FRIGHT NIGHT

The Gazette (Derwent Valley) - - FRONT PAGE - PA­TRICK GEE

NEW Nor­folk was over­run with gob­lins, grem­lins and ghouls last night as the town em­braced the Hal­loween fes­tive spirit.

Lucy Gleeson, 10, Cooper Gleeson, 7, Lola Wal­ters, 3, and Vi­o­let Col­let, 7, all donned cos­tumes to go door to door in search of sweet treats.

“I like [Hal­loween] be­cause you get to dress up in scary things and then eat lol­lies all day after­wards,” said Vi­o­let, who was dressed as Mor­ti­cia Ad­dams.

Cooper dressed as an as­sas­sin and said he would be on the hunt for his favourite lol­lies, gummy worms.

Hal­loween in the Der­went Val­ley has grown sub­stan­tially in the past three years, Lucy and Cooper’s mother Chloe Gleeson said.

“This is the third year of trick or treat­ing in New Nor­folk,” she said.

“The first year, the word just got put around to put a bal­loon on your let­ter­box if you want to be in­volved but noth­ing of­fi­cial.

“A lot of kids went knock­ing — but no­body had any lol­lies.”

Last year, Mrs Gleeson made a Face­book page to bet­ter or­gan­ise the event.

“Last year we put the bal­loons out, made a Face­book page, shared it around and it ac­tu­ally went pretty mas­sive,” she said.

“This is the third year now and peo­ple are get­ting right into it and start­ing to dec­o­rate early and kids are do­ing more cos­tumes.”

Ms Gleeson has been proac­tive in help­ing make trick or treat­ing in New Nor­folk safe for chil­dren with ad­vice for other par­ents.

“Def­i­nitely only go to the house if there’s a bal­loon at the house or it’s dec­o­rated, don’t let your chil­dren go alone, don’t go af­ter dark and only ac­cept wrapped lol­lies,” she said.

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