Tag: Halloween


How scary can you be? We would like to find out.

To win some spooktacular prizes from our retailers make sure you enter our scary selfie Halloween competition by following a few easy steps:


1.  Get yourself down to Red Lion Yard

2. Take a selfie, the scarier the better (feel free to dress up), in front of the haunted house Halloween backdrop that you find displayed in one of the shop windows in Red Lion Yard.

3.  Like the Lion Walk Facebook page and/or follow us on Twitter

4.  Post your selfie on Lion Walk’s Facebook and/or Twitter page using #LionWalkSpook

5. Best/most scary picture wins (as judged by our resident ghouls)

Competition runs between 25 Oct – 2 Nov

1st prize: £50 GAME gift voucher

10 runners-up: 10 x £10 gift vouchers from Boots, Costa Coffee, New Look, River Island, The Body Shop, The Perfume Shop, TopMan, TopShop, Thorntons, WHSmith top list . check domain worth .


Are you brave enough to pay us a visit?

From 24 October, the historic Red Lion Yard in the heart of Colchester, gets an amazing spooktacular Halloween makeover with witches that cackle and glow; giant spiders spinning their webs, just waiting to pounce on the unwary visitor; and scary creatures crawling out of the sewers. And, watch out for the ghostly apparitions and spooky sounds.   Are you brave enough to pay us a visit?

It’s all alongside {Colchester Presents} Light & Shade – the Halloween event taking place across Colchester town Centre.

AND, on Halloween itself (Saturday 31 October), Red Lion Yard will host scary storytelling, making even the most courageous kids shiver; frightening face painting and trick or treating for the kids – all FREE. PLUS, the ghostly monk – who tradition has it haunts the Red Lion Hotel – will be a little less elusive than usual, roaming Red Lion Yard and Lion Walk posing for photos with those who dare!

The scary storytelling is organised by Boots Optician in partnership with the National Literacy Trust. The programme encourages children to read for enjoyment but also sets out to raise awareness of the link between eye health and literacy. The storytelling will take place in unit 8/9 Red Lion Yard – which will be decked out with ghostly fog and scary music to set the mood. Reading sessions are held around 12noon, 1pm, 2pm and 3pm.

For even more Halloween fun on 31 of October in the same unit (or outside it if the weather allows), kids can get a new scary Halloween look with our FREE face painting, getting them ready for trick or treating around Lion Walk Shopping Centre & Red Lion Yard. To take part in the Trick or Treating, all they have to do is to pick up a Trick or Treat bag from Unit 8/9 Red Lion Yard and visit participating retailers (those with a trick or treat poster in the window) to pick up a treat (or maybe get a trick played on them).

Peter Scopes Centre Manager at Lion Walk Shopping Centre & Red Lion Yard said: “This year we are going all out to create an amazing Halloween experience for families to enjoy. Red Lion Yard will be completely transformed beyond anyone’s imagination and is definitely worth a visit – if you dare! So for a spooktacular Halloween and scarily good shopping come down to the centre and take part in everything we have going on. ”


Programme of Halloween fun:

24 Oct – 31 Oct: Red Lion Yard gets a spooky Halloween makeover

31 Oct:  Spooky storytelling in Red Lion Yard unit 8/9 around 12noon, 1pm, 2pm and 3pm.

31 Oct: FREE face painting also in unit 8/9 Red Lion Yard from 12noon to 4pm.

31 Oct: Trick or treat from 12noon, pick up your trick & treat bag from unit 8/9 Red Lion Yard and visit participating retailers to collect a treat.


For more details about {Colchester Presents} Light & Shade see: www.visitcolchester.com/SpookyFun.aspx

You will find more details about National Literacy Trust and Boots Opticians partnership here: www.literacytrust.org.uk/news/6645_we_launch_an_exciting_new_partnership_with_boots_opticians




For a spooktacular Halloween bring the kids to Lion Walk Shopping Centre and Red Lion Yard, in the heart of Colchester, to take part in FREE spooky, spine chilling, frightening family fun and games. From 30 October to 1 November we have ghostly story telling and supernatural themed craft workshops. A giant pumpkin will also be wandering around the centre on Friday 31 October.

For all three days kids can visit the “Land of Darkness” nestled in Red Lion Yard to listen to hair-raising ghost stories, making even the most courageous shiver. As well as scary stories children visiting Lion Walk and Red Lion Yard during Halloween will get the chance to bring out their witchcraft skills by joining the Halloween make and take craft workshops designing snakes, bats and other Halloween creatures.

Also, between 25 October and 2 November the centre is running a scary selfie Halloween competition, where shoppers can win fantastic prizes from the centre’s retailers. The best entry will get a £50 gift voucher from GAME plus there are more prizes up for grabs. To enter the competition simply take a selfie, the scarier the better, in front of the haunted house Halloween backdrop in Red Lion Yard and post it on the Lion Walk Facebook and/or Twitter page using #LionWalkSpook.


Programme of Halloween activities, Red Lion Yard unit 8/9:

25 Oct – 2 Nov: Scary Selfie Halloween Competition

30 Oct: Halloween make & take craft workshop – all day.  Ghost stories 11.30am, 12.30pm and 2.30pm

31 Oct: Halloween make & take craft workshop – all day.  Ghost stories 11.30am, 12.30pm and 2.30pm.  Giant Pumpkin walkabout, Lion Walk & Red Lion Yard

1 Nov: Halloween make & take craft workshop – all day.  Ghost stories 11.30am, 12.30pm and 2.30pm