FANCY dress fans are spreading smiles on faces around town by going the extra mile with their get-ups.
After we put mystery Minion Natalie Walker in the spotlight, readers stepped forward to highlight the other cheering characters who have been rifling through the dress-up box.
Among them are snake-hipped superhero Spider-Man and his sidekick Batwoman, who have been spotted slinking and grooving around the Rawmarsh and Swinton areas.
The man behind the mask is Craig Hill, who first ventured out in a superhero costume to visit and cheer up a friend’s disabled son.
“People saw me and it was put on the Swinton Watch Facebook group and it just went from there,” said the 35-year-old dad of three.
“I went round Swinton, then Mexborough and Rawmarsh. My partner’s daughter, Emma Randall, is Batwoman and I’m Spider-Man.
“My partner walks down the side of the road playing music and I dance down the middle of the street. The response has been phenomenal.
“I have had requests to visit people as Spider-Man and sing happy birthday.
“I’ve had people saying I should be doing this after lockdown so I am thinking about it.”
The goodwill Craig’s wanders has produced has been converted into cash for good causes, with raffles for the NHS on his Spider-man and Batman Facebook page having brought in £600 and more planned for local charities.
Another fan of an eye-catching outfit is Steven Henshaw, who has been attracting attention on Thursday nights in Cowrakes Lane, Whiston, with a different costume every week.
So far, he’s been a wicked queen, a horse-riding cowboy, Spongebob Squarepants and even a blue-haired nurse.
Superhero sightings have also been recorded in Greasbrough, where Ken Glover was spotted in his Batman costume as residents joined in the Clap for Carers salute last Thursday.
Ken (53), of Lowfield Road, said: “I have been Superman, Batman, Iron Man and last Thursday I was wearing a giant inflatable Pikachu costume.
“It’s a surprise for people every week, he said.
“Six or seven weeks ago I thought it would make everyone laugh when they came out to clap so I bought some costumes off the internet.
“My parents live at the bottom of the road and they have been shielding for weeks so I go down to see them and people seem to enjoy seeing me. It adds to the atmosphere.”
Electrician Ken is now back at work, but said he was leaving the costumes at home.
“Especially the inflatable Pikachu one,” he said. “That’s a bit flammable!”