WATCH: Plenty of Hallowe’en fun for kids at tourist site and shopping centre

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Families across Northumberland enjoyed taking part in some spooktacular activities in the run up to Hallowe’en.

At Belsay Hall, Castle and Gardens during half-term, visitors were able to follow a trail through the site to find nine elaborately carved pumpkins.

What a big one! Brooke Crawford with her pumpkin at the carving workshop at Belsay.
 Picture by Jane Coltman

What a big one! Brooke Crawford with her pumpkin at the carving workshop at Belsay. Picture by Jane Coltman

Carving artist Daniel Nyman was also on hand to offer workshops on how to carve the perfect squash, there were various craft activities available in the hall and those who came along had the opportunity to find the face of a spooky cook carved into one of the walls near the castle.

At Sanderson Arcade in Morpeth on Saturday afternoon, its fun-filled event included scary stilt walkers, a spooky treat trail and plenty of freaky face painting to get everyone into the Hallowe’en spirit.

Throughout the afternoon, more than 100 pumpkins were also scooped and carved and given to youngsters to decorate using their spooky and creative skills.

Deputy Mayor of Morpeth Ron Forster had the difficult task of deciding on six of the best pumpkin designs and he presented the winners with a spookylicious prize.

Adam Beckford gets stuck in at the pumpkin carving workshop at Belsay.
 Picture by Jane Coltman

Adam Beckford gets stuck in at the pumpkin carving workshop at Belsay. Picture by Jane Coltman

This year’s winner of the pumpkin design competition was Joni Rees, aged 10, with Ben Allen, aged five, taking second prize.

Youngsters were also given the opportunity to meet spiders and snakes from Animal Escapades, as well as taking part in a mask-making workshop.

The fancy dress parade took place at 5pm, with children competing in two age categories. In the six years and under fancy dress competition, the winner was Sophia Marsh, aged five, from Morpeth.

The seven to 13 age category winner was nine-year-old Arthur Smith, also from Morpeth. The fancy dress competition was judged by staff from JoJo Maman Bébé, Clarks, Martin McColl and The Morpeth Larder.

Max Beckford with his masterpiece at the pumpkin carving workshop at Belsay.
 Picture by Jane Coltman

Max Beckford with his masterpiece at the pumpkin carving workshop at Belsay. Picture by Jane Coltman

Centre manager Medi Parry said: “Our Hallowe’en event grows bigger and better every year and this year we have worked hard to bring even more activities and involve as many children as possible.”

She added: “It was great to have so many families enjoying the event. Well done to all the competition winners and we hope to see you all back here for next year’s event.”

Luke and Nicholas Duffy with carving instructor Daniel Nyman.  Picture by Jane Coltman

Luke and Nicholas Duffy with carving instructor Daniel Nyman. Picture by Jane Coltman

Children get to work during the pumpkin carving workshop at Belsay.  Picture by Jane Coltman

Children get to work during the pumpkin carving workshop at Belsay. Picture by Jane Coltman

Coun Ron Forster congratulates category winners in the fancy dress competition.

Coun Ron Forster congratulates category winners in the fancy dress competition.

Winners of the pumpkin design competition with Coun Ron Forster and stilt walkers.

Winners of the pumpkin design competition with Coun Ron Forster and stilt walkers.