A spooktacular time had by all

Group photo from the event

Spirits were lifted for hundreds of children at a Halloween ‘Spooktacular’ in Huddersfield.

What happened? 

It was all treats and no tricks for local children as Huddersfield Piazza and Queensgate Market became a hive of fun, free Halloween activities.

 

The event, organised by Kirklees Council and Queensgate Market and other local organisations, was the first of what will become an annual event and the organisers hope it will grow bigger and better each year.

 

Families enjoyed a variety of festive activities which included a pumpkin carving workshop, giant spooky inflatables and a spooky parade around the piazza featuring giant puppets.

 

Over 300 children had their faces painted and there was balloon modelling, trick or treat trail and Halloween crafts in Huddersfield Indoor Market.

 

The pumpkin carving competition saw 200 entries. First prize, a £50 voucher, went to Raynbow Richards-Shade for her pumpkin creation. Second and third prizes were also awarded.

 

Ghosts and Goblins came out to play in the market too with stallholders joining the fun.

group photo from the event

 

Nigel Beacroft, Quality Butchers said:

 

“The atmosphere has been truly amazing throughout the market and the Piazza, it’s been an absolutely fantastic day.”

 

Mark Smith, Cowlings Fruit and Vegetables said:

 

“It has been a fantastic day and wonderful to see all the young people having fun on the market. The event has been thanks to all the work that Kirklees has put into the event.”

 

Compared to the previous week, footfall in the Piazza was up over 16% with an additional 8300 people coming through the Piazza, with Tuesday’s activities bringing in the biggest increase in footfall with a 50% increase seen across the day

 

Councillor Will Simpson, Cabinet Member for Culture and Greener Kirklees said:

“It was wonderful to welcome people back into the centre of Huddersfield and I am delighted that so many families in Kirklees were able to come together to have fun and enjoy the brilliant free, inclusive activities.

“This was the first year that we have run this event – and what a great start it has been with a fantastic turnout. We want Kirklees to be a place where art, culture and leisure can thrive alongside retail as part of our ambitious regeneration plans. This week of activity has proved that our ambitions can be achieved.

“We have ambitions to grow the Spooktacular offer in Shuddersfield in coming years into one of biggest Halloween celebrations in the region.

“I’d like to say a huge thanks to all who worked hard to make this first event such a huge success. Roll on 2022.”