Shoppers got more than they bargained for in Hemel Hempstead on the creepiest day of the calendar – Halloween.
Marlowes Shopping Centre received 70 entries to its spooktacular fancy dress contest, with blood-curdling Cameron Henderson, 10, crushing the competition in the over 8s category with a bone-chilling skeleton costume. Five-year-old Nosferatu Nathaniel Pike scooped the under 7s title with his formidable vampire get-up.
Other spine-chilling events included potion-making at the mall’s Witches and Wizards Academy and a balloon-crafting witch.
Riverside Shopping Centre also got in the spooky spirit with a trick or treating event involving stores sporting pumpkin posters and offering treats for children.
Centre manager David Robinson said: “We were proud to promote a safe attitude towards trick or treating this year and offer an alternative for parents.”
The Nisa Local store in Crabtree Lane also provided the perfect platform for pumpkin-carvers to test their skills, as well as sweets for those dressed up in the spirit of the spookfest.