Last Friday it was time for the annual Graemsay Halloween Party. Cue lots of spooky outfits, and strange coloured food, as well as party games. Yay!
This year the island children each brought a friend from school for a "sleepover" (never had those in my day!). So along with the island children and grandchildren, plus added friends there were about 16 children at the party. Eeeek! Now that WAS scary! But adults and children entered into the party mood.
Even the wee ones were dressed for the party (above) and the adults too (Joe below)
Looks like Ronnie Wood turned up to play us a tune - hee hee
There were, of course, the traditional party games overseen by the Head Witch, Irene, and her chief wizard, Bobby, with their familiar black cat (Squeak stayed at home this time).
First up was "dookin'" for apples. I think some practising had been going on as they all caught them very quickly.....
And, of course, the adults weren't to be outdone.
Then it was the eye and spoon race (I'd been sent on a mission in town to get eyes earlier in the day, Found lots of Zombies but couldn't see any eyes.... (haha!). But found some in the good old Stromness co-op in the end).
The girls were competing against the boys (it was ever thus).
Then it was time for the donut game - you have to eat your donut while it's hanging from a bit of string. No hands....! And Yes I managed to do it too!
Again boys against the girls
A more experienced witch inducts the younger ones into the dark art of the donut game!
And finally it wa the "Mummy" game - where the men get wrapped up in toilet roll as Mummies and then have to break out of it. Three teams, the first one to finish wins...
Then it's time for the parade, where all the children show off their wonderful outfits to the adults sitting around......
The children then had to sit in a cirle and each do a party piece - tell a joke, a sotry, or sing a song, before they got their halloween treats
Two wee lads telling their jokes
Followed by a song from a wee witch.
And after all that excitement it was time for the supper, with sandwiches and cakes with lurid icing for hungry witches and wizards.
And a chance for a blether (chat) with everyone. I got the message loud and clear from this scary monster!
A wee witch explains the workings of a wand to Granny.
Not sure who's instructing who here....
And these boys reminded me of the "Jets" from West Side Story!!
And to end the evening was a special Birthday Cake for John Cromarty of Gorn to celebrate a particular birthday (hee hee he'll not thank me for telling you his age!). There was a card and gift from the island folk too. He did a good job of blowing out the candles!
And what did I go as? The Witch of Sandside of course! Loved the hair - might have to keep it!!