A busy community-focused shopping centre is preparing to welcome hundreds of children through its doors on Halloween.
Prospect Shopping Centre’s popular Nightmare on Prospect Street event is returning for the third year and is set to appeal to families looking for Halloween-themed fun during half term.
The centre’s fancy dress Halloween party, better known as the Little Pumpkins Party, is set to be bigger and better than ever before when it takes place on Saturday, October 29th between 1pm and 4pm.
Hosted in the strEAT foodcourt, the party has earned a reputation for being one of the key events on Hull’s Halloween calendar. The first time the event took place it was shortlisted for a prestigious national Purple Apple award.
Lee Appleton, centre manager at Prospect Shopping Centre, said: “This year, we are focusing on the aspect of our Halloween event that has proven most successful in previous years. The Little Pumpkins Party has by far been our most popular Halloween activity and really appeals to families looking for something to do during school half term, without it costing too much.
“Our event is completely free and is action packed with a wide variety of activities, ensuring we have something on offer to keep the whole family entertained. We are expecting this year to be bigger and better than ever before and hope plenty of families will join us for what promises to be a spectacular afternoon.”
With free entry, the Little Pumpkins Party will feature all the usual popular activities that it has done previously, including face painting, Halloween arts and craft sessions, safe trick or treating around the centre and a whole host of other games and prizes.
This year, a brand new activity is being introduced on the back of Prospect Shopping Centre’s Story Hour initiative, which encourages social interaction amongst local parents and carers, as well as fostering a love of reading in children.
The Scary Story Corner will see children settle down on our bean bags to enjoy spooky children’s stories read aloud by local drama students, who will be dressed as friendly characters, bringing the stories to life with a mini theatrical performance very similar to that of Story Hour.
In addition a Best Dressed parade will take place towards the end of the day, including 12 children who have been awarded an orange rosette throughout the day if their fancy dress outfit is spotted by one of the witches roaming the centre.
Children attending the Little Pumpkins Party will also be able to take part in a series of photo opportunities with characters including pumpkins, spiders and witches who will be walking around the centre stamping children’s hands in order to give them free access to the party in the foodcourt.
A live Pumpkin Carving display will also be taking place in the centre on the day. A new innovative idea to add to the Halloween event, a local professional pumpkin caver will perform live demonstrations for all to see and mini workshops for children to carve their own designs.
Gareth Glover will bring his professional masterpieces to the event and various stencils for children to create mini pumpkins for Halloween memorabilia.
Although the event is free to attend, parents will be encouraged to make a donation to Child Dynamix, the Centre’s nominated charity.