Scouts are getting spooked for a major fright night fundraiser where adults and children are welcome, if they dare.
Living gargoyles, Sweeney Todd the Barber and a Death Row execution are some of the wicked sights to see at the First Scarborough Scout Group Halloween Spook Fest on October 31.
Yet behind the scare scenes there is a warmer front as the event kick starts the group’s £4,000 fundraising campaign to install a new heating system at the Maple Drive Scout Hall.
Explorer Scout Leader Matthew Jordan said the group is hoping to raise at least £1,000 to help maintain attendance throughout winter.
“For four years we’ve persevered with the heating, sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t. It’s when you need it the most that it packs in,” he said.
“Around 150 children attend groups at the hall - Beavers, Cubs, Scouts, Explorers and Leaders use it throughout the week and other groups use it at weekends. With all the groups that come, we lose a lot of money if there’s no heating.
“Our first major fundraiser is on Halloween. We’re having a fair in the hall with stalls, tombola, refreshments and children’s activities.”
The Spook Fest at the Maple Drive headquarters runs from 6pm until around 10pm and also features, a Witches’ Potion Lab and a special Spook Trail, which the Leaders have been preparing for the last two months, ready for October 31. Entry is £1.