FAMILIES flocked to Seaham seafront last night as Halloween and Bonfire Night came together.
Seaham Town Council decided to combine its annual fireworks display with a Halloween party this year,.
The extravaganza kicked off at 7pm, with Michael Jackson’s Thriller getting the occasion off to a suitably spooky start.
A fancy-dress competition was held as part of the evening, with prizes going to those clad in the best ghost, goblin or other ghoulish costumes.
Stilt-walkers mingled with the spectators and fire-eaters entertained the crowd with a stunning display.
Deputy Mayor Bruce Burn was on hand to welcome the crowds and kicked the evening off with a countdown.
“I am always pleased with the turn-out,” he said.
“Tonight is about the people of Seaham welcoming in guests from our neighbouring communities and giving them a fantastic fireworks display.”
Enjoying the show were grandma Jan Metcalfe and mum Sarah McGlenen, from Deneside, who had brought sisters Lily, Emily, Lucy, Elisce and Faye down for the fun, all in fancy dress.
“We come down for the fireworks every year,” said Sarah.
“The girls love it.
“Holding it on the seafront is a great idea, because you get a really good view of the display, no matter where you stand,” she added.