High Street is the main haunt for Halloween again

Fancy dress competition at the Old Town Halloween Party 2014. Photo: Adrian Jones
Fancy dress competition at the Old Town Halloween Party 2014. Photo: Adrian Jones

Hemel Hempstead’s High Street has proved it is once again the main haunt for Halloween festivities after the annual extravaganza returned from its hiatus.

The traditional Old Town Halloween Party bounced back after being cancelled last year due to the overrun roadworks, which rendered the area unsafe for such a large gathering.

But on Sunday all manner of ghosts, ghouls and garishly-dressed revellers pounded the cobbles to celebrate the spookiest time of year.

Around 7,000 people turned out to enjoy the fiendish family fun, which included trick or treat activities, arts and crafts, fairground rides and a creepy costume competition judged by Old Town businesses. A fireworks display over Gadebridge Park in the evening finished off the spooktacular street party with a bang.

The mayor of Dacorum Allan Lawson and town MP Mike Penning opened the event along with the petrifying people behind Scarenation, organisers of the Factory of Fear which is running at Frogmore Paper Mill.

Dacorum Borough Council’s group manager for strategic planning and regeneration Chris Taylor said: “We are so pleased with how well this year’s Halloween event has been received. Our new town centre team organised a fantastic event that gave us all an opportunity to celebrate everything that the Old Town and High Street has to offer.”

Homegrown businesses supported the supernaturally successful event – with Little Gaddesden’s TSE Productions supplying the main stage and Fireburst Fireworks Ltd co-ordinating the night-time display.