Zombies, skeletons, a caged mummy and even a giant robot are preparing to be unleashed on Sheffield city centre during the new Out of This World festival, set to take place on Saturday, 1 November and Sunday, 2 November.
Themed around magic, sci-fi and horror, the brand-new family-friendly festival will take place across the city centre between 12.30pm and 4.30pm each day.
Horror-themed activities will be centred around The Moor and the Moor Market, and will include attractions such as zombie workshops, dance routines and a fancy dress parade.
On Saturday, 1 November, the Moor Market will be transformed into Satan’s Grotto with activities including gingerbread decorating, spooky story sessions, Halloween-themed crafts, a Wrap the Mummy competition, face painting, apple bobbing and a fancy dress parade.
“Madame Zucchini” will host a workshop from 1pm to 3pm, during which children can make vegetable monsters. Meanwhile, characters will be meeting and greeting youngsters in and around the market throughout the afternoon.
On the wider Moor, there will be zombie workshops run by the Open Minds Theatre Company; dance routines, “The Alchemist” spooky puppet show, children’s rides and a huge inflatable maze.
On Sunday, 2 November, attractions on The Moor will include the chance to visit a caged Mummy; appearances by Titan the Robot, performances from Hype Dance Company; a recital from Concord Brass Band and activities such as badge making, apple bobbing and face painting.
Councillor Isobel Bowler, cabinet member for culture, sport and leisure at Sheffield City Council, said: “This new-look festival for Halloween has all the traditional ingredients of a spooky event – as well as so much more.
“Out of this World gives people a chance to discover activities they may not have come across in the city before, such as gaming, comics, sci-fi and fantasy.
“But we’ve retained familiar aspects as well – fairground attractions, magic and traditional horror themed activities. We think there really is something for everyone.
“I hope families will make the most of the free activities and experiences on offer during Out of This World, and come along to enjoy the weekend.”
The magic aspect of the event, which will include magician-training workshops, street magic performances and two live evening shows, takes place in and around Fargate, the Town Hall and Barker’s Pool.
Meanwhile, the sci-fi zone, centred around the Winter Garden, Tudor Square and Millennium Square, will include a convention, displays of famous movie and television cars, comic books, meet-and-greets, stargazing, a space simulator and a sci-fi stage in the Peace Gardens.
Other events during the weekend include a special programme of sci-fi films at the Showroom cinema in Paternoster Row, including associated workshops for children, and a special horror and burlesque-themed night at the Corporation nightclub.
Sandra Barley, Centre Liaison Manager for The Moor, said: “The Moor has traditionally supported Halloween festivities and we are continuing our run of popular and successful events we have hosted this year by being part of Out of This World.
“We are delighted to also involve The Moor Market. Together we have a packed itinerary for all the family to take part in and enjoy.”
Out of This World, which is being run in conjunction with partners including MoorSheffield, the Showroom cinema, Farrah’s Funfairs and Heart, runs from 12.30pm to 4.30pm on Saturday, 1 November and Sunday, 2 November. Fairground rides will operate from 11am to 6pm.
Further details are available at www.sheffield.gov.uk/outofthisworld