Strichen Playgroup hold Halloween Hunt

Alex Salmond with the fancy dress prize winners James Grant, Erin Rafferty and Arwen Noble
Alex Salmond with the fancy dress prize winners James Grant, Erin Rafferty and Arwen Noble

Anyone out for a Sunday stroll through Strichen Community Park recently would have found witches, wizards and even a ghost buster instead of a teddy bear’s picnic.

Strichen Playgroup held their annual Halloween Hunt through the woods on Sunday, October 25, with a little help from a special mystery guest.

Alex Salmond meets mummy bear June Smith and baby bears Kyle and Liam

Alex Salmond meets mummy bear June Smith and baby bears Kyle and Liam

Aberdeenshire East MSP Alex Salmond went along to pick the best fancy dress costume and the scariest pumpkin.

Mr Salmond presented prizes for the three best entries in each competition.

Mr Salmond said: “It was very difficult to decide who should win the fancy dress competition because all the entries were very, very scary!

“It was wonderful to see so many people helping to raise funds for the Playgroup and great that local businesses took part by placing scarecrows all the way through the woods for the Halloween Hunt.

First Minister Alex Salmond with some of the youngsters at Strichen Park

First Minister Alex Salmond with some of the youngsters at Strichen Park

“Well done to all the children for taking part.”

The fancy dress competition winners are as follows: 1 Erin Raffetty (zombie surgeon), 2 James Grant (ghost buster), 3 Arwen Noble (scary spider).

Pumpkin competition winners: 1 Adam Johnstone, 2 Hannah Gerrie, 3 Jorjie Campbell.