North Laine businesses hosting free family Halloween trail

Some scary clowns at last year's Halloween trail
Some scary clowns at last year's Halloween trail

There will be spooky goings-on at Brighton’s North Laine this weekend as shops take part in a family-friendly halloween trail.

Families can take part in the trick or treat trail which will be returning for 2019.

Trick-or-treaters having fun during the 2018 trail

Trick-or-treaters having fun during the 2018 trail

Organised by Calandra Balfour, co-owner of Lust, Upper Gardner Street, the free event will see shops from Bond Street to Trafalgar Street giving out sweet treats.

Trick-or-treaters young and old can dress up and visit the shops, which will display posters to show they are taking part.

Now in its second year, the family event aims to bring the community together for the popular spooky season.

Calandra said: “Not all kids are fortunate enough to brought up in areas where there is a strong community and they can go Trick or Treating. If kids are very young, going out after dark can be scary for them; this daytime activity allows them to be part of Halloween, have all the fun of dressing up and getting treats in a safer environment.

Children dressed up warm to enjoy the event last year

Children dressed up warm to enjoy the event last year

“It also provides parents with something – and something free to boot - to do with their kids when the half term looms, not ignoring the added expense of having kids off school.”

Last year children had a ‘great time’ while collecting sweet treats and shop staff donned spooky costumes to greet trick-or-treaters.

Businesses taking part are members of the North Laine Traders Association.

“The reality is most small business owners are working all the hours just to keep their business on track. This event allows us all to feel that we are not alone, there is a limited amount of working together, and we get to learn each other’s names. I know my neighbours now!” Calandra said.

A dragon collects sweets from a North Laine retailer on the trail last year

A dragon collects sweets from a North Laine retailer on the trail last year

Trick-or-treaters can take part in the trail on Saturday and Sunday (October 26-27) from midday-4pm.

Businesses taking part include:

BOND STREET

Happyology

Braving the rain at 2018's North Laine Halloween Trail

Braving the rain at 2018's North Laine Halloween Trail

Joy

Lavender Room

GARDNER STREET

Bird and Tea

Present in the Laine

Toby Tiger

Lust!

NORTH ROAD

Little Beach Boutique

Brighton Sewing Centre (Saturday)

Lucy and Yak

UPPER GLOUCESTER ROAD

Blackout

TRAFALGAR STREET

Oliver’s

For more details, visit the event page here