Hexham businesses are battling out in the annual ‘best dressed shop Hallowe'en window’ competition.

The annual competition has returned following Covid-19.

The aim is for businesses is to use Hallowe'en decorations and any arts and crafts materials to ‘dress up’ their shop windows to compete for the title of ‘spookiest window’.

The competition is to help build up to the excitement of Spook night, which is on October 31 and is run by the Hexham Community Partnership.

It will give participating shops have the chance to be creative on their shop windows and can compete against each other for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place, which all win prizes.

Over the past few weeks, there have been many shops eagerly participating in the event and have entertained many residents and visitors in Hexham.

Rachel Ladd Communications and Market Manager Hexham Community Partnership said: “The spooky window competition is always a great part of our Spook Night celebrations.

"We can’t wait to see all the brilliant displays around Hexham, good luck to everyone taking part!”

Participants have until October 30 to send in their pictures and will be judged by the public vote on the Hexham Courant’s website on October 31.

The winners will be announced shorty afterwards.

Any shops wishing to send pictures, should email them to samantha.teasdale@newsquest.co.uk along with the name of the shop, the entrant and a contact number.

Here are some of the scary entries so far from The Secret Salon, The Yorkshire Trading CO, Little Mexico and Little Place.