Derry Leads Halloween Destination Poll

The Maiden City in pole position to be named world's best visitor attraction for the annual fall festivities

Derry~Londonderry is currently in first place of a global survey to determine the number one destination for Halloween on earth.

The poll, run by American broadsheet USA Today, features competition from the likes of witch trial capital Salem, Headless Horseman hangout Sleepy Hollow and even Transylvania, famed setting of Bram Stoker's Dracula.

Yet Northern Ireland's second city, which traditionally takes on a new life every October, is known the world over for not doing Halloween half-heartedly. Residents revel in the seasonal customs while tens of thousands more visit each year for the Banks of the Foyle Halloween Carnival, a fixture of the festivities for the past three decades.

'It’s an incredible acknowledgement that Derry has been shortlisted among the top 20 Halloween destinations in the world,' said Derry City and Strabane District Mayor Elisha McCallion. 'Since the event first began it has grown year on year thanks to the support and imagination of the public and the many Halloween 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.'

Indeed the 'City of Bones' programme looks once again to be key to the chilling festivities, which sees the Chateau Le Fear house of horrors return to Ebrington, the Guildhall Square become a stage for spooky street performances and the Craft Village transform into the 'Rio Bravo Fiesta' to host free family entertainment across Halloween weekend.

The fun culminates with a 'Rise of the River Gods' spin on the annual parade, complete with a finale of fireworks over the Foyle, streaming live across the world from 7pm local time on October 31.

See more of what's in store this Halloween in Derry on our festivals section and vote for the city to be crowned world's best Halloween destination before October 12 here.