Come along and take a dook
Spooky story time, dressing up and lots of Hallowe’en games
The final preparations are being put in place for the latest community event in Blairgowrie and Rattray - a celebration of all things spooky to mark Hallowe’en.
The free event, which takes place in the Wellmeadow from 1pm to 6pm this Saturday, October 28, will feature market stalls, inflatables and traditional Hallowe’en games such as dooking for apples for youngsters.
There will also be face-painting, arts and crafts activities, a spooky trail and a spooky story time at the fun-filled family day, with dressing up for the occasion encouraged and prizes for all children who come along in costumes.
Volunteers from the Ericht Allotment Association will be providing demonstrations of turnip carving and there will be a pumpkin carving competition which organisers hope will be hotly contested by those keen to show off their carving skills.
There will be four categories in the competition - adults, teenagers, children over five-years-old and children under five-years-old - with prizes in each category.
All entries in the competition should be handed in to the pumpkin table at the Wellmeadow by 3pm on Saturday with the judging taking place at 5pm.
The event is being organised by the team behind the hugely successful Braemar Day festivities.
Kathryn McLagan is on the Blairgowrie and Rattray Braemar Association organising committee.
She explained: “This is the first time we are trying this but we thought we should try something.
“It will be a similar format to Braemar Day, in that we’ll have market stalls for clubs and organisations who want to raise funds, and for local crafters and producers.
“There’ll be inflatables and food vendors too.
“Everything will have a Hallowe’en theme, with toffee apples and traditional Hallowe’en games such as dooking for apples and treacle pancakes.
“People don’t go guising anymore and we thought we could do something to give families something to do around Hallowe’en - Braemar Night is so important in terms of making memories for kids and Hallowe’en used to be like that in the town.
“The Wellmeadow is such a great space for events and this will be a chance to see it in a different light - a spooky light!
“We’re looking forward to a great event and hope that as many people as possible will come out and support it.”
Any clubs, organisations or local producers who would like to get involved in the event should contact Helen Breen on 07963 579964 or Hayley Nicol on email email@example.com.
Competition Try your hand at pumpkin carving