TAMFEST 2019

Tam O Shanter Festival

You may already know that Popcorn Horror has partnered with the fantastically spooky folks at Tamfest for Halloween 2019. Tamfest is a unique celebration of Halloween and Heritage as the spirits of the past come alive for a weekend of fun and frights; drawing on Robert Burns’ infamous 18th century epic ‘Tam o’ Shanter’. The poem was first published in 1791, and tells the tale of a terrifying encounter with witches, dark magic and the devil. The festival is set to bring a Scottish twist to traditional Halloween activities, decor, and entertainment and we’re thrilled to be working alongside them.

Halloween 2019 Scares

The Popcorn Horror team are currently developing a range of unique horror-focused workshops and activities, which will be held in the town centre of Ayr.
Alongside these experiences, we’re also working behind the scenes to bring the spirit of our horror markets to Tamfest. With terrifying live Scottish horror characters brought to life, a range of independent  horror themed stalls, artists and attractions – it’s set to be a sensationally spooky Halloween hub!

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FIND OUT MORE ABOUT THE MARKET, WORKSHOPS AND OTHER ACTIVITIES

Take A Look at Some of the Spooky Attractions and Experiences you’ll find at Tamfest’s ELDRITCH MARKE

Meet the artists and vendors who will be showcasing and selling as part of the Tamfest’s ELDRITCH MARKET.

We will be hosting drop in Halloween themed classes and workshops, check out what we will be offering.

CREATE YOUR OWN HALLOWEEN COMIC STRIP

Comics are making a comeback, and they are one of the best ways to tell stories. In this workshop, participants will create a short comic strip featuring their own Halloween character in a spooky, adventurous or hilarious story.

Learn how comic artists tell stories with few words, and how they create memorable characters who make us laugh and cry. Horror artists will be on hand to support participants in bringing their chosen elements together in their character and story design. By the end of the session, young artists will have completed a self-contained visual story, and have resources to continue drawing their character in further adventures should they want to.

  • 5 +
  • 12.00-13:00 / 13:30 -14:30 / 15:00-16:00
SENSORY HALLOWEEN CRAFT

Halloween is all about slime, guts and everything gruesome! We should warn – you might get messy in this sensory Halloween workshop for younger children. We’ll be making our own slime, mixing up blood using recipes from the movies, and fishing around in jellied eyeballs for prizes.

Learn how to craft these grisly gags and have lots of messy fun this Halloween season.

  • KIDS UNDER 5
  • MESSY
  • DROP IN/OUT: 12 - 4PM
GORE AND SPECIAL FX

Have you ever wondered how the monsters from the movies are created? Get an inside look at how makeup artists create creatures, injuries and more in this gruesome special effects workshop. 

We’ll be teaching you how to make your own blood from household items, how to bring nightmarish monsters to life, and convince your friends that you have a seriously gory bite or wound. 

  • 8 - ADULT
  • MESSY
  • DROP IN/OUT 12:00 - 4.00PM

CREATE YOUR OWN 100 WORDS OR LESS HORROR STORIES

Sometimes the spookiest stories have the fewest words. What’s the shortest ghost story ever written? “He reached for the torch. The torch was placed in his hand”

Using visual prompts, horror writers will have participants create a unique horror story in under 100 words. Old fashioned haunting tales, zombie uprisings and stories of monsters and mayhem are all welcome in this workshop for young people aged 8 – 14.

  • 8 -14
  • 2.00-13:00 / 13:30 -14:30 / 15:00-16:00

GET INVOLVED

Want to get involved with Popcorn Horror and Tamfest? We are looking for the following :

SPOOKY STALLHOLDERS

Do you create horror/Halloween/dark/alternative artwork, homewares, comics, accessories, props, clothing or gifts? Apply for a stall at Tamfest 2019.

ACTORS

We will be looking for scare actors to bring the Halloween hub to life. If you make a great shambling zombie or terrifying bloodsucker - get in touch!

VOLUNTEERS

Obsessed with all things Halloween? We'd love local horror and Halloween fanatics to volunteer to help out! with decorating, workshops and games.