Half term trails in and around Didcot

The October half term holiday is upon us. This year it coincides with Halloween, but COVID-19 has put a dampener on trick or treating.

However, Halloween isn’t cancelled!  Instead, many people will be decorating their houses, displaying carved pumpkins and creating scarecrows as part of several trails taking place in and around Didcot.

Trails in Didcot:

Great Western Park Halloween Scarecrow Trail, Didcot

Over 70 scarecrows are set to adorn the streets around GWP. Running from Friday 23-Friday 30 October. Pop over to the Facebook group, the Great Western Park Halloween Scarecrow Trail, to download a trail map. This trail is instead of trick or treating so please do not knock on the doors. Instead take your own sweet provisions if required.

Ladygrove Halloween Trail walk, Didcot

This is a similar trail which runs around Ladygrove estate from Saturday 24-Saturday 31 October. The parents from Ladygrove Park Primary School PTA have created a map; search for the Ladygrove Halloween Trail Walk on Facebook and follow the link from the discussion tab.

Trails in local villages:

Big Bug Scarecrow Trail, Chilton

If you’re not a fan of Halloween this trail around Chilton may be perfect for you as it features all kinds of bugs rather than pumpkins and witches. Collect a letter from each scarecrow to solve an anagram and enter into a prize draw. Maps are available for £1 from Chilton Garden Centre. The trail runs from Saturday 24 to Friday 30 October.

Blewbury Scavenger Trail

This runs from Wednesday 28-Saturday 31 October. Collect a map and checklist from Style Acre Tea Room. Hunt around Blewbury to find picture slates and then return your entry to the tea room. You may even win a prize!

Halloween Garden Trail, East Hendred

East Hendred has a Halloween garden trail. Trail sheets are £1 from Hendred Stores. Decorated pumpkins will also be on display outside the shop. Both events run until 2 November.

Haunted Hagbournes – The East & West Hagbourne Halloween trail

This trail runs for a week from Saturday 24 October. Residents are decorating their houses and displaying carved pumpkins, but no trick or treating please. A map is available here.

Sutton Courtenay Pumpkin Trail

Pick up a trail map from Burgreys Stores or Costcutter. Identify all the pumpkins in the village and be entered into a raffle.

Have I missed any local trails or superbly decorated houses? If so do let me know.  I’ll be out with my camera this week taking photos of my favourites and will publish them in next week’s blog.

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