STRABANE is gearing up for a Halloween to remember this year with a packed programme of family friendly events taking place over seven days from Thursday, October 25 to Wednesday, October 31.
The programme features a wide array of activities, from spooky story-telling to haunted houses, all building up to the big night itself featuring fire jugglers and a fancy dress disco followed by the Spooktacular Halloween fireworks finale on October 31.
This year’s fireworks location has changed and anyone planning to attend the event is advised that the best viewing will now be from the Running Track at Melvin Sports Complex where a family friendly fancy dress disco will be hosted with music, strobe lighting and spot prizes.
Launching the programme, Mayor of Derry City and Strabane District Council, John Boyle, said: “Halloween in Strabane has become a real community event with lots of activities to suit all ages. The programme this year is a real mix of family fun and animation, and I’m looking forward to seeing everyone out enjoying the celebrations.
“I’m particularly looking forward to seeing the new additions to the hay trail after last’s year’s brilliant display.
“I hope everyone has already been thinking about the costumes for this year, we have a great history of costume making so I’m sure there will be some more fantastic ideas on the streets. Make sure to pick up your programme and come along and join in the fun.”
Among the highlights for this year are the spectacular Spark who will be lighting up the streets of Strabane with their high impact illuminated show on Saturday, October 27.
The Alley Theatre will be transformed into a haunted Halloween hub with plenty of activities taking place throughout the programme, beginning with a ‘terrorific’ zombie night Halloween Panto running from Thursday 25 to Saturday 27, with some creepy critter and the fearsome boxes of terror the Courtyard and Mama Imelda’s Trick ‘n’ Treat trail leaving the Alley Theatre on October 31.
Castlederg Apple Fair will be bringing an autumnal flavour to events on October 26, with apple sellers in the town from 8am and plenty of entertainment including live music, cooking demos and kids’ activities from 1pm to 5pm. This will be followed by the traditional ‘Hoolie on the Hill’ also taking place in Castlederg on October 26, a night of entertainment not to be missed with frightful fun for all the family.
Melvin Sports Complex will be hosting a Spooktacular Funday on Monday, October 29 with a ‘Monster Disco’, face painting, bouncy castles, and a magic show, and some wicked workshops with pumpkin carving and Halloween mask making.
Enjoy spooky storytelling in the Strabane Library on October 27, and try your hand at some scary stories of your own at a special writing workshop with Ink Wing Academy on October 30.
Speaking after the launch, festivals and events manager with council, Jacqueline Whoriskey, said: “We are delighted to unveil this year’s Halloween programme for Strabane which features even more events this year with a full week of activity. We are asking people to really get behind the celebration, and take the opportunity to create their own costume and really get into the spirit of the event.
“This year we see the return of the Hay Trail promising to be even bigger and better thanks to the involvement of local schools and businesses.
“And we are delighted to welcome Spark back for another amazing performance. Check out all the events now online and plan a Halloween celebration to remember.”
The programme is organised and funded by Derry City and Strabane District Council with support from the Tourism N. Ireland International Fund. Details are live now on www.strabanehalloween
.com so why not plan a haunted Halloween to remember.