Paisley Halloween Festival

Friday 25 - Saturday 26 October, 2019

Roll up, roll up! Immerse yourself in the weird and wonderful world of Dark Circus at the Paisley Halloween Festival on Friday 25 and Saturday 26 October.

This year’s festival will be the biggest and best yet as the whole town centre will be transformed into a sinister outdoor circus with street theatre and death-defying aerial performers taking over the streets.

On the Saturday evening, see the spectacular carnival-style Dark Circus parade with more than 300 performers, led by a sinister Svengali ringleader and choreographed by internationally acclaimed outdoor performance specialists Cirque Bijou. See magnificent floats, giant puppets, voodoo acrobats, ferocious fire performers and curious creatures all parading along to thrilling live music.

Aerial artists, All or Nothing, will also perform their death-defying act ‘Into the Dark’, which will see the artists circle and swirl around the haunted carousel over the grounds of the iconic Paisley Abbey.

Also, new for this year’s event, is a ticketed spooky silent disco. Held in the heart of the town, the disco will provide plenty of dancing, singing and Halloween fun for everyone.

Plus, enjoy Halloween Festival favourites the Spark! LED Drummers and Mr Wilson’s Second Liners, street theatre, film screenings, a Halloween Fun Fair and much more across the two-day fright fest.

The award-winning Paisley Halloween Festival is regarded as one of the best events of its kind in the UK and has been awarded £16,950 of National Programme funding from Event Scotland for this year’s event.

Take a look at the full programme for this year’s Paisley Halloween Festival and what’s taking place each day below…

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Paisley Halloween Festival 2019 Funding Partner

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Get involved in Paisley Halloween Festival 2019

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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