It’s all fright on the night

Dumfries & Galloway Standard - - NEWS - Sharon Lip­trott

Dum­friesshire’s Devil’s Por­ridge Mu­seum got right into the spirit of Hal­lowe’en.

With a name apt for the fes­tiv­i­ties and plenty of events for the Oc­to­ber hol­i­days, it was a busy time for mu­seum man­ager Ju­dith He­witt and her team of vol­un­teers at the Eas­triggs venue.

One of the most pop­u­lar was Fri­day’s Spook Night chil­dren’s party.

A lot of weird and won­der­ful cos­tumes were on show and ev­ery­one played clas­sic games like bob­bing for ap­ples, mu­si­cal chairs and stat­ues.

They also wrapped a cou­ple of “mum­mies,” ate lots of food and guessed the num­ber of spi­ders.

And many brave young peo­ple ven­tured into the dark­ness of the mu­seum to find the hid­den skele­ton.

Their screams could be heard for miles!

Ju­dith said: “We have had a few events for Hal­loween in the week. I gave a talk on Tues­day night on the his­tory of the fes­ti­val, then I spoke on BBC Ra­dio Dum­fries and BBC Ra­dio Scot­land about its folk­lore and Scot­tish roots.

“It was great to round off the week with a party for kids which was so much fun and wouldn’t have hap­pened if it hadn’t been for our won­der­ful vol­un­teers. On Mon­day, we had a Hal­lowe’en lunch for our lunchtime club for older peo­ple who were treated to Hal­loween treats and a brief talk by me.”

Pic­tures cour­tesy of Stephen Oswald

Happy young­sters Girls in their fab­u­lous Hal­lowe’en cos­tumes.

Strike a pose Evie and Rachel Jack­son

Colour­ful Vol­un­teer Eve­lyn McFadzean, left, dresses the part, and she is along­side an alien reaper

Dress­ing the part Sheila Gib­son, Eleanor Oswald and her grand­daugh­ter Madi­son

Spook night fun Mu­seum chair­man Richard Brodie, with chil­dren in cos­tumes

Stun­ning cos­tumes Two guis­ers at the party

Good for­tune A lucky black cat

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