Busy weekend for Halloween revellers – and fire brigade

The 2015 Monster Mash Halloween fireworks display at Titanic Belfast
The 2015 Monster Mash Halloween fireworks display at Titanic Belfast

Costume-clad revellers turned out in their thousands across the Province for a string of Halloween events at the weekend.

The gatherings included a large-scale event in Belfast on Saturday, where fireworks over the city’s Titanic centre could be seen across the lough.

The 2015 Monster Mash Halloween fireworks display at Titanic Belfast

The 2015 Monster Mash Halloween fireworks display at Titanic Belfast

It was also a busy night for the Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service.

The fire brigade issued a series of updates from Saturday night into the early hours of Sunday, keeping a log of all the incidents its crews had had to attend.

The bulletin received at 1am on Sunday said that this year’s number of call-outs was slightly up on 2014.

Up until that time, the service received 149 calls, of which 113 required the attendance of firefighters.

Crowds celebrate the 2015 Monster Mash Halloween fireworks display at Titanic Belfast

Crowds celebrate the 2015 Monster Mash Halloween fireworks display at Titanic Belfast

The fire brigade said: “The majority of the incidents were located in the Southern Command Area (36 per cent) with most involving rubbish, bonfires and also a number of calls where tyres had been set alight.”

Southern Command covers counties Armagh and Down.

Out of the 25 bonfire-related incidents attended by crews, the service said that action was only required for seven of them.

In Belfast, the council’s Monster Mash event at the Titanic Quarter slipways ran from 4pm to 7pm, with attendees invited to dress up for a carnival-style celebration involving street performers, storytelling, and fairground rides – culminating in the fireworks display during early evening.

In Londonderry – where Halloween is traditionally a major draw for revellers – hotels were said to have been fully booked up for the weekend.

A carnival parade called ‘Rise Of The River Gods’ had been arranged on Saturday night, culminating in a pyrotechnic extravaganza as fireworks exploded over the River Foyle from 8pm.

Events had also been arranged in Lisnaskea, Banbridge, Armagh, Newcastle and Springhill in Co Londonderry.