Fright night delight in High Roding backs good causes

PUBLISHED: 23:11 31 October 2017 | UPDATED: 23:11 31 October 2017

Double, double,, toil and trouble with Gary, Celia and Zoe Mennell. Picture: SAFFRON PHOTO

Double, double,, toil and trouble with Gary, Celia and Zoe Mennell. Picture: SAFFRON PHOTO

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Ghostly, gory and ghoulish goings on in High Roding attracted some 2,000 people on each day on the Friday and Saturday of half term in a fiendishly frightening, two day Halloween event.

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A haunted house with ghost actors who jumped out and grabbed you and others holding severed heads put the fright into night all right.

Two of the favourite attractions were the Trick or Treat table where children had to put their hands into holes and sink them into a gooey mess to find a marble, which might lead to a golden ticket for a prize. Children returned over and again to that one and also the Tooth Fairy Game where they had to pull out giant teeth from an ogre’s head, some of which had rolled up golden tickets inside the molars.

Ghostly goings on with Toby, Oliver and Ben Simons. Picture: SAFFRON PHOTOGhostly goings on with Toby, Oliver and Ben Simons. Picture: SAFFRON PHOTO

If you did get a golden ticket your party bag collection of sweets and toys was put inside a latex glove and “handed” to you.

Also popular was Bomb the Battlements, where you had to throw beanbags at soldiers.

The ghost train. Picture: SAFFRON PHOTOThe ghost train. Picture: SAFFRON PHOTO

The event, attended by people of all ages who had gone to a lot of trouble to look terrible, raised £3,500 to be split between the 1st Moreton and Fyfield Scouts and community charities and projects.

Organiser, Simon Watkins, an on-call firefighter for Leaden Roding said: “I had thought about this over years. The haunted house (or house of horrors) was based on my scare maze with American-style live actors. No one could believe how well the event went, everyone said how wonderful it was. All the feedback was positive.”

Spectres of the past, Sabrina and Olivia Knitter. Picture: SAFFRON PHOTOSpectres of the past, Sabrina and Olivia Knitter. Picture: SAFFRON PHOTO

(Was that rhesus positive?)

Mr Watkins, from Good Easter, said he hoped the Halloween Fright Fete would become an annual event.

Teeth and smiles, Libby Ward and Rosina Rudd. Picture: SAFFRON PHOTOTeeth and smiles, Libby Ward and Rosina Rudd. Picture: SAFFRON PHOTO

“I said if they give me a little bit of funding, I would sign up to do it for the next 10 years.

“I would like to open it up in future to members of the fire service so they can come along for free. I would have liked to have done that this year but I thought I would see how it goes first.”

The young ones, school for Dracula class of 2017. Picture: SAFFRON PHOTOThe young ones, school for Dracula class of 2017. Picture: SAFFRON PHOTO

Gore-geous! organiser Simon Watkins (centre) with his gore-some group. Picture: SAFFRON PHOTOGore-geous! organiser Simon Watkins (centre) with his gore-some group. Picture: SAFFRON PHOTO

They had a ripping time. Picture: SAFFRON PHOTOThey had a ripping time. Picture: SAFFRON PHOTO

They had a ripping time. Picture: SAFFRON PHOTOThey had a ripping time. Picture: SAFFRON PHOTO

A ghoulish group. Picture: SAFFRON PHOTOA ghoulish group. Picture: SAFFRON PHOTO

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