Frightfully good fun draws in the crowds

Sanderson Arcade Halloween fancy dress competition winners with stilt-walkers.
Sanderson Arcade Halloween fancy dress competition winners with stilt-walkers.

FANS of fright night enjoyed tricks and treats of all kinds at a Hallowe’en event in Morpeth.

Hundreds of revellers descended on Sanderson Arcade last Thursday for a busy evening of frightful fun and frolics.

The spooky seasonal spectacular offered a number of activities, with something suitable for all ages. There was pumpkin carving, face-painting and scary storytelling sessions at the shopping centre’s Waterstones book store.

Costumed stilt-walkers handed out tasty Hallowe’en treats and there was a thrilling performance by youngsters from the Morpeth Centre Stage Theatre School.

There were plenty of scary and unusual characters to be seen in the fancy dress parade, with prizes awarded for the entrants judged the best dressed. In the under six category, two-year-old Phoenix Todd took first place, with Charlotte Fogerty named the runner-up. The seven to 13 years category was won by nine-year-old Josh Taylor, and there was more success for the Todd family when Phoenix’s big brother Brandon, aged eight, took second spot.

Centre Manager Medi Parry said: “Our Hallowe’en event has become a really popular community event at the arcade and we were delighted with the turn-out, as well as with the brilliant and imaginative costumes the children turned up in.

“It was certainly difficult to pick our winners as the standard was so high.

“We’re already planning to make this an even bigger and better event next year.”

The Hallowe’en decorations have now been taken down from the arcade as the countdown begins for the Christmas lights switch-on ceremony.

It will be held on Saturday, November 16.

For further information about upcoming events at the centre, including Christmas celebrations, visit