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A ‘Spooktacular’ Halloween Extravaganza

Paisley Halloween Parade kart design

The Paisley Halloween Festival was the grand finale of months of hard work, dedication and artistic talent from Kibble pupils.

On Saturday 27 October the stage was set for a ‘spookacular’ Halloween extravaganza as hundreds of performers took to the streets to entertain local crowds. The procession featured acrobats, dancers, singers and musicians who dressed up in ghoulish costumes to parade through the town.

For 25 Kibble pupils, this was an opportunity to showcase their hugely creative talents. The theme chosen was ‘The Greatest Showman’ and many a long day was spent in the art studio researching, designing and composing a sensational circus themed float. The scale of the brief brought a great team effort across the charity. From the technical teams who ensured the float shone as bright as the performers, to the woodwork that was crafted from rough pencil sketches – everyone had a role to play. At Kibble, we don’t believe in doing anything in half measures – to get fully into character, pupils took part in a circus performance workshop led by Circus Arts Scotland. A fun afternoon was spent hula hooping, feather balancing and learning the technical art of ‘Devil Sticks’.

The parade was a really positive experience for the young people and the smiles beaming from their faces said it all. This was a real team effort and we would like to thank the events team at Renfrewshire Council for opening up this opportunity, as well as Noel Bridgeman, Director of Bridgeman Arts for his invaluable advice in putting this performance together.

Now that the cobwebs have blown away on this Halloween project, we’ve now cast our sights on the next learning opportunity. The pupils are going to be involved in a cross-generational project with local care homes to learn and share creative skills, songs and to learn more about each generation. Watch this space!

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