Roll up, roll up and immerse yourself in the weird and wonderful world of dark circus.
This years’ Paisley Halloween Festival takes place on Friday 25 and Saturday 26 October. The 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 the dark circus parade led by our sinister Svengali will be choreographed by internationally acclaimed outdoor performance specialists Cirque Bijou. It will feature giant animated puppets, floats and a cast of spooky circus characters from creepy clowns and twisted jugglers to deathly creatures and strange fortune tellers.
There will be loads of pre-parade surprises new for 2019 and all the trick or treat favourites you have come to expect from Paisley’s award-winning Halloween festival.
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.