With so many restrictions in place, Hallowe’en celebrations are looking very different this year. However, some businesses and venues are still going ahead with socially-distanced events for kids and adults to enjoy safely.

Here are some of Ayrshire’s best Hallowe’en festivities taking place this year.

Drive-In Movies, Glasgow Prestwick Airport

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From October 30 to November 1, At The Flix will be showing a variety of Hallowe’en movies on the world’s largest mobile LED screen.

There is something for both children and adults with everything from family favourites like Hocus Pocus and Gremlins, to late night screenings of The Exorcist at Prestwick Airport.

Prizes for best costumes are also up for grabs, with ‘scare marshals’ on the look out for the most impressive outfits.

Tickets cost £36 per car and are available here.

Virtual Tamfest

Irvine Times:

Ayrshire’s Tamfest, inspired by Robert Burns’ Tam o’ Shanter poem, has been running annually since 2015.

This year the festival has moved online, with a range of virtual activities and competitions for people to take part in.

The virtual event includes various Hallowe’en themed workshops, such as balloon modelling, face painting and arts and crafts tutorials.

There is also a mapped out ‘Gruesome Cycle Tour’ and video clip featuring local historian Ken Nairn who explores some of Ayrshire’s spooky past. 

The festival will feature performances by wrestler and actor Grado, as well as Still Game’s Jane McCarry.

Find out more about all the activities here.

Freaky Forest, Kelburn Estate

Irvine Times:

Kelburn Estate has transformed its Secret Forest into a ‘Freaky Forest’ for families to explore.

Visitors will be tasked with locating hidden Hallowe’en jokes on the trail, with a few spooky surprises along the way.

As well as this, three other seasonal routes will be available – the Hallowe’en Animal Trail, Which Witch? Trail and the Walled Garden Magical Plant Walk.

The Freaky Forest is open 11am-4pm on October 31 and November 1. Entry is £6 per person and visitors will be admitted on a first come, first served basis.

More information is available here.

Hallowe’en Cones, Vanilla Joe’s Irvine

Irvine Times:

Hallowe’en is a good excuse to enjoy some tasty treats, and Vanilla Joe’s in Irvine are serving up some spooky delights.

The store on Montgomery Street have created a Hallowe’en snack featuring a black waffle cone and bright green sauce to celebrate the holiday.

The shop offers home delivery to Irvine and surrounding areas between 2pm-10pm seven days a week.

The full menu can be found here.

Hallowe’en Spooktacular, Dobbies Ayr

Irvine Times:

Dobbies garden centre is offering a day of Hallowe’en fun for children and parents at their Hallowe’en Spooktacular event.

Tickets cost £8.50 for kids and £5.99 for adults. The cost covers all games and activities, as well as a meal for children and a traditional afternoon tea for the adults.

There will also be a fancy dress competition for the youngsters, with exciting prizes to be won.

Dates and slots can be viewed here.