Young people at Kibble are not letting current restrictions put a stop to their annual Halloween plans this year, designing their very own Haunted Halloween trail to bring to life some spooktacular artwork, music and visual displays.

Due to the pandemic, the 2020 Paisley Halloween Festival was cancelled – an event that the Kibble young people look forward to every year as they engage in design, manufacture, production and performance.

To help bring their spooky setting to life, Aldi donated all of the pumpkins for the event, with the young people carving them into creative designs to impress. Pumpkin carving is a big hit with the young people, and this year saw the likes of an Aldi cowboy pumpkin on display.

While the event brings the young people together to create meaningful experiences, it is also used to attain wider achievements and volunteering qualifications, so the art team were keen to help them in creating their own event.

Kibble’s very own Haunted Halloween trail is taking place in the gardens of the campus, made up of ‘spooky streets’ filled with a creepy mixture of artefacts created and made by the pupils and lit up in a spectacular display. Within the trail, participants will navigate their way through ‘Spooky Scarecrow Street’, ‘Haunted House Hill’, ‘Disembodied Drive’, ‘Witches Wynd’, ‘Pumpkin Patch Parade’, ‘Ghastly Ghost Alley’, the ‘Haunted Hoose’, and the ‘Living Dead Lounge’.

A one way system will ensure the safety of the young people and staff as they make their way through the trail, with allocated time slots given to each house and guidance distributed in advance to ensure Scottish Government guidelines are adhered to.

Sarah Falconer, arts development officer at Kibble, said: “Annual events have been cancelled all over the world this year and we’re all adjusting to this current new normal, however Halloween is an important time of year for young people – not just for trick or treating and candied apples. Those in our care value the memories they make with their peers preparing for the annual parade and they learn important skills along the way.

“This year, we thought why not create our own event to allow the young people to continue their art work and creative designs, while giving them a project that they can take ownership of and get stuck into while the world is a scary place in itself.

“We’re extremely grateful to Aldi for helping us bring the trail to life. Halloween is a big hit and everyone has done a great job of getting creative in their designs.”

Richard Holloway, Regional Managing Director for Scotland, said: “We are delighted to support this great cause and help young people at Kibble bring their Halloween trail to life. Pumpkin carving is a much-loved tradition and it’s been fantastic seeing the spooky creations these brilliant young minds have made.”