THOUSANDS of people were left seriously spooked as Barrhead hosted its first-ever Hallowe’en parade.

A host of colourful costumes were on display as the parade made its way through the streets.

And the event, organised by the Barrhead Business Improvement District (BID), was topped off with a spectacular fireworks finale.

Members of the 3rd Barrhead and District Pipe Band led the procession, which also involved members of DancZone, Arthurlie Juniors 2010s, Flair Gymnastics Club, Le Dance Studio, Jayne Arthur Theatre School, Christine Swanson School of Dance and the 1st Barrhead Scout Group.

Stilt walkers and fire performers accompanied the community groupshelped to keep the crowds entertained.

As well as the well-attended parade, upwards of 200 youngsters had their faces painted, while 100 pumpkins were carved.

Andy Dunlop, Barrhead BID manager, declared the day – attended by an estimated 5,700 people – a huge success and highlighted the impact of the increased footfall on the town’s economy.

He told the Barrhead News: “We worked very hard on this event and, through the support we received from Big Lottery Fund Scotland, I think we were able to do it justice.

“The support from the businesses and the community has been fantastic.”

Andy also revealed the town will add another community event to its ever-growing list next year.

He continued: “This is certainly another event to add to the annual events calendar for the town, alongside the Rainbow Run, Christmas event and another special announcement to come early in 2018.

“Hopefully, Barrhead residents will continue to support our events and the 150 local businesses that fund all BID projects.”

Member BID businesses echoed their delight with the way the day turned out.

BID chairman Paul Santi, of the New Yorker fish and chip shop, added: “It was amazing to see the businesses and local community get behind another BID event.

“It was the busiest I’ve seen Barrhead in my time here.”

Sara Park-Paterson, Bluestone Gift Shop worker and BID vice chairwoman, added: “It’s by far the busiest we have seen the Barrhead streets in years.

“We’re overwhelmed by the response from everyone.”

The Barrhead BID is a business-led initiative funded by 150 members.

Its aim is to sustainably deliver a variety of agreed projects and services to improve the area's economy.

For more information about the Barrhead BID, click here.