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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

Please send your pumpkin photos to itvnewsmeridian@itv.com

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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

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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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Fangs for coming

Vampires gather at Tulleys Farm, near Crawley

In a sea of black capes, red dresses and fanged teeth, vampires from across the UK swooped in to the Shocktober Fest Halloween festival at Tulleys Farm near Crawley, Sussex last night. 503 vampires turned up setting a new UK record.

Organiser Stuart Beare said: "We had a fantastic turnout of vampires, it was a busy night with well over 2000 on site, and some very imaginative costumes. However because of the strict Guinness dress code for vampires there were many who could not be officially counted. "

The current Guinness World Record was set in America. !039 vampires gathered to take the accolade.

Halloween bad behaviour targeted

Police in Kent tackled several incidents of bad behaviour on Halloween.

Officers were called to the Waterdales area of Northfleet and the Clare Road area of Whitstable after reports of people suspected of throwing eggs at windows.

The eggs were seized from and officers issued words of advice to the offenders.

In Tunbridge Wells, officers patrolled the High Street following a report of young people throwing eggs at property.

Throughout the evening, officers also advised people on the dangers of fireworks after responding to reports of people not using them appropriately.

Unruly Halloween party shut down by police

Police officers were forced to close down an unruly Halloween party of 60 teenagers last night. A mother called police after she was going to drop her daughter off at the party at the Sandy Lane sports pavilion in North Baddesley, Hampshire.

On arrival, police found only one adult - a 50-year-old local woman - in charge of the large group of teenagers. They also seized large quantities of alcohol. A 16-year-old boy, who was unconscious, was taken to Southampton General Hospital for the effects of excess alcohol.

Romsey Inspector Jackie Willson said: “There was not enough adult supervision for the number of youngsters present. The situation where one teenager had to go to hospital because of alcohol is alarming. We know that some local residents were irritated by their noise and behaviour."

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