Halloween/Bonfire Night Update

No sooner have the nights drawn in and the clocks gone back, than it’s pumpkintime to stock up on pumpkins, scary masks and Haribo as Halloween makes its annual spooky appearance.

The idea of ‘trick or treat’ stems from the notion that the Celts believed that ghosts and spirits came out to haunt at this time of year, and so appeased them by giving them treats.

Having long been celebrated on a huge scale in the USA, the culture of Halloween has changed dramatically in the UK over the last ten years, and the days of ripping a few holes in a bin bag as a makeshift costume seem long behind us!

Halloween Events

A ceramic workshop at Happy Potter.  Sat 31st – 4/6pm pumpkin painting, swap cocktails and much more. Flyer.

Mini Me the off-spring salon of Elements Hair Salon have a fun drawing competition for the kids. Draw the best pumpkin with the winner to be announced on the 31st. Mary’s Living & Giving are also offering face painting on Halloween too. Flyer.

The Fun Factory have gone all out with the Halloween look of their shop and are the best place to pick up some great costumes, cobwebs and skeletons for your own Halloween party! Give them a visit.

The Rugby World Cup comes to an end on Saturday 31st October too – although it has  been a nightmare campaign for England; it’s been great to see the borough pay host to so many fans from around the world, with Teddington playing it’s part too! Here’s Angellica Bell popping into The Lensbury for The One Show and Shambles playing host to the All Blacks – just some of the top moments.  Road closures are in place on match days and the roads/pubs will be busier. (Our money’s on New Zealand for the win!)

Fun Factory - The Causeway - Teddington
The Fun Factory looking very spooky!

If you’re planning to trick or treat with your kids this Halloween – here are some tips to stay safe:

• Choose a route in advance and check it during daylight hours
• Always trick or treat in familiar areas
• Have every child carry or wear something lit such as a torch of glow-bracelet
• Always walk, don’t run and wear costumes that make this as easy as possible
• Be sure that all masks worn allow for full visibility and breathing
• Use flexible props – nothing sharp or hard
• Keep track of time and stick to the early evening if possible to avoid disturbing pensioners and babies later at night

Richmond Council are organising a Twitter chat to help combat crime across Richmond during the Halloween period. Tweet using #SaferRichmond between 12noon-1pm on Friday 30th October if you’ve any questions, organised by the Richmond Community Partnership.

Just a little warning that we’re well into traditional rutting season for the stags in Bushy Park. So keep the beautiful pictures coming, but be aware some of the stags may be a little scarier than usual.

Teddington Deer - Bushy Park
Image – Real Rhodri @RealRhodri

Bonfire Night

Unfortunately there is to be no NPL Fireworks this year. They’d like to wish everyone thanks for support over previous years – and we hope they can bring them back in the future.

NPl Fireworks - Teddington
Last years’ NPL fireworks.

Here are some Teddington displays that are taking place:

The Anglers are hosting a free fireworks night Wednesday 4th November 6pm – 10pm with  donations for RNLI Teddington and St Richard’s School. (Fireworks around 8pm) A raffle, live music, BBQ and hog roast on offer too! Flyer.

Sacred Heart School fireworks – Thursday 5th November. Gates open at 6pm. Adults (16 years+) £7 Children (5-15) £4 Children under 4 go free. With BBQ, hot drinks and bar. Flyer.

Lensbury Club Fireworks – with fun inflatables, entertainment, disco and hot food and plenty for the kids to enjoy.  Open to ticket holders from 5.30pm. Booking and ticket prices here.

Collis School are hosting their fireworks on Saturday 7th November (5pm – 7pm) Tickets £8 adults, £5 for 5-17 year olds and children under 5 are free. Buy tickets online here.

If we’ve missed any Halloween/Bonfire Night events give us a shout. Email us here. Or tweet us @Teddington_town.

We’d love to see your local firework display photos too, so if you’re out enjoying yourself send us in a photo and from everyone at Teddington Town have a very enjoyable couple of weeks!

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