Trick or Treat on Thatcham Market
On Friday 27th October something spooky came to Thatcham Market!
All the stalls were decorated with Halloween decorations with many of the stallholders dressed up in their spookiest costumes and as well as their usual market produce on offer they also had items for sale perfect for anyone hosting or attending a Halloween party that weekend. The Fruit & Veg stall had plenty of pumpkins for sale, Creative Cakes by S&S had spooky ghost cakes & pumpkin flavoured muffins, Mandy’s Jewellery & Bits had spider earrings & vampire necklaces and Moonbeam Gifts had plenty of Halloween costumes, face paint & accessories.
As well as all the Halloween shopping on offer, Thatcham Town Council was delighted to host a stall providing free and pocket money priced games for children enjoying the half term break. Deputy Mayor Jan Cover, dressed as a witch raised £55.17 for the Mayor’s Charities of The Rosemary Appeal and Young People & Children First with her popular games. One game called “Pick a Pumpkin Stick” cost 50p to pull a stick out of a pumpkin and if it had a red tip the participant would win one of 11 prizes generously donated by the stallholders such as a “Handtied bouquet by Bill on Flowers”, “Pumpkin Cake by Creative Cakes by S&S” “Vampire Necklace by Mandys Jewellery & Bits” “Felt mask & purse by ButtonFeltKrafts” and much much more.
The other game was “Guess the name of the Witches Cat.” There were 50 choices and a lucky young man called Liam guessed right that the name was “Nighthawk.” He won the cat plus a box of sweets.
Free fun included the Trick or Treat Treasure Hunt which 76 children took part in. They had to find 11 letters hidden around the market which spelled the word “Broomsticks” they then could plunge their hands into the Trick Cauldron which contained chocolate eyeballs along with some extra surprises like fake spiders, a snake and a severed hand or they could pick a chocolate pumpkin from the Treat cauldron if they weren’t so brave.
Another free activity was “Apple Snapping” thanks to the generosity of husband and wife Karen & Neil from the Fruit & Veg stall who donated a box of apples. Children had to bite the apple without using their hands which caused much amusement!
The aim was not only to offer a bit of free, half term fun for the children and to raise money for the Mayors Charities of The Rosemary Appeal & Young People & Children First but also to showcase Thatcham’s lovely market to its future generation of customers. The stallholders were delighted that the awareness of Thatcham Market had been raised and the parents and carers coming with their children were surprised at the range of things sold on the market these days- away from the traditional items of fruit, veg & meat.
Keep up to date with new stalls and products on Thatcham Market by reading it’s regular Friday blog on Facebook here.
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