Monday, 02 August 2021

Spooky Halloween celebrations

WITCHES, vampires and zombies descended on Henley Market Place for a children?s Halloween event on Saturday

WITCHES, vampires and zombies descended on Henley Market Place for a children?s Halloween event on Saturday.

There was face painting, professional photography and a raffle with prizes donated by the Kenton Theatre, Kathryn Fell Photography and Bagatelle Toys.

A fancy dress competition was judged by Mayor Lorraine Hillier.

Stephanie O'Neill of Stephanie?s Stage Stop in Queen Street organised a flashmob dance to Michael Jackson?s Thriller, while ?Hershel the Skeleton? and his dog Horace posed for photos with children.

Henley in Bloom, which was renamed Henley in Blood for the day, ran a biscuit decorating stall, while food and drink was provided by the Argyll pub in Market Place and the Baskerville Arms in Shiplake.

Click here to see more photographs of the costumes.

The event was in aid of the Henley YMCA, which is trying to raise £566,500 to purchase the lease on its accommodation in Lawson Road.

Meanwhile, scouts held a Halloween party at their hut in Greys Road, which was specially decorated with cobwebs.

Dozens of people attended and took part in spooky games including digging around in slime (melted ice cream) for sweets. The proceeds will go to the Henley Skatepark Initiative.

Hundreds of people donned spooky fancy dress for a Halloween party at the Baskerville Arms.

Youngsters dressed as werewolves, vampires and even a pumpkin and enjoyed games including apple bobbing while food and drink was served in the garden. The event raised more than £400 for the Helen and Douglas House children?s hospice.

Manager Kevin Hannah said: ?It just got busier and busier and we had a good 250 people in the end.

?It was a bit ridiculous actually ? we couldn?t move!

?We do this every year and this one was twice as big as last year. I don?t know what it is about Shiplake but it brings people in from all over.

?Everyone had a great time and it took a bit of clearing up, I have no grass left now!?

There was also a Halloween party at the nearby Plowden Arms, which also marked the third anniversary of landlords Matthew Woodley and Ruth Peters.

Wantage band Blind Dog Blues performed while there were games including apple bobbing and doughnuts on a string and Tracey ?Bill? Betteridge of Chiltern Lamb provided food.

A Halloween party was held at Badgemore Pre-School in Hop Gardens, Henley, where the children dressed up in spooky costumes and read scary stories.

The played apple bobbing, whack the rat and pass the parel, decorated pumpkins and had their faces painted.

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