Ghoulish celebrations for Halloween in spooky Spen

ZOMBIEFIED: Kay Nicholls and Elise Bird having some ghoulish fun in Cleckheaton Market. (d496a244)
ZOMBIEFIED: Kay Nicholls and Elise Bird having some ghoulish fun in Cleckheaton Market. (d496a244)

WHAT do Harry Potter, a zombie coffee shop owner and scores of pumpkin outfits have in common?

They were all part of Spen’s fantastic Halloween celebrations over the past week!

As Halloween fever gripped Spen Valley, the young, as well as the young at heart got in on the act to make this year’s celebrations the most frightful ever.

Cleckheaton became a haunted wonderland on Saturday, as more than 250 gruesome girls and beastly boys took part in the Totally Locally witch hunt.

The market in Horncastle street featured a haunted house and spooky face-painting, while the Crown Cafe held a children’s fancy dress competition. Matthew Crowther, of Matthew’s Coffee Shop in Market Street, was one of several shopkeepers in fancy dress – and spent the day as a ghoulish vampire.

“The day was absolutely amazing,” he said.

“A few shopkeepers told me their takings were up on the day, because so many people came into the town.”

The festivities continued in Heckmondwike on Tuesday, as a certain famous wizard visited to add a touch of magic to the town’s celebrations.

Harry Potter and Rubeus Hagrid made a special appearance for the Hogwarts to Heckmondwike event, in which children of all ages were enchanted and entertained by their display of cunning magic.

The town’s market also featured a haunted house and the face painters.

In Windy Bank there was a zombie walk from the newly refurbished community centre, through the estate and back to the centre for a zombie supper, games and competitions.

And there were more ghostly goings on at Scholes Village Shelter which hosted a children’s fancy dress halloween party, with bun decorating, pass the parcel and refreshments.

l See next week’s Guardian for pictures on the re-opening of the Windy Bank centre.