Gallery/poll: The trick-or-treating takes place tonight – but that couldn’t stop hundreds of youngsters enjoying a week of early spooky activities

Peoples Community Garden, Ipswich celebrate Halloween with a special event
Keeley and Kelsey Edward

Peoples Community Garden, Ipswich celebrate Halloween with a special event Keeley and Kelsey Edwards and Madison Jacobs - Credit: Archant

From close encounters with creepy crawlies, through to sporty activities and pumpkin carving, youngsters have enjoyed a host of Halloween-themed events across Ipswich.

Peoples Community Garden, Ipswich celebrate Halloween with a special event
Riley Watling and Tyler

Peoples Community Garden, Ipswich celebrate Halloween with a special event Riley Watling and Tyler Mayhew - Credit: Archant

From close encounters with creepy crawlies, through to sporty activities and pumpkin carving, youngsters have enjoyed a host of Halloween-themed events across Ipswich.

While the official night of trick-or-treating takes place tonight, that hasn’t stopped children – and their parents – donning their spookiest outfits for a week of festivities,

Dozens of people turned up to Ipswich County Library, in Northgate Street, where they had the chance to get up close and personal with snakes, lizards and other animals.

The creatures were brought by Mr Bean Reptile Encounters and there were also themed activities taking place on the day.

Ipswich Town also got involved with the Halloween fun as members of the Junior Blues took part in a “spooktacular” bowling event at Namco Funscape.

Town players, including Frank Nouble and Paul Anderson, also joined in the fun and games.

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Julie Bryant, Junior Blues manager, said: “The Junior Blues had a frightingly good time and it was great to see so many of them dressed up in Halloween costume.”

Town-based project ActivGardens, part of ActivLives, also put on an event for young and old at the People’s Community Garden, in Halifax Road, yesterday.

There were plenty of activities for people to take part in, which included pumpkin carving. Susannah Robirosa, ActivGardens development officer, said: “We had an absolutely fantastic day and we were blessed with the weather, it has just been gorgeous, and we had a fabulous turn out. It was a lovely community atmosphere.”

Meanwhile, staff at Sainsbury’s, in Upper Brook Street, have also marked Halloween by dressing up and raising funds for the Ipswich Blind Society.

The event, which continues today, also included a tombola and colouring competition.

A spokesman for the store said: “It has gone really well.”

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