IT IS that time of year again – when ghoulish ghosts, wicked witches and vicious vampires invade Sheffield for the UK’s biggest Halloween carnival.
Thousands of families are expected to flock to the city centre tomorrow for Fright Night, the annual celebration of all things spooky – which this year looks poised to be the biggest, best and scariest yet.
The undead will come alive as a host of fright-filled activities get under way from 3.30pm.
There will be the usual mix of stalls, entertainment, ghost train rides and a giant helter skelter slide, but organisers have warned visitors will have to have their wits about them, as giant Frankenstein#s monsters and a caged Egyptian mummy are among some of the characters who will be lurking around the city ready to pounce.
A robotic horse is set to be one of the top attractions, amazing visitors by breathing fire while being steered by its zombie rider.
The creature, built from old machine parts and scrap metal, is 17 hands high and modelled on a full-size horse and will take up residence in Tudor Square throughout the evening.
New additions to the event this year include a zombie garden and New Orleans voodoo square, curated by Sheffield University’s Professor Vanessa Toulmin, along with zombie shopping trolley grannies and a motorised ghost ship.
Fright Night is organised by Yellow Bus Events and Sheffield Council and is also supported by The Star, Sheffield University, Real Radio and Arts Council England.
Scott Barton, of Yellow Bus Events, said: “The attendance and interest in Fright Night grows year on year.
“The event brings together more than 40,000 people from all parts of the city and beyond and it’s great to see so many people enjoying themselves in the City Centre. We spend much of the year planning the event and looking for new attractions to bring and there will be some great surprises for 2012.”
Whether you choose to don full costume or simply put on your bravest face, there will be something to help everyone get in the spirit, with music from Sheffield Samba Band, street entertainers and Activity Sheffield dance area.
Meanwhile, The Moor will play host to Fright Night’s Little Brother, designed for younger children, from noon until 3pm. Attractions at the free event include Uncle Fester playing the piano, Star Wars Stormtroopers, a stilt-walking pumpkin, a pumpkin parlour, face painting and a one-man band
Sandra Barley, The Moor’s liaison manager, said: “Fright Night can be a bit overwhelming for young kids, but our Little Brother event is perfect for them.
“We’ve got a fantastic line-up of entertainment once again and we’re looking forward to a great fun day.”#
n Scary stories at Waterstones, Orchard Square, at 3.15pm and 3.45pm;
n Tour a fire engine outside City Hall until 5.30pm;
n Maggot Man in the Peace Gardens from 4.30-7.30pm;
n Pumpkin sculpture sessions in the Winter Garden;
n Sheffield Samba Band on Leopold Street at 7pm.