Alyth set for spine-tingling Hallowe’en thanks to ADT grant

Alyth is set for a unique spine-tingling experience this Hallowe’en thanks to a grant from ADT’s Community Projects Fund.

For seven nights only between 27 October and 3 November, visitors and residents in Alyth will be encouraged to search for haunted scarecrows on display throughout the town.

Inspired by Alyth’s rich history of tales of ghosts and weird and wonderful happenings, local artist Jilly Henderson is inviting local people, groups and businesses to create their very own haunted scarecrow displays, resulting in a ‘putting Alyth on the map’ event.  It is thought to be the first such event ever staged in Scotland.

“I’m hoping local people will seize the opportunity to create an amazing Haunted Scarecrow Halloween scene – somewhere it can be viewed by passers-by…at the front of their home, in the garden, in a window, on a wall etc,” Jilly said.  “We plan to make available wooden frames for building the scarecrows and also run a pumpkin-carving workshop with free pumpkins, and we hope to organise a lantern parade on the first evening.”

Participants will be encouraged to let their imaginations run wild, using recycled materials such as items people have at home needing recycled, leaves, twigs, straw, clothing from Thrifty one, willow cut from the wild in and around Alyth. Scarecrows were traditionally made from bits and pieces lying around, so the Haunted Scarecrow Trail is itself recycling an old practice! Jilly created her own nine-foot woman with a skeleton dachshund, floating above the roadway outside her house, last Hallowe’en:

"Haunted scarecrow" created by Jilly Henderson
Haunted scarecrow at night

Jilly commented:  “I’m hoping this will create an innovative, family-friendly display in a collective event that helps build new friendships and connections and develop new crafting skills.  Having a community work together on a collective project is a wonderful thing, and bringing more visitors to the town would be great at that time of year.”

Jilly is planning extensive publicity to encourage families to walk around the town to explore the displays, and invite friends and family from out of town to visit.  The hope is that it could become an annual event, giving everyone something to collectively get involved with and look forward to as a town.

The CPF grant from ADT will cover design and print costs for posters, application forms and instruction/suggestion leaflets, and a route-map showing where the scarecrows are, as well as the workshop, wooden frames and basic materials.  Look out for more information later this year on how to get involved.

The Community Projects Fund distributes the community benefit funds provided for Alyth by the operators of the Tullymurdoch Windfarm, some five miles north of the town.  Applications to the fund are judged by an independent panel of volunteers drawn from across the community.  Apply at https://lovealyth.org.uk/projects/alyth-community-projects-fund/.

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