Little witches, skeletons and bats had a spine-tinglingly good time during a Halloween Spooktacular at Northfield Shopping Centre in Birmingham.
Families flocked to the world’s smallest haunted house where children were transformed into their favourite scary character by professional face painters.
A photo booth then captured the children’s images with print outs ready in minutes to take home.
Everyone who entered will also have their photos uploaded to the centre’s Facebook page – with the spookiest youngster gaining the most likes winning a £50 voucher to spend in the centre.
Youngsters were also able to join in the free Halloween fun by accompanying Pumpkin Jack on a pumpkin trail around the mall.
Maxine Rose took her two daughters Katie Pitt, eight and Sophie Lee Pitt, nine, pupils at Bellfield Junior School in Northfield, to the centre after spotting a poster advertising the event.
“It’s absolutely brilliant, the girls are having a great time having their faces painted and getting their photos which they can’t wait to show their dad David when they get home,” she said.
“We’re going trick or treating later and it will save me trying to paint their faces as I’m not very good at it.”
Little Freya O’Rourke, seven was transformed into a leopard, while her brother Shay, six, became a bat. The youngsters, who attend Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Primary School in Quinton, were all set to be taken trick or treating by their aunty Michelle O’Rourke after having their faces painted.
Dad Kieron O’Rourke said: “We spotted it and got in the queue. It is really good and the face painting is spot on. It’s a great idea and the children have had a brilliant time.”
Steph Kenny went shopping with Elliott, three and Lauren, 11, a pupil at Turves Green Girls School, and came home with two skeletons. Steph, from Longbridge, said: “We didn’t know this was happening but it is fantastic and an added bonus of going shopping.”
Northfield Shopping Centre manager Adam Meade said: “This provided a perfect opportunity for children and their families to celebrate Halloween, an event which seems to grow in popularity each year.
“The Haunted House photo booth went down really well as the children loved being able to take photos of their scary images home with them.”
Northfield Shopping Centre is home to more than 40 stores, from fashion, health and beauty to services and food and drink. It has more than 650 parking spaces.