Paisley’s Halloween festival is back with a spooktacular double dose of ghoulishly good fun on Friday 30th and Saturday 31st October.
The festival – organised by Renfrewshire Council – proved so popular last year that a whole weekend themed on light and dark with free to attend spooky attractions will feature in the town centre.
It starts at 6pm on Friday with a stunning lantern-lit fancy-dress parade down the High Street from Paisley Museum to Abbey Close.
The parade will be led by the Spark! LED drumming group and will feature around 100 costume-clad revellers plus a Loch Ness Monster.
Both nights will see the return of the fabulous fire garden outside Paisley Abbey, starring sculptures made from flames.
The fire garden will be created by outdoor arts company Walk the Plank and features everything from colossal fire-breathing lilies to intricately-carved flaming flowerboxes.
There will be street entertainment around the town centre on both days in the form of fire jugglers, with scary story-telling in Paisley Abbey and Halloween-themed craft workshops, balloon-modelling, face-painting and a Harry Potter owl show in Paisley Town Hall.
Paisley Halloween Festival is part of the push towards Paisley’s bid for UK City of Culture 2021 and is the first event of an exciting winter events programme, with the annual fireworks display the following weekend on Saturday 7th November.
That will be followed a week later by the annual Christmas Lights Switch-on headlined by 2014 X-factor winner Ben Haenow, which will double as the official public launch of the UK City of Culture bid.
Council Leader Mark Macmillan said: “Our Halloween Festival is bigger and better this year with a packed two-day programme themed on the visual display of light and dark.
“It was great to see so many people get behind our first-ever Halloween festival last year. The event is now part of our hugely-successful town centre events programme that bring tens of thousands of people into the town each November for the fireworks and Christmas lights switch-on events.
“As the town’s bid for UK City of Culture gathers momentum, we hope to hold more spectacular events like the Halloween Festival.
“With so much to see and do over the weekend, Halloween is definitely a not-to-be-missed event for kids and adults alike.”
The festival will also feature pumpkin carving and mask making by InCube businesses and a special confectionery room inside Paisley Town Hall.
Events are as follows…
Friday 30 October (6 to 9pm)
– stunning parade from Paisley Museum to Abbey Close, headed by the Spark! LED drummers (pictured) and featuring more than 100 participants in various spectacular costumes, including a Loch Ness Monster, in conjunction with Independent State of Heart
– a spectacular fire garden in Abbey Close from 6.15pm to 8.30pm, leading up to an incredible fire show finale
Saturday 31 October (noon to 9pm)
– craft tent featuring some of the businesses from Renfrewshire’s InCube business incubator including pumpkin carving and mask-making
– cinema marquee (County Square) showing Halloween-themed films throughout the day
– Paisley Farmers’ Market (Paisley Cross, 10am to 2pm)
– another performance by Spark! LED drummers
– the fire garden from 5.30pm to 8.30pm and another fire show finale
– an outdoor funfair and stage hosted by Pulse FM (Bridge Street) including live performances
– spooky story-telling and puppet show in Paisley Abbey
– funfair on Bridge Street
– children’s activities in Paisley Town Hall including DJ, soft-play area, face-painting, balloon-modelling, arts and crafts, Halloween-themed food stalls, circus shows, and Harry-Potter-themed owl show by Event Mania (NOTE – charges apply for glitter tattoos and balloon modelling)
– confectionery room with Halloween sweets, tablet and more (costing £1 or £2) in Paisley Town Hall
– outdoor food market stalls
– walkabout entertainers
Road closures and parking
Parking will be suspended from late on Thursday 29 October until Sunday 1 November on Bridge Street.