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Terror and tricks in store for Strabane this Halloween

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Deputy Mayor of Derry City and Strabane District Council, Councillor John Boyle, launches the Halloween programme for Strabane with the help of witches from the Trick or Treat Tours that will take place in Strabane town centre on Halloween day. The tours can be booked at the Alley Theatre.

Revellers in Strabane are in for a real treat this year as Derry City and Strabane District Council pulls out all the stops to create some terror-ific Halloween events and lots of ghostly goings on for all the family. 

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Deputy Mayor Cllr John Boyle, speaking at the launch of the Halloween Festival programme in Strabane, said the schedule of events was hugely impressive with something for every member of the family to enjoy and be part of. 
 
Among the highlights on Halloween day, October 31 will be the fireworks display at the Upper Main Street car park at 8pm, scary street performers, arts and crafts workshops, face painting and birds of prey 
 
There will be spooky storytelling sessions at Gray’s Printing and a world record balloon modelling attempt at the Alley Theatre by Britain’s Got Talent star Ryan Tracey, Spooky Cinema shows and scary surprises throughout the day. 
 
The Esmeralda Trick or Treat tours that will operate throughout the day from the Alley Theatre are expected to a huge draw. Bookings open on Friday, October 22  at The Alley Theatre and early booking is advisable.
 
Those wishing to take part are encouraged to come dressed to impress and be part of a 45 minute walking tour through the town collecting festive treats and hearing ghost stories, folk tales and myths. 
 
The tour costs £2 and departs from the Alley Theatre. 
 
In the run up to Halloween a range of fantastic events have been included in the programme including the Castlederg Apple Fair which takes place in Castlederg town centre on Friday, October 27 from 8am-5pm, featuring music and entertainment by Scottish Ceilidh Band Whiskey Kiss and cooking demonstrations and the famous Hoolie on the Hill that evening from 6.30-9pm.
 
The Castlederg Piping Festival returns on Saturday October 28 from 1-5pm.
 
The Sleepy Hollow Panto, is sure to be a huge draw and will take place at the Alley from Thursday October 26 to Saturday October 28, while the Strabane Halloween Market at the Alley Courtyard on Friday, October 27 will feature local food and craft producers, as well as storytelling by local vegetarian werewolf Wooolfred. 
 
The Riversdale Leisure Centre will host a Halloween Pool Disco on Friday October 27, while the Strabane Community Library will host a monstrous Halloween fun day with workshops and spooky storytelling on Saturday 28, and the Alley Theatre will have Mr Majestic performing his fantastic Interactive Magic Show at the Alley Courtyard at 3.30pm, while the Tullacor Allotments will play host to a spooky family fun day. 
 
A new addition to this year’s Halloween festivities in the Strabane area is the Halloween Hay Sculpture Trail that will take place across a number of rural communities including Strabane, Dunamanagh, Plumbridge, Newtownstewart, Victoria Bridge and Castlederg and will feature some man-made themed sculptures of hay located at iconic locations across the district created by the young farmers and community groups. 
 
• For more information on local  events taking place from Thursday  October 26 – Tuesday, October 31 visit  www.strabanehalloween.com
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