Come along and take a dook

Spooky story time, dress­ing up and lots of Hal­lowe’en games

Blairgowrie Advertiser - - NEWS - Clare Damodaran

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 hay­leyn­i­[email protected]­

Com­pe­ti­tion Try your hand at pump­kin carv­ing

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