Pumpkins out: Neeps in - it’s a Very Scottish Halloween

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Pumpkins have been banned from a Halloween festival at Scone Palace, as organisers shun ‘American big business and rampant consumerism’.

The Very Scottish Halloween event this weekend (27-28 October) will instead involve a neepie lantern competition, made with traditional Scottish turnips.

The festival will include dooking for apples, as well as a screening of A Tale O’ Twa Stanes - a short film about a Templar Knight who guarded the Stone of Destiny for more than 700 years.

Jock Ferguson of Herald Events sent the anti-commercialism message home: ‘We will be having none of that pumpkin or trick-or-treat rubbish.

‘Pumpkins are banned and will not be allowed beyond the front gates.’

Hallowe'en Weekend

Hallowe'en tours of the grounds at Scone Palace, complete with ghosts, ghouls and spooky goings-on. Tour of grounds with the Devil at 11am and 1pm; fancy dress parade at 2.30pm and Turnip Lantern Competition judging in The Old Kitchen at 4pm.

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