A family has been ‘astounded’ by the kindness of their neighbours who helped give their little boy an early Halloween treat.
Connor Martin, aged six, wanted to have a night of trick-or- treat with his half-brother, Henry, but had commitments in Leamington Spa on October 31.
But Connor’s step-mum Lauren Clough pulled out all the stops to give him a frightastic night with his eleven-month-old brother.
Lauren, 23, said: “We’ve never had Connor for Halloween, and he really wanted to experience it with his little brother.
“But he was scared he wouldn’t get anything if he went trick-or- treating early.”
Lauren, a sociology student at Sheffield Hallam, made up small bags of sweets and delivered them to her neighbours in Greasbrough, Rotherham, with a little note explaining the situation and asking them to play along.
When the little family set out, with Connor dressed as a vampire, they weren’t sure whether anyone would answer the door.
But after a few empty homes, Connor struck gold as the neighbours flung open their doors and began filling his bag with not just the sweets Lauren had posted through, but goodies from their own cupboards, as well as toys and money.
“People really played along, they acted scared and excited, and complimented him on his costume,” said Lauren.
“After going to one house, a lady came running after us down the street with even more sweets to give to him.”
Connor left with an empty bag and came home with two full to the brim.
Even when they back at home, the letterbox rattled with a note and more sweets from someone who’d seen them out and wanted to make sure that Connor had plenty.
Lauren, who runs an online jewellery business with Connor’s dad, William, said: “We were all astounded by the generosity of people. ”
Ecstatic Connor said: “I’ve never been trick or treating before and had so much given to me.
“People are so generous.”