Charlotte and Ben help to launch the Oxted Halloween trails in 2017 (Photo: Grant Melton)

Charlotte and Ben help to launch the Oxted Halloween trails in 2017 (Photo: Grant Melton)

 

A `wicked’ time was had by all who took part in Oxted town centre’s first ever Halloween trails during the half term holidays.

Hundreds of families explored the town looking for spooky clues around Station Road East and Station Road West and enjoyed finding sweets in shops and businesses.

Nine-year-old Erika Gillick, a pupil at Hillcroft Primary School in Caterham, won the star prize for finding clues along the Ghosts and Ghouls trail (Station Road East) and six-year-old Thomas Crabtree, a pupil at Oxted’s Downs Way school was the Halloween hero of the witches and wizards trail (Station Road East). Both children won a £25 voucher to spend in Lorimers.

Erika said she loved the walk around the town, and Thomas said the best bit about doing the trails was “getting sweeties”.  His mum, Jenny, said: “He went around the trail with his grandparents and it was a lovely way for them all to spend time together and we are all really thrilled he has won.”

Both children are looking forward to the Easter Trails which will take place during the school holiday next year.

Charlotte and Ben help to launch the Oxted Halloween trails in 2017 (Photo: Grant Melton)

The Halloween trail was a free activity from the Oxted BID – known as Love Oxted – a collective of around 200 town centre businesses working together to make Oxted a better place to shop, work and spend time.

“The trails brought hundreds of people into the town and we have had amazing feedback from families and businesses in Oxted,” said chairman of Love Oxted, Mark Symons. “This initiative is a great way for people to get to know their way around Oxted, and to become more familiar with the wonderful shops and facilities we have here.”

There is plenty more fun planned for Oxted town centre in 2018, including the popular Easter Trails in March and April.

Charlotte and Ben help to launch the Oxted Halloween trails in 2017 (Photo: Grant Melton)

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