Hordes of zombies, witches and ghouls roam through Norwich for Halloween celebrations

The Spooky City Halloween parade.Byline: Sonya DuncanCopyright: Archant 2016

The Spooky City Halloween parade.Byline: Sonya DuncanCopyright: Archant 2016 - Credit: Sonya Duncan

Arachnophobes were wise to avoid the city centre after a giant spider crawled through the streets for this year's Halloween celebrations.

The Spooky City Halloween parade.Byline: Sonya DuncanCopyright: Archant 2016

The Spooky City Halloween parade.Byline: Sonya DuncanCopyright: Archant 2016 - Credit: Sonya Duncan

The huge black widow was joined by a terrifying horde of ghouls, zombies, witches and skeletons as part of the annual Spooky City parade last night.

Hundreds of people lined Theatre Street as the procession marched its way down to Gentleman's Walk to the beat of a an undead band.

Along the way, street performers jumped out at passers-by, and parts of the city were illuminated in an eerie green glow.

New for this year was a pirate ship on Millenium Plain, which served as the backdrop for the evening's Halloween-themed entertainment.

The Spooky City Halloween parade.Byline: Sonya DuncanCopyright: Archant 2016

The Spooky City Halloween parade.Byline: Sonya DuncanCopyright: Archant 2016 - Credit: Sonya Duncan


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The Norwich Operatic Society performed numbers from The Witches of Eastwick, and there was further performances throughout the evening.

Nicki Philips, from Drayton, was joined by her children Charlie, 5, Macy, 4, and Alex, 9, who came as Dracula, a witch and a skeleton.

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She said: 'It has been awesome. We went last year but the kids were really freaked out by it all. This year they all enjoyed it more.'

Meanwhile, Simon Pimble, 37, from Stalham, decided to dress up as a clown, despite the negative publicity around similar costumes.

He said: 'I was a bit dubious about dressing up as one given all the media coverage, but I haven't been attacked yet.

'Instead I've had lots of people coming up to me asking for pictures.'

Lisa Cressey, 36, from Norwich, who dressed up as a zombie bride for the evening, said: 'There seemed to be a few less people this year dressed up, but I think is because of the whole clown thing on the news.'

Helen Selleck, culture and events manager at Norwich City Council, praised the turnout and effort made by the public.

She said: 'This is an amazing event because it is all about the public and they become the performers in the end.

'Everyone has come out in the right spirit and there seems to be crazy stuff happening on every corner [of the city centre].'

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