Residents and businesses around Ford and Etal Estates put on a spook-tacular display for Hallowe’en.
Tearooms, shops and attractions were suitably decorated to celebrate Hallowe’en and lots of scary and silly costumes entertained visitors, who were encouraged to take part in a scarycrow trail around the estate and upload their pictures on to Facebook.
At Heatherslaw Railway, there was a goody bag for children who dressed up and travelled on the train and a bat hunt down the railway line on the train – with a prize of a high street voucher for the lucky winner.
A lucky-dip bran tub revealed some super-spooky prizes and the proceeds were donated to the Radio Borders Cash for Kids charity.
Heatherslaw Tearoom had some Hallowe’en colouring activities for kids as well as a ‘treasure hunt’ in support of Radio Borders Cash for Kids, and there was face-painting in the Visitor Centre. Lavender Tearooms in Etal had a pumpkin competition and all entries will be displayed outside the tearoom throughout the week.
Heatherslaw Mill had some creepy crafts for kids to enjoy including bat and spider making! And visitors to Hay Farm Heavy Horse Centre saw the Victorian ‘Dumb Supper’.
Etal Castle had a special Hallowe’en activity/quiz sheet for kids and the Estate House Tearoom in Ford was giving away some novelty gifts to visiting children.
Elspeth Gilliland, tourism manager at Ford and Etal, said: “Everyone who visited really enjoyed themselves and, as ever, all those who took part – both those who live and work on the estates and our visitors – made a huge effort.
“We had some fabulous scarycrows – this year the winner was Straw Wars by the Schmid family – and hopefully raised a good amount for Cash for Kids, which was the charity for the week.
“We had a great Hallowe’en!”