Halloween: Events across East Lancashire to let families enjoy a spooky day

HALLOWEEN will look a little different this year, with trick-or-treating banned, people are thinking of different ways to celebrate the spooky season.

Businesses and communities want to keep spirits high – but not the ghostly type – giving families plenty of options on how to spend Halloween in a safe and different way this year.

In Blackburn, re:fresh Blackburn with Darwen are holding a ‘Halloween Xplorer Trail’ in Witton Country park.

There will spooks, witches and monsters hiding in Witton Park over October half-term and the event is free for families of all ages.

They are asking people to remain Covid-19 safe by practising social distancing and avoid touching the plaques around the trail.

This year due to local tier three restrictions, trick-or-treating can result in a £200 fine due to it being classed as meeting in an outdoor space in which the rule of six would not apply.

To combat the trick-or-treat blues, in Darwen people are being urged to take their children on a pumpkin hunt instead, with parents giving children a sweet when they spot a pumpkin.

The local community will be putting pictures of pumpkins in their windows so that children can go out pumpkin spotting whilst in costume.

In Longridge, the post workers are going to be handing out goody bags to children within the normal post deliveries so that kids can enjoy Halloween sweets from the safety of their own home.

Vehicle management business XLCR, whose are based in Colne first noticed a problem with super-sized spiders coming up from its cellar some years ago.

Lee Duerden, XLCR’s CEO explained: “We don’t know whether it is a co-incidence that it is almost Hallowe’en, but we are glad to have been of assistance in this difficult year. We have managed to trap the largest example in the Glass Box outside the town’s Market.”

The horrific spider in on display on Market Street, nestled on a bed of what looks like pumpkin shaped spider eggs for the public to enjoy in a socially distanced way.

In Pendle, Halloween is always a big event being the heart of the infamous witch trials. Pendle Forest Orienteers are holding a walking event with five courses around Haslingden, Stacksteads, Rawtenstall, Crawshawbooth and Stubbins.

Each area will have a Halloween street orienteering map where you will find a code that will be attached on lamp post or telegraph pole and you need to write down down the Halloween related word.

Thornton Hall in Skipton are holding lots of events for people of all ages including pumpkin picking and drive through scare-fest’s.

The ‘Spooky Fields’ drive through event has tickets available during the day for families of all ages whilst the later ‘Fear Fields’ is only for people over the age of 12 looking for a fright.

As well as all of these, some pubs which have remained open across East Lancashire are hosting quizzes with mini competitions for the best costume of the night.

The Westmorland Gazette | North Lancs