PHOTOS: Hundreds of families enjoy Halloween Party in Horsham

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Pudsey entertains SUS-150511-083052001

Hundreds of young families enjoyed a Halloween Party in Horsham town centre.

Children showed off their Halloween costumes at the event in aid of Children in Need on Thursday last week (November 29).

Dave Benson Phillips makes a welcome return for Halloween SUS-150511-083006001

Dave Benson Phillips makes a welcome return for Halloween SUS-150511-083006001

Horsham District Council (HDC) and The Rotary Club of Horsham put it on.

A council spokesman said it was a great example of its partnership led approach.

It included activities by the Horsham Urban Family Centre (West Sussex County Council), Horsham Rotary, Horsham Churches Together and local businesses including Horsham Markets, Ceramic Shack and the Non Stop Party Shop.

HDC Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Leisure and Culture Jonathan Chowen said: “Horsham’s Halloween party this year provided an amazing variety of free entertainment for younger families. It was obvious from the huge numbers of families getting involved in all of the activities, that the event has won a loyal and very enthusiastic following in the town and was a great addition to Horsham’s autumn half-term festivities. It was a great success in terms of bringing the whole community together in terms of both families and local business partners.”

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Kids having Halloween Fun SUS-150511-083029001

Horsham Urban Family Centre and Horsham Churches Together provided fun activity marquees. The marquees, which were full of excited children all day, had pottery painting by Ceramic Shack from Piries Place.

Dave Smith from Horsham Rotary Club said “The standard of the fancy dress costumes this year was incredible and we again thank the many shops and businesses that supported the Trick or Treat Trail. All the Halloween costumes were fantastic but the winners on the day were India Randis in the age 3-5 category, Santiago Miguel Silva Reis in the age 6-8 and Paris Fortune in the 9–11 age group.”

Ian Fletcher of Horsham Churches Together added: “Some might be surprised that the churches in Horsham have been involved in an event focussed on Halloween but we have offered an alternative view, with coloured balloons, bright lanterns and happy face paintings. Our ‘Light and Life’ exhibit, with activities for the children, did – we hope- bring light to the sometimes darker side of Halloween without spoiling the fun of the day.”

With storytelling on the bandstand, roaming entertainment with a spooky skeleton and bubble fun with Bubble Jo, plus a variety of foods from around the world from Horsham Markets, there were lots to keep the whole family entertained and fed.

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Halloween decor SUS-150511-083040001

Add to this the Rotary Club’s success in attracting national BBC TV to record material from Horsham which will be screened as part of the 2015 Children in Need Appeal Show on Friday 13 November for the fourth successive year and there is a formula here which fully justifies its role as an essential date in the Horsham Time Well Spent calendar.

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