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Water skiing witches welcome cruise ship into Sydney Harbour for Halloween

Here’s something you don’t see every day…a host of witches on water skis and wake boards doing incredible aerial stunts while a giant inflatable spider looks on.

Water skiing witches greet the super liner Carnival Spirit at Sydney Harbour on the eve of Halloween.
Water skiing witches greet the super liner Carnival Spirit at Sydney Harbour on the eve of Halloween. Image by James D. Morgan/Getty Images/Carnival Cruises
The incredible display delighted guests on board the cruise liner.
The incredible display delighted guests on board the cruise liner. Image by James D. Morgan/Getty Images/Carnival Cruises
A paragliding witch is spotted over Sydney Harbour Bridge.
A paragliding witch is spotted over Sydney Harbour Bridge. Image by James D. Morgan/Getty Images/Carnival Cruises
Witches perform a magical formation with the cruise liner Carnival Spirit spotted in the background.
Witches perform a magical formation with the cruise liner Carnival Spirit spotted in the background. Image by James D. Morgan/Getty Images/Carnival Cruises

The stunning display was spotted in Sydney Harbour yesterday, where witches decked out in black hats, flowing capes and flying broomsticks swooped into the harbour while showcasing a selection of incredible acrobatics. A paragliding witch even made an appearance, passing by an incoming boat on its way to dock in the harbour.

Two-deck high redback spider 'Fangelica' on the Carnival Spirit.
Two-deck high redback spider ‘Fangelica’ on the Carnival Spirit. Image by James D. Morgan/Getty Images/Carnival Cruises
A witch does a flip at Sydney Harbour on Halloween eve.
A witch does a flip at Sydney Harbour on Halloween eve. Image by James D. Morgan/Getty Images/Carnival Cruises
A close up of a with flying into Sydney Harbour.
A close up of a with flying into Sydney Harbour. Image by James D. Morgan/Getty Images/Carnival Cruises
A witch catching an awesome wave at Sydney Harbour.
A witch catching an awesome wave at Sydney Harbour. Image by James D. Morgan/Getty Images/Carnival Cruises

The event was all to welcome the 88,500 tonne superliner Carnival Spirit onto the shores, with the delighted 2600 on-board guests being amazing by the festive surprise. As well as that, a two-deck high redback spider named Fangelica was spotted on the bow of the ship, while passengers on the ship were treated to costume parties, Halloween movies and a special spooky menu for the day that was in it. Talk about spellbinding!

Fangelica the spider with the iconic Sydney Opera House in the background.
Fangelica the spider with the iconic Sydney Opera House in the background. Image by James D. Morgan/Getty Images/Carnival Cruises
The witches wore traditional black hats and capes throughout the performance.
The witches wore traditional black hats and capes throughout the performance. Image by James D. Morgan/Getty Images/Carnival Cruises
Events on-board the cruise included trick or treating, a special spooky menu and Halloween movies.
Events on-board the cruise included trick or treating, a special spooky menu and Halloween movies were shown. Image by James D. Morgan/Getty Images/Carnival Cruises