Drayton & Taverham

Spooky fun in Taverham

Aaron Penfold
Oct 1, 2013 3 mins read

Halloween is a great excuse to get dressed up and have some spooky fun, but if you don’t like the idea of your child knocking on strangers’ doors, then there is an alternative.

Spooktacular 2 has been organised by Taverham residents Tracey Jacks and Kelly Oliver-King and has everything you’d expect from a Halloween party: disco, party games, raffle, spooky decorations and party bags – and it’s all raising money for two worthy charities.

The two mums met at Nightingale First School gate and realised they had a lot in common, as both their mums had been affected by breast cancer, sadly Kelly’s mum died from the disease two years ago.

“We wanted to do something to raise money for the Cancer Care charity, so we got our heads together and came up with the idea of a Halloween party,” said Tracey. “Kids love dressing up at Halloween, but a lot of parents don’t like them going out trick or treating, so we thought a party would be ideal.”

Half the money raised will go to Cancer Care, while the other half will go to the premature baby unit at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital, as Tracey’s twin boys Benjamin and Callum were born eight weeks early.

“They were brilliant and I’d always said I wanted to do something to raise some money for the unit, so we decided to combine the two,” said Tracey.

They held their first Spooktacular event last year at Hinks Meadow Hall. Forty children attended and raised just over £300, but this year they’re hoping even more people will attend and have gone for a bigger venue in Thorpe Marriott Village Hall on Friday, November 1, 5.30- 8pm.

“It was a fantastic party and there was a really good atmosphere,” said Tracey. “We’ve moved it to the day after Halloween this year as some parents wanted to bring their children last year but said they’d already promised to take them trick or treating, so this way they can do both.”

There will be prizes for the best boy’s and girl’s costumes – adults are encouraged to dress up too! The ticket price includes a raffle ticket for the children’s raffle, while adults can buy tickets for a separate draw. Last year Asda donated a flat screen television for the adult raffle, but Tracey and Kelly are still looking for a big prize for this year, so if anyone would like to support these fantastic charities with a prize can call on the numbers below.

The party is for 5-8 year olds, but younger siblings can attend, just let Tracey or Kelly know when booking the tickets. Tickets cost £4 and can be bought by calling Tracey on 07776 046367 or Kelly on 07787 038189.

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