Bats are taking up residence in stores across the town centre, and Newquay BID is inviting families to hunt them out to win treats this Halloween.

The competition, created by Newquay Business Improvement District (BID), involves children (accompanied by an adult of course) following the trail to help find the naughty creatures. Participants just need to solve the clues to find the hidden locations. Clue sheets will be made available from the Tourist Information Centre from Saturday 22nd October.

The business will give each child a stamp on their clue sheet once they’ve been into the shop. Once the clue sheet has been completed it can be handed to Tourist Information Centre where the keen Bat Hunters can claim a Halloween treat! The trail does not have to be completed all in one day and budding Bat adventurers have until Sunday 30th October to return their completed sheet.

The Bat Trail has been developed by Newquay (BID) as a means of generating footfall throughout the town, giving families a fun activity to partake in during half term, and to encourage Halloween spirit in the run up to this year’s Zombie Crawl.  

Local businesses are keen to take part in the Halloween antics, the Spook-tacular Halloween Shop Window Competition will return again this year, whereby local retailers will be creating ghoulish displays in their shop windows. Judges will rate the entries, and photos will be posted on social media for the public to like their favourites. 

The Bat Trail and Shop Window Competition form one of the BID’s strategic priorities to support business and help create footfall, raise awareness and promote engagement in the town centre.

Gemma Taylor, Newquay BID manager says about the Bat Trail competition, “We are pleased to be running the Bat Trail again this year, providing a fun, free activity for residents and visitors alike, where they can get involved with the town and enjoy the Halloween festivities. We’ve had great feedback from the previous trails we have run around the town and look forward to seeing lots of families taking part again this year”