Spooky fes­ti­val line-up for Ark­low

Wicklow People (Arklow) - - NEWS - By DEB­O­RAH COLE­MAN

ARK­LOW’S big­gest and best fam­ily Hal­lowe’en Fes­ti­val will take place from Fri­day, Oc­to­ber 27 to Tues­day 31.

Witches, zom­bies, ghosts and fairies alike are all in­vited to at­tend the spook­tac­u­lar events. There will be some treats and def­i­nitely some tricks in store for all the fam­ily.

Arts and crafts, ghost and her­itage walks, sto­ry­telling, fire­works dis­play and dis­cos are just some of the high­lights in Ark­low Mu­nic­i­pal Dis­trict’s fes­tive cal­en­dar of events this Hal­lowe’en.

Busi­ness own­ers are en­cour­aged to dec­o­rate their premises for which there will be a prize. Own­ers of va­cant units are also asked to dec­o­rate their win­dows.

As part of the fes­ti­val Tran­si­tion Year and Leav­ing Cert stu­dents in Ark­low will be asked to par­tic­i­pate in a sur­vey ti­tled ‘Sur­vival of Tra­di­tional Folk­lore in The Age of Iphone and Tablet’. This sur­vey will be con­ducted in con­junc­tion with UCD Folk­lore Depart­ment.

The events are open to all the fam­ily young and old, and are great ways to cel­e­brate Hal­lowe’en in a safe en­vi­ron­ment. Ark­low Mu­nic­i­pal Dis­trict is work­ing closely with lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties in or­gan­is­ing this fes­ti­val to keep chil­dren and young peo­ple en­ter­tained through­out the Hal­loween pe­riod.

Our mes­sage is to en­joy the oc­ca­sion and stay away from il­le­gal fire­works and bon­fires.

Wel­com­ing the es­tab­lish­ment of a Hal­loween Fes­ti­val in Ark­low, the Cathaoir­leach of Ark­low Mu­nic­i­pal Dis­trict, Cllr Tommy An­nes­ley, said ‘There is a long tra­di­tion of Hal­lowe’en in Ark­low and the events planned will bring added ben­e­fits to the busi­nesses and lo­cal com­mu­nity and it is hoped that this fes­ti­val will grow in the com­ing years. I would also like to ac­knowl­edge the hard work and com­mit­ment from the com­mit­tee that have been work­ing on this fes­ti­val since Fe­bru­ary of this year.’

A pro­gramme of events will be pub­lished in early Oc­to­ber. If your or­gan­i­sa­tion is run­ning a Hal­lowe’en themed event and would like it in­cluded in the pro­gramme please email de­tails to Ark­lowMu­nic­i­palDistrict@wick­low­coco.ie

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