Coming to Paisley Halloween Festival presents Out of this World between Thursday 28 October and Monday 1 November? 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.


The Event

Will Paisley Halloween Festival take place this year?

Paisley’s Halloween celebrations will return this year – but with a twist.

This year, Paisley Halloween Festival presents Out of this World – a free, spectacular illuminated trail featuring installations and light displays centred on the White Cart River.

Paisley Town Centre will be transformed into an ‘otherworldly’ wonderland across five-days from Thursday 28 October until Monday 1 November – illuminated from 5pm-10pm for visitors to enjoy safely at a time that suits them.

It promises to be a real spectacle with an alien invasion, creatures from the deep and a constellation of stars providing some fun, free family entertainment.

More information on what you can see on the trail will be available at


What time does it start?

Paisley Halloween Festival presents Out of this World will run from Thursday 28 October until Monday 1 November – illuminated from 5pm-10pm. This allows spectators to visit at a time that suits them and will help deliver a safe event.


Will there be a parade at this year’s Paisley Halloween Festival?

No, there will not be a parade at this year’s Paisley Halloween Festival. This year’s celebrations will take a different format with a series of Out of This World installations and displays across Paisley town centre for people to enjoy in a safe way.


Will there be any live performances at this year’s Paisley Halloween Festival?

There will be no stalls or live performances scheduled as our Halloween celebrations will take a different format this year.


How long will it take me to complete the trail ?

We expect it will take approximately one hour – but this will depend on how many people are doing the trail with you! Scan the QR code at each spectacular installation to find out more about it.


Is there a start and end point on the trail?

Event goers can pick their own starting point, map their own journey and set their own pace round the intergalactic showcase.


Do I need to book a ticket to enter?

No you don’t need a ticket to enter the trail. By extending the dates over five days from 5pm to 10pm we are offering visitors a chance to enjoy this free, family experience safely at a time that suits them.


How accessible is the site?

The trail site is fully accessible for wheelchair users and those planning on bringing buggies along.


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?

The trail space may get quite busy in the evenings, which might not be ideal for some dogs. Please make sure they are kept on a lead and to clean up after them if you do bring your furry friend.


Will Paisley Halloween Festival be impacted by the introduction of Covid19 vaccine certifications?

This year’s Paisley Halloween Festival presents Out of this World does not fall under the criteria for vaccine certifications, so you will not be required to present your certification when attending.

The festival will take a different format this year, with a series of installations and displays concentrated around Paisley Abbey, Town Hall and the River Cart. These will be illuminated over a number of days with extended hours to offer visitors flexibility to enjoy the experience in a safe way with the avoidance of large crowds.


Will there be any road closures in Paisley?

Bridge Street in Paisley will be closed from Monday 25 October at 0800 until Tuesday 2nd November at 1700.

Forbes Place will also be closed from 1500-2300 on Thursday 28 October to Monday 1 Nov.


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.


Where can I park my car?

Parking in council-owned car parks is currently free, although charges remain in place for all on-street parking spaces.

See the list of council-owned car parks below:

  • Cross Street: NW
  • Cross Street: SW
  • Glen Lane
  • Hunter Street
  • Hunter Street: Upper
  • Lagoon
  • Lonend: West
  • Maxwell Street
  • Moncrieff Street
  • New Sneddon Street
  • Oakshaw Street
  • Orchard Street
  • Saucel Street
  • School Wynd
  • St James Street
  • Stow Street
  • Weighhouse Close


Can I take the train to the event?

Paisley Gilmour Street Station is the fourth busiest train station in Scotland with regular services to Glasgow and Ayrshire/Inverclyde. The journey time to Glasgow Central Station is less than 15 minutes.

Train services also operate at the following stations in Renfrewshire:

Paisley Canal
Paisley St James
Milliken Park

Visit for train times.


What about by bus?

Regular buses link the towns and villages of Renfrewshire to Glasgow and the West. First Bus number 9/9A will take you from Glasgow to Paisley, while McGills Buses offer various services from Glasgow to Paisley and throughout Renfrewshire.

Find out more:



Check out our ‘Getting Here’ page for more handy travel tips and links.


What food is going to be available?

There will be no food stalls 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.

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