As the autumn leaves turn to gold and red and half-term looms large, children’s minds turn to Hallowe’en.
But it’s not just the kids who can have fun on Hallowe’en. Even if you’re not out trick or treating with the youngsters, there’s no reason why you can’t have fun too. Decorate your house and windows and answer the door in fancy dress as you hand out the treats. Some of the houses around Teignmouth are decorated amazingly.
You can buy Hallowe’en costumes from Jackmans Toy Box on Teign Street, which has a huge range of fancy dress for children and adults.
Don’t forget the tradition of carving a pumpkin and leaving it by the front door to signal that you’re happy to take part in the trick or treating fun.
Teignmouth trick or treaters tend to be pretty good at just stopping at the houses with the lit pumpkin outside and ignoring any houses that would rather not take part. But if you want to make sure you avoid trick or treaters, you can always leave a polite note like this one from Devon and Cornwall Police.
If you’d prefer to go to an organised party rather than wander the streets, there are a couple of events including a Hallowe’en party at PerryLicious on Bank Street on Saturday 29th October. Aimed at children under 10, the party runs from 5.30pm to 8pm and promises plenty of spooky fun including fun games, cookie decorating and a fancy dress competition. Children will enjoy a buffet tea and squash and will go home with a party bag. Tickets can be purchased from PerryLicious and cost £8.95 per child. All children will need to be supervised by an adult.
And if you’re looking for a daytime Hallowe’en activity, try the Midnight Monsters Shadow Animation Puppet Workshop for children and families at the Teign Heritage Centre on Thursday 27th October from 2pm-5pm. For more information contact Claire at Small World Animations on 07746 326860 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Another daytime event is the Hallowe’en Scavenger Hunt at Dawlish Warren Nature Reserve on Saturday 29th October between 12.30pm and 2pm. You’ll start by looking at animal bones and skulls at the Dawlish Warren Visitor Centre before searching around the reserve for the missing bones. Adults must accompany children to this event. For more details call: 01626 863980.
Let us know your plans for Hallowe’en. Comment below and let us know where you think the best spots in Teignmouth are for Trick or Treating – and why!