INVERCLYDE'S schoolchildren were the beating heart of this year's Galoshans Festival - as the streets came alive with spooky theatre and music.

Youngsters from St Michael's, St Francis' and Newark primary schools used drums and trumpets to hammer out the Ghostbusters theme tune on a spectacular Halloween parade.

The march wound its way to the Beacon for a carnival of street performances.

Organisers Rig Arts were overwhelmed by the response as 500 revellers turned out to enjoy some freakishly good fun.

Artist Karen Patton Orr, of community project Rig Arts, said: "It was absolutely amazing, I couldn't believe the turnout.

"It is the first time we have organised it all ourselves."

Rig Arts put the whole event together in five weeks.

The festival began on Friday with the opening of contemporary art exhibition 'When Two Worlds Meet' at the Rig Studio in Greenock's Tobacco Warehouse.

It was followed by a production of Frankenstein: A Radio Play' at the Beacon.

At the main event on Saturday the Port primary pupils' musical parade was followed by an open air street theatre performance then former Love and Money frontman James Grant headlined a live music event in the Mid Kirk while the Beacon hosted a Halloween play.

In the run up to the big day there was also a parade in Port Glasgow involving the three schools involved in the Galoshans team this year.

The primary sevens spent weeks in the run up to Halloween learning the drums and the trumpet.

Organiser Karen said: "We will be looking to do it again next year and develop it with our partners.

"We managed to include four community groups and schools as well on a smaller budget."