Sunday 24th October 2021 10:30am - 5:30pm
Sheffield City Centre
Back for its seventh year, this free city centre event celebrates all things otherworldly and is for anyone who enjoys sci-fi, comic books, gaming, magic, illusion, Halloween and all things spooky.
Spread across the city centre it attracts thousands of adults and children (many in costume), who come to see and enjoy this weird, wonderful and wacky event.
Sci-fi, comic and gaming
Winter Garden, Town Hall, Tudor Square, Millennium Square and the Peace Gardens
The ever popular sci-fi, comic book, gaming and fantasy areas are home to comic book artists, costumers, trade stalls and displays. You’ll encounter your favourite heroes and villains including Darth Vader, Stormtroopers, Ghostbusters, a giant Stay Puft and The Superheroes to name just a few.
A popular zone to find, or photobomb, your favourite superhero, get hold of the latest character, comicon and gaming must haves. You can meet children’s cartoon and film favourites, time travel (back to the 80s) with the Delorean and the Stone Age with The Flintstones.
See if you can delay Phileas Fogg on his trip around the Out Of This World, or light up Sparky The Robot. You won’t be able to miss the Big Mob supersize Slinkies as they slither around the event. With Gremlins and Jaws displays, inflatable laser quest maze, VR and video gaming, sci-fi music and dance – there’s plenty for everyone to see and do!
Magic and illusion
Town Hall Square, Town Hall and Orchard Square
A programme of mystifying illusion and magic - some of the UK’s best magicians and illusionists can be found in this zone. Magic that will astound you - from sleight of hand to the weird and wonderful!
Joining us this year in the Magic zone for your delight and entertainment is Dr Phantasma and his unusual and strange cast! The ever popular Professor Jon’s Flea Circus returns with new flea’s to perform amazing feats for your delight and Sam the Scam will invite you to Beat the Cheat.
Rachel the Enchantress invites all budding young spellcasters to enter her den of magic for a fun, imaginative and creative session. Young witches and wizards will learn magic spells, design and make a wand or broom stick, turn their grownups into frogs and even make them disappear. Or try our new sci-fi themed workshop to amaze and delight your friends. Led by an experienced member of the Magicians' Circle this workshop will show you how to make objects defy gravity and even disappear with the invisibility apparatus. Tickets are free but must be picked up from the steward in front of the Town Hall to ensure your place.
Barney Baloney will amaze and delight youngsters and adults alike with his wacky tricks, tongue in cheek humour and his out of this world talking monkey friend. Yes you read it right, a talking Monkey!
Barkers Pool, Peace Gardens and Winter Garden
Little Monsters will be running loose about the event this year, so get your Halloween fancy dress on and enjoy some spooky attractions!
Keep your eyes peeled for the giant Pink Witches, although their neon pink outfits might make camouflage a bit difficult for them. Visit Clowning Around as he plays his tricks in the Peace Gardens fountain but beware the scare of his balloons, he much prefers them popped.
Follow the zombies around Barkers Pool, they’re pretty slow so even little legs won’t have to try too hard to keep up.
Join the creative team in the Winter Garden for some spooky craft activities and make your own little Out of This World keepsakes to take home, including Harry Potter wands, Halloween lanterns, hand spiders and cats. Activities are free but spaces are limited.
With plenty of trade stalls and caterers around the event it may also be the perfect time to pick up your last minute Halloween must haves, grab a bite to eat or make a start on the festive shopping.