A frightfully good Halloween in Aylesbury and High Wycombe
Visitors to Aylesbury and High Wycombe town centres enjoyed some scary fun on Halloween.
In Aylesbury, many of the town centre retailers joined together to celebrate Halloween by adorning their windows with ghoulish decorations. Visitors to the town clearly enjoyed the decorations, as many could be seen smiling and joking when they saw them.
Commenting on the day, Aylesbury Town Centre Manager Diana Fawcett had this to say:
“It was fantastic to see a wide range of businesses across the town take the time and make the effort to have such effective and creative displays in their shop windows in these challenging times.
“We posted pictures of the Halloween displays on our Visit Aylesbury Facebook page and asked people to vote for their favourite. It was a close fought battle between The Harrow, Hampden Veterinary Hospital and Snappy Snaps but… Snappy Snaps just had that little bit more magic up their sleeve to be crowned the winner!”
After hearing of their win, Snappy Snaps said:
“We had lots of fun putting together our Halloween display, using our personalised t-shirts, cushions and vintage prints. But the best bit was seeing the reactions of local families when they walked by. It’s been a tricky time for everyone, so it was great to make people smile.”
Snappy Snaps won some free advertising for their business on the Visit Aylesbury website.
High Wycombe celebrated Halloween in style thanks to a series of spooktacular ghost walks exploring the ghoulish history of the town centre.
The family-friendly tours, which were organised by High Wycombe BID company (HWBIDCo) as part of their autumn activities initiative, helped provide some much-needed fun and entertainment for town centre shoppers and visitors. From tales about Brother Gilbert the hospital ghost, to spine-tingling anecdotes about ghostly goings-on in All Saints Church Yard, participants were treated to a free Halloween history lesson courtesy of a professional ghost hunter.
Discussing the event, HWBIDCo Chief Executive Melanie Williams said:
“We were delighted that our ghost tours were such a huge success and that we were able to bring some fun and excitement to High Wycombe this Halloween. This activity is just one part of a robust ‘recovery plan’ aimed at attracting town centre visitors and supporting our retailers who will benefit from an increase in footfall. Looking ahead, we’re excited for our upcoming activities and projects – and, although it’s been a difficult few months, there’s still lots to look forward to.”
Congratulations also to the Rajeh-Hunt family who took part in one of the ghost walks and won the mystery word competition. They’ll receive a £20 toy voucher to spend in a local business.
Steve Bowles, Buckinghamshire Council’s Cabinet Member for Town Centre Regeneration commented:
“While the ongoing pandemic meant that many of the usual Halloween activities couldn’t take place this year, I’m very pleased that town centre businesses in both High Wycombe and Aylesbury made a real effort to bring some ghoulish fun to their shop windows. I also heard that the ghost walks in High Wycombe were scarily good!”