Derry boasts a four-day festival, while in West Hollywood 500,000 revellers take part in a huge LGBT event but which city goes the furthest to spook its citizens?
On a dark, dark night, in a dark, dark town, on a dark, dark street, skeletons, witches and zombies gather. Theres even the odd devil or two. The legions of the dead have come together for an annual Halloween night parade that will be watched by thousands of costumed revellers. But this isnt the US a country most people consider to be the Halloween mothership this is Derry, Northern Ireland.
The Derry Halloween festival started small in the mid-80s as a fancy dress disco in a pub. Now it has snowballed into a massive four-day event, with more than 120,000 people attending in 2018 double the number from 2016. On Halloween night itself, there were 45,000 people watching the parade and fireworks. The sheer size of the extravaganza hasnt gone unnoticed across the pond either, with USA Today crowning it the worlds best Halloween destination in 2015. So is it safe to say Derry is the capital of Halloween? Or are there other cities that go even further?