Frightful family fun at Paisley Halloween Festival

Wednesday 23rd October, 2019

There are so many fun activities for all the family to experience and enjoy at this year’s Paisley Halloween Festival.

Dark Circus Parade – Route through Paisley Town Centre – (Saturday only) 6.30pm to 7.30pm

Roll up, roll up, as the dark circus parade takes over the streets! Led by our sinister ringmaster Svengali who will command his troupe of twisted circus performers along the extended parade route joined by dozens of frightful fire performers swing torches and juggle with flames.

A coven of community groups will join the parade alongside creepy clowns, macabre magicians and jinxed jugglers to create a truly spooky spectacle.

NEW LONGER PARADE ROUTE: Smithhills Street – Gauze Street – St Mirren Brae – Causeyside Street – New Street – Witherspoon Street – Storie Street – High Street – University of the West of Scotland

Suitable for all ages and abilities. No booking required.

Street Performers – various times and locations on Friday 25 and Saturday 26 October

Families can enjoy some fantastic street theatre from our Dark Circus acts on Friday evening around the town before they take to the streets and the live Circus Stage on Saturday.

Visitors can see the ever-popular Spark! LED Drummers, Mr Wilson’s Second Liners, Miss Polly Hoops, Men in Slacks, LED Umbrellas, Pyroceltica and the festival ringmaster, Big Grey.

You can get a full rundown of where and when you can catch these acts below…

Friday activities

Saturday activities

Creative Craft Trail @ Halloween – various times and locations Friday 25 and Saturday 26 October

Have a crafty bit of Halloween fun and get creative by taking part in one of the many workshops happening in cafes across our town-centre trail. You will have the chance to create your own Wicked Woolies, Build your own Bug or even make your own Gargoyle out of clay.

Click here to find out more or book a place.



Silent Disco – Dunn Square – various times

Families can come along and boogie on down to their favourite tracks at the festival’s new Silent Disco in Dunn Square with tunes to suit every member of the family. A family ticket is £14 while adult tickets are £5 and kids are £3.

A full list of times and booking links can be found here.



Aerial performances

Families who head along to Abbey Gardens on Friday can get a sneak preview of the Into the Dark aerial performances as the Dark Circus takes to the sky before their full performances at various times on Saturday.

Viewers will be dazzled by the aerial work and ground based choreography led by Scotland’s leading dance company, All or Nothing, before their full goalpost and crane performances on Saturday featuring a number of local community groups.

Exhibition of Excess – Abbey Gardens – various times

If you’re near Abbey Gardens why not check out the Exhibition of Excess – curious booths inspired by Victorian sideshow performers with a contemporary twist.

The exhibition will explore modern day culture and society. Expect to see spooky celebrities, rabid reality stars and ghoulish game show hosts. It will also feature young performers from PACE Youth Theatre and professional street theatre performer Richard Headon (The Desperate Men).

Pumpkin Carving and Terrifying Tales at Paisley Abbey

Prepare to be spooked with gruesome tales of Paisley’s ghosts and ghouls. Join the Village Storytelling Centre for some hair-raising stories. Suitable for all ages and abilities. No booking required.

If you’re looking for something more interactive there will also be pumpkin carving workshops taking place in the Abbey at various times throughout the festival for kids to craft their own scary creations. Adult assistance is welcomed. Suitable for all ages. Tickets for pumpkin carving cost £2 per pumpkin and you can book your place online here (add link to times and booking)



Clown Town, kids’ activities – Coats Venue – 2pm – 9pm (Saturday only)

Family fun and Halloween activities including; Halloween games, face painting, glitter tattoos, arts and crafts workshops, kids disco and meet and greet circus characters and circus skills workshops.



Mini Manoeuvres- Faction – 2pm – 5pm

Families can drop into the free Mini Manoeuvres event which will feature a DJ, arts and crafts, face painter, soft play, Lego and Play Doh tables, balloon drop, with plenty of Halloween inspired activities and decor throughout. This is a drop-in event so no booking is required.

Halloween Films – Paisley Arts Centre – Various showings throughout the day

You can enjoy a range of free fantastic family favourite Halloween films at this year’s festival including Pooh’s Heffalump Halloween Movie (U) and Coco. Booking is required but there may be availability for walk-ups on the day. See a full list of movies and times here: (insert link to Halloween Films)

The Lane – Halloween Spooktacular – 12noon – 9pm

Head along to The Lane for a bite to eat before or after the Halloween parade. During the day The Lane team will have a touch and feel Halloween guessing game, best costume competition and kids trick or treat bags.

Roll up, roll up! The Dark Circus is coming!

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