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Children in Need Halloween party entertains hundreds

The town centre Children in Need Halloween Party, organised by Horsham District Council and The Rotary Club of Horsham attracted and entertained hundreds of young families thanks to the participation of businesses and partners from around the town.

The event was a great example of HDC partnership including activities by Horsham Rotary, the Horsham Urban Family Centre (WSCC), Horsham Churches Together and local businesses including Horsham Markets, Ceramic Shack and the Non Stop Party Shop. It was obvious from the huge numbers of families getting involved in all of the activities that had been arranged – in spite of the atrocious weather – that the event has won a loyal and very enthusiastic following. 

Children of all ages delighted in showing off their best Halloween costumes at the fancy dress competition, organised by The Rotary Club of Horsham and sponsored by Non Stop Party Shop.

Dave Smith from Horsham Rotary Club said “Although the weather was very disappointing those that braved the rain all looked like they enjoyed themselves. The standard of the fancy dress costumes was incredible and we again thank the many shops and businesses that supported the Trick or Treat trail. All the Halloween costumes were fantastic but the winners on the day were India Randis in the age 3-5 category, Santiago Miguel Silva Reis in the age 6-8 and Paris Fortune in the 9 – 11 age group.”

The fun activity marquees, with Horsham Urban Family Centre and Horsham Churches Together and pottery painting by Ceramic Shack from Piries Place were full of excited children all day.

With Dave Benson Phillips and storytelling on the bandstand, roaming entertainment with a spooky skeleton and bubble fun with Bubble Jo, plus a variety of foods from around the world from Horsham Markets, there were lots to keep the whole family entertained and fed.

Add to this Rotary’s efforts in attracting national BBC TV to record material from Horsham which will be screened as part of the Children in Need night TV show on Friday November 13, for the fourth successive year, and there is a formula here which fully justifies its role as an essential date in the Horsham Time Well Spent calendar.

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