HUNDREDS of ghouls and ghosts descended on a popular topurist attraction for an annual event.
Up to 700 people attended Hartlepool Borough Council’s Spooquay event last night at Hartlepool’s Maritime Experience (HME).
The event has been such a success in prevuious year that bosses decided to stage it over two days this year, so as well as last night’s event people also have the chance to joinm in the fun tonight.
David Worthington, head of culture and information for Hartlepool Borough Council, said: “It’s been a roaring success. Both the adults and the children made a real effort with their costumes, which made judging the costume competition very difficult. We picked a first, second and third best costume but, to be honest, we could have chosen 50 winners.
“We had between 600 and 700 people here last night and we’re expecting the same number of people here tonight.
“We’ve introduced an extra night this year because, in previous years, we’ve sold out and we felt that having it spread over two nights would give people a better quality experience and make it easier for everyone to get around and see everything and it’s been excellent.
“We’re hoping to see just as many people here for our Christmas Crackers event.”
This year’s theme is ‘Movie Monsters’ and the evenings will feature classic characters from the spooky silver screen and fiendish fun events for all ages.
New to the event is a tour around the action-packed ‘Spoo-Quay Doo Ghost Ship’ where the HME’s Fighting Ships attraction has been taken over by some creepy villains and people can join ghost-busting hound Scooby Doo and his pals to track them down and catch them.
There was also a Spoo-Quay disco with amazing Halloween beats, the Zombie Pirate Shadow Puppet Theatre a sinister Frankenstein laboratory.