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Strabane set for ‘terror-ific’ Halaloween

Council’s Festivals and Events officer, Ashleigh Devine with two dodgy looking characters.

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 – Wednesday October 31.

This year’s programme features a wide array of activities, from spooky story-telling to haunted houses, all building up to the big night itself featuring with fire jugglers and a fancy dress disco followed by the Spooktacular Halloween fireworks finale on October 31.

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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 this week the Mayor of Derry City and Strabane District, Councillor 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 on Wednesday October 31, 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 – 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 on October 29.

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.

The programme is organised and funded by Derry City and Strabane District Council with support from the Tourism Northern Ireland International Fund. Details are live now on www.strabanehalloween.com

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