Youngsters enter into the spirit of tricks or treats

Ghosts, ghouls, witches, skeletons and even mad doctors swooped into Caterham Valley to take part in a trick or treat event.

As well as bewitching the shopkeepers and business owners in return for sweets, the little demons went on the hunt for a `real life’ witch who was floating around the town handing out treats.

More than 30 children posted selfies with the witch on Facebook and she cast her magic spells to turn the best ones into prizes.

The winners were Harry and Oscar Janes, (aged five and three) who enchanted the witch with their ghost costume. They won a £25 voucher to spend in Lorimers.

The two runners up were Aibeline Baker, aged five, dressed as a skeleton and six-year-old Hannah McPartland, who came to town as a mad doctor, complete with saw and pretend blood. They both win a £15 Morrisons voucher.

The free Halloween entertainment was organised by the Caterham BID (known as Caterham Valley For You)

More free family fun continues on Saturday, November 24, when Caterham BID launches its popular Caterham Valley Elf Takeover. For four weeks, 20 hand-crafted elves will be hiding in shops and businesses around the town waiting to be discovered by elf detectives.

Children can track them down by answering clues which will pinpoint their hidey-holes in various locations throughout the town.

The Caterham Valley Elf Takeover will continue until Saturday, December 22, and elf-hunters will be encouraged to share their Caterham `elfies’ on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.

Free trail sheets will be distributed at various pick-up points around the town (see www.caterhamvalley.co.uk) ready for elf-hunters to start their adventure, and there is the chance to win a prize voucher for those who are successful.

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