Paisley Halloween Festival

Saturday 27 October, 2018

Something wicked this way comes…

Beware the witching hour, when supernatural creatures and ghostly figures gather their powers to scare even the bravest of souls at Halloween.

On Saturday 27 October, Paisley’s hugely popular ‘spooktacular’ Halloween Festival returns to the town centre.

Inspired by Paisley’s dark and deathly 17th century witch history, the Halloween Festival is one of the major events as part of the Year of Young People 2018 celebrations.

On the Saturday, a 500-strong parade will wind its way through the dark streets and creep through the town centre. Expect macabre characters and gruesome parade floats as well as the Beltane Fire Society, Mr Wilson’s Second Liners and the mesmerising Spark! LED drummers.

Stranger things will start to happen as breath-taking aerial performances pop up with people  suspended from the Town Hall and look up for a jaw dropping Flying Witches performance, which will see performers swing 120ft above the crowds in Abbey Close, look out for lots of cackling and broomsticks and jaw dropping stunts.

The Main Stage will showcase amazing acts throughout the day and Paisley Town Hall and Abbey will be ‘spook central’ with pumpkin carving, trick or treat booths, scary storytelling and hands on Halloween activities for kids. Plus, County Square will have a funfair and live entertainment from local dance and theatre groups and there will also be fantastic selection of local street food vendors.

There’s deceit in the air on the Friday evening in local restaurant Zambretto, enjoy a devilish three-course Italian meal before your night takes a mysterious turn with a tale of murder and intrigue. Hair-raising horror films for all ages will be screened in Paisley Town Hall which will also play host to two costumed balls – one for ‘unders’ and the other strictly over 18s – on Friday 26 October.

Paisley Halloween Festival is fast establishing a reputation as a must-see event – so join us in 2018 and be a part of something wicked!

Get involved in the guts of Paisley's Halloween Festival

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.

Kate McBurnie, 15 years old
Paisley 2018 Halloween Youth Panel

Totally wicked

Lily Blake
Paisley Halloween participant

We simply love Paisley’s streetscape. The 850-year old Abbey, the Cloisters and the Gardens set the perfect scene for a spectacular lighting and sound spectacle.

Geoff Crow
Company director, 21CC

We jumped at the chance to choreograph a piece involving 50 young people for the Flying Witches performance. It will look spectacular to have witches swarm the Town Hall as aerialists fly 120 feet up in the air.

Jennifer Paterson
Director, All or Nothing

I’m really looking forward to working on the Halloween Festival as it will help me develop new skills. It's going to be a great event for all the family.

Valerija Tkacenko
Renfrewshire Council, Events Team Intern supported by Year of Young People

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.

Noel Bridgeman
Parade specialist, Bridgeman Arts

It will be fantastic to see young people getting hands-on experience and participating in the design and delivery of a fun event within their local community.

Paul Bush OBE
VisitScotland Director of Events

It’s fantastic that this year’s festival will be a highlight event as part of the Year of Young People 2018 celebrations.

Councillor Iain Nicolson
Leader of Renfrewshire Council

The Paisley witches cast a spell on the town, find out if the town is still cursed!

Supported by Year of Young People

Paisley Halloween Festival press releases

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