Norwich prepares to get spooky for this year’s Halloween

Spooky goings on at the Spooky City Hallowe'en lantern parade. The lantern parade. Picture: DENISE B

Spooky goings on at the Spooky City Hallowe'en lantern parade. The lantern parade. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2014

Families are in for all treat and no trick as the finishing touches are put to this year's Spooky City event in Norwich.

Spooky goings on at the Spooky City Hallowe'en lantern parade. Mariana Pinho, from NORCA (Norwich Co

Spooky goings on at the Spooky City Hallowe'en lantern parade. Mariana Pinho, from NORCA (Norwich Community Arts) with the skull for the parade. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2014

A week of activities will begin on Monday, October 26, at Norwich Castle Museum and Art Gallery.

Magic lantern shows and craft sessions will be held throughout the week up to and including All Hallows' Eve and particularly brave souls are being invited to take a dungeon tour, if they dare.

On Saturday, October 31, Halloween, there will be the 'fangtastic' Spooky City Parade, with a chance for children to get their faces painted from 10am until 4.30pm at the castle.

Chapelfield Gardens will be filled with creepy goings-on from 5pm, including spooky stilt-walkers, while the parade, led by skeletons and a samba band, will leave from there at 6pm, heading along Brigg Street, then Hay Hill along Gentlemans Walk, before arriving at City Hall for more eerie entertainment until 7.30pm.

There will also be a firewalk held by the Stroke Association on Millenium Plain to raise funds from 6.30pm to 7.30pm.

Alan Waters, leader of Norwich City Council, said: 'Spooky City is yet another highlight in the city's jam-packed events calendar. We're sure this year's spooky programme will prove just as popular as the last two, with so much to do and see throughout the week.

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'We'd like to thank our colleagues and partners from the museums service, UEA and all our entertainers for working with us to put on this event.'

Jenny Caynes, from Norwich Castle and Art Gallery, said: 'We're pleased to be part of Spooky City events once again, and this year looks set to be even scarier than ever, with more on offer like creepy bat crafts, a spooky castle trail and horrible Halloween treats in our café.'

For more information about the creepy crafts and shows at the castle visit www.museums.norfolk.gov.uk and www.norwich.gov.uk/events for the parade and other All Hallows' Eve activities.

For more spooky activities, see today's Event magazine.

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