It's not every day you see Batman, Klingons, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Ghostbusters and the Terminator mingling in one room.

But Hali-Con brought sci-fi to life on Saturday as around 1,200 people flocked to the debut convention in Halifax — many of them in amazing costumes.

Visitors got to see props from Dr Who, Ironman and Star Wars on display, as well as the iconic A-Team van and Lightning McQueen from Disney Pixar's Cars.

Special guests included Hattie Hayridge, best known as Holly from Red Dwarf and John Altman, who played Nasty Nick in Eastenders. One of John's first roles was as an X-Wing pilot in Return of the Jedi.

The convention, at North Bridge Leisure Centre, also boasted a huge Stay Puft marshmallow man from the Ghostbusters movie.

Stay Puft arrives in Halifax for Hali-Con
Stay Puft arrives in Halifax for Hali-Con

Organiser Martin Ballard said: "Sci-fi conventions used to be a few actors but more and more it's become about the spectacle.

"We really focused on getting things people hadn't seen before — we had the original gargoyles from Tomb Raider, an Iron Man display stand and we created the Star Wars back board you used to get with the figures for people to take photographs with."

Martin said he was 'chuffed' with the strong turnout and how much visitors took part in the sci-fi theme.

"The cosplay is just getting better and better, they take pride in their outfits and make it to the exact detail of the films. They looked absolutely amazing."

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Stand out costumes included a festive Harley Quinn, a man dressed in the latest Batman costume from the new film due to be released next year and a brightly coloured Joker.

Martin said he was going to make Hali-Con an annual event.

He said: "There's definitely demand for a Hali-Con 2."