Ghosts zoom in on motorised ship to join Britain’s biggest spook-tacular

Sheffield City Centre Fright Night....Batman Kelsey Galliah with youngster Jay Youle
Sheffield City Centre Fright Night....Batman Kelsey Galliah with youngster Jay Youle
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A motorised ghost ship will join the host of entertainment including a zomble garden and aerial acrobatics display for this year’s Fright Night.

Britain’s top Halloween carnival is returning to Sheffield for its 13th year on Sunday – and remains free despite cuts in council funding.

More than 40,000 people are expected to attend the party, including many in fancy dress. The programme includes an aerial display in the Peace Gardens, Mexican Day of the Dead bands, street dance, a zombie garden, big wheel, fire walk and motorised ghost ship.

There will also be ghost trains, a haunted house, charity fundraising, fancy dress, craft market, ghost tours and street entertainers.

Scott Barton, of organisers Yellow Bus Events, said: “Interest in Fright Night grows year on year.

“The event brings together over 40,000 people from all parts of the city and beyond and it’s great to see so many people enjoying themselves.

“We spend much of the year planning the event and looking for new attractions to bring and there will be some great surprises for 2013.”

Scott added: “Despite budgets getting more and more difficult we have worked hard to keep the event free to enter and, with support from Sheffield Council, First, Sheffield University and the Arts Council, we are determined to keep the event free to enter.

“Fright Night is a great opportunity for people from very different parts of the city to just come together and have some fun.”

Sheffield Council will contribute £18,000 towards this year’s event – down from last year. In addition to the main event, which runs from 3.30pm until 8.30pm, there is also a free ‘Fright Night’s Little Brother’ event on The Moor between noon and 3pm the same day, with lots of Halloween fun aimed at younger children.

Yellow Bus events is also finalising preparations for the After Dark bonfire party, which will go ahead for the 17th year at Don Valley Bowl, despite closure of the neighbouring stadium.

Scott said: “The Don Valley Grass Bowl is a completely separate venue to the stadium located between the Arena and iceSheffield.

“We a few calls from people worried that the closure of Don Valley Stadium will affect the event, but I can assure everyone that all is set for the best After Dark ever.”

Up to 20,000 people are set to descend on Sheffield’s Don Valley Bowl for the display on Tuesday, November 5, between 5.30pm and 10pm.

The bonfire will be lit at 7.30pm and the fireworks display gets under way at 8.45pm. It will feature a giant bonfire, funfair and a massive fireworks display set to music plus food stalls and a bar at ice Sheffield overlooking the event. The event runs from 5.30pm until 10pm.

Tickets £10 for adults, £5 for children under 14 are available by calling 0114 256 56 56. They can also be bought from Sheffield Arena, iceSheffield reception or on the night.

For more information visit www.yellowbusevents.com