Town hall’s house of horrors a treat for all ages

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Two grizzly, ghoulish nights of fright were had by people of all ages at Campbeltown Town Hall in honour of Hallowe’en.

Last Friday evening was the free Ghosts of Toon Hall Spooktacular Tour, where thrilled and frightened children were led through the historic building’s darkened halls and spooky staircase by a shadow man who told them tales of the witches and demons who might lurk behind every corner.

The youngsters' terrifying costumes were varied and impressive.
The youngsters’ terrifying costumes were varied and impressive.

From there, they were led into the beautiful gothic inspired main hall.

Children were given spooky treats while photographs were taken on the superbly decorated, spider-webbed stage.

Some of the young guisers brave enough to take the town hall's spooky tour.
Some of the young guisers brave enough to take the town hall’s spooky tour.

Next, they faced the darkened corridors of horror where they ran the gauntlet of bats, spiders, witches and zombies, spooky sounds and scares facing them at every turn as they braved their back way out.

The following night, the town hall was transformed once again for a Monster’s Ball.

The incredibly lit hall, gloriously decorated, black-veiled chandelier, spinning apparitions and the eerie main stage hosted live music by The Twisted Melons, renamed for one night only to The Twisted Pumpkins.

Visitors pulled out all the stops with a range of fantastic costumes and spooky, monstrous fun was had by everyone who attended.

They enjoyed a choice of devilishly delicious cocktails – verdant witches’ brew or blood-red vampire’s kiss – and indulged in jelly shots from syringes.

Prizes were awarded for the best costumes with the first prize of £40 going to Rhona Cairns, who generously donated the money back to the organisers to help fund next year’s event. Second place went to Shannon Brodie for her zombie Statue of Liberty costume.

Both events were organised by newly-founded End of the Road Club, set up by South Kintyre Development Trust (SKDT) which owns and operates the town hall.

Eric Spence, trust manager, said: ‘The club was set up to bring live events to Campbeltown Town Hall, to improve the social and cultural lives of the people of the area while showcasing the potential of this magnificent community-owned building as a premiere venue.

‘The Spooktacular Tour and the Monster’s Ball were some of the club’s first events and we were both overwhelmed and delighted by the response.

‘We had originally planned for 80 to 100 attendees for Friday’s tours but when we saw the queue forming, we were just amazed.’

Snaking all the way down Main Street and into Longrow South as they waited their turn for the tour, about 350 people eventually came through the door which was guarded by a plague doctor who ensured everyone was appropriately masked, with hands sanitised.

The organisers thanked everyone who attended for all their efforts.

Club spokesperson Kenny Blair said: ‘It was amazing. We wanted to do something free for the local children who have been through a lot during the pandemic; at the same time, we are looking to get the community’s backing when we do run events and bring down acts to play so that we can keep this going.

‘On behalf of the End of the Road Club, I would like to thank everyone who attended for their ongoing support.’

He also thanked the Co-op, Tesco, McKellars and said a special thanks to Keeping It Local which generously donated snacks, treats and hot chocolate for the delighted children who joined the tours.