Call Out For Guisers At Home Of Tam O’ Shanter

Ellisland to hold Scottish Family Halloween

A Scottish Halloween celebration with competitions for the best dressed guiser, clootie dumpling and Autumn floral Arrangement will light up Robert Burns Ellisland Farm this month.

Witches, Warlocks, Spirits and Fire will take place at Ellisland on 30 October with lots of traditional activities, including dooking for apples and louping for treacle scones. Music will be provided by young trad group Spectrum and there will be lots of warming winter food and fun activities.

The best dressed guiser competition is free for all children. Entry for the best clootie dumpling or Autumn flower arrangement/wreath is just £2 with a prize of Afternoon Tea at Friars Carse Hotel. Dumplings can be dropped off on Sunday morning and the flower arrangements can be left during the day on Saturday or on Sunday morning.

The Witches, Warlocks, Spirits and Fire day is part of the Wild Goose Festival programme.

Joan McAlpine, Business Development Manager of the Robert Burns Ellisland Trust said:

“It’s the day before Halloween and a great opportunity for families to have fun together. Halloween is a Scottish/Irish festival that featured in Burns’s poetry and we wanted to make sure we celebrate some of the old traditions – so it’s guising, not trick or treat and there will be a fair few tumshie lanterns. Clootie Dumpling making is a fine art we are keen to encourage, and everyone loves an Autumn Arrangement.

“All the money we raise will go to the upkeep of the site.”

If anyone needs more information about attending the event or entering the competitions the email is [email protected] or call 01387 740426. The event opens at 12.30pm on Sunday 30 October and will finish around 3.30pm.

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