GHOSTS, witches and zombies joined children for frightening fun and ghoulish games at the Aldingbourne Centre this week.
The event was hosted over the first three days of the half term at the charity’s centre in Blackmill Lane.
Activities on offer ranged from the regular programme of events but also included some extra Halloween half-term entertainment.
Louise Moore, 50 from Rose Green visited the centre with her three daughters; Shoshanna, 29, Kathleen, 14 and Orla, nine and her grandson, Stanley aged five.
She said: “We always come down here, whatever is on. We come for Christmas, Easter, Halloween and came to the foam party recently too.
“The woodland walk was really good and very well done.”
Stanley said: “I liked seeing all the animals. My favourite is the ducks. I enjoyed the pumpkin carving. I did the face and mummy helped me. The face is a ghost devil.
“I liked the woodland walk. It was really scary. We had to find little pumpkins and I found one. Then we had to give it to a man and we put our hand inside a box and we got a sweetie.”
The staff at the Aldingbourne Trust, which is dedicated to helping local businesses, communities and people with learning disabilities, entered in to the spirit of the season by dressing up as various scary characters from witches, to zombies, to draculas.
Guests were invited to visit the farm and pet the animals including goats, turkeys, chickens, pigs, rabbits and guinea pigs, play on the crazy golf, visit the maze, enjoy food in the cafe and have fun in the play park.
Halloween fun included a spooky woodland walk with themed characters, a scary bouncy castle, pumpkin carving, treasure hunts, face painting and scary story telling.
Mary Dewane who lives in Aldingbourne had taken her three-year-old grandson, Theodore. She said: “This is the first time I have been here. Theodore has really enjoyed himself. He has seen the animals, played on the slide and bouncy castle and has just been riding on the tractors.
“He said he really wanted an ice cream so we just had to come to the woodland walk to get one from the van! He has had a really terrific day.
“It’s really nice here for the children. They have the freedom to walk around and explore. I think it’s really good value for money, there is plenty for the children to do.”
Tony and Val Phillips from Bognor were joined at the centre by their daughter Jenny and six-year-old granddaughter Ella who were visiting from Aberdeen.
Val said: “We came here specifically for the Halloween attractions. The prices have gone up a bit but it is for charity so you don’t mind as long as it doesn’t get too expensive. There is something for all ages.”
The family visited the Woodland Walk three times as Ella was really enjoying it. She said: “It was a bit scary. A zombie made me scream and run. We had fun running away from him.
“I liked the maze too and we saw some people cheating in it! I am looking forward to seeing the rabbits and peacocks now.”
Tony added: “We were really impressed with the scary walk, it was very well done.”