Spooky fun for everyone at Perth's Halloween celebrations

Halloween is just around the corner, when ghosts and ghouls, zombies, werewolves and vampires, to name just a few, come out to walk among us. Perth will be no exception this year with the return of the city's Halloween Parade and Fun Night on Saturday 27 October 2018 between 6pm and 9pm, packed with frightful fun for all ages.

Come join in the Halloween Parade in your best 'frightwear' from Horsecross Plaza starting at 6pm, and afterwards, for children aged six to 12, the Junior Halloween Howler obstacle race around the city centre streets will see every entrant getting a treat and a medal for braving the course, as well as extra prizes up for grabs, including best fancy dress! The kids' race starts at 6.30pm - please see the Perth City Centre website for further details of how to enter.  Youngsters can also enjoy storytelling, face painting, funfair rides, and dooking for apples!

Grown-up scares will be on offer with the misty maze and zombie run during the evening. A laser tag zone and the zombie run will both be held in the Horizon car park in Mill Street, next to Marks & Spencers. Adults willing to test their bravery in a different way, and raise money for a good cause at the same time, can get involved with the Firewalk Challenge during the evening. Limited spaces are available - choose a charity you want to support, contact Brian from the Council's Events Team to book your place - email bmoyes@pkc.gov.uk or call 01738 475294, then start fundraising.

Keeping the night going with a scary swing will be live music from ska band The Irritable Owls and The Steve Ferringo Band, between 6pm and 9pm in Horsecross Plaza, with the stage sponsored by parking management firm Horizon. Fantastic food will also be on offer in the city centre for revellers of all ages.

On the night before, History and Horror Tours will be holding a series of events looking at the ghostlier side of Perth, from a spooky walking tour of the city's streets to a mini investigation and ghost hunt and the chance to experience a Victorian séance - who knows if you might meet some of the spirits of old Perth? Further information including how to book your place is available from the Perth City Centre website.

There's something for everyone at Perth's Halloween celebrations, with a word of caution: parts of the city will be zoned as unsuitable for children due to the scarier entertainment on offer there. Parent/carer discretion is advised.