Is Derry Halloween taking place in 2021?

Yes, Derry’s celebrations of Halloween and Samhain are going to be taking place this year. But all plans will prioritise health & safety in line with any Covid-19 restrictions that are relevant at the time.

Derry Halloween 2021 has evolved to work around five distinct ‘worlds’ so that crowds can be safely managed. Health & safety is paramount, so all activities are open-air, helping us deliver the memorable and creative Samhain celebrations that Derry is famous for.

Please keep an eye on our ‘What’s On’ section for details of the entertainment which will be featuring in our ‘Worlds’. We will update these regularly to stay in tune with ongoing Covid-19 restrictions.

Should I purchase tickets to enjoy Derry Halloween 2021? 

Currently no, we are delighted to offer our Awakening events for 2021 completely free to visitors. Simple choose your ‘world’ and enjoy what lies in wait. However please note that we will be monitoring the Covid-19 regulations frequently so areas may become ticketed. 

Are the events suitable for children and families? 

Derry Halloween is a family-friendly event, and we plan our programme to appeal to all ages. There will be some installations that appeal to younger individuals, some to older, but all events overall are designed with everyone in mind.

What measures are place to maintain health and safety for visitors? 

At present, we have several protocols in place to prioritise health & safety. These will be continually updated based on the government’s health advice. They include:

  • Crowd management via the implementation of a one-way system for crowds. 
  • Safety facilitation of Covid-19 restrictions via social distancing.
  • Extension of event footprint and variety of outdoor locations to enhance the visitor experience.
  • Increased accessibility.
  • Visitor numbers increased, only when updated Covid-19 regulations allow. 

What is taking place during this year’s event? 

Derry Halloween 2021 is designed around five distinct ‘worlds.’ Three of the ‘worlds’ are in the city itself, one in Donegal and one in Strabane. Each of the ‘worlds’ will generate its own magic and spark, featuring storytelling, installations, and unexpected mischief. Please keep an eye on our ‘What’s On’ pages for updates on what will be taking place in each ‘world.’

Are the parade and fireworks taking place?

Unfortunately, due to the current Covid-19 restrictions we are unable to facilitate a large parade, but our friends at North West Carnival Initiative are developing a series of illuminated performances and installations around St Columb’s Park. We are also planning multiple fireworks displays across the city and there will be a display in Strabane.

Where can I stay when I visit Derry?

There is a wide choice of accommodation in and around Derry from hotels, hostels, B&B accommodation, to camping and glamping. Take a look at the Visit Northern Ireland listings for some great options.

Should I dress up? 

Yes, yes, YES! We encourage everyone to dress up and we have some tutorials available on costume-making and how to up-cycle old costumes. When you visit you will see that almost everyone dresses up over the nights of Halloween / Samhain and this year will be no different. We can’t wait to see what you come up with! Make sure to #derryhalloween when you share your photos.