Halloween – across St Albans District
25th – 31st October
with St Albans Rainbow Trail and Playing Out St Albans District
Playing Out St Albans District, is working with St Albans Rainbow Trail this October on a seasonal and fun project aimed at connecting neighbours and building community in a low-carbon way. We are inviting all residents across the district of St Albans to take part in our Halloween Spooktacular event consisting of three competitions:
- The Spooky Home/Window Display – enter the competition and/or add your home to our district map of spooky homes and businesses!
- The Rainbow Pumpkin Hunt – can you spot one while out and about in St Albans District?
- The Pumpkin Carving Competition – enter a picture of your carved pumpkin into the competition
Make a donation to charity this Halloween. We are asking competition entrants to donate to St Albans District Foodbank. The suggested donation is £2.00, whether you enter one or all of the competitions. Click here to donate!
The sponsor for this event is Bradford and Howley Estate Agents (Marshalswick) who are kindly providing the prizes. Winners picked on 1st November. Each lucky winner will receive a £20.00 voucher.
How to enter
Enter the competition by joining the St Albans Rainbow Trail Facebook group. Preet Cox set up this 2,500 strong community Facebook group during lockdown. It has raised £100s for charity while helping St Albans District residents to come together as a community and get creative.
Join the St Albans Rainbow Trail Facebook group to find all the details about how to enter the competitions as well as the terms and conditions. Send questions by direct messaging the St Albans Rainbow Trail Facebook page.
Map of St Albans District spooky houses/businesses and window displays
We are encouraging everyone who decorates their house or business for Halloween to tell us so that we can try to create a map of all the places to see across the district. Whether it’s a silhouette window or a full front drive horror house, fill in our google form and let us know.
Assuming we get enough locations, we’ll publish the map each day from 29th to 31st October. You’ll be able to locate Halloween displays near you whilst you’re out and about. We hope that local residents will enjoy walking around their neighbourhoods to see all the Halloween decorations and window displays.
If you live in Redbourn, do check out the Redbourn Village Trails Facebook Group too!
Take part! Spread the word!
Join in with your business too!
The Spooky Home/Window Display could equally be a Spooky Business.
Involve your neighbours
Please encourage the neighbours on your street to join in- whether they choose to decorate a window, enter a competition or simply enjoy the displays. Why not pop it on your local WhatsApp group?
Keep it sustainable and safe
Please use sustainable, recycled materials wherever possible. Avoid single-use items, particularly plastics, buy second hand or swap decorations and make your own. Make amazing things from newspaper, paint, cardboard boxes and items you already have in your house! Please minimise energy usage, particularly on lights. If you do use lights, please avoid flashing lights as these can adversely impact some people. When you carve a pumpkin, don’t discard the innards – make fabulous soups and roast the seeds. Don’t forget to compost your pumpkin when Halloween is over.
Find out more about Playing Out
Thanks for reading about our Halloween project. Why not click here and visit our Playing Out page to find out all about how to close your road so children can play and adults can build community.