Coming to Paisley Halloween Festival on Friday 25 and Saturday 26 October? We want you to have the best possible time, so we’ve taken some time out to answer a few of your most commonly asked questions.
How do I get to Paisley Halloween Festival?
Whatever your mode of transport, you’ll always find it very easy to get to Paisley. Visit our getting here page for information on the easiest way to get to Paisley town centre.
What roads will be closed for Paisley Halloween Festival?
A temporary traffic regulation order will be in place for the event. Take a look at what roads will be closed and when.
Will there be any changes to the buses?
There will be some alternative bus routes in place during Paisley Halloween Festival.
Town centre bus routes will be re-located along George Street. The main bus stop points during the event will be on Causeyside St, George St and Gordon St.
See the full list of temporary bus stop closures here: Bus Stop Closures – Paisley Halloween Festival
Where can I park my car?
Free event parking will be available Castlehead High School, Paisley Grammar School and West College Scotland.
Free for three parking will be in operation in Hunter Street (upper and lower), Oakshaw and School Wynd. And remember, parking is free in all council metered bays after 6.15pm.
Paid parking will also available in Paisley Piazza.
When is the last train?
The last train from Paisley Gilmour Street Station to Glasgow Central Station on Friday 25 and Saturday 26 October is at 11.59pm. Visit www.scotrail.co.uk for all other train times.
What time is everything happening?
Paisley Halloween Festival takes place on Friday 25 October from 4pm to 9pm and Saturday 26 October from 2pm to 9pm. A full breakdown of the event will be available at www.paisley.is/halloween.
If you are coming for the Halloween parade, it will take place on Saturday 26 October at 6.30pm – but make sure you arrive in plenty of time to get a good viewing spot.
What time is the parade and where is the best place to stand?
There will be a new longer parade route for 2019. The parade will begin at Smithhill Street at 6.30pm and move towards Gauze Street before going down St Mirren Brae, along Witherspoon Street and then up Storie Street along the High Street and will end at the University of the West of Scotland. We expect the full parade to take 1 hour from start to finish.
If you arrive in the town centre and Gauze Street and St Mirren Brae are already busy, we would recommend heading to Witherspoon Street and Storie Street.
This year’s enhanced programme is spread across the whole town so there is plenty to see and do ahead of and after the parade, no matter where you position yourself along the parade route.
Do I need a ticket to enter?
No, Paisley Halloween Festival is free to enter but there are a few paid attractions at the event.
New for 2019 is the spooky open-air silent disco where dancing, spontaneous flash mobs and singing is expected. Tickets can be purchased in advance online here or on the door and cost £5 for adults, £3 for kids and a family ticket is £14.
Or if you are brave enough you might fancy a ride at the haunted carnival, no need to book in advance for this one.
You can also carve Halloween pumpkins in to a piece of scary Halloween art at one of our fantastic workshops. You can book your place in advance online here and tickets cost £2. Adult assistance is welcomed. Suitable for all ages.
I’m bringing my kids. What activities are available for them to take part in?
One word, everything! Halloween is for all kids, young and old. From pumpkin carving and crafts workshops to kids’ films, the parade, street theatre and the aerial spectacular there is literally something for everyone.
I’m bringing a buggy to the event. Will there be somewhere I can store this?
You are welcome to bring a buggy or pram but unfortunately, there is nowhere to store them.
Can I bring my dog?
We love dogs, but the Halloween Festival might not be the best environment for them. We would recommend that you leave your furry friends at home for this one.
Do I need to book anything in advance?
Paid for tickets are only required for the Silent Disco and Pumpkin carving but there are number of free activities that require booking in advance:
- Silent disco at Dunn Square
- Halloween movies at the Wynd Centre (Friday) and Paisley Arts Centre (Saturday)
- Pumpkin carving in Paisley Abbey
- Costume making with ReMode on Saturday 19 October (POP) and Saturday 26 October (Helen’s Haberdashery)
- Creative craft trail workshops throughout the town centre
If you try and book something that is fully booked there may be last minute spaces available on the day, so it is always worth checking in with our team on the door in case someone doesn’t turn up.
You will not need to book places for any of our live entertainment.
I always come to Paisley Halloween Festival. Is there anything new this year?
This years’ festival is set to be the biggest yet and we have loads for new entertainment for everyone to enjoy. This years’ Dark Circus theme will provide new theatrical performances across the town centre, keep your eyes peeled for, LED umbrellas, acrobats, high wire walkers and hula hoop performers.
Plus, raise your gaze to the skies for our new aerial fairground! Skilled performers will take on death-defying stunts and leave you breathless as they bring the magic and illusion of the circus to the audience all on top of their soaring haunted carousel.
Roll up to the Circus Stage and wonder at our spectacular circus performers including Big Grey and his fire juggling show, the Black Eagle acrobats, Miss Polly Hoops, plus comedy and dance.
You can get down and spooky in our open-air family friendly, silent disco where dancing, and singing is expected. Tickets can be purchased in advance online here or on the door and cost £5 for adults, £3 for kids and a family ticket is £14.
Or when you’re at Paisley Abbey, check our 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.
Plus, don’t forget our extended new parade route!
Don’t worry with all these new acts we haven’t forgotten about our Festival favourites – SPARK! LED drummers will be lighting up the streets and Mr Wilson’s Second Liners will be hosting impromptu raves on street corners – it wouldn’t be Paisley Halloween Festival without them!
Are there toilets?
Yes, toilets will be available across the town centre. You’ll find them at the following locations.
- High Street at Storie St junction & UWS (Sat only)
- Gilmour Street
- Abbey Close
- Dunn Square
In addition, there will be a fully accessible toilet with a hoist and adult sized changing bench. This will be located at Gilmour St.
What food is going to be available?
There will be some food stalls available at the event site, but you can also enjoy a fantastic range of local cafes, bars and restaurants around the town offering a variety of delicious food and drink options.
Is the Festival wheelchair friendly?
We welcome wheelchair users and we do all we can to ensure comfort and safety for wheelchair users.
We have designated disabled parking as close to the Halloween Festival as possible, please see FAQ below. In addition, we have disabled toilets situated across the event site as detailed above.
I have a disability. Where can I park nearby to attend Paisley Halloween Festival?
Please be aware that some roads in and around the town centre will be closed ahead of this event. Blue Badge parking spaces are available at the following locations:
- Piazza Shopping Centre, Central Way, Paisley PA1 1EL
- Paisley Centre Car Park, Storie Street, Paisley PA1 2AP – please note access into and out of this car park will be restricted at end of event.
- Renfrewshire Council car parks (except Bridge Street, Renfrewshire House and Orchard Street)
Is there an accessible area where I can see the stage from?
Yes, an accessible viewing platform will be available at Gauze Street which will allow for a view of the circus stage and the aerial spectacular. An additional viewing platform for the parade will be on Storie Street at the entrance to UWS Library. Disabled Parking is also available at UWS and can be accessed from George Street entrance to the UWS. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to request a viewing pass.
My child has additional support needs. What support is available during the event?
A walk in Quiet Room will be available in the POP store in the Piazza Shopping Centre during the Festival.
This is a quiet, autism friendly space with soft lighting and comfortable seating. Noise cancelling headphones and sensory items will be available in the space.
‘Relaxed sessions’ are available for the Silent Disco.