A magical spell is cast over Kaikohe
Shaun Riley might be a little past trick or treating, but he was mightily impressed with the “most magnificent spell” cast over the Pioneer Village by the “good witches of Kaikohe” last week.
The town had never seen anything like it, he said — little witches and elves, accompanied by bigger wizards and ghouls, flocking to the village in their dozens.
There were so many it took them more than an hour to cross the bridge, the queue at times stretching almost 100.
In time-honoured fashion there were plenty of tricks and treats, and all manner of eerie or unexpected surprises.
“Where was the rest of the body when all one could see was a pair of pegs sticking up out of the ground,” Mr Riley asked.
‘What was that queer-looking thing poking its nose out of the hedge? Why did that white filmy thing suddenly disappear, only to re-emerge later?”
Given the origins of Halloween, he added, it was gratifying that today’s children could extract genuine pleasure and excitement from such a simple formula. The management of the Pioneer Village was also due great credit for allowing the premises to be used for such a family occasions.
“The time, costs and energy taken to organise this tremendously popular event not only helps a community to develop its own unique character, but goes a long way towards promoting the existence of Heritage Kaikohe treasures that, for the most part, are hidden in their prize asset, the Pioneer Village,” he added.
“This night it was truly the place where the past did actually come alive.
“All credit to the witches, wizards and ghouls who care for our treasured historic village for a tremendous family fun night. A big task extremely well performed.
“We look forward with great anticipation to the next one.”
Sydnee Jo van Gaalen made a sight that would put anyone off teaching.