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Derry-Londonderry's Halloween celebrations go online for the first time this year.  But that won't stop them from putting on a ghouly good show.  As the number 1 Halloween destination in the world, the city is keen to keep the tradition alive in anticipation of being bigger and better in 2021. 

This year’s theme is The Awakening – it's Halloween, but not as you know it!

Join in, in spirit this year from the comfort of your own home.

Some of this year’s highlights include:

The Awakening

Five other-worldly characters reveal the true meaning of Samhain, Derry-style in a series of videos shot across the city in iconic locations.  We meet an Irish witch, a shapeshifting goddess, a Knight, a Banshee and even a skeleton.  Join them online as they share stories merging old and new traditions and getting us ready for the big night.

Samhain Sessions

Enjoy these pre-recorded live music sessions from the comfort of your own living room.  Recorded in local cultural landmarks, these sessions cover a range of musical genres, from artists including Roísín O and John Broe, Reevah and Conor Morris.  And if you missed a gig, these are all available on the website to catch up later.  

Virtual storytelling – spooky tales from the other side

The ghost-hunting storytellers at Magee College regale us with ghostly tales – although these will be brought to you through your screen, the Victorian Gothic setting takes us on a spooky trip through the shadows and is sure to scare!  Visit the website for details of more virtual story-telling.

With online tutorials showing you how to make spooky costumes and how to perfect your ultimate Halloween face painting, the online festival is helping to prepare you for Halloween with a difference –it may be different but the fun (and scares) are still there.

So dress up in your best ghoulish outfit, paint your face and put your impressive lantern installations in your windows – it’s still Halloween, just not as we know it.

For more information on the full calendar of events visit