Clachan’s Hallowe’en trail shows community spirit

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Clachan residents have continued a pandemic tradition of creating a spooky trail to bring the community together to celebrate Hallowe’en safely.

This year and last, while it hasn’t been possible to hold the usual Hallowe’en party because of Covid-19 concerns, villagers have lined a route through the village with spooky decorations and carved pumpkins.

On Sunday October 31, villagers and visitors were invited to walk the route from Long Rigg, past Clachan Filling Station to the bus shelter.

In addition to a dozen pumpkins donated by Campbeltown’s Tesco supermarket, Lori Silvan, one of the event’s organisers, bought extra which were delivered to families around the village before the event so they could be decorated and placed on the trail.

As well as decorating their gardens and homes, villagers created some spooktacular displays including witches around a smoking cauldron and ghosts gathering around a glowing ‘fire pit’.

Among the many other displays was a a fearsome werewolf head, created by a local artist, which sat atop a wall waiting to scare passers-by.

Some homes also treated the children who followed the trail to some goodies they handed out or left at their doors.

‘We did this last year and it was an amazing event,’ said Lori. ‘An amazing time was had by everyone again this year.

‘Thank you to everyone who helped by decorating their gardens and houses and the adults who joined in by dressing up and creating a great atmosphere. It was great to see some of the new folks joining in. It was a brilliant night.

‘Lastly, a huge thank you to Tesco in Campbeltown for donating a dozen pumpkins which helped to make the trail even more special.’