Aliens threatened to take over Ness Islands as part of a Halloween spectacular which attracted more than 10,000 people.
An army of extra terrestrial characters invaded the area as part of the launch event for the Inverness Winter Festivals programme.
Local children were encouraged to dress up in their scary Halloween outfits to scare the ‘aliens’ away during an evening of fun and entertainment.
The Halloween show Alien Invasion – Close Encounters of the UFO Kind was organised by Eden Court Theatre, Arts in Motion, Fireworx Scotland and the Highland Council’s Lighting Department.
Acting and performance students from Inverness College were among the alien invaders. Dr Valerie Beattie, programme development manager at Inverness College UHI, said: “The exciting performances were part of a collaborative vision between education and the local community. Students and lecturing staff from the drama department worked alongside a variety of artists and other professionals as part of the Ness Island Community Project and Eden Court’s Art in Motion.”
Visitors were asked to walk through a smoke filled decontamination area, to identify those who had been infected by alien DNA. They then travelled around an area filled with a selection of encounters and projections of the UFO Kind.
Highland councillor Glynis Sinclair said: “We are delighted that so many children dressed up in their scariest outfits in order to help us chase the aliens away. It seems like more families than ever before got dressed up and we are so grateful for their support for our show. The atmosphere on Ness Islands was wonderful.”