Dressing up is frightful fun!

Little Red Riding Hood (Polly) and The Ghost (Roco) during the Hallowe'en event at Central Bark.
Little Red Riding Hood (Polly) and The Ghost (Roco) during the Hallowe'en event at Central Bark.

Hundreds of youngsters enjoyed some spook-tacular activities at Sanderson Arcade in Morpeth on Hallowe’en.

Scary stilt-walkers, a pumpkin design workshop, a treat trail, face-painting and a fancy dress parade proved popular with families and more visitors than ever took part in the event.

More than 80 pumpkins were decorated throughout the evening, judged by the Mayor of Morpeth Nic Best. Dragons Den also brought along their spooky snakes and scary spiders.

In the six years and under fancy dress competition, the runner-up was Hayden Wilson from Morpeth – who was dressed up as Edward Scissorhands – and the winner was five-year-old Elena Pullan, also from Morpeth.

For the seven to 13 years category, the runner-up was Max Lyon, age seven, and the winner was eight-year-old Ruby Smylie – both from Morpeth.

Eloise Jackson, aged nine, won the pumpkin design contest. The runner-up was six-year-old Isabelle Fourie-Clark.

Sanderson Arcade, Medi Parry, said: “We started running a Hallowe’en event three years ago here at the Arcade and it really has grown into a popular and busy event.

“There were some amazing costumes and really fantastic pumpkins and it was great that so many families enjoyed the event. Well done to all the competition winners.”

Meanwhile, dogs and their owners had a lot of fun at Central Bark, which is based at Whitehouse Farm near Stannington, on Sunday.

The dog training, day care and grooming centre’s clients were invited to bring along their pet pooches for a Hallowe’en-themed afternoon that included biscuit catching and fancy dress competitions, ‘musical sits’ and a hot dog race.

The winner of the fancy dress contest was Dotty – a terrier cross. She had two paper mache heads attached to look like a three-headed dog.

Funds raised on the day will be donated to the German Shorthaired Pointer Rescue organisation.