A league of extraordinary gentlesmall people descended on an East Reading Warehouse to take on the wrecking ball and smash their way through some hot dogs.
The annual Superheroes party returned to Wycliffe Baptist Church on Friday, October 31, offering Newtown children an alternative to Hallowe’en.
The party included large a inflatable assault course and the inflatable wrecking ball – an extraordinary inflatable cage with an emphasis of fun.
Children could have their face painted, take part in some crafts, play with crossbows and footballs and tackle some giant Jenga.
A special superhero display was set up so the youngsters could pose for photos next to big names including Wolverine and Spider-man.
And when the superheroes needed some super snacks, candy floss, popcorn, hot dogs and specially made cocktails were all available.
More than 200 children aged between three and 11 came to two parties – one for infants, the second for juniors – and were encouraged to dress up as their superhero favourites. Costumes included Spider-man, Batman and Catwoman.
The event was organised by Wycliffe’s operations manager Stewart Johnston.
He said: “I’m very happy with how it’s gone tonight. We’ve seen about 200 children and their parents, which is what we’ve expected.
“We’ve a very happy team of 50 volunteers from the church, most of whom are our teenagers – they went to the Superhero Parties when they were children.”
Stewart feels that the Superhero Party is an important occasion in the Newtown calendar, offering an alternative to Hallowe’en.
He explained: “We’re offering a positive choice for kids in East Reading.”