Halloween is that one time a year where it's acceptable to cover apples in toffee and still insist it's one of your five-a-day, knock on every door in the neighbourhood to ask for sweets and let your imagination run wild with your weird and wacky fancy dress costumes.
Derry has put itself on the map for throwing some great Halloween celebrations, and every year it seems to become bigger and better than the year before. We thought we'd put together an Independent Derry Halloween Guide to let you know what's going on in and around the independents this year.
From banshee boogie's to a beer brewing cauldron, lets get down to business and reveal all that's going on... It's going to be fangtastic.
1) Halloween At The Limeleaf Cafe
For those of you who aren't looking for a big night out, but more of get together with some friends, good food, a stunning view and great entertainment too, The Limeleaf Cafe can provide just that. These guys are hosting a Halloween event, and with views looking out over the river you'll be able catch a glimpse of the fireworks display. Tickets for the event are £25.00 and its BYOB, so you can bring along Halloween themed drinks if that's what you're into. AND there's prizes for the best and worst dressed. Game on.
2) Horror Movies at Primrose Cafe
Primrose Cafe on Carlisle Road are hosting a 'Fright Night' in their secret garden. You'll be able to watch 'The Conjuring' and Stephen Kings 'IT' (as voted by you lot on their FB competition) on Friday 27th and Saturday 28th of October from 7.30pm. Get cosy and relax in the secret garden (if you can). Popcorn, hot snacks and hot chocolate will all be provided during the movies too, hurray! Tickets are available from Primrose Cafe on Carlisle Road.
3) A Haunted Experience at the Playhouse Theatre
The Playhouse Theatre dare you to make it through their haunted house experience on the 26th of October where an unspeakable evil has been unleashed through the corridors of the building. You'll have to make it through the darkness relying only on your sense of touch, sound and smell. See you at the other side, if you make it...
4) The Godfather Night at Spaghetti Junction
Spaghetti Junction always manage to impress at Halloween, turning their beautiful Italian restaurant into a haunting one each year. This year, it's time to dig out your best mafia attire because these guys are hosting 'The Godfather Night.' A number of gold tickets were released for those who think they could brave the 'menu challenge' at the Godfather table ,which involves ticket holders having a go at an extremely large feast. If they finish it all, they eat for FREE, If they don't finish it, then they'll be taken out mafia style.
Regular tickets now available at £25 pp at the restaurant and this includes an Italian feast buffet.
5) Halloween Party at The Sandwich Co
The Sandwich Co Diamond are hosting a Halloween party on the 31st of October. The perfect family friendly day. You can expect live music by Silver Fox DJ, some thrilling Halloween performances, sing along's, face painting for the kids and spooky story telling that will be sure to send chills down your spine.
(10% off Mon-Fri with your card)
6) Halloween Doughnuts at The Hatter Express
Many of the businesses are getting into the Halloween spirit with themed drinks and snacks for us to stuff our faces with. The Hatter express have already kicked things off with their homemade Halloween doughnuts and their Halloween hot drinks, Pumpkin Spiced Latte and Hot Orange Chocolate. We'll take 10 doughnuts please. Diet can start after Halloween..
(10% off everyday with your card)
7) 20% off All Things Black at Yellowmoon Clothing
From themed food and drinks to discount on black clothing. Yellowmoon Clothing on Shipquay Street are offering a generous 20% off all things black in store over Halloween. What a great offer that is, you can't go wrong with a little black number, and it is of course that time of year where wearing black all day everyday is acceptable.
8) Late Halloween Opening at The Pickled Duck Cafe
Over the Halloween festivities The Pickled Duck Cafe (the cafe on the square) will be opening late. They'll be providing hot food, Halloween themed sweet treats and drinks from Saturday 28th right through until Tues 31st. So if you're in town at any of the events happening and fancy somewhere to go and socialise afterwards, The Pickled Duck Cafe is the place to go.
(10% off Mon-Thurs with your card).