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Is this Halloween display too gruesome?

A Halloween display in a shop window in Hampshire has been criticised for being too gory. Several shopowners in Leigh Park have decorated their premises as part of a local competition. But the scene in one cafe has been described as 'just too horrific'. The owner says it attracts publicity and is good for local business, as Sally Simmonds reports

Cafe owner ordered to change 'gruesome' Halloween display

Complaints were made about the display Credit: Paul Jacobs/

The gory Halloween window display at the Memory Lane Cafe at the Greywell Shopping Centre in Havant. Complaints were made to police about the window display which shows a murder scene. A dead baby was removed from the display. Police took the action under anti-social behaviour legislation. More later.


Halloween costumes checked for fire risk

Firefighters are warning shoppers to be on their guard, after flammability tests on a number of high street Halloween costumes.

The potential dangers of SOME outfits were highlighted last year when TV presenter Claudia Winkleman's daughter was badly burned after her fancy dress caught fire on a candle.

The Government has ordered spot checks of costumes, and some stores already do extra testing. But any official changes won't come into force until next year. Matt Price reports.

Spooky events arranged for Halloween

A spooky evening at Tudor House Credit: Southampton City Council

Spooky Halloween events are being arranged in Southampton. There will be a special 'spooky night' at Tudor House and Garden on 30 October. There will be free admission and late night opening until 9pm. The public are being invited to explore 800 years of history during the evening.

Spectacular pumpkin creations from across the region

Thousands of people across the ITV Meridian region have spent hours patiently carving some spectacular pumpkin creations for Halloween tonight. Here's just a few:

Mary Shephard's ocean themed pumpkin
Some impressive work from Glaysher Family Butchers
The Glaysher Family Butchers' amazing effort
A slightly less scary design from the Fosters in Godalming
Michelle Brown's impressive sculpting
Andy Walsh's Harry Potter themed pumpkin

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In for a treat: You don't need to wrap up today!

We're in for a treat today .... and the warmest Hallowe'en on record. Temperatures are expected to reach twenty one degrees today - eight degrees higher than average.

Hallowe'en Credit: PA Images

The Met Office says the last time the temperature was this high - at this time of year - was in Dartford, in Kent, in 1968. That was 20 degrees then.

How to avoid being spooked this Halloween

Credit: PA

Wiltshere police have given tips for trick or treaters ahead of Halloween this year:

  • Always be accompanied by an adult when out trick or treating
  • Only go to houses of people that you know and who are happy for you to call
  • Stay safe, keep to places that you know and are well lit. Do not take short cuts through gardens, alleyways or parks
  • Watch out for traffic
  • If wearing a mask, make sure that can see where you are going and are aware of your surroundings
  • Carry a torch and a fully charged mobile phone (if you have one).

Neighbourhood Policing Teams will be on patrol during the Halloween period, in order to prevent any ghoulish (anti-social) behaviour. Wiltshire police have conjured up 'no trick or treat' posters for anybody who doesn't want to be disturbed.

"Whilst Halloween can be a lot of fun, especially for youngsters, it is important to remember that ‘trick or treating’ in the dark can be upsetting, especially for elderly and vulnerable people and those who live alone."

– Angus Macpherson, Police and Crime Commissioner for Wiltshire and Swindon

Halloween event organiser denies ads are 'too scary'

We do not intend to cause offence to anyone. The image of the zombie girl on our advertising is no worse than many images you´ll see at this time of year in newspapers and magazines, on the Halloween costumes in the supermarket isles and even kids TV programmes.

We are waiting for the Advertising Standards Authority to come back to us with their judgement to see if we have to take the ads off the buses.

– Stuart Beare, organiser of the Tulleys Farm Shocktober Fest event

Halloween bus ads 'too scary'

A number of residents have complained that this advert is too scary for children Credit: Partners Group

Adverts promoting a Halloween attraction near Crawley has been deemed too scary.

The Advertising Standards Authority has received a number of complaints from local residents about the Tulleys Farm Shocktober Fest bus advert and is currently investigating to see if any rules have been broken.

The advert is promoting a Halloween attraction in Crawley Credit: Partners Group

The adverts are on the sides of over 100 buses operating across Sussex and South London including Crawley, Croydon, Kingston upon Thames and Tunbridge Wells.

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