallowe'en Carnival which saw thousands of people put on their costumes and watch a spectacular fireworks display over Derry~Londonderry last night. PIcture Martin Mckeown. Inpresspics.com. 31.10.12
Fireworks pictured at the annual Banks of the Foyle Hallowe'en Carnival which saw thousands of people put on their costumes and watch a spectacular fireworks display over Derry~Londonderry last night. PIcture Martin Mckeown. Inpresspics.com. 31.10.12
India McCalllion pictured at the annual Banks of the Foyle Hallowe'en Carnival which saw thousands of people put on their costumes and watch a spectacular fireworks display over Derry~Londonderry last night. PIcture Martin Mckeown. Inpresspics.com. 31.10.12
Saorla Boyle pictured at the annual Banks of the Foyle Hallowe'en Carnival which saw thousands of people put on their costumes and watch a spectacular fireworks display over Derry~Londonderry last night. PIcture Martin Mckeown. Inpresspics.com. 31.10.12
Ajay, Declan, Aaliyah Claire and Amirs Mulhern pictured at the annual Banks of the Foyle Hallowe'en Carnival which saw thousands of people put on their costumes and watch a spectacular fireworks display over Derry~Londonderry last night. PIcture Martin Mckeown. Inpresspics.com. 31.10.12
Michael Parkhouse pictured at the annual Banks of the Foyle Hallowe'en Carnival which saw thousands of people put on their costumes and watch a spectacular fireworks display over Derry~Londonderry last night. PIcture Martin Mckeown. Inpresspics.com. 31.10.12
One of teh carnivial characters gets too close for comfort at the annual Banks of the Foyle Hallowe'en Carnival which saw thousands of people put on their costumes and watch a spectacular fireworks display over Derry~Londonderry last night. PIcture Martin Mckeown. Inpresspics.com. 31.10.12
Victorian Zombie dancers pictured at the annual Banks of the Foyle Hallowe'en Carnival which saw thousands of people put on their costumes and watch a spectacular fireworks display over Derry~Londonderry last night. PIcture Martin Mckeown. Inpresspics.com. 31.10.12
On eof teh carnival characters pictured at the annual Banks of the Foyle Hallowe'en Carnival which saw thousands of people put on their costumes and watch a spectacular fireworks display over Derry~Londonderry last night. PIcture Martin Mckeown. Inpresspics.com. 31.10.12
The Cathedral Youth Club's giant octopus pictured at the annual Banks of the Foyle Hallowe'en Carnival which saw thousands of people put on their costumes and watch a spectacular fireworks display over Derry~Londonderry last night. PIcture Martin Mckeown. Inpresspics.com. 31.10.12
One of teh carnivial characters gets too close for comfort at the annual Banks of the Foyle Hallowe'en Carnival which saw thousands of people put on their costumes and watch a spectacular fireworks display over Derry~Londonderry last night. PIcture Martin Mckeown. Inpresspics.com. 31.10.12
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)

In among all the local accents were a noticeable number from other towns and cities from England, Scotland, France and the Irish Republic as well as Northern Ireland.

They included the Bromfield family who travelled from Newcastle in England especially for the festivities.

Mum Sarah, suitably bedecked in a Ghostbusters costume, said this was the first time she and husband Tony, who made an uncanny ghost, had been to Derry.

She said: “We heard about how big Halloween is here and thought why not? The children are off school and we have relatives in Lurgan so we thought we would come here to see the Halloween celebration, stay overnight and then make our way over to Lurgan.

“We are glad we came and really glad we brought dressing up outfits because we would have felt so out of it if we hadn't.”

Aoife Nic Com Midhe travelled from Downpatrick especially but very nearly didn't make it in time.

She explained: “I came here with friends but we thought all we had to do was jump on the bus in Belfast and be in Derry a couple of hours later but the queue at the depot was massive.

“We arrived in time for the three o'clock bus but it was after 4.30pm before we managed to get a seat.

“Still, we are here now and this is amazing to see and was well worth the effort.”

Brendan McGinley didn’t travel quite so far, crossing the border from Buncrana.

He said: “This is the place to be. The children look forward to seeing the parade and fireworks and what makes it for us as parents is that there is no drinking.”

Geraldine McAfee came up from Westport in Co Mayo.

She had no children with her to use as an excuse, but was enjoying the fun all the same.

“It is just my husband Barney and myself here. Our family is all grown up, but this is the third year in a row we have been here and it is getting better and better.”

Henry Kennedy from Liverpool had never seen anything like it and was pleased he’d made the journey.

“This is the first time we have been here but I have heard so much I thought we would come over for Halloween.

“There is nothing remotely like this where we live; it is fantastic.”

Margaret McAteer was another Co Donegal exile, coming over from Bundoran

“We came here this morning and we haven't been inside much because there was so much to do so right now we are chilled to the bone.

“I was very impressed. The fireworks for me was the winner although actually seeing everyone in the fancy dress costumes is brilliant too.”

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