Hallowe’en fun as festivals take over town

Whitby Gothic Weekend (1st weekend)''Vicky Morris with her neice Ruby Moreton from Sheffield who visit Whitby every year for the goth weekend
Whitby Gothic Weekend (1st weekend)''Vicky Morris with her neice Ruby Moreton from Sheffield who visit Whitby every year for the goth weekend
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HALLOWE’EN season kicked off in style at the weekend as two festivals drew hundreds of revellers to the Whitby streets.

Dark Daisy Promotions’ Alt Festival and the Bram Stoker Film Festival filled the town with costumed goths and horror fanatics.

Andy Cope, from Manchester, echoed the sentiment of many goths who chose to attend this weekend instead of next week’s official Whitby Goth Weekend, as the Alt Festival coincided with Hallowe’en itself.

Dressed as Eddie, the iconic cover star of Iron Maiden albums, he added that the friendly family atmosphere of the festival was as strong as ever.

“I’ve really scared a couple of kids,” he said, “Their mums have been saying ‘can I have a pic of you with the kids’ but then the children just start crying in front of me.

“I do this on the Saturday because that’s really the day everyone dresses up.

“I’ll probably do it on Monday too because it’s Hallowe’en.

“I might even go trick or treating, to earn back the money I spent on my costume.”

At Whitby Pavilion, the Bram Stoker Film Festival continues to establish itself as a firm favourite of the Hallowe’en scene.

Over 40 films and live events took place and those attending included genre fans and the actors and directors of the films themselves, coming from as far away as Los Angeles.

Organiser Mike McCarthy said: “The Vampire Ball sold out, it could have been sold out three times over.

“Some girls came up from Bristol trying to buy tickets.

“They were heartbroken when they found out we’d sold out, but we’ve managed to squeeze them in.

The remains of a real-life vampire were even on display in the Pavilion and visitors all seemed to appreciate the timing of the two festivals, suggesting that they complimented each other.