Around 400 ghoulies and ghosties and long legged beasties are set to descend on Sunderland today, Friday the 29th, as the city’s Community Halloween Parade gets underway.

The event is part of the Lights Out Festival organised by Sunderland BID, which includes the huge inflatable Mackem Monsters which can currently be seen on rooftops across the city.

Community groups and organisations from across the city have been working with carnival company, Creative Seed, to make scary costumes for the parade, which will start off from the Museum and Winter Gardens before moving through the centre, ending up at the former Crowtree Leisure Centre site.

The event has also been supported by Sunderland College and the University of Sunderland along with Arts Council England and the European Regional Development Fund.

The Lights Out Festival also includes an augmented reality monster trail, supported by Great Annual Savings, which can be accessed for free via the BID’s Sunderland Experience app.

Sharon Appleby, Chief Executive of Sunderland BID, said it was fantastic to have so many people involved with the parade.

Everyone has been working incredibly hard and it should be an absolutely spectacular event,” she said.

We hope people turn out in force to support all the brilliant community groups who are making this such a special event.”

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