Halloween fun at Pillage the Village benefits local charities

This installation by Unusual Exhibitions was in Tunnel Road


They came.  They pillaged.  They gave thousands of items to the food bank.

Grown-ups and kids once again donned Halloween costume as they took part in Reigate’s fourth annual Pillage the Village on Saturday 28 October, 2017.

In return for a food donation to local charity Loveworks, pillagers were able to pick up a bag to collect goodies from town centre businesses displaying orange and black balloons.

Loveworks handed out 1,420 bags during the course of the day, in return for 3,028 food items. The charity also received £428 in donations.

Other events around the town also raised money for good causes: £413 for Stripey Stork and £170 for Us in a Bus.

Entertainment in Tunnel Road included music, street food, face painting, a tin can beer bar, charity stalls and Thriller and Rocky Horror dance routines.

Elsewhere in the town the Stairway of Hell run by Reigate Martial Arts at their Bell Street base again proved a popular draw.

A pumpkin carving competition, a best-dressed window competition (divided into a judges’ choice and people’s choice), along with spot prizes for the most impressive costumes, also featured.

Root & Prosper organised the event, supported by a team that rallied round to assist.  Philippa Ratcliffe of the organisers said:

“This year thanks go to Redhill Redstone Rotary Club, Reigate Martial Arts, Helen Church, The Market Stores and event specialists Unusual Experiences.

Plus thanks go to Halliwell Marks who sponsor Pillage the Village, as well as the shops and businesses who donated prizes for the competitions and all the shops and businesses who took part.  This year we were overwhelmed by their enthusiasm and support, without them Pillage the Village wouldn’t be possible.”

There’s a gallery of images from the day on the Pillage the Village Facebook page.


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