Youngsters enjoy scary Halloween fun around Dorset

SCARY STUFF: The Revive Halloween Event  in the ghost tunnels at High Angle Battery

SCARY STUFF: The Revive Halloween Event in the ghost tunnels at High Angle Battery

First published in News Dorset Echo: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter

GHOSTS, ghouls, witches and wizards got the borough into the spooky spirit over the weekend.

Hundreds of people made the most of Halloween with treasure hunts, ghost tunnels and some ghoulish story-telling.

Families flocked to a free community festivities on Portland at Fancy’s Farm and the High Angle Battery ghost tunnels.

Scores of children donned Halloween costumes for a pumpkin party in Greenhill Gardens.

Despite this event being cancelled because of bad weather, those who turned up were given a goodie bag by organisers.

The Halloween extravaganza on Portland provided a spooky fun-filled afternoon for everyone.

Brave visitors entered the ghost tunnels for a treasure hunt which had been decorated with lanterns and ghoulish surprises.

Event organiser Yvonne Beven said: “So many screams and shouts were heard from the tunnels all afternoon.

“Everyone has entered at their own risk, there are plenty of scary things lurking in there.”

Liane Goldsmith, 34, from Wyke Regis, attended the event with her children Keira and Brooke, both aged eight, and three-year-old Cameron.

Keira said: “My favourite part of the day was looking for the clues in the ghost tunnels, it was so much fun.”

The event was hosted by Portland Revive, funded by Synergy Housing Group and supported by Wild about Weymouth and Portland.

Ms Beven added: “There’s no better way to celebrate Halloween than to celebrate it outdoors in a safe and family-friendly environment.

“Fancy’s Farm and the ghost tunnels is the perfect setting and our free event gave give parents a chance to come along without having to worry about the cost.”

Scary fun included a falconry display, owls, bats, a junk music activity workshop and open day at the farm with a chance for youngsters to pet the animals and encounter wandering goats.

The Revive Portland Sea Dragon made his debut appearance and led a fancy dress procession down the Incline to Osprey Leisure Centre where a firework display took place.

Ms Beven said: “We had a fantastic fireworks show and a new Halloween dance routine performed by GwellC dancers.

“Students from Royal Manor Arts College organised loads of free fun games and activities.

“So many people joined in with the procession, nearly all of whom were in fancy dress and the atmosphere was amazing.”

Highlights included spooky activities with the Jurassic Coast road show, hot food and a licensed bar.

Volunteers Make A Difference

VOLUNTEERS helped make the Halloween extravaganza on Portland a spooky success.

This year’s event, the fourth of its kind, is being run as part of Make a Difference Day, which is the country’s biggest day of volunteering.

It provides opportunities for thousands of people to volunteer in activities across the country.

Kate Stone, of Weymouth Community Volunteers, said the group had been helping with the event.

She said: “It’s been a great day for the family, our volunteers have loved helping out and it has really united the community on Halloween.”

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