Fright Night returns with 40,000 expected at biggest Halloween carnival

Pictured are the Dell Family from Hackenthorpe
Pictured are the Dell Family from Hackenthorpe
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UP to 40,000 people are set to descend on Sheffield city centre when it hosts Britain’s biggest Halloween carnival.

Sheffield’s popular Fright Night returns to the city centre on Sunday, October 30.

The fun begins at 3.30pm and will continue until around 8.30pm, when the city centre will come alive with a ‘mass promenade’ of ghoulish fancy dress.

Attractions this year will include a Giant Puppet, urban dance, the Titan Robot, Shopping Trolley Grannies, Fire Horse, Ghostbusters car, Dr Who Tardis and Dalek, a Scream Tent, a Giant Cycling Hippo, fancy dress catwalk, funfair rides and stalls, samba band, food stalls, children’s activities and craft stalls. Professor Vanessa Toulmin from the University of Sheffield is curating an installation of Zombies and a Dance Macabre in collaboration with The Sheffield Youth Orchestra and Hype Dance.

Sheffield Theatres are staging a Sing-along-a-Rocky Horror Night in the Lyceum Theatre so visitors can enjoy the street events and then join in the fun at 7.30pm.

In addition to the main event there’s a ‘Fright Night’s Little Brother’ event on The Moor with lots of Halloween fun for younger children between noon and 3pm.

Representatives of three youth organisations have joined forces to offer support and advice to young people visiting the event.

Luke Clewes, of Sheffield Young Advisors, said: “We are setting up a stall at Fright Night run by young people for young people with representatives from Sheffield Young Advisors, Sheffield Youth Council and UK Youth Parliament.

“We aim to achieve positive engagement with young people on the night as well as raising the profile of participation and volunteering opportunities in Sheffield.”