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Halloween Festival is well-attended spooktacular

Halloween Parade Paisley

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Paisley ‘s Halloween festival delivered a sensational spooktacular on Friday evening when around 15,000 came out in the town centre for a stunning show of light and dark.

The Renfrewshire-Council-run event was being staged for the first time and included a 200-person parade and Scotland’s first-ever fire garden with sculptures made of flames.

Halloween Parade Paisley

The parade started at Paisley Museum at 6pm and was led by the sight and sound of the Spark! LED drummers, who added to the carnival atmosphere.

They were followed by around 200 local children dressed in fancy-dress and carrying lanterns, as well as stilt walkers and giant illuminated birds.

People were lining the full length of the High St, as far down as Abbey Close, where the fire garden, run by outdoor events specialists Walk the Plank awaited.
It contained giant fire-breathing lilies, as well as a fire arch outside Paisley Abbey, and helped light up the occasion for the crowds throughout the evening.

Halloween Parade Paisley

There was even a dance performance by a flash mob, set to the sound of Michael Jackson’s classic tune Thriller, as well as a second performance by Spark! outside the Abbey.

Other activities on offer included wizard shows in Paisley Town Hall, as well as craft workshops, balloon modelling and face painting, while the Abbey hosted scary storytelling.

The council is now planning to make the festival an annual one, with plans already under way to expand the event for 2015.

Renfrewshire Council Leader Mark Macmillan said: “This was the first time we had ever held the event and clearly the concept really caught the public imagination.
“The number of people who came out to see the event was phenomenal, and exceeded our expectations.

“We have already started thinking about how we can make the event bigger and better next year, as we believe there isn’t anything else like it anywhere in Scotland.
“Hopefully now, the Paisley Halloween Festival will become a fixture in our growing town centre events calendar, alongside established favourites such as the Christmas Lights Switch-on.”[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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Halloween festival will be Friday night fright night

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[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Paisley is gearing up for a visual spectacular of light and dark when the town’s first-ever Halloween Festival takes place this Friday.

Paisley is gearing up for a visual spectacular of light and dark when the town’s first-ever Halloween Festival takes place this Friday.

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The Renfrewshire Council organised spooky spectacular is free to attend and will see a series of attractions in the town centre between 6 and 9pm.

It starts at 6pm with a stunning lantern-lit fancy-dress parade down the High Street from Paisley Museum to Abbey Close.

The parade will be led by the Spark! LED drumming group and will feature around 200 local children plus illuminated giant birds and light walkers.

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It will lead revellers down to Scotland first-ever fire garden outside Paisley Abbey, starring sculptures made from flames.

The fire garden will be created by outdoor arts company Walk the Plank and features everything from colossal fire-breathing lilies to intricately-carved flaming flowerboxes.

The Fire Garden, created by Walk the Plank. Image Jon Pountney (3)

There will be street entertainment around the town centre between 6 and 9pm in the form of fire jugglers, with scary story-telling in Paisley Abbey.

Visitors to Paisley Town Hall will also be able to take part in Halloween-themed craft workshops, balloon-modelling, face-painting and see a wizard show.

There will also be free goodie bags for kids, and a performance by PACE Theatre Group.

The Paisley Halloween festival is part of a bumper weekend of event action, with the annual fireworks display a day later on Saturday 1 November, and the Christmas Lights Switch-on headlined by boyband Union J two weeks later on Saturday 15th.

Councillor Roy Glen, Convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Economy and Jobs Policy Board, said: “This is our first ever Halloween Festival and initial indications suggest the event has really caught the imagination of the public.

“We already have a hugely-successful town centre events programme, with the fireworks and Christmas Lights switch-on events bringing tens of thousands of people into the town each November.

The Fire Garden, created by Walk the Plank. Image Walk the Plank

“If the Paisley Halloween Festival is a success we hope it would also become an established part of the events calendar.

“We are confident we have lined up a spectacular show – so I would urge people to come out on Friday night and see it for themselves.”

There will also be Halloween-themed events run by the council’s arts and museums team.

Thursday 30 October will see a performance of Cut, a murder mystery style dance theatre show that will take the audience into spooky, undiscovered rooms at Paisley Town Hall.

And on Friday night in Paisley Arts Centre, critically-acclaimed Scottish electronic duo Pumajaw present their new multimedia show Song Noir, featuring tracks from cult TV programmes and film noir.

For more information on all of the above, visit www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/events[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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Renfrewshire set to host Halloween spectacular

Shimmer 2012 by Dan Brady -5

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Renfrewshire set to host Halloween spectacular.

Renfrewshire is getting set to host a spooky spectacular with the first-ever Halloween festival to take place in Paisley at the end of the month.

Friday 31 October promises to be frightfully good fun with a series of activities themed around light and dark planned for Paisley town centre.

Highlights include an illuminated parade down the High Street led by a group of LED drummers called Spark! and featuring local community groups.

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The parade route will end in Abbey Close where visitors can enjoy the spectacle of a stunning fire garden featuring sculptures made from flames.

The fire garden will be created by outdoor arts company Walk the Plank and features colossal fire breathing lilies to intricately-carved flaming flower boxes.

There will be street entertainment around the town centre between 6 and 9pm in the form of fire jugglers, while there will be scary story-telling in Paisley Abbey.

Visitors to Paisley Town Hall will also be able to take part in Halloween-themed craft workshops, face-painting and see a wizard show.

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The Renfrewshire Council-run event will be taking place for the first time as part of a wider winter events programme including the annual fireworks spectacular, to take place a day later.

Later in the month, the Paisley Christmas lights switch-on will be headlined by chart-star boyband Union J, for what should be a crowd of tens of thousands.

Councillor Roy Glen, Convener of the council’s Economy and Jobs Policy Board, said: “The Halloween festival is taking place for the first time and we are expecting it to be a fantastic spectacle.

“The parade and fire garden will be visually stunning and there will be loads going on in the town centre to help keep adults and children alike entertained.

“Earlier this year the council unveiled an ambitious strategy to use Paisley’s heritage and culture to drive regeneration in the town and help attract tourism.

“We are fortunate that we already have several well-established events such as the fireworks and Christmas lights switch-on.

“But part of the strategy is to build on our success by expanding our existing programme to take in new events.

“We expect that if Halloween festival is successful it would become a regular in the years ahead, and hopefully this is just a taste of things to come.”

Other key dates for your diary include the The Spree festival (10 to 18 Oct), which will see a programme of top-notch music comedy and more at various venues in Paisley.

There are also Christmas lights switch-ons due to take place in Renfrew and Johnstone during November.

For more information, visit www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/events[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]