This year the annual Halloween event in Ashton-under-Lyne, Scarefest, on October 29th promises to be even more fun than ever. Building on the last couple of years the event, organised by Ashton Town Team, has added a walking parade in the town centre to its attractions which will take place from 1pm. This year Day Of The Dead is one of the adopted themes so watch out for sugar skull skeletons provided by No Eyed Theatre and the Skeleton character people may recognise from James Bond movie Spectre!

On Market Street there will be a wonderful display of cars from Tame Valley Vintage and Classic Car Club. Many shops will also have their windows decorated for a competition being judged by local MP Angela Rayner. There will be free face painting for children and a chance to make sugar skull masks with free crafts.


At the front of Ashton Market the stage will be hosting entertainment from Ross Noble, Tom Gibson, Clarendon College and Blush Dance School.  The cast from Rock Of Ages, at Hyde Festival Theatre this November, will also be performing a couple of numbers. Another not to be missed appearance is by All My Ghosts a singer/songwriter duo made up from beautiful vocal stylings and guitar playing. Alongside the Market Hall will be the giant skeleton created for this year’s Manchester Day Parade which will be perfect for those Halloween selfie pics!

Ladysmith Shopping Centre have also joined in for Halloween with their own themed haunted house featuring free crafts, free treats, free face painting hosted by Skeleton Jack and Dandy Lion!

Scarefest is supported by About Tameside, Tameside Markets, Ladysmith Shopping Centre and organised by Ashton Town Team.