HALLOWEEN came a week early to Albox.
Around 500 children and adults embraced the typically US and British-style traditions, dressing up as characters from films and comics or making themselves look suitably ghoulish for a series of activities laid on by the Albox council and the AEPA Almanzora Entrepreneurs and Professionals Associations last Friday.
Around 70 local AEPA member businesses took part in a competition to create the best Halloween-themed window display, the winner of the €100 cash prize due to be announced later this week.
There was also a competition for best costume among the children taking part in the organised activities, which took place in a large marquee in the Plaza de Abastos.
Friday night’s fun got going with a procession starting at plaza de San Francisco in the La Loma district of the town, which then wound its way through the main streets. There were demons, witches, vampires, zombies and more, both young and not so young.
On top of this, there were a whole bunch of creepy characters in the ‘passage of terror’ set up on the plot on which the old Fenoy school used to stand.
At some point every business in the town centre had a visit from a group of trick or treating children, and filled their pumpkins with sweets and other goodies.
The kids and their parents could also have a tarot card reading, make All Saints’ Day decorations for their homes or learn how to do truly terrifying make-up.
Traditional seasonal snacks included roasted chestnuts and doughnuts.
Events for the very youngest ended with a Zumba kids demonstration and a draw for a Halloween cake.
The final event of the night was the ‘Mystery Days’ with well-known parapsychologist Jose David Flores.
Albox Trade councillor Virgina Saez explained the thinking behind the Halloween activities.
“The aim is to strengthen trade around the main streets which the procession passed through and where all the activities were staged.”
Therefore, Saez said, this year the Halloween actitivities were organised for during trading hours, pointing out the celebrations fall on the same dates as the municipality’s big All Saints’ festival.
“It has been a way of attracting residents of other municipalities near to Albox”, the councillor commented, adding, “we hope to have more than 1,000 taking part next year.”
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