The Halloween Shop Trail is returning to Accrington this half term holidays for its second year in a row.

The spooky event, launched by Amazing Accrington, will run over the half term holidays, from Monday, October 23 to Halloween on Tuesday, October 31.

This year’s event is sponsored by local training provider North Lancs Training Group (NLTG) and Hyndburn Borough Council.

This is the second year in a row that #AmazingAccrington have organised the Halloween Shop Trail, with hundreds of children taking part in 2022.

Leaflets are going out to local schools and will be available in participating outlets, including Acorns of Lancashire, the NLTG office in Oak Street, Space 2 Make and the OASST Accrington Stanley shop, plus many more.

Gareth Lindsay, managing director of NLTG, said: "We are extremely proud to be sponsoring the Halloween Shop Trail in Accrington once again this year.

"We love getting involved in community events and look forward to seeing the children enjoy this year's Halloween Competition."

Cllr Marlene Haworth, leader of Hyndburn Borough Council, said: "I am so happy that the Halloween Shop Trail is returning this year.

“Not only is it an extremely fun activity for local schoolchildren and their parents over Halloween, but it's a fantastic way to encourage people to #ShopLocal and promote our wonderful local businesses."

Prizes include a £50 gift voucher, a sweet hamper, and tickets to an Accrington Stanley match. Children are encouraged to dress up, and trick or treat along the way while getting ten stamps from participating shops.

The completed forms should then be dropped into reception at NLTG, located at Bradshawgate House, Oak St, Accrington, for the lucky winners to be selected.

Murray Dawson, chair of Amazing Accrington, said: "The Halloween Shop Trail was very successful last year and we would like to say a big thank you to North Lancs Training Group and Hyndburn Borough Council for supporting the event again in 2023.

“We would like to see people shopping locally and the competition driving footfall into Accrington."