Laura Sharman 20 October 2015

Derry declared the best Halloween destination in the world

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The city of Derry has been chosen as the best place in the world to celebrate Halloween, beating off competition from the likes of Transylvania, Sleepy Hollow and Salem.

The ‘City of Bones’ scooped more votes than other infamous spooky locations in an online poll, organised by USA Today.

The council is hoping the annoucement will boost the city’s local economy and its international reputation as a top visitor destination.

Mayor of Derry City and Strabane District, cllr Elisha McCallion, said: ‘The event is always a huge visitor attraction in terms of drawing people from all over the world to the city, and it’s a major contributor to the local economy. Topping the poll is an extra endorsement from the public for the fantastic programme of events which takes over the city each year, and the transformation to Scary Derry.

‘What makes our celebration really special though is the involvement of the public who never fail each year to stage their own show of creepy and creative Hallowe’en style, and who turn out to support the festival in their thousands.’

Visit www.derrystrabane.com/halloween to find out more.

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