City frontrunner in Hallowe’en poll

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Londonderry is currently the front runner in a global poll by USA Today to find the top Hallowe’en destination in the world. including Witch Trial capital Salem, Massachusetts, favourite vampire haunt and home of Count Dracula himself, Transylvania, and famous Headless Horseman hang-out Sleepy Hollow.

The Mayor is urging everyone to lend their support to an online campaign to secure top spot in the poll, which runs until October 12.

“It’s an incredible acknowledgement that Derry has been shortlisted among the top 20 Hallowe’en destinations in the world,” she declared. “The event is obviously one of our biggest visitor attractions and each year we strive to offer an even more ambitious programme.

“I think that what makes Hallowe’en so unique in Derry is that the people here don’t just turn out to watch the festivities they are a part of the celebration. “Since the event first began 29 years ago it has grown year on year thanks to the support and imagination of the public and the many Hallowe’en lovers who visit the city.

“To win the number one title would really enhance the city’s profile and attract more visitors from across the world to enjoy what is always a fantastic family friendly Halloween experience. I want everyone to get voting and put the City of Bones on the global map.”

Londonderry’s claim to the Number 1 Hallowe’en title is based on decades of top carnival celebrations which attract tens of thousands of visitors to the city each year. This year’s programme includes a whole host of spooky events, including the creepy Chateau le Fear’s Trail of Terror, and the magical Awakening of the Walls.

A whole host of family events will be taking place, including ghost tours, story-telling, the Rio Bravo Fiesta and some wicked workshops. All building up to the dramatic Rise of the River Gods carnival parade and fireworks finale event on October 31st.

Voting remains open until October 12 and one vote can be logged per day at

To download the Halloween programme visit