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Halloween and Samhain Celebrations in Derry 2022

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Published 1 January 2022
Josh Reynolds
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Halloween and Samhain Celebrations in Derry 2022

Derry in Northern Ireland is renowned for having one of the best Halloween celebrations in the whole of Europe - why head head there this October to take part?

Halloween is an increasingly popular celebration across the UK, and the tradition originated with the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain, when people would light bonfires and wear costumes to ward off ghosts.

From it’s meagre beginnings as a simple fancy dress party in the city’s Castle Bar, the event has grown as each Harvest ends, attracting revellers from all around the globe and showcasing a programme of arts, food, and music as well as cultural, contemporary and family events.

Brought to life by the people of the city over 35 years ago, Derry Halloween has become one of the world’s foremost Halloween and Samhain celebrations. Reaching back through the pathways carved by Halloween travellers over hundreds of years, the celebrations draw on Derry’s rich mythical, creative, and cultural history. For many years, we have proudly welcomed the Samhain celebrations of story-telling, mischief, feasting and hospitality.

Derry is renowned the world over for its warmth and hospitality throughout the year but as our city comes alive once more to toast Samhain, we hope you will join us in 2022 to soak up the stories, the culture, and the farewell to Summer. The 400-year-old fortified ramparts of our city will be no match for the darkness of the spirits that are awakened.a

Date: 28 to 31 October 2022
Location: Derry, Londonderry, Northern Ireland
Tickets: The festival will be completely free for the public to attend

More information: Learn more about the Halloween and Samhain celebrations in Derry here

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