Spooky! Pumpkins, scary outfits and gore galore at Lowestoft Halloween activities
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Ghoulishly-dressed youngsters got into the spirit of a town centre's spookily scary Halloween 2017 celebrations.
Following the success of last year's Spooky Saturday, Lowestoft Vision business improvement district - which manages the town centre - held a series of activities on Saturday, October 28 for the whole family to enjoy.
Dozens of children dressed in skeleton outfits, scary masks and gory make-up toured town centre shops and businesses as part of the pumpkin trail, which gave young people under the age of 12 accompanied by an adult the chance to trick or treat in a safe environment.
Those who were less fortunate encountered the cheekily unpredictable wizards on wheels called the Whizzers, who were ready to chase unsuspecting members of the audience off into the distance.
There were 'spooky surprises' for families in the Triangle Market, while adults could also join in the fun with ghost walks across the town.
Cantors Theatre School got the day started with performances of Halloween-themed songs outside the Britten Centre, with the youngsters singing hits such as Zombies by the Cranberries, Poison by Alice Cooper and Holiday by Green Day.
Vocal coach Shani Cantor said: 'It's a good one for us to do because we can get out teeth stuck into some really good songs and we always have lots of really good ideas for costumes and make-up.
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'We've come up with a completely different idea of what to do for Halloween every year and it's been good to explore our creative side.
'We absolutely love doing things like this. It's an honour to be asked. It's fabulous for their confidence and gives them another chance to perform.
'They are dedicated, fantastic and we couldn't ask for more.'
Daisy Dua, 12, who took part in the performances, said: 'People were really spooked and there was a really good buzz about the town.'
The Lowestoft Town Chaplains pitched a Halloween tent outside Beales department store, which young people could walk through to get a bag of sweets at the end.
The tent was decorated and designed as a place where people could light a candle for a loved one and take a moment to remember anyone they have lost, or spend time getting support from one of the volunteers.
'Everyone is getting a message of hope and love, as well as some sweets,' organiser Esther Day said.
'It is not completely about Halloween but we are using the theme of light and dark to engage with people and give them space if they want to talk or pray.'