Paisley Halloween Festival

Friday 30 - Saturday 31 October, 2020

Paisley celebrated its biggest ever Halloween Festival in 2019!

Around 41,000 people flocked to the town to see the amazing floats, circus performers and spectacular Mardi-Gras style parade.

The festival is one of the largest of its kind in the UK – and the 2019 event was delivered alongside internationally-acclaimed outdoor theatre specialists, Cirque Bijou, who helped transform the entire town centre into the perfect Halloween playground.

The theme for the Paisley Halloween Festival 2019 was Dark Circus and saw more than 350 costumed performers and community groups take part in the stunning parade around the town centre, led by the sinister Svengali ringmaster. The parade also featured fantastic, giant lion and elephant floats, ferocious fire performers, creepy clowns and curious creatures, to delight the gathered crowds.

Another spectacle of the festival was the dazzling aerial performances from aerial artists, All or Nothing, who performed their death-defying act ‘Into the Dark’. The performance saw the artists take to the skies to circle and swirl around a haunted carousel over the grounds of the town’s iconic Abbey.

Crowds were entertained with top-class live performances from the likes of Spark! LED Drummers, Mr Wilson’s Second Liners and Big Grey on the Circus Stage, a brand new silent disco and a packed programme of workshops for families, including pumpkin carving and costume making.

The Paisley Halloween Festival, which was supported in 2018 through the Year of Young People event fund, was awarded £16,950 of National Programme funding from EventScotland for this 2019 event.

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Paisley Halloween Festival 2019 Funding Partner

We have some amazing workshop leaders and are looking for local schools, groups and individuals to work with to make this years festival the spookiest yet.

Julian Bracey
Artistic Director of Cirque Bijou

It’s been a lot of fun taking part and I’ve had the opportunity to do things I would never have thought of. It’s good to be challenged and learning new skills has made me feel more confident. I’ve also made lots of new friends.

Patrick Docherty
Participant, 16

The festival provided so many fantastic opportunities for young people to show us what they are made of and those involved should be very proud of what they have achieved.

Paul Bush
OBE, VisitScotland’s Director of Events

This year’s Halloween Festival was our biggest and most spectacular to date and is now viewed as one of the top events of its kind nationwide.

Louisa Mahon
Renfrewshire Council’s Head of Communications, Marketing and Events

It’s been wonderful to see so many people enjoying themselves in Paisley town centre during the two days of free events, while the festival itself has created amazing opportunities for our young people.

Iain Nicolson
Renfrewshire Council Leader

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