Locks Heath village hosts spooky events to mark Halloween

Youngsters in costume 'Picture: Ian Hargreaves (151662-3)
Youngsters in costume 'Picture: Ian Hargreaves (151662-3)
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  • Face painting, hat making and trick or treating took place
  • There was a writing competition for a scary story
  • Youngsters took part in a Halloween parade
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SPOOKY events took over the centre of Locks Heath to celebrate Halloween.

Face painters transformed children into pumpkins, witches or other spooky designs and there was a witches and wizards hat-making workshop, and trick or treating.

Ben Robinson and Faith Eckersley Picture: Ian Hargreaves (151662-1)

Ben Robinson and Faith Eckersley Picture: Ian Hargreaves (151662-1)

Youngsters also took part in a fancy dress parade where shoppers enjoyed a showcase of costumes from children with the top three being awarded Halloween goodies.

Steve Dacombe is the centre administrator for Locks Heath shopping centre.

He said: ‘It’s organised as a fun Halloween event. We’ve done this for the last few years.

‘It’s great because it’s for the whole family. It’s ideally based for the children but it involves the parents and grandparents as well.

I think it’s a nice thing to involve the community and show that the shopping centre is the centre of the community

Steve Dacombe, Locks Heath Shopping Centre

‘I think it’s a nice thing to involve the community and show that the shopping centre is the centre of the community.’

Tom Andersen, 13, from Fareham, won a competition to write a spooky story. He said: ‘I’m very shocked because I’m not that good at writing in general. But I did enjoy writing it.

‘I am proud to win. It feels awesome.’

His mum Pauline Andersen, 52, said: ‘I think it’s brilliant. Hopefully it will encourage him to write a little bit more.’

Kelly Shears paints seven-year-old Phoebe Critichley's face with scary shapes 'Picture: Ian Hargreaves (151662-2)

Kelly Shears paints seven-year-old Phoebe Critichley's face with scary shapes 'Picture: Ian Hargreaves (151662-2)

Charlotte Critchley, 40, is from Segensworth. Her daughter Phoebe, seven, was having her face painted.

Charlotte said: ‘We wanted to bring the kids down. Phoebe likes getting her face painted.

‘It’s good because it brings the community together.’

Sisters Niamh, three, and Bella Becheley, five, from Locks Heath 'Picture: Ian Hargreaves (151662-4)

Sisters Niamh, three, and Bella Becheley, five, from Locks Heath 'Picture: Ian Hargreaves (151662-4)