Horror-themed fun to be unleashed on Sheffield city centre

Out of this world event in Sheffield city centre.Superheroes in the Winter Gardens
Out of this world event in Sheffield city centre.Superheroes in the Winter Gardens
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Families descended on Sheffield city centre for a weekend of spooktacular fun.

Thousands of people visited the Out Of This World, a new family-friendly Halloween festival, themed around magic, sci-fi and horror.

Magicians, sci-fi characters, zombies and robots were unleashed on Fargate, the Peace Gardens, The Moor, Barker’s Pool and Winter Garden.

Witches, devils and pumpkins also walked the streets with some younger revellers visiting in fancy dress costumes.

Highlights included street magicians, fairground rides, magic workshops, a space simulator and a display of famous movie and television cars.

Visitors to the Peace Gardens, where the water had been turned a fluorescent green, were entertained by performers on the sci-fi stage.

Sheffield Council hosted the free festival after the organisers of Fright Night - the biggest Halloween party of its kind - took a break. There had been problems with police charges and other issues but it is hoped the popular event will return in future.

Chris Brookes, aged 46, of Chapeltown, who visited with his young family, said: “I’ve really enjoyed it. It’s much better for young children because it’s in the day time rather than at night.”

But Mark Peters, aged 26, from Norton, felt the atmosphere was better at Fright Night because it continues after the sun sets.

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