Halloween fun in Horsham town centre today

Children gather at last year's event
Children gather at last year's event

The Halloween fun starts in Horsham’s Carfax today (Thursday October 29).

Horsham District Council, together with the Rotary Club of Horsham, Horsham Urban Children and Family Centre and local business sponsors are hosting the ever popular Children In Need Halloween Party from 10am to 4pm.

Pudsey celebrates Halloween in Horsham

Pudsey celebrates Halloween in Horsham

The party provides a great variety of fantastic free entertainment for younger children. Highlights include a children’s Halloween Activity Zone with Horsham Urban Children and Family Centre, a Children’s Fun Zone with crafts and face painting by Horsham Churches Together, street entertainments, storytelling on the bandstand, a Halloween themed Thursday market, plus a series of ‘Trick or Treat’ trails around the town and a Halloween themed fancy dress competition organised by the Rotary Club of Horsham.

Horsham’s Non-Stop Party Shop are sponsoring the fancy dress competition and you can pick up your fancy dress competition entry form now from Non-Stop Party Shop in the Carfax/Middle Street or join in outside Wilkinsons on the day of the event.

Pudsey Bear and Blush (the BBC’s Children in Need mascots) will also be visiting Horsham town centre with Horsham Rotary and will be seen visiting many of the sponsoring businesses and performing with Children’s TV star Dave Benson Phillips on the bandstand.

There will be a number of Pudsey’s ‘mascot’ friends in and around the Carfax throughout the day.

Meanwhile, HackHorsham will be bringing hands- on experiences into Swan Walk with digital demonstrations over the Halloween weekend of October 30, 31 and November 1.

Hack Horsham say: ‘‘Help the mad scientist repair his broken giant before time runs out and experience virtual worlds unfolding before your eyes. Raspberry Pis, Minecraft, examples of Coding and electronic maker creations. All ages are encouraged to stop by and discover a digital Horsham.

‘‘There is a spooky skeleton inside us all, so take time to create a monster and share the horrors of the animal kingdom with your own crazy creations. If you are bewildered by Wi-Fi or maddened by mobile, the HackHorsham data surgery is on hand to plug those holes in your mobile’s memory.

Helping HackHorsham on the day will be a host of local companies and organisations all keen to see more and more people encouraged into the world of Science Technology Engineering Arts and Mathematics.

This opportunity would not have been possible without the kind and excellent help of the local Rotary International members and the provision of space by Swan Walk. With the help of volunteers and contributors who share a passion for promoting technology in the community, HackHorsham hope this will continue the growing enthusiasm to place Horsham on the digital map.

“We are delighted to be able to host this great event. Hack Horsham and their partners have been doing some amazing work around digital skills for people of all ages and I know that our customers will have great fun and learn a lot from this event,’’ said Gill Buchanan, Swan Walk Centre Manager.

Horsham Rotary Club are once again bringing back the old custom of Trick or Treating.

Accompanied pre-teenage children are invited to visit participating shops where they will draw Halloween Cards to discover whether they have won a treat or will have to perform a ‘trick’.

Naturally the tricks are not too nasty or onerous.

Youngsters obtain passwords from the shops which they enter onto a form and then stand a chance of winning some great cash prizes. Entry to the competition is free.

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