Last Thursday’s town centre Children In Need Halloween Party, organised by Horsham District Council with Rotary Club of Horsham attracted and entertained hundreds of young families thanks to the participation of businesses and partners from around the town.
The fantastic weather meant town visitors once again enjoyed all the fun of Halloween with most activities centred around Thursday’s market on the Carfax on Thursday, October 30.
A BBC television crew were on hand for the fourth year running to film the town’s Children In Need fundraising activities and Horsham Rotary had arranged for the now obligatory visit by BBC’s Pudsey and Blush in person. With Santander Bank offering to match all this year’s town centre Children In Need funds from the event, a fabulous total in the region of £2700 was raised on the day.
Children of all ages delighted in showing off their best Halloween costumes at the fancy dress competition, sponsored by Non Stop Party Shop and children queued up for face painting by Busydays, pottery painting by Ceramic Shack from Piries Place and in the Activity Marquee sponsored by Gasgoine Pees. The DoStuffBus pumpkin carving, sponsored by Santander was particularly popular with over 100 pumpkins carved.
Story Telling by Horsham Library Services and the ‘Cute Pumpkin’ roving entertainer sponsored by Swan Walk’s Toy Barnhaus were enjoyed by many of the younger audiences and a number of market traders and members of the public entered the pumpkin carving competition later in the day with prizes provided by The Capitol, Sainsbury’s, Toy Barnhaus, Shake Away and Subway.
Dave Benson-Phillips played two hugely entertaining sets that had both parents and children ‘dancing in the aisles’.
Some great feedback has been received and the organisers hope to include an October half term town centre event in 2015 providing local business support continues.