Fright Night will be bigger and scarier


SHEFFIELD’S annual Hallowe’en celebration, Fright Night, is set to grow even bigger.

Around 40,000 people visited the city centre last year and organisers expect another bumper turnout on Sunday, October 30. “It will be bigger and better,” said Scott Barton, of Yellow Bus Events.

One of the new attractions is Danse Macabre, a Dance of Death, to be staged in Tudor Square and featuring a 50-strong Sheffield Youth Orchestra and 20 members of locally-based Hype Dance dressed as skeletons.

There will be giant puppets in the Peace Gardens, dodgems in Fargate and the Ghostbusters car in Barkers Pool – in addition to the fairground rides, street entertainment and other horror attractions that have become a feature over the past 11 years.

Scott said: “Fright Night is growing and getting more support. It’s a fun event, it promotes the city centre and it helps combat crime and anti-social behaviour.

“It’s still very much a Sheffield event for Sheffield people, although it is now attracting more people from further afield.”

The free event is backed financially by the council and the Arts Council and a growing part if being played by the University of Sheffield’s National Fairground Archive and its weird and wonderful sideshows.