Halloween Hunt at Strichen Lake

All of the fancy dress winners with Angus the Bull and guest judge Johanna Basford
All of the fancy dress winners with Angus the Bull and guest judge Johanna Basford

Scores of youngsters have taken part in an afternoon of spook-tacular fun at the Lake in Strichen.

Children and families from Strichen and the surrounding area turned out in droves for the annual Halloween Hunt which took place on Sunday, November 1.

As well as the Halloween and scavenger hunt itself, the event also included a fancy dress competition for children and adults; a bottle stall, raffles and games; tractor rides; and refreshments.

All of the proceeds of the event are going to the Strichen Playgroup.

This year, the fancy dress and pumpkin competition were judged by special guest judge Johanna Basford.

Local entrepreneur Johanna has enjoyed fantastic success recently as the creator of a range of colouring-in books for adults.

Johanna, who is from Ellon, even appeared on This Morning recently to showcase her range of colouring-in books.

The Ellon entrepreneur’s third colouring-in book - called ‘Lost Ocean’ - has now been published, with her first two books selling 10 million copies worldwide.

The winners of the children’s fancy dress competition were: 1. Jorjie Campbell the scarecrow; 2. Indie Davidson the spider; and 3. Arwen and Lia Noble the Sister Cereal Killers.

Meanwhile, the winners of the adults’ fancy dress competition were: 1. Frank Fowlie; 2. John Watt; and 3. Emma Fowlie.

And the winners of the all-important pumpkin competition were: 1. The Fairy House pumpkin by Laura and Charlotte Fowlie; 2. the Apple Vampire pumpkin by Kyle Smith; and 3. the Holy Chain pumpkin.

Playgroup chairperson June Smith said: “There’s been a lot of work put in by the mums at the Playgroup so big thanks to them.

“It’s always a big success so it’s always a bit daunting to take on the job to make sure it’s as big as the year before.

“This year we’ve been really lucky because the the weather’s been great and we’re really pleased that so many people have turned up to support us.”

Organiser Jaclyn Strachan added: “I’m overwhelmed with the amount of people who have turned up, dressed up and taken part.”