Spellbound by Fright Night in Sheffield

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Terrifying ghouls, ghosts, zombies, and witches in their thousands took to the streets of Sheffield last night for the annual Fright Night festival.

Revellers donned their best fancy dress and Sheffield city centre was transformed into a terrifying tourist attraction as the annual spooktacular got under way.

Fright Night,Sheffield City Centre.....Sheffield University Students in the Winter Garden

Fright Night,Sheffield City Centre.....Sheffield University Students in the Winter Garden

Frightful Fargate played host to Darth Vader, while a team of witches and zombie school children made their home in Barker’s Pool.

Among the attractions this year were a fancy dress catwalk, urban dance, the Sheffield Catalan Giants, exploding pumpkins, a T-Rex dinosaur, a Mexican Day of the Dead-themed samba band, ghost train, big wheel, a zombie garden, food and craft stalls and a host of children’s activities.

There was little peace in the Peace Gardens, where giants, robots, wizards and more gathered for some frightening festivities.

Organisers Yellow Bus Events said the party, believed to be the biggest Halloween festival in Europe, had attracted around 40,000 visitors.

On Fargate The Star met a terrifying witch who was attached by chains to her pet wolf - by day the couple go by the names of Cat Barrington, aged 34, and partner Francis Gray, 32.

They had travelled to Sheffield from Dewsbury in West Yorkshire for the event.

Cat said: “This is our second year at Fright Night and it is getting bigger and better. 
“There are lots more costumes this year too - we love it.”

Whole families from all over Sheffield and beyond got dressed-up for the occasion.

Creeping around Barker’s Pool, were zombie mother Myra, aged 41, and her brood of zombie children.

Myra said: “It’s our fifth Fright Night.

“We love it, it’s such a great atmosphere and great fun for all the family.”

Heading to the Winter Gardens to cast a spell or two, was 41-year-old Paul Taylor, who left the nursing home where he works and grabbed his cape.

The Harry Potter enthusiast said: “This is my fifth time at Fright Night - I love it because I look normal compared to most tonight. I love having the opportunity to wear my outfit out and about.”

So, if you heard something go bump in the night last night, it wasn’t the wind, it was the Steel city’s scariest residents having a frighteningly fun time.