An eco-friendly affair for Platt Fields Halloween celebrations

By Emma Nicholls

Hundreds beat off the cold and got into the Halloween spirit at Platt Fields Park last night.

Aptly named, ‘Creatures of the Night’ drew in a turn out of witches, ghosts and pumpkins.

Event organiser Anna Smith, part of PoWWow Eco Arts, said how people’s faces turned magnificently sinister with the adornment of some specialised face painting that they had gotten in especially for the occasion.

The event was organised as a joint effort between PoWWow Eco Arts and Friends of Platt Fields Park and was entirely run by volunteers.

A sense of community spirit smoothed out the evening as families and students attended and helped raise the parks profile.

Louise Holden, 46, Fallowfield, came with her two young children and said: “We came on a whim but it’s turned out to be a really good night, even for the kids.”

Lurking in the shadows was a lantern trail through the ‘dark side’ where creepy, environmental sculptures were hidden in the bushes.

A pedal powered cinema, developed by Dan Haughey and Anna Smith, showed short films fitting to the season.

Its aim is to promote cycling, and also to give people a chance to become a part of an interactive event and carried an environmental message.

All the power for the films and sound was generated by the bikes to get participants thinking about their own energy use and alternative ways it can be generated.

Anna Smith said: “We hoped that this would convince people about the brilliance of bicycles – so we’re hoping that lots of people were inspired.”

The device was funded with a grant from Fallowfield U Decide and was part of the parks on-going theme to get people on their bikes.

A performance from female bike dance troupe, ‘Spokes’, kicked off their set by asking the audience to join in with a rendition of The Specials, Ghost Town, which they happily obliged to do so.

Set apart from the crowd by a circle of fire made from recycled tin cans they certainly endorsed the parks eco-friendly attitude.

Other highlights included crafted paper lanterns in a variety of shapes, including two oversized swans, made with a grant from Arts Council England and Ordsall Community Arts.

“There was an excellent atmosphere, some people stayed for hours,” said event organiser with Friends of Platt Fields, Anne Tucker.

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