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A Nightmare on Market Street…
Tuesday 6th October, 2009

If you’re in the market for a fright…

Then Wigan Market is the place to be.

In the run up to this year’s Halloween celebrations (Saturday October 31) the popular town centre market has welcomed a ‘spook-tacular’ new attraction in the shape of a stall and grotto dedicated to all things ghoulish.

The Halloween Stall, close to the New Market Street entrance, is a unique mixture of shop and showcase.

Shoppers and passers-by can marvel at fully moving animated figures including a skeleton and everyone’s favourite vampire Count Dracula.

And for those who want to dress up for the big night the stall offers a great range of scary costumes – think ghouls, zombies and ghosts!

The show is on from now right up until Halloween night and as well as being a great bit of fun it’s also helping to raise money for a very worthy cause, with a collection for Derian House Children’s Hospice. And that’s not all because there are plenty of Halloween-themed activities taking place including face-painting, spooky story sessions, balloon modelling and a scary picture competition.

The face painting and balloon modelling will be taking place at the Halloween stall on
  • Saturday 10 October
  • Saturday 17 October
  • Saturday 24 October
  • Saturday 31 October

Characters including Wiggy and a stilt-walker will be walking around the town centre on the above dates handing out freebies including toys and sweets.

The rules for the Halloween drawing competition are:
  • Open to under 10s
  • Entrants will need to write their name, age, address and telephone number on the back of the picture.
  • Entries need to be pinned up in the seating area in the Market Hall before noon on Saturday October 31.
  • Three winners will be chosen at this time and will be awarded a £20 Argos gift voucher.

Wigan Council’s Markets Manager Phil Edge says: “We’re coming up to a great time of year when there will be plenty of celebrations and events and what better way to kick the whole season off than with a great spooky Halloween party?

“The Halloween Stall really is a crowd pleaser and I’d urge everyone to come along and join in the fun.

“We are making Wigan Market a more modern, exciting and interactive shopping experience for everyone.”

While Dave Clitheroe, who runs the Halloween Stall adds: “This is our first year at Wigan Market and it’s proving to be a real success. We got everything you’ll need to make your Halloween party go with a bang and a lot more besides.

“The moving figures are already proving really popular so come and see us. You’ll be so scared you’ll want to come back for more!”

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