The Arklow Halloween Festival came to a Spook-Tacular conclusion on Wednesday night with the Street Parade, “Thriller Dance-Off” and Firework display.
The weather wasn’t perfect but it did not dampen the spirits of the huge crowd of over 3,000 that showed up to support the event which is now in its second year.
Festivities commenced on Seaview Avenue with the start of the Halloween Parade, which has been a long tradition in Arklow town. Young children and local groups in Halloween costumes were accompanied across the 19 Arches Bridge and up Main Street by The Arklow Pipe Band as huge numbers looked on.
The crowds were then treated to music and live dance performances presided over by Master of Ceremonies and TodayFM DJ Phil Cawley.
Dancers from Arklow Dance Studios, Studio 55 Dance Academy, POUNDWITHAIS and solo performer Lily Byrne showed off their impressive moves to a captive audience of children and grown-ups who had all made a great effort to wear fancy dress for the night.
Events were capped off in style with a fantastic firework display at the 19 Arches Bridge. The crowds looked up in awe from the bridge and South Quay at the coloured light show bursting over their heads.
Arklow Municipal District would like to thank everyone who participated in the festivities on and the who supported the event. This is only the second year of the Festival and the attendance figures on the night were double those of 2017’s inaugural event.
Thanks is also extended to the local people and groups who were responsible for running the events and decorating the town. A special word of gratitude to the businesses who donated spot prizes or provided sponsorship for the festival.
Without the support of the people and local businesses the Halloween festival would not have been possible.
Praising the Halloween Festival, the Cathaoirleach of Arklow Municipal District, Cllr Miriam Murphy, stated: “There is a long tradition of Halloween in Arklow and it is great to see this festival grow each year. A special word of thanks to Phil Cawley, Pat Power and ASL Safety for their assistance given to the festival. I would also like to acknowledge the hard work and commitment from the staff of Arklow Municipal District and also to thank the people of Arklow for supporting the events”.