THERE have been lots of spooky going ons across Leek and surrounding areas as people have been joining in on this year's Halloween celebrations.
Staff and volunteers at the John Hall Gardens in Leek hosted an Open Day on Thursday which included lots of ghoulish activities for visitors to enjoy.
There was home-made pumpkin soup on offer as well as apple bobbing and the opportunity to learn how to make a water lantern.
There was a Family Halloween Party on Thursday evening at The Pride of the Moorlands hosted by children’s entertainers Charlie Clown and Aunty Dawn.
A spokesman said: “There was a lot of hard work and planning for the event but it turned out to be a huge success.
“We had more people turn up than expected, both local and from further afield.
“Everyone, both children and adults, had a good time playing party games including pass the pumpkin, turning daddy into a mummy and dancing to both modern and traditional tracks.” Meanwhile, almost 100 children turned up in fancy dress for a Halloween party at the recently opened John Pointon Sports Facility in Cheddleton on Thursday.
The afternoon of fun included a free indoor disco and a bouncy castle.
Prizes were awarded to James Rogers, aged 10, from Rudyard, for the best dressed boy and threeyear- old Beth Briand from Cheddleton won the best dressed girl. There was also a pumpkin carving competition which was won by twins Freya and Harry Boyle, aged eight, from Cheddleton.
The competitions were judged and prizes presented by Post & Times columnist and Moorlands Radio presenter Gary Shenton.
Facility manager John Barratt said: “The turnout from the village was overwhelming.
I would like to thank everyone who came to make it such a successful occasion.” Residents in Leek joined forces at the Haregate Community Centre in Leek, on Thursday, to celebrate Halloween and Guy Fawkes Night in one event.
Centre manager Laura Cottingham said: “We had a good attendance and everyone enjoyed themselves.
“We had the Stanworth Fun Fair from Stoke and the children enjoyed Trick or Treating.” The Haregate Community Queen committee pulled out all the stops for a Halloween Party at The Priory on Friday evening which saw some added scary going ons with a visit from creepy crawleys by Rent A Beast.
Party organiser Heather Dunn-Fox said: “It was a great night which everyone loved as we had something different with all the spiders, millipedes, stick insects, snails and beetles that Carrie from Rent A Beast brought along with her.” Other activities during the party included games, Tots Entertainment, raffle and fancy dress competitions for both adults and children.
Over the weekend there was some scary sights in Leek town centre as revellers dressed up to visit pubs and clubs which were also dressed up in Halloween decor.
Visitors to Alton Towers Resort had frightfully good treats over the past few weeks as the venue’s annual Scarfest took place.
Visitors could wander through the Zombie Scare Zone, or join in on a congastyle line through the Carnival of Screams. Both attractions were as scary as each other – especially with the superbly convincing actors who played the parts of the zombies and freaks.