Hundreds of children enjoy two spooktacular days at Shrewsbury Shopping Centres

Hundreds of families visited Shrewsbury’s Darwin and Pride Hill Shopping Centres on Thursday and Friday for two days of free Halloween fun.

People were lining up for the craft workshops on Thursday as youngsters were able to get messy and carve traditional pumpkin lanterns, with more than 100 being made into all manner of spooky designs. Those with a sweet tooth were also able to make their very own special chocolate lollipops.

“Thursday and Friday were great days in the centre,” said Kevin. “The children came up with some brilliant designs for their pumpkins and it was lovely to see so many smiling, happy faces getting in the Halloween mood. We were the only venue in town where children could take part in these fun, free activities and that was reflected with how popular the two days were.”

Local grandmother Wendy, said she’d really enjoyed the pumpkin carving. “I came with my three grandchildren and it was fabulous. We came last year and it was great, this year we brought our own pumpkins.”

On Friday a fancy dress parade wound its way through Darwin and Pride Hill with children collecting treats from retailers along the route. “The Trek n’ Treat Parade was a real highlight of the half term holidays for us and I’m really pleased with how many of our retailers joined in the Halloween fun,” said Kevin.

“We wanted to be able to give local children a place where they could show off their fantastic costumes and enjoy everything that is great about Halloween. Combined with the craft workshops it was a wonderful two days here.”