Lantern parade starts Halloween celebrations

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Haloween Monster Ball. Pic © Liam Plumbley JMU Journalism

Halloween festivities got underway as the Lantern Company’s monster parade returned to the Palm House in Sefton Park.

After three years away from the location, the Monster Halloween Ball was welcomed back to the park to kick-start the spooky celebrations.

The parade, which ran over three days until Friday, is the Lantern Company’s 45th annual parade.

Opening night on Wednesday saw a number of different puppet-like monsters dancing around the location, interacting with the audience and bringing joy to the visiting children.

The evening also consisted of competitions, including the best dressed child and family.

Mary Burn, 62, of Toxteth, has been to the previous four monster balls, including 2017’s in the city centre. She told JMU Journalism: “It’s great fun for the family. We’ve been coming for the last few years now with the kids. It’s a good time of year to celebrate; it gives a chance for everyone to dress up.”

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“The location is amazing here – much better than last year. The Palm House is good and the decorations make it look better.”

The Lantern Company admits it would not be possible to put on its events and ambitious projects without supporters.

A spokesman said: “Along with Liverpool City Council and Arts Council England, we work closely with the private and public sectors to deliver outstanding projects and we are always looking for new partners to help us raise the bar further.”