Paisley’s hugely popular ‘spooktacular’ Halloween Festival welcomed 34,000 people to the town centre on Saturday 27 October.
Inspired by Paisley’s dark and deathly 17th century witch history, the Halloween Festival was one of the major events as part of the Year of Young People 2018 celebrations.
The spectacle saw flying witches, amazing floats and a Mardi-Gras style parade with around 500 young people and costumed performers taking part as it wound its way through the town centre, against a backdrop of historic steeples and spires and the 850-year-old Abbey.
Four enormous floats, designed and constructed by creative company Bridgeman Arts alongside Renfrewshire’s young people, delighted the crowds.
Spectacular aerial performances saw a cast of witches suspended from Paisley Town Hall, while the crowds were also entertained by top-class performances on the live stage by Spark! LED drummers, Beltane Fire Society and Mr Wilson’s Second Liners.
A funfair and cinema screening of horror films added to the packed programme, while families enjoyed workshops, including pumpkin carving and costume balls for all ages.
The festival, supported by the Year of Young People 2018 event fund managed by EventScotland, part of VisitScotland’s Events Directorate, was significantly enhanced for the themed year with a full town centre takeover.
Young people were at the heart of the Festival’s development, with a 20-strong Youth Panel working alongside Renfrewshire Council’s Events Team to design and deliver the programme, while more than 500 took part in a new creative learning programme. This offered the opportunity to participate in all aspects of festival delivery from performance to live event management and technical production.