SKELETONS, pumpkins, ghouls and ghosts will all be on show again outside a ‘Halloween House’ in the South Mainland over the coming days – with the spooky display all in aid of charity.
Krista Tulloch and her husband Colin are again rigging up their house in Dunrossness and inviting people to come along for a look.
The display is scheduled to light up between 6.30pm and 10pm from Sunday (24 October) to 31 October – weather permitting.
People are encouraged to give cash to local charity Ability Shetland whilst they are there, with a donations tin on the fence.
The exact location is 11 Hardbrakes Place – although the ghoulish colours will not be hard to miss.
The Tullochs have hosted the display for around four years, and it has steadily grown in popularity since.
Alongside spooky props and decorations, in previous years there have even been moving shadow displays in some of the windows.
“This year will be our biggest and we are aiming for it to be different as well as bigger,” Krista said.
“Providing the weather isn’t terrible as some decorations won’t be able to be out in gale force winds.
“We are trying to make adjustments and add things that won’t be affected by the weather.
“We have to play each day by ear but will aim to always make sure it’s worth it each day.”
Sadly for those with a penchant for the dark side, this year will be the last display at the house as the couple are set to move south.
Krista explained that Halloween has been a “life-long obsession and passion”.
“I grew up in the USA and it was always my favourite time of year,” she said.
“It’s where almost all of my favourite childhood memories are from. My parents loved it and it was just a joyful, fun time of year.
“I have always loved ghost stories, spooky movies and the history of Halloween. For me it is bringing a bit of that childhood joy to others.
“I know kids in the UK often saw the big American Halloween celebrations and trick or treating in films and TV and I hope it brings a bit of that to those that never got to have that fun and that they get to share it with their kids.
“And in the process we can raise some money to help a charity that means a lot to me.”
Video below is taken from last year’s display.
It is not the only Halloween event with a difference taking place in Shetland in the coming days.
There will be a Halloween trail in Brae at the trees next to the primary school on 29 October, with the time to be confirmed.
People are invited to walk through a “scary house of horrors” at the Bridge End Outdoor Centre between 6pm and 8pm on 31 October.
There will be prizes for people who make it through. All ages are welcome but children under the age of eight need to be accompanied by an adult.
Meanwhile in Scalloway residents and businesses have been encouraged to decorate their windows and gardens to allow children and their families to go to on a “Halloween walkabout” around the village between 29-31 October.
Living Lerwick is also hosting a witch hunt across the centre of town until 30 October, as well as a colouring competition.
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