Sparkling ghouls at West Acre’s Halloween bonfire

West Acre Halloween Bonfire'Some of the many friends who dressed up for the occasion included back, from left, Helena Blakeley, Bethany Barnett, Lucy Kerkham and front, from left,  Zelie Birkbeck, Harriet Kerkham and Florence Barnett ANL-150111-171528001

West Acre Halloween Bonfire'Some of the many friends who dressed up for the occasion included back, from left, Helena Blakeley, Bethany Barnett, Lucy Kerkham and front, from left, Zelie Birkbeck, Harriet Kerkham and Florence Barnett ANL-150111-171528001

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Witches, ghosts, vampires, skeletons, zombies and even the Devil himself were on the prowl in West Acre on Saturday, as the village held its annual Halloween Bonfire night.

Children in the village – and quite a few adults – dressed up to enjoy an evening where the weather stayed fine once again.

West Acre Halloween Bonfire'Dracula (Philip Nelson) and his Sorceress (Elaine Farrow) were on the prowl for likely victims ANL-150111-171550001

West Acre Halloween Bonfire'Dracula (Philip Nelson) and his Sorceress (Elaine Farrow) were on the prowl for likely victims ANL-150111-171550001

And fireworks provided a sparkling background to an enormous bonfire built by scavenging residents who spent weeks raiding their gardens and the grounds of the parish church for every scrap of wood they could find.

By tradition, West Acre has a Halloween bonfire, while the nearby village of East Walton, just over two miles away, has a Guy Fawkes bonfire so the events do not clash.

At West Acre there was much to enjoy with fairground rides, a barbeque, and warming bowls of soup, in addition to fancy dress competitions for youngsters and adults.

“It’s a village tradition to hold a summer fete and a Halloween bonfire,” said event organiser, Kelly Smith.

West Acre Halloween Bonfire'Witch Lizzi Burford, left. and the wicked queen, Tegan Lee, won the adults fancy costume  contest ANL-150111-171601001

West Acre Halloween Bonfire'Witch Lizzi Burford, left. and the wicked queen, Tegan Lee, won the adults fancy costume contest ANL-150111-171601001

“Together the events normally raise in the region of £2,000 with the money going to the village hall after expenses.

“It’s all been organised by volunteers who have been fantastic,” she added.

“We’ve got a bunch of really good people including younger people who have become involved. It’s thanks to them that we can put on this event.”

West Acre Halloween Bonfire'A sparkling night sky over West Acre ANL-150111-171539001

West Acre Halloween Bonfire'A sparkling night sky over West Acre ANL-150111-171539001