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Trick or treating, dressing up and zombie chases: How Redbridge celebrated Hallowe’en

PUBLISHED: 14:17 01 November 2012

Children dressed up for a pumpkin party at Maytime nursery in Ilford.

Children dressed up for a pumpkin party at Maytime nursery in Ilford.

Archant

There was a chill in the air in Redbridge yesterday when ghosts, witches, vampires and monsters appeared in streets, homes and shops for Hallowe’en.

Children went trick or treating through Redbridge streets for sweets and money.

Rosie and Stephanie Harrison went around Chadwell Heath before a friend’s Hallowe’en birthday party.

Rosie, eight, dressed as a ghastly ghoul, and sister Stephanie, 10, was a vampire.

Rosie said: “I like Hallowe’en because you get to dress up and look scary and have fun.

“Also you get sweets and chocolates and have parties.”

Stephanie said she liked Hallowe’en because you can “do cool stuff and scare people”.

Tiny tots at two nurseries in South Woodford showed no fear dressing up in scary costumes, chasing witches and trick or treating.

Children at Rainbow Kids Nursery, in Malmesbury Road, had a witch hunt and went trick or treating for sweets.

At nearby nursery Kids Inc, in Cleveland Road, youngsters competed for the biggest pumpkin and played ghoulish games.

Staff at an Ilford cinema took inspiration for the big screen for their costumes.

Cineworld, in Clements Road, hailed Hallowe’en with decorations, free tickets and competitions for families.

At Ray Park in South Woodford, children had an afternoon of creepy crafts, face painting and fun.

They focused on nocturnal wildlife like spooky bats and owls.

Those who dared go on a creepy evening walk in Hainault Forest Country Park had to dodge zombies and monsters in the wood.

Other Redbridge residents got into the Hallowe’en spirit early with events leading up to the day.

A Wanstead school threw one hell of a party when vampires, witches, werewolves and even a skeleton pirate joined a demoniac disco on Friday.

Teachers at Aldersbrook Primary School, in Harpenden Road, got into the spooky spirit with some creepy costumes.

And aliens landed in Barkingside on Friday.

But never fear, the very small little green men and women were from Avanti Court Primary School, in Carlton Drive.

Pupils dressed up as visitors from space and completed Martian-themed activities and challenges on the day.

Staff at Sainsbury’s in Newbury Park attempted to scare customers into donating money to Saint Francis Hospice last week.

It was a mix of Hallowe’en and Christmas at the supermarket in King George Avenue, as witches, vampires and Father Christmases collected donations.

Store staff are supporting the hospice to promote Santathon sponsored run in December.


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