Halloween has grown in popularity in the UK over the years, with consumers spending over £400million on the creepy celebration in 2018. In fact, fright night is now the second biggest party after New Year’s Eve.

Costumes based on It Chapter 2, Joker, zombies and Mexican Day of the Dead are set to be popular dress up options this year, with many spooky spectacles expected on the streets of Peterborough over the next few weeks. And with plenty of ghoulish goodies in Peterborough One Retail Park’s stores, there’s no shortage of ways to put the frighteners on friends and family.

To ensure everyone has one hell of a Halloween, Peterborough One is also inviting shoppers to enjoy some freaky frolics and ghostly goings during half term. The schedule of events includes:

Crafty Capers

On the lead up to Halloween there will be two FREE craft workshops at Peterborough One. The events are tailormade for children over 3 years of age, with trained supervisors on hand to offer creative guidance and support for the duration. The workshops are:

Monster Mitts

Friday 25th October: 11am – 3pm

Little devils can create their own haunting hand puppet using a variety of felts, accessories and techniques.

Cackling Candles

Saturday 26th October: 11am – 3pm

Ensure there’s never a dull moment this Halloween by creating a terrifying tealight holder. Choose from a range of designs, including; sugar skulls, witches’ hats and pumpkins.

The Funny Phantom Show

Friday 25th and Saturday 26th October: 11.30am, 1pm and 3pm

Prepare to be scared with horrifying howlers and hoodwinking from the Funny Phantoms and their Trick or Treat Show. This devilish duo with their wonderful wagon of weirdness are sure to spellbind audiences of all ages, thanks to their mesmerising magic tricks, fang-tastic tomfoolery and giggle-worthy gags!

Look for a Spooky Book

From 21st October, children and their families can also get involved in an exciting new initiative at Peterborough One. Hunt in the hedges, spy in the stores and peer along the pathways to find hidden Halloween-themed books around the retail park! Simply:

  1. Find a book at Peterborough One: there will be several hidden in waterproof bags, along with notes explaining the initiative. Take the book home to read and enjoy.
  2. Once the book has been read, put it back in its bag (along with the note) and re-hide it somewhere in PE1 for other families to find. Or, if you like the book, keep it!
  3. If you choose to keep the book, simply hide a different one at Peterborough One; either a book you’ve read and enjoyed and no longer want, or a book you’ve recently bought and would like to gift.
  4. Once you’ve found a book, share a photo of you and your book/s to Peterborough One’s Facebook page.

The aim of Look for a Spooky Book is to encourage children and families to spend time together, and to stimulate children’s interest in reading. The initiative will continue at the retail park after Halloween, with other themes throughout the seasons.

Paul Dunn, Asset Manager at Peterborough One Retail Park, says: “We’re delighted to host another spooktacular event at Peterborough One this Halloween. With creative crafting, spellbinding shows and the introduction of the ‘Look for a Book’ initiative, it’s the perfect opportunity for the whole family to enjoy some educational Halloween high jinks! The arrival of several new and exciting tenants is also imminent; giving even more reason to visit the park throughout the months ahead. Keep an eye on our social media platforms for up-to-date news.”

Click here for information about current and future events at PE1.

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