A spooktastic time at SkillZONE Halloween event

Witches, devils, spiders and baby pumpkins were just some of the costumed youngsters who turned up for SkillZONE's Halloween Open Days on October 30th and 31st. SkillZONE, which opened just over a year ago, is an educational centre that teaches children, young people and the greater community to recognise dangerous situations in everyday life so they can stay safe. Around 120 people came to the Halloween open days on Wednesday and Thursday and took part in short tours of the centre's life size village. Local families were able to learn more about fire safety at Halloween with Gloucestershire Fire and Rescue crews running fire truck demonstrations over the two day event. SkillZONE Manager Donna Potts says: "It's our first time running a Halloween event and we've been pleased with the feedback we had from visitors. The kids Halloween outfits have been wonderful and it's been lovely to see them enjoying SkillZONE and taking in the important safety messages we teach on our tours." Children had the chance to play Halloween games, get their face painted, watch fire truck demonstrations and listen to spooky stories. Oliver Bond, 5, of Quedgeley, (pictured left) won a prize for his skeleton pirate outfit.  He says: “I was happy to win. I liked putting my hand in the spaghetti game the best and the scary story.” Local volunteers helped run the open days for SkillZONE and local businesses; Fosterplus, Tesco, Asda, Sainsbury, Morrisons and the Over Farm Market donated treats, pumpkins and prizes. "A special thanks also to young Jack and Chloe Hughes who helped with putting up the Halloween decorations."   Pictures : Main image shows Halloween kids, from left: Sophie Lewis, 9, Jack Gardner, 6, Sophie Orton, 7, Kate Gardner, 9, and Spencer Lewis, 6. On right is Kate Gardner, 9, with her prize winning pumpkin.