Hauntingly good hallowe’en happenings around Arran

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Words and photographs by Colin Smeeton

While there may not have been as many Hallowe’en parties and events as in previous years, irrepressible young monsters, princesses and ghosts and ghouls, still managed to celebrate Hallowe’en in spooktacular style with a number of events taking place round Arran over the weekend.

Lamlash Primary school started the celebrations early when, on Friday, teachers joined the pupils to host a number of Hallowe’en events and fun activities for the children.

Of course, children were able to dress up as their favourite characters while enjoying a number of fun Hallowe’en-themed games which included dancing, dodge ball, bingo, and bobbing for apples among many more.

Throughout the afternoon, groups of pupils also explored a section of a well-decorated Whitehouse Woods, where a number of clues lay hidden in the forest for children who combined all of the clues to solve a riddle.

A pumpkin carving competition and endless games and activities ensured that children were kept active, entertained and enjoyed a very memorable Hallowe’en party this year.

The day’s events culminated in a parade in the playground which elicited much smiles and laughter from pupils and staff.

On Saturday, in the village halls at Whiting Bay and Shiskine, children also enjoyed all of the fun and games associated with Hallowe’en.

Organisers at both events ensured that music, fun, games, laughter and a generous helping of sweet prizes, liberally awarded, all added to the fevered excitement of the Hallowe’en celebrations.

Naturally, there were other smaller Hallowe’en events held over the weekend, as many schools and groups held their own parties, but owing to the pandemic and restrictions, these were kept private.

The Arran Banner visited some of the events, where permissible, and the photos over these four pages will provide readers’ with a flavour of the celebrations.