Halloween creeps into Sunderland as inflatable tentacles spotted on city-centre building

Something spooky has been going on in Sunderland city centre … and we were there to capture it all on camera.

Friday, 25th October 2019, 6:00 am
Updated Friday, 25th October 2019, 3:03 pm

Shoppers were left stunned by the appearance of terrifying inflatable tentacles, which have been set up in Sunderland as part of the city’s first Halloween-inspired festival of fun.

The event, named Lights Out, launches on Friday, October 25 and will run until Sunday, November 3.

Home to all things spooky, Lights Out is packed full of entertainment for the whole family including a petrifying Halloween parade, a creatures trail at Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens and a trick-or-treat trail at the Empire Theatre.

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And it was this programme of fun that inspired organisers Sunderland BID and Sunderland City Council, supported by the University of Sunderland and the Bridges shopping centre, to bring the tentacles to town.

They have been created by Designs in Air and are set up at Mackie’s Corner.

From left, Head of Business Operations Sunderland BID Sharon Appleby, Leader of Sunderland City Council Councillor Graeme Miller, from the Bridges Sam Czwordon-Auld and Mackies Corner owner Alex Kirtley.
Inflatable tentacles are in place in Sunderland city centre for the Lights Out event.