A mag­i­cal spell is cast over Kaikohe

The Northland Age - - Local News -

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.

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