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Halloween Fantasmagoria Draws Crowds

The Halloween Fantasmagoria event held at Aden Country Park on Saturday 30th October proved to be a great success with both children and adults alike. With the weather remaining eerily calm, and the venue of Aden Country Park proving to be the ideal spooky setting, crowds of around 2,000 people attended the flabbergasting festival of fire, fantoms, and frights.

The Halloween event started in the courtyard area in front of the Aberdeenshire Farming Museum with music from local Mintlaw bands closely followed by a spooky light and fire parade of ghosts, skeletons and zombies through the eerie woods of Aden Country Park. The Halloween extravaganza then came to a fiery finale in the ruins of the old Aden Estate mansion house.

The feedback from the event was incredible positive, some comments included:

“Today was the best day of my life”; “Everyone I’ve spoken to is hoping there will be another one next year”; “Swollen wrist, chain mark around my neck, sore arms, red mark on my face and bruises everywhere… but other than that Aden Park parade was amazing!”

Fantasmagoria was an event run by Theatre Modo. Over the past 6 weeks, Theatre Modo has been working with over 400 young people from Fraserburgh, Mintlaw and Peterhead. Groups created routines with stilt walking, fire, circus, dance and street theatre. Behind the scenes others also made giant skeleton puppets, ghost ships & eerie lanterns which were used in the parade.

Reaching Out Project, Development Officer said:

“The Fantasmagoria parade at Aden was excellent. There was a great turn out and a real family friendly atmosphere about the event. People, young and old, really got in to the spirit of the night, with many people dressing up for the occasion.”

Neil Shirran, Aden Country Park, Development Officer added:

“I thought the event went really well. There was a great buzz about the place, and it was really encouraging to see so many people in the Park. We didn’t know how many people were going to attend the event so when I heard that all the car parks were full and people were parking up the drive, it made me realise that we’ll need to think bigger and better for next year!"

Fantasmagoria was brought to you by the Theatre Modo team that created Macphersons Rant in Banff in 2008, The Whitehills Gala Parade and Pandemonium, the Peterhead Pirate Parade in 2009 and the Electric Wizard of Macduff in 2010.

Fantasmagoria was made possible with funding and partnership working with Shell, Awards for All, ADP, Reaching Out Project, Williowbank, Aberdeenshire Council Community Learning and Development, and the Aberdeenshire Community Planning Partnership.