All hail Hallowe’en

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It is great to see the Hallowe’en tradition alive and well on Arran.

Going round the various parties on Arran the Banner is always amazed by the amount of work and effort many of the children, and their parents, put into their costumes.

Shiskine used to have the bragging rights about having the best costumes but other villages are now giving them a close run for their money, and what is particularly heartening, is that a good many of them are still home made.

Supermarkets and shops on the mainland are stuffed with ready made costumes and an increasing amount of Hallowe’en related tat trying to turn All Halllows Eve into a US style Trick or Treat extravaganza. But where’s the fun in that?

We want to see the kids doing it for themselves. Getting messy costume making, dooking for apples, going out guising and enjoying fun parties. We even don’t mind them, and their mums and dads, carving pumpkins, when they should of course be carving turnips – but we’ll let that pass.

With Hallowe’en itself falling on a Tuesday this year, the event has lasted most of the week on Arran, but with it now being over for another year, you know what is now just around the corner. Christmas!