THE horror of roadworks that plagued Devizes for months this summer were taken to a frighteningly new level when they formed part of the tunnel of doom in Hillworth Park on Halloween night.

Members of the town council's parks team worked tirelessly to transform a tennis court into a scary spectacular for scores of families who turned out to have the wits scared out of them.

People young and old flocked to the park in Queen's Road under the cover of darkness to enjoy the spooky fun. Open space supervisor Mike Aiston and his team decided to poke fun at the roadworks in London Road that for many motorists were not a laughing matter as traffic got stuck on a regular basis.

But on Wednesday evening people could see the funny side as they dared make their way through the tunnel decorated with skeletons, witches, cobwebs and slime.

Youngsters were given glow sticks to add to the atmosphere and the park cafe did a roaring trade.

Elsewhere in Devizes traders did their bit to join in Halloween fun by holding pumpkin carving competitions.

Members of staff at Specsavers in The Brittox decorated the store and then decorated pumpkins ready to be judged. Winner was lab technician Ashley Kostyszyn with a Scooby-Doo design that showed his artistic flare.

Store director Karen Carvallo said: "We love Halloween and we think it’s a great time of year for some fun. We’ve hosted the pumpkin carving competition for the past few years, so it’s great to see the designs getting more advanced and creative each year."

At Charlton Baker accountants in Snuff Street also held a carving contest which was won by Laura Harris who received tickets for Harry Potter World.