Spooky goings on down at Hillworth Park
Children in Devizes enjoyed a spooky experience in Hillworth Park last night at a Halloween in the Park, organised by the town council.
Many, adults as well as children, had entered into the spirit of Halloween and turned up in costume. They followed the Pumpkin Trail around the park, marked out by pumpkin lanterns, individually carved by park staff, who were also on hand in various terrifying costumes.
Much of the spookiness emanated from the Queen Anne Pavilion, from which eerie sounds, mist and a headless man emerged.
There were traditional competitions, such as ducking for apples, and one to guess the weight of a giant pumpkin, grown on the allotments at Quakers Walk and donated for the occasion. It weighed in at 105 kilos, or 231 pounds, and the winner guessed the weight within two pounds.
Mayor Pete Smith judged the fancy dress competition and there was also a raffle and a barbecue.
Carole Berry, the council’s direct services manager, said: “It was an absolutely fabulous event. People really entered into the spirit and there was a tremendous atmosphere. We will certainly consider doing it again next year. It is a refreshing change from trick-or-treating.”
Also last night Maria Johnson, owner of Hillworth Stores, ran her Halloween event for children, free of charge at the shop and around 50 youngsters had a wonderful time.
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