Hallowe'en horrors provide half-term fun

Hallowe'en celebrations at Ford & Etal were a roaring success, with a whole range of activities and events for young and old.

Thursday, 8th November 2018, 08:39 am
Overall winner of the Scarycrow competition on Ford and Etal Estates this year was Final Destination by Hay Farm Heavy Horse Centre.

Visitors, many in Hallowe’en costume, followed the scarycrow trail and took part in the various Hallowe’en happenings.

The traditional ‘bewitching bat hunt’ on Heatherslaw Light Railway was as popular as ever, and the spooky story night at Heatherslaw Mill was well attended in spite of the cold!

During the day, dozens of children also enjoyed ‘beastly baking’, using Heatherslaw flour to make pizzas in the mill, as well as entering the Lavender Tearooms’ carved pumpkin competition.

New events included a ghost walk from the Black Bull in Etal with medium Suzanne Gill, and an evening Terror Ride at Hay Farm Heavy Horse Centre.

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Proceeds from the scarycrow trail and some of the other activities were collected for the Radio Borders Cash For Kids campaign, supporting disadvantaged children in north Northumberland and the Borders, raising £458.39.

Overall winner of the scarycrow competition was Final Destination by Hay Farm Heavy Horse Centre, with Killer Minions (Sophia Gallon) and Room on the Broom (Ford First School) runners-up.

Elspeth Gilliland, Ford & Etal Estates tourism manager, said: “We are so grateful for the fantastic effort made by everyone at Hallowe’en.

“We have visitors who return year on year just to follow the scarycrow trail and enjoy the other activities.

“We’re really pleased to be able to offer our visitors such a lot of fun, as well as supporting Cash For Kids.”