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Halloween event toned down after parents complain it’s ‘too scary’
A HORRIFYINGLY good Halloween event has been toned down after complaints that it was too frightening.
Staff at Ferndown Haskins Garden Centre last year designed their own costumes and props for the first-ever Halloween spectacular at the site.
However, following a handful of complaints, general manager Simon Morris has promised to make the charity event less scary this October 31.
“I must admit it came as a shock to receive a number of complaints after everyone appeared to have a fun evening, with activities including a fancy dress competition, face painting and spooky storytelling,” he said.
“But then we do find that some young children are scared to meet Santa at our Christmas events, and he looks very friendly.”
Hundreds of families turned out to the event in 2012, and the centre raised £800 for the Youth Cancer Trust.
Mr Morris said: “Of all the people who came along, a very small minority complained that it was a bit too much.
“Around 400 children took part in the event, and most really enjoyed it, so we’re hoping to continue that success this year.”
The team hope to beat last year’s total this Halloween, and will be raising funds for their charity of the year, Diverse Abilities Plus.
“It’s a very popular event and we hope it raises lots of money for this fantastic cause,” said Mr Morris.
For more information on the event, visit haskins.co.uk
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