My View, Elaine Hirst: Halloween hitting the streets of Doncaster

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Halloween will be celebrated with a difference this year in Doncaster .

That is thanks to the creative Arts Supporters from Right Up Our Street and our local communities.

For families who are looking for an alternative to trick or treating we’ve got a fantastic handmade parade and a song-filled Day of the Dead celebration.

Rossington will have its first ever Handmade Parade taking place on October 31 when members of the local community led by arts support Katherine Warman will make the ordinary into the extraordinary.

The event, which is free, will be taking place in Rossington from 2pm, on October 31, when the community helps to bring the spooky spectacular to life.

Local schoolchildren, families and community members have been busy for weeks and weeks creating costumes and props for this parade.

There is still time to get involved.

There is one last creative workshop which is due to be taking place in half term on October 28, running from 10am until 12.30pm and then from 2pm until 4.30pm at the Holmescarr Community Centre in Rossington.

We need lots of people to come along, roll up their sleeves and get crafty!

In Hexthorpe, at the Dell, people are invite to celebrate an alternative Halloween when creative artists share stories they have gathered from Doncaster folk to celebrate the Day of the Dead in a special way.

People will meet at the gates of the Dell, at 5.30pm on October 31, where there will be a lantern parade to the bandstand where songs based on the stories will be shared to celebrate the lives that people lived.

For older members of the local community, that is those aged over 18, there is going to be a special showing at the Cosy Cinema in Mexborough when visitors might need a cushion to hide behind as the next free screening is, befitting to Halloween, a modern horror.

Let The Right One In, will be shown on Thursday October 29 to get people in the Halloween spirit – quite a treat, but there’s also a trick in store!

The Cosy Cinema offers a creative visit to watch a film and always adds unusual or unexpected activities to the event.

To add to the frights for the evening guests will be invited to watch the terrifying virtual reality horror film 11:57 on Oculus Rift.

So we’ve got a parade in Rossington, lanterns and song in Hexthorpe and horror movie night in Mexborough – best of all, these events are all FREE.

Do join us in our alternative Halloween experiences and make the most of having a creative community arts team in Doncaster.