Renfrewshire Council

Halloween Festival 2018 witch

Young people at the centre of 'wicked' Paisley Halloween Festival

More than 700 children and young people will transform the streets into a spectacular illuminated ghoulish wonderland as part of the annual Halloween Festival on Saturday October 27.

Come and be thrilled by 'Something Wicked this Way Comes' and see the flying witches, giant pumpkins, breath-taking aerial displays and a mardi gras-style parade.

Set against a backdrop of historic steeples and spires and rooted in the history of  Paisley's infamous 17th century witch trials, Scotland's leading aerial dance theatre company, All or Nothing has choreographed a dance piece involving 50 young people for a Flying Witches performance around the Town Hall and Abbey.

Other weekend highlights include top-class performers Spark LED drummers, Beltane Fire Society and Mr Wilson's Second Liners on the live stage. As well as big screens around the town centre, a main stage showcasing amazing acts, funfair, and cinema screening of horror films will add to the packed programme.

Workshops, pumpkin carving, family-friendly activities and costume balls for all ages complete the line-up.

The parade, which features 500 young people and costumed performers, sets off from Paisley's Art Centre at 6pm and winds its way through the town, passing lighting installations and haunting soundscapes along the way.

Spectacular aerial performances will thrill crowds throughout the evening, with a cast of witches suspended from Paisley Town Hall.

The festival is supported by the Year of Young People 2018 event fund managed by EventScotland, part of VisitScotland's Events Directorate and a 20-strong Youth Panel has been working alongside the Renfrewshire Council Events Team.

They've been given the opportunity to get involved in every part of the festival delivery, from performance to live event management and technical production.

Kate McBurnie, 15, a member of the Youth Panel, said: "It has been a great experience to be part of the festival and there are so many creative ways to get involved.

"We are getting involved in everything from the technical side and working with aerial artists to creating large props and helping with special effects. I am really looking forward to seeing how everything will work together".

Parade specialist, Noel Bridgeman of Bridgeman Arts, who designed and constructed four enormous floats along with young people, said: "It is fantastic that this year's Halloween Festival is being designed and delivered with so much creative input from local young people. Their talents and skills will shine through, making this the best Halloween event to date. It's brilliant."


Published 15 October 2018