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Cultural and living history approach for Borough’s Halloween celebrations

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BT Coleraine

Councillors at last weeks Leisure and Development Committee voted for a cultural and living
history approach for this years Halloween festivities.

Festivities this year will see a ten day programme of Halloween events in a restricted
venue and virtual form.

Proposals include the following:

– Halloween ‘storytelling sessions’ with a ‘Myths and Cultural’ flavour from within the
Borough.
– Halloween theme evening town/village walking tours.
– Packaged ‘Who Done It’ in conjunction with hotel and self-catering trade.
– Halloween themed food trails.
– Virtual tour of the 10 ‘most haunted locations’.
– School and community involvement with arts and crafts.

A report read “This approach will allow the Council to reinstate its event programme with a view to supporting our visitor economy into the autumn/winter period. This will compliment Council’s marketing initiatives to promote the area as a short break destination to key segments in the Northern Irish and Republic of Ireland markets.

Council will be able to maintain the reputation for delivery of Halloween events in the Borough,
albeit in a varied form for 2020. This proposal will also allow residents within the Borough to
benefit from a Halloween event schedule that shares local stories from the past and the joint
heritage of the Council area. This approach also allows Officers to test the viability of a
changing approach around traditional mass gathering events for future years.”

The full decision will go before full council in September.

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