THERE was an unusual sight in Andover earlier this week as ghosts, ghouls and witches came out for spooktacular Halloween fun in the town centre. 

On Tuesday, October 31, Test Valley Borough Council, InAndover from Andover BID with Andover Community Events (ACE) and Chapel Arts Studio (CAS) brought a whole host of spooky fun to Andover including a trick or treat, a spooky disco, a night market and children’s fancy dress.

The high street was buzzing and the crowds of people who enjoyed the event moved around the town bringing joy to businesses.

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Shops stayed open later and families walked around the stalls in the market square. Some stalls on display included Bluebird Care Staff members, Unity Arts Studio, Dragonflies WI, Fostering Hampshire Children, Andover BID and Andover Town Council, among many more. 

Attendees enjoyed a special Halloween disco, dancing to their favourite scary tunes from over the years.

Georgina Roberts, who is the owner of Mooch, participated in the Halloween celebrations, dressing up and decorating the store to residents' delight. She said: "It's great to see the town busy and see all the kids enjoying themselves. It's a fantastic environment and a great excuse for us to dress up and get involved."

Howden, who had previously been A-Plan Insurance, took the opportunity to hand out sweets to passers-by.

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Holly Guiver, who works at Howden Andover, said: "It's been really successful and a nice opportunity for us to engage with the community. It's been lovely to see so many people out in the town - we've actually run out of sweets."

Katherine Bird and John Cockaday were in attendance on behalf of Andover Town Council, alongside other councillors across the course of the evening.

Cllr Bird said: "It's been a nice evening, and it's important we're here and doing our bit. We're the town council and we're part of this community, and this helps to break down barriers and shows residents that actually, we're here to help."

Cllr Cockaday said: "We're looking forward to getting more involved in events going forward."

Use the photo gallery above to look at some of the best photos from the Halloween event.