Prepare to be scared with Sheffield Halloween festival

Sheffield's Halloween festival to make a return
Sheffield's Halloween festival to make a return
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Prepare to be scared this weekend as a Halloween festival returns to Sheffield.

A giant outdoor movie screen will showcase classic horror films while hero and villain characters stroll through the city centre in family-friendly Out of This World.

Out of this World festival map

Out of this World festival map

The free festival is divided into three zones with sci-fi, magic and horror themes.

The Moor is a ‘little monsters’ area for children including a fairground, dancing and a Frankenstein monster walkabout, with magic focused around the town hall, and sci-fi, comic book and gaming events by the Winter Garden, Tudor Square and the Peace Gardens.

Other attractions include famous car displays, including Knight Rider’s KITT, and The Simpsons’ sofa, as well as live music.

This year the festival has been shortened from two days to one, running from 11am to 6pm on Sunday, October 25.

Coun Leigh Bramall, cabinet member for business, skills and development at Sheffield Council, said: “We’ve listened to feedback from thousands of visitors who came along in 2014 and, as a result, have changed the festival from two shorter days of activity to one longer day, meaning that the event will be bigger, more jam-packed and more immersive than ever.

“There really is something for everyone at this event, which is set to be truly Out of This World.”

Visitors to the festival are encouraged to get into the spirit and dress in costume.

Ash Stones, who runs the Zone Out gaming store in Doncaster, is one of the organisers.

The 25-year-old entrepreneur and games addict said: “With the sci-fi and gaming part we are trying to bring the wonder and excitement of seeing favourite characters come to life, and we would like to encourage as many people as possible to come in costume and join the fun.

“It’s going to be an amazing weekend, and being able to see people interact with all the characters out and about will make it even better.”

Films to be shown on the outdoor movie screen, hosted by Movie Park at the car park off Milton Street, include Ghostbusters at 5.30pm and The Exorcist at 9.30pm.

Magic workshops will be held at the town hall while strolling illusionists show off their skills.

However, while the festival returns, Fright Night will not this year. The Halloween spectacular became the biggest event of its kind and took a break in 2014.

n For more details visit www.sheffield.gov.uk/outofthisworld